The Master of Arts in Teaching program builds on the successful undergraduate program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. It is designed exclusively for Hobart and William Smith undergraduate students enrolled in the Teacher Education Program.
The MAT program is open on a competitive basis to students who are enrolled in an undergraduate Teacher Education Program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The program is designed to be completed in one academic year, during which students continue their liberal arts studies at the same time they prepare for teaching certification.
Students in the MAT program pursue graduate-level study in a discipline or program of their choice. They apply that study to teaching by completing a graduate-level education course, by student teaching, and by producing a master's project.
At the conclusion of the program students are eligible for a temporary New York State teaching certificate, which may be raised to the professional level after two years of full-time teaching.
The MAT program consists of nine graduate course credits. Candidates must pass all of the courses in the graduate program with a grade of B- or better and maintain a 3.0 GPA during the graduate year.
In the spring semester of the senior year, students take EDU 420 Research in Education. During that semester, they identify a graduate adviser, propose a graduate course of study and prepare a proposal for a master's thesis.
In the fall semester of the graduate year, students carry out their student teaching and take an accompanying seminar. They also register to begin their master's thesis.
In the spring of the graduate year, students continue to work on their master's thesis and take EDU 820 Graduate Seminar in Education Research, along with three other graduate courses in liberal arts disciplines or programs. Toward the end of the spring semester, students complete their master's thesis and defend it before their graduate committee.
The MAT program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges combines with the work students complete during their undergraduate years in the Colleges' Teacher Education program to convey all of the credits and experiences needed for teaching certification in New York State.
Admission is therefore limited to students who will have entered the Teacher Education program at HWS during their undergraduate years, and will normally have completed all of the requirements for that program by the end of their junior year, with the exception of student teaching and the student teaching seminar.
The MAT program is currently available only to students in the classes of '13, '14, '15, and '16.