Teaching is a calling. Have you heard yours? Embedded within a university-wide historical commitment to social justice and equity, we prepare teachers for the overarching purpose of improving humanity and community through a concern for human justice, respect for all living things, and a concern for the natural world. You’ll work in a collaborative and inspirational environment with a diverse group of peers to develop your craft as a teacher.
This degree is offered by AU Seattle.
Candidates join a cohort for the Master’s program. These colleagues form a bond that expands the graduate school experience. They become an important resource for each other during their time at Antioch and into the future. The cohort meets two nights a week from 4:00 – 9:30 on the Belltown campus, which is easily accessed by public transportation.
Classes are taught with candidate backgrounds and interests as a resource. Instruction models the type of classrooms where students build their own knowledge and understanding. Teaching enactments in class are designed to have students practice the constructivist pedagogy. Faculty is directly involved in the candidate’s classroom internships and these experiences are utilized to expand classroom discussion and activities.
Antioch’s legacy for social justice helps direct our program on campus and our candidates are encouraged to experience under resourced school settings as part of their internships. Forums, volunteer opportunities and other activities are available.
- This program can be completed in 5 quarters over 15 months.
- View the Quarter-by-Quarter Schedule
- 56 credits over 5 quarters
- 4 quarters integrate educational theory and teaching practices
- 10 weeks of evening classes
- 15 full-time variable day internships in the first three quarters
- Internships mentored by highly qualified supervisors
- Master’s Project Capstone completed at end of 4th quarter
- 13 week student teaching completed over the last two quarters of the program
- If students wish to add an endorsement, they must pass a middle level exam: Middle Level Humanities (test code 010 and 011), Middle Level Mathematics (test code 203), Middle Level Sciences (test code 013)
- Courses focus on topics such as effective instruction and assessment strategies, curriculum design, content-area skills, and culturally responsive pedagogy.
- MAT culminates in a capstone project showcasing your positive impact on student learning.
For detailed curriculum, degree requirements, and course descriptions, please visit the AUS catalog.
Our MAT graduates become:
- Elementary (K-8) teachers
- Middle level humanities teachers
- Middle level science teachers
- Middle level math teachers
- Informal educators, in non-school settings such as non-profit organization, arts and cultural institutions
- International teachers, in schools and programs
- Online educators
- Directors of After School Programs
A Washington teacher with a master’s degree averages $7,000 greater income annually than teachers without a master’s degree
We measure your mastery of the competencies you need to be a great teacher.
At AUS, you will learn to:
- Plan and implement curriculum that meets the needs of individual students
- Teach in diverse classroom settings
- Manage the material and human dynamics of the classroom
- Nurture the holistic development of all students
- Use technology to engage students and enhance learning
- Communicate effectively with students, colleagues, parents, and community members
- Assume leadership roles to advocate for children effectively
Our MAT program is designed using leading edge teacher education research based on planning for enacting, and reflecting on instruction. Every quarter consists of 10 weeks of learning and practicing in courses, in concurrence with 15 variable-day internships supported by university supervisors.
At AUS we don’t make you wait until the end of your classwork to get in the classroom as a student teacher. Instead, every quarter you will spend ten weeks studying theory and methods, while you simultaneously enact what you have learned, all while mentored onsite by supervisors. At the end of 4 quarters, you will be better prepared for student teaching, as you will have spent a year working closely with highly qualified mentors.
Becoming a teacher requires hard work and commitment to making a difference in the lives of students. When you become an Antioch University Seattle student, you will be closely guided and supported during all field experiences.
AUS’s student teachers are placed in public schools that have diverse student populations and we partner with excellent, certificated mentor teachers. For 15 days in each of the first three quarters of the program, you will intern with an experienced teacher in his/her classroom under the mentorship of an AUS supervisor. You will serve as a student teacher during the final 13 weeks of your program. You will graduate with 22 weeks of teaching over the course of the program in preparation for your new profession.
During student teaching, you create and enact lesson plans that address Common Core standards for various grade levels. You will participate as a teacher in the daily life of a classroom. This may include attending faculty meetings, committee work, and parent conferences. You will be assigned a university field instructor who will observe you many times over the course of the quarter and will meet with you to discuss your progress and provide written feedback. When all WA State Teacher Certification and AUS teaching requirements are met, you will be recommended to the state for certification.
AUS’s student teachers are placed in public schools that have diverse student populations and we partner with excellent, certified mentor teachers. For 15 days in each of the first three quarters of the program, you will intern in the classroom of an experienced teacher under the mentorship of an AUS supervisor. You will serve as a student teacher during the final 13 weeks of your program. You will graduate with 22 weeks of teaching in preparation for your new profession
Current candidates and alums unanimously agree that the internship experiences were essential to their professional growth: bridging theory and methods to practice in real time.