Curriculum and Instruction M.A.T. AMP

All students must meet the Requirements for the Accelerated Master's Degree Programs


The Accelerated Master’s Entry Program leading to an M.A. in Teaching for middle level and secondary is designed for those students who aspire to earn both a master's degree and a license to teach in public middle or secondary schools. Students will prepare for licensure to teach in grades five through nine or seven through twelve in one summer and academic year.

UVM students who are in their third year of study for a Bachelor's degree may apply to the Accelerated Master of Arts in Teaching Program. Following  acceptance by the Graduate College, these students may complete 9 credits of graduate-level course work, that may be counted toward both the minimum requirements for the M.A.T.  as well as toward the undergraduate degree. Qualified candidates will need a major or its equivalent in an approved licensing area.

Requests for further information and application instructions may be obtained by contacting the Middle Level or Secondary Education Program; 411 Waterman Building, (802) 656-1411.

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Master of Arts in Teaching

All applicants to the Accelerated Master’s Program in Curriculum and Instruction must meet the following entrance criteria:

For Middle Level Education, a minor or its equivalent in one of the following areas:

  • English, Science, Social Studies or Mathematics.

For Secondary Education, a major or its equivalent in a state-approved licensing area:

  • Sciences: Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics
  • Social Studies: Geography, History, Political Science, Economics
  • English, Mathematics, French, German, Latin, Spanish, or Computer Science

For both Middle Level and Secondary Education:

  • A minimum overall grade point average of 3.00 in a State-approved licensing area (see above)
  • A demonstrated commitment to working with young people

Minimum Degree Requirements

AMP students may use up to 9 credits of graduate level courses taken at UVM toward both the bachelor’s and M.A.T. Some programs specify the courses that must be taken; for other programs it is determined individually.  In all cases, students must be admitted by the Graduate College before taking any courses that will apply to the master’s degree, i.e., all courses used for the master’s degree must be taken after formal admission to the AMP program.

The  M.A.T.  program has two tracks:  Middle Level Education and Secondary Level Education.

Degree requirements for a Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education are as follows:

Students enrolled in the M.A.T. in Secondary Education are required to complete a 31-credit program in education course work that will prepare them to teach in grades 7-12.  In addition, some students may be required to complete additional content related course work to fulfill content requirements for licensure. Secondary students pursuing an endorsement at the secondary level in World Languages must also complete the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and score at the Advanced Low level.

EDSC 207Development:Theory & Applctn3
EDSC 209Practicum in Teaching4
EDSC 215Reading in Secondary Schools3
EDSC 216Curr,Instr&Assmt Sec Schl Tchr3
EDSC 226Internship: Student Teaching9
EDSC 230Teaching for Results3
EDSP 201D2:Foundations of Special Ed3
One of the following teaching methods courses:3
Tchng Science in Sec Schls
QR:Tchg Math in Sec Schls
Teach English:Secondary School
Tchg Soc Studies in Sec Schls
Tchg Foreign Lang in Sec Schls
EDSC 237Tching Computer Science in Sec3
Total Program Credit Requirements31

Degree requirements for a M.A.T.  in Middle Level Education are as follows:

Students enrolled in the M.A.T. in Middle Level Teacher Education are required to complete a 33-36 credit program in education course work that will prepare them to teach math, English/language arts, Social Studies or Science in grades 5-9.  Some students may be required to complete additional course work to fulfill content endorsement requirements for licensure.

EDML 207Adoles Lrng&Beh&Cog Perspect3
EDSS 200Contemporary Issues (Social Justice Education)3
EDSP 201D2:Foundations of Special Ed3
EDML 260Teaching Young Adolescents3-6
EDML 261Mid Lev Teaching Practicum II3
EDML 270Middle School Org & Pedagogy3-6
EDML 285Middle Level Student Teaching9
EDML 286Internship Support Seminar3
Content Methods Course 3

Comprehensive Examination

For both tracks, the comprehensive examination is the satisfactory completion of the Vermont Licensure Portfolio (or its equivalent) submitted near the end of course work.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Arts in Teaching

Successful completion of any prerequisite courses, and at least 12 graded graduate credits with a 3.00 or better, including all core courses.