The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program offers preparation and certification in Elementary Teaching, Secondary Teaching, and All-Level music. All students entering one of the teaching programs must have earned a bachelor’s degree. For elementary, a broad core content basis for the degree is required. For secondary, students must possess a bachelor’s or higher degree in the subject area that they plan to teach or participate in a transcript review with an Education adviser to identify an approved teaching field. Supplemental certificates in Special Education and English as a Second Language (ESL) are also available. The Master of Arts in Teaching program is cohort-based and consists of a summer and two semesters, where, upon successful completion, students will earn a Master of Arts in Teaching degree as well as state certification.

Program Requirements

Certification for Elementary Education


Students seeking certification to teach at the Early Childhood-Grade 6 level should complete any academic major and other requirements, as follows:

Note: An asterisk (*) indicates a course that fulfills a common curriculum requirement.

I. Education Course of Study

A. EDUC 1110 and 1210 (recommended).

B. EDUC 1331*, 2201, 2202, 3301, 3320*, 3341, and 3351 are required. EDUC 3302 is recommended.

C. CSCI 1300-7* or equivalency is required.

II. Recommended Courses: In preparation for certification as an EC-6 Generalist, students are strongly encouraged to take as many of the courses listed below as possible, most of which satisfy Common Curriculum requirements.

Course ID Title
ART 2314 Creative Thinking and the Artistic Process (also listed as ENGL 2340, GNED 2340, MUSC 2340, and THTR 2340
CLAS 1305 Classical Mythology 
COMM 2302 Media Interpretation and Criticism 
ECON 1311 Microeconomics 
ECON 3115  Economists in the Elementary School 
EDUC 3330  Teaching Students with Learning and Behavior Problems 
EDUC 3332  Reading Difficulties with Diverse Populations 
ENGL 2303 American Literature: Colonization to 1900 
ENGL 2304*  American Literature: New Realism through the Moderns 
HIST 1360 The History of the U.S. Through Reconstruction 
HIST 1361 The History of the U.S. Since Reconstruction 
HIST 3376  History of Texas 
HIST 3388  Methods of Instruction in History 
HCOM 3360 Small Group Communication 
HCOM 3372 Intercultural Communication 
MUSC 2361  Music in Childhood 
MUSC 2362  Music in Early Childhood 
PLSI 1301 American Politics 
PLSI 1331 Comparing Countries 
PSYC 1300 Principles of Psychology 
SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology 
SOCI 1316 People and Places in Global Context (also listed as URBS 1316

Certification for Secondary Education


Students seeking certification to teach at the secondary grades (grades 7-12) in Texas should complete the following undergraduate requirements: Note: An asterisk (*) indicates a course that fulfills a common curriculum requirement.

I. Education Course of Study

  1. Teaching Core Courses (required): EDUC 1331 and EDUC 3320.
  2. Secondary Teaching Pathway Courses (required): EDUC 2202 and 3302.
  3. Technology Applications: CSCI 1300 or equivalency (required).
  4. Minor in Teaching and Learning (Secondary Pathway) is highly recommended but not required.

II. Teaching Fields/Area of Certification

Students seeking secondary certification (grades 7-12 or EC-12 depending on the state certificate) will be certified in one or more teaching fields (the content area) at the end of the Master of Arts in Teaching graduate program. At the undergraduate level, students must complete a major in order to graduate from the university. This major (and additional courses where noted) forms the basis of the requirements for the teaching field and prepares students for the certification content exam. Students may complete more than one major (with any additional content area requirements) in order to attain certification in more than one area. Students need at least one teaching field from among the certificate fields listed below as well as the required education coursework. Trinity only offers certification in the fields listed. Students with a major other than their intended teaching field should speak with a faculty member about certification options.

Courses listed after the major have been identified as important courses that meet the content standards for Texas certification. Some students will be able to take these courses within the major (“including”), while other students will need to take the courses in addition to the major (“plus”). Major advisers and the supplemental adviser within the education department will be able to advise students in each area.

Certification Areas:

  • Art EC-12 Certification
  • Chinese Early Childhood—Grade 12 Certification
    • Chinese Studies Major
    • All language candidates must pass an oral proficiency exam given by the Education Department for program admission.
  • Chemistry 7-12 Certification
  • Computer Science 8-12 Certification
    • Computer Science Major, including CSCI 3343
      (Note: CSCI 1307 is required of all candidates for certification, including Computer Science candidates.)
  • English Language Arts and Reading 7-12 Certification
  • French Early Childhood—Grade 12 Certification
    • French Major
    • All language candidates must pass an oral proficiency exam given by the Education Department for program admission.
  • German Early Childhood—Grade 12 Certification
    • German Major, including GERM 3305*
    • All language candidates must pass an oral proficiency exam given by the Education Department for program admission.
  • History 7-12 Certification
    • History Major, including HIST 3376 and 3388, plus 1 course from U.S. History, 1 course from European History, and at least 1 course each from 3 of the following 4 fields: African History, Asian History, Latin American History, and Middle East History
    • URBS 1316/SOCI 1316 (recommended)
  • Journalism 7-12 Certification
  • Latin Early Childhood—Grade 12 Certification
  • Life Science 7-12 Certification
    Select from one of the following options:                                                                                                      
    • Biology Major, including BIOL 3430, plus EDUC 3342
    • Neuroscience Major, plus BIOL 3430 and additional upper division Biology courses to equal 24 hours total in Biology, plus EDUC 3342
  • Mathematics 7-12 Certification
  • Physical Science 6-12 Certification (Student is certified to teach Chemistry and Physics)
    Select from one of the following options: 
  • Physics/Mathematics 7-12 Certification
    Select from one of the following options:                     
  • Social Studies 7-12 Certification
    Select from one of the following options:                    
    • History Major, including HIST 3376 and 3388, plus 1 course from U.S. History, 1 course from European History, and at least 1 course each from 3 of the following 4 fields: African History, Asian History, Latin American History, and Middle East History
    • Economics Major, including ECON 2301 and 3117
      • Plus History (HIST 3376 and 3388, plus 1 course from U.S. History, 1 course from European History, and at least 1 course each from 3 of the following 4 fields: African History, Asian History, Latin American History, and Middle East History
      • Plus Political Science (PLSI 1301* and 1331*)
      • Plus one of the following courses: URBS 1316/SOCI 1316, PSYC 1300*, or SOCI 1301*
    • Political Science Major, including PLSI 1301* and 1331*
      • Plus History (HIST 3376 and 3388, plus 1 course from U.S. History, 1 course from European History, and at least 1 course each from 3 of the following 4 fields: African History, Asian History, Latin American History, and Middle East History
      • Plus Economics (ECON 1311*, 1312*, 3117) [ECON 2301 and one (1) upper division economics course are recommended]
      • Plus one of the following courses: URBS 1316/SOCI 1316, PSYC 1300*, or SOCI 1301*
    • Sociology Major, including SOCI 1301*
      • Plus History (HIST 3376 and 3388, plus 1 course from U.S. History, 1 course from European History, and at least 1 course each from 3 of the following 4 fields: African History, Asian History, Latin American History, and Middle East History
      • Plus Economics (ECON 1311*, 1312*, 3117) [ECON 2301 and one (1) upper division economics course are recommended]
      • Plus Political Science (PLSI 1301* and 1331*)
      • Plus URBS 1316/SOCI 1316 (Human Geography) or PYSC 1300
  • Spanish Early Childhood—Grade 12 Certification
    • Spanish Major, including SPAN 3311 or 3312*
      • All language candidates must pass an oral proficiency exam given by the Education Department for program admission.
  • Speech 7-12 Certification
  • Theatre Arts EC-12 Certification

Certification for All-level Music

(Early Childhood-Grade 12) Students pursue a major in music including courses for certification. Students will be certified to teach music to students age 3 to grade 12. Students should complete the following undergraduate requirements:

I. Education Course of Study

A. 2 practicum courses are required (EDUC 2204, 2205).

B. EDUC 1331* and 3320* are required.

C. CSCI 1300-7* or equivalency is required.

II. Music major, including

A minimum of 72 credit hours in music. Students may choose from a choral or an instrumental option.

  • Choral emphasis: 1000 (7 semesters), 1203, 1103, 1113, 1204, 1104, 1114, 2203, 2103, 2113, 2204, 2104, 2114, 3121, 3223, 3225, 3341, 3342, 4301; 18 credits of applied music in one area (14 of which must be at the level of 22-- or above); four (4) credits of applied music in a secondary area; 8 credits of large ensemble, 1161, 3162, 4321, 4361, 4363; and 1 credit of music electives.
  • Instrumental emphasis: 1000 (7 semesters), 1203, 1103, 1113, 1204, 1104, 1114, 2203, 2103, 2113, 2204, 2104, 2114, 3121, 3223, 3224, 3341, 3342, 4301; 18 credits of applied music in one area (14 of which must be at the level of 22-- or above); 1122 (or 1 credit of applied music in a secondary area); 8 credits of large ensemble, 1161, 2161, 2162, 2163, 2164, 4264, 4361, 4362; and 2 credits of music electives.
  • Elementary emphasis: 1000 (7 semesters), 1203, 1103, 1113, 1204, 1104, 1114, 2203, 2103, 2113, 2204, 2104, 2114, 3121, 3223, 3224 or 3225, 3341, 3342, 4301, 18 credits of applied music in one area (14 of which must be at the level of 22-- or above) and 4 credits of applied music in a secondary area, 8 credits of large ensemble, 1161, 3162, 4321, 4361, 4364, and 1 credit of music electives.

Supplemental Certification for English as a Second Language (ESL) and Special Education

Our program offers courses leading to supplemental certificates in special education and/or ESL.

I. Special Education

Students may add a supplemental certificate in Special Education by completing the following undergraduate courses (EDUC 1331*, 3330, and 3332/3335) and specialized courses during the graduate year.

II. English as Second Language (ESL)

Students may add a supplemental certificate in English as a Second Language by completing the following undergraduate courses: EDUC 3344, and EDUC 3345 and specialized courses during the graduate year.

Students seeking elementary or secondary certification are encouraged to pursue Special Education and/or ESL supplemental certification. In secondary, the supplemental certificate attaches to the content area certificate.


Fifth Year Graduate Course of Study 

The fifth year of the M.A.T. program consists of a summer session and two semesters (30 hours). Upon completion of the fifth year, students receive a M.A.T. (Master of Arts in Teaching), a professional degree.

Those students seeking Certification EC-6

I. During the graduate year of study, students in general education will complete the following: Summer: EDUC 5350, 5351; Fall: 5339, 5360, 5661; Spring: 5263, 5352, 5763.

II. During the graduate year of study, students pursuing a general education and a supplemental Special Education certificate will complete the following: Summer: EDUC 5350, 5351; Fall: 5339, 5360, 5661; Spring: 5263, 5340, 5464, 5352, 5337.

Those students seeking Secondary Certification

I. During the graduate year of study, students in general education will complete the following: Summer: EDUC 5350, 5351; Fall: 5339, 5370, 5671; Spring: 5273, 5352, 5337.

II. During the graduate year of study, students pursuing a general education and a supplemental Special Education certificate will complete the following: Summer: EDUC 5350, 5351; Fall: 5339, 5370, 5671; Spring: 5273, 5340, 5474, 5352, 5337.

Those students seeking Certification All-Level Music

During the graduate year of study, students in general education will complete the following: EDUC 5339, 5349, 5350, 5351, 5346, 5647, and 5948.


Application for Certification

It is necessary to apply for a Texas teacher certificate through the Texas Education Agency upon completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching program. This process will be facilitated by the Director of Certification in the Department of Education. Application for certification must be made during the semester in which the student will complete degree requirements.

All Teacher and Administrator Preparation Program graduates applying for state certification must pass proficiency tests and the TExES examinations in their fields of certification, and pay all applicable fees related to state certification. Candidates in the School Psychology program are required to take and pass the Praxis examination in order to complete their national accreditation.

Students apply to the M.A.T. program in mid-January of their senior year (by the published deadline) or as post-baccalaureate candidates if they have an earned bachelor’s degree or higher. Candidates submit a single, combined electronic application for admission to both the M.A.T. program and Trinity University Graduate Studies. The online application is available at https://admissions.trinity.edu/apply/.

In addition to completing the online application, other items required for consideration for entry to the program include:

  1. Required Education courses for the elementary program are: EDUC 1331, 3320, 2201, 3301, 3341, 3351, and CSCI 1300-7 or equivalent. Required Education courses for the secondary program are: EDUC 1331, 3320, 2202, 3302, and CSCI 1300-7 or equivalent. Required Education courses for the All-Level Music program are: EDUC 1331, 3320, 2204, 2205, and CSCI 1300-7 or equivalent. Please note that students may apply without all prerequisite coursework completed; however, all requirements must be completed by July 1st before the M.A.T. program begins.
  2. Official transcripts documenting a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher overall, and/or on the last 60 undergraduate hours; and in major coursework (GPAs of 2.75 – 2.99 can be considered through an exceptions process and will possibly require additional coursework or assessment).
  3. Official GRE score report (if applicable). Currently enrolled Trinity students and applicants possessing a bachelor’s degree from Trinity and/or an earned graduate degree from an accredited institution are exempt from this requirement.
  4. Four (4) references obtained via the online application process, with one from each of the following categories: (a) a faculty advisor within the applicant’s major and/or proposed teaching field; (b) an education professor who has overseen the applicant’s field experience or coursework; (c) an individual who has observed the applicant’s work with children or youth; and (d) an individual who has supervised the applicant in a job or volunteer position.
  5. Electronic Portfolio documenting the applicant’s work with students and any coursework in education (format and examples will be provided).
  6. A group interview process as well as an individual interview with a faculty panel where the applicant presents his/her electronic portfolio as well as answers questions.
  7. Written essay completed at the time of the interview.
  8. Demonstration of deep content knowledge via transcript review and/or exam scores. Depending upon the strength of a candidate’s content preparation in his/her proposed teaching field, the university may request that a candidate take the TExES exam for his/her respective content teaching area to demonstrate the content area proficiency required by the State of Texas for teaching certification.If accommodations are required for any part of the application process due to a special learning need, please provide documentation to the Education Department in advance so that appropriate arrangements can be made.Please note that all candidates admitted to the M.A.T. program will be required to pass a criminal background check with the local school district in which they will intern before receiving an internship placement. Failure to pass this background check will result in the candidate’s dismissal from the program since significant coursework is required to be completed within the assigned school setting. As part of the admission process, candidates will be asked to sign a statement indicating their understanding of this requirement.

All application materials will be reviewed by the Council on Teacher Education, a multi-disciplinary university committee that serves as the admission decision-making body for the Master of Arts in Teaching program.

In accordance with 19 TAC 228.35(a)(5), the Department of Education at Trinity University evaluates, and may accept, military service, training, or education toward fulfillment of program prerequisite admission requirements. Military service, training, or education must be directly related to the certificate being sought and may not take the place of certification examinations. To be eligible, individuals must meet one or both of the following requirements:

  • Honorably discharged from the U.S. military, or
  • Completed a minimum of two years of service in the U.S. military and have been discharged as a result of a service-related disability.

For more information, contact Dr. Laura Allen at lallen@trinity.edu or (210) 999-7598.

Applicants should include a Joint Services Transcript or other verifiable documentation of military service, training, or education with their application to graduate study.

Applicants who are not military service members or military veterans can request the Department of Education to evaluate previous service, training, or education toward fulfillment of program prerequisite admission requirements. Service, training, or education may not count as part of internship, clinical teaching, or practicum requirements, must be directly related to the certificate being sought, and must be provided by an approved EPP or accredited institution of higher education within the past five years. Applicants should include official transcripts or other verifiable documentation with their application to graduate study.

 

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