Master of Arts in Teaching

School districts have long sought SPU-educated teachers for both their competence and character. The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program was created to integrate teacher certification with a master's degree in a two-year program for working professionals. Today, more than two-thirds of the candidates SPU recommends to the state of Washington for a Residency Teacher Certificate have completed a master's degree program.

Who Should Pursue This Degree

If you hold an undergraduate degree and want to earn both teaching certification and a master's degree concurrently, then this program may be right for you.

Designed for working professionals, most courses within the MAT program are offered in the late afternoons and evenings. The program includes a 40-hour spring field experience and a 20-hour autumn field experience. Full-time, supervised internship begins February during the second year of the program.


Teacher candidates in the MAT program at SPU 

  • earn a Washington Residency Teacher Certificate;
  • engage in an extended student teaching internship with diverse learners;
  • gain knowledge and skills to impact student learning;
  • explore tensions and possibilities for social justice teaching;
  • learn from experienced mentor teachers and field supervisors;
  • progress through the program with fellow students in a cohort;
  • experience personalized advising across the program, from admission to job search;
  • complete a graduate degree for higher placement on the salary schedule (varies by district).

Program Outline

The program outline includes a description of program components, schedule, coursework, and internship. The official degree requirements for this program are shown in the SPU Graduate Catalog according to the year candidates are admitted.

Admission Information

What is required for admission to the MAT program? Find information about admission requirements and procedures.

Did You Know?

Help IconThe SPU School of Education offers one-year alternative route teaching programs, including AMAT and AMTMS.

Jay Maebori

Teacher of the Year

Response magazine talks to Jay Maebori, a 2003 MAT graduate, who traded a career as a sports writer for the classroom — and became Washington's 2011 Teacher of the Year.