Frequently Asked Questions
- May I take courses in the MAT program prior to admission?
- Is there conditional admission?
- What if I don't meet all the admission requirements?
- What is the Statement of Philosophy?
- What undergraduate academic or teaching content majors are required for admission?
- What are the PRAXIS II Multiple Subjects Test and PRAXIS II Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT)?
- May I retake the PRAXIS II Multiple Subjects Test and PRAXIS II Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K-6 (PLT)?
- What are non-program course requirements?
- May I be a part-time student?
- May I transfer education courses from another school prior to program matriculation?
- May I complete this program taking only late afternoon and evening courses?
- How many credits are required?
- When are MAT program courses scheduled?
- What are the kinds of activities and time estimate for FNED 546 and ELED 500?
- When should additional courses be completed?
- Can applicants earn middle level, special education, or other teaching endorsements?
- Will the MAT Program lead to teacher certification in Early Childhood (pre-K - Kindergarten)?
The only program courses that may be taken prior to matriculation are CEP 552, ELED 500, and FNED 546.
- If you don't meet the requirements because you lack certain background courses (e.g., college-level mathematics), you may be accepted but required to complete additional course work (See FAQ #10).
- If you do not achieve minimum scores on the Multiple Subjects Exam (5001), we will suggest you retake any subtest you do not pass.
- We may suggest you consider a Second Bachelor's degree if your GPA does not meet our criterion of 3.0.
- You may wish to include an explanatory letter if some of your criteria do not meet our requirements and the Committee will take this into consideration.
The Statement of Philosophy is a required component of the MAT application that provides both a writing sample and information about your disposition for teaching. The MAT Committee will score the essay.
Unlike undergraduates in teacher education programs, you are not required to have a specific academic major or teaching content major. However, some districts require you to have academic or content majors related to one or more of the subjects that you will teach.
What are the PRAXIS II Multiple Subjects Test and PRAXIS II Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT)?
These are two standardized tests required for teacher certification in the State of Rhode Island. The Praxis II Multiple Subjects (5001)exam is a 4.25 hour multiple choice test with 4 subparts (235 questions). Each subpart has a required passing score. It may be taken as separate subtests in any combination, but it is more expensive. The PRAXIS II Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K-6 (PLT) is a test where you apply your knowledge of teaching learned in the program and content knowledge by answering 70 multiple choice questions and 4 constructed-response questions. A score of 160 on the PRAXIS II Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K-6 (PLT) is required prior to student teaching. See http://www.ets.org/ for more information about the nature of the test, topics covered, cost, registering, and schedule for testing.
May I retake the PRAXIS II Multiple Subjects Test and PRAXIS II Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K-6 (PLT)?
During the personal interview and plan of study meeting with the program advisor, the MAT applicant will understand what non-program courses are required prior to specific courses and student teaching. Prior to student teaching, MAT students will show evidence of:
- Two college-level math courses. Minimally, college level algebra, pre-calculus, or statistics. Grade C or better. If lacking, the MAT Admission Committee recommends MATH 143 and MATH 144. Complete prior to enrolling in math methods.
- Two college-level science courses in different areas that include lab work. Minimally, a balance of life and physical sciences. Grade C or better. If lacking, the MAT Admission Committee recommends BIOL 109 and PSCI 103. Complete prior to enrolling in science methods.
- Two college-level social science courses, one of which represents knowledge of U.S. History. Grade C or better. If lacking, the MAT Admission Committee recommends POL 201 or similar. Complete prior to enrolling in social studies methods.
- Two college-level humanities courses. Grade C or better. Complete prior to enrolling in language arts/reading methods.
- Health/physical education-related course. Grade C or better. If lacking, the MAT Admission Committee recommends PED 346 or HED 346. Complete prior to student teaching.
- Fine or performing arts course. Grade C or better. If lacking, the MAT Admission Committee recommends ARTE 340 or MUSE 341. Complete prior to student teaching.
Yes. Some courses should be taken with other courses to obtain full benefit and to be able to continue the program without interruption. See program requirements for specific information.
This question is handled on a case-by-case basis. No course that was counted as part of another degree will be allowed. Courses that may be considered must be at a 400-level or better, and no more than six credits from another institution can be brought in to the program.
No. The program requires at least two semesters with some or all daytime classes.
There are 36 (intensive track) or 37 (traditional track) credits in the program, but additional credits may be required by the MAT Admissions committee (See FAQ #10).
- ELED practicum courses are scheduled during the daytime (between 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
- Other graduate courses are scheduled from 4-7 p.m. or 7-10 p.m. (Note FNED 546 is 4-8 p.m.)
- Some 500-level program courses are available during the summer sessions.
- FNED 546 Contexts of Schooling: The course is scheduled for four hours, one day per week. Also, there are 15 additional hours during the semester for observations/classroom work (occurs during school hours).
- ELED 500 Reflections: The Art and Science of Teaching: The course is scheduled for three hours, one day per week. Also, there are additional hours during the semester, which include 3 1-hr classroom observations and a 6-session after-school teaching project.
Prior to associated ELED methods courses, e.g., math content courses before mathematics methods course. Other course work is required prior to student teaching. See FAQ #10.
Yes. Admission to the MAT program is required. Additional course work is above and beyond MAT program requirements. See College Bulletin for requirements.