Master of Arts in Teaching (MA-Teaching)
According to the statistics, students in the U.S. are under-performing in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. One of the main reasons is the shortage of qualified teachers willing, and most importantly, capable of teaching these complex subjects within the primary and secondary setting. In fact, the National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century reports that 25 percent of high school mathematics teachers and 20 percent of high school science teachers do not have the academic credentials or background necessary to teach these subjects. Moreover, the qualified Science and Math teachers are in a high demand.Arkansas Tech University has an interest for providing additional opportunities for individuals to become highly qualified teachers. The Master of Arts in Teaching is a program of study to prepare candidates for teacher licensure and focusing in Science and Math.
- MA in Teaching prepares candidates for the secondary education (Grade 7-12) teacher licensure for the State of Arkansas with a particular focus on the STEM subjects of Math and Science.
- The curriculum includes 32 credit units of course work and 6 credit units of internship. Students are required to pass PRAXIS-I, PRAXIS-II, and PRAXIS-II PLT (Principle of Learning an Teaching) exams before they can start a semester-long internship.
- Categorized as a STEM field of study, MA-Teaching graduates can extend their Optional Practical Training (OPT) for additional 17 months in the end of the regular 12 months.
- Bachelor’s degree from a regional accredited university with math or science related majors
- A minimum of 30 undergraduate-level credits in the intended teaching subject of math or science
- TOEFL iBT 80/ IELTS 6.5
- A minimum of GPA 2.75
- All college credits taken outside of the U.S. must be WES evaluated to be considered for credit transfer into the MA-Teaching degree program.
Fall Semester starts in every August.