Teaching (MAT)

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Teaching (MAT) Overview

The accelerated Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree is designed for those planning careers in the teaching profession in early elementary (PreK-4); secondary levels (7-12 in the areas of biology, chemistry, English, mathematics, physics, social studies); or K-12 art education. Many Chatham education courses draw from the UN Sustainable Development Goals, preparing you to take steps towards ending poverty, fighting inequality, and stopping climate change from your position as a classroom teacher. As a Chatham Education graduate, you will stand out from other new teachers because Chatham will train you to help K-12 students critically examine and solve social problems, economic problems, and environmental problems in their community. Most classes are conveniently offered in the evening, and some are offered online. Attending full-time allows you to complete the program in as few as four terms.
Degrees Offered
  • MA
Program School
Application Deadline


Fall Recommended Deadline – July 1; rolling admission until August 1.

Credits Required

44 - 51

The program may be completed in four terms of full-time study.

Cost Per Credit


Cost consists of program tuition (cost per credit times number of credits) as well as any applicable University and degree-specific fees.

Did You Know?


Undergraduate requirements for certification in a given area can be completed before a student begins the MAT program or can be completed at Chatham along with the MAT curriculum.

Explore the Master of Arts in Teaching Degree:


  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Applicant's transcripts will be reviewed to determine whether students have completed the academic requirements specified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in the standards for the desired certification area.

Admission Requirements:

Applicant to the MAT program must submit the following information to the Office of Admissions for review:

  • Completed online application - resume and essay can be uploaded to the application but can also be sent independently
  • Official Transcripts (must be sent from the school's Registrar’s Office) from all colleges and universities you have attended including those in which you may have transfer credits, attended a community college, received AP credits from a college while in high school, enrolled in a summer course, participated in a study abroad, etc.
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Two (2) academic or professional letters of recommendation (must be sent by the recommender) in the form of a Word or PDF document. This is a free-form recommendation and there will not be a link or form sent to your recommenders.
  • Admissions Essay - In approximately 500 words, please discuss your motivation for pursuing graduate education. How your personal or professional background relates to your interests and goals. What you believe is one of the most serious problems facing American education today and how might you, as a teacher, begin to make a difference for your students. How will the Chatham MAT degree can help you achieve the goals that you have set for yourself.

All admissions documents should be emailed.

EDU502 Perspectives on Education

Students examine how an education system and society shape one another. Topics include the purpose of school in society; how social constructs (i.e. race, gender) interact with the education system; issues of power and control; the role of technology, and how we can provide an education for all that promotes equity and sustainability.

EDU581 Pedagogical Practices

This course focuses on the characteristics of effective teaching practices and examines different instructional models that effective teachers help students learn. Students are first introduced to these models and then practice teaching using the models they learn. The course also discusses best practices that align for education for sustainability and equity such as backwards design, performance assessment, and project based learning. Students learn how to create instruction for diverse groups of students so that all might succeed in the classroom.

EDU530 Diverse Family and Professional Partnerships

This course provides students with an understanding of issues pertaining to student diversity and also examines partnerships and relationships between communities, schools, students and parents. Students will develop an understanding of how socially constructed categories such as race, sexuality, and nationality emerge, evolve, inform, and affect the individual, schools, families and communities. This course prepares students for responsible citizenship in a global community.

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My experience at Chatham provided me with hands-on learning experiences and the opportunity to make a positive impact within my community. I gained an in-depth understanding of education and a heightened appreciation of the world. Choosing to further my education and pursue a master’s degree allowed me to make valuable connections, pursue necessary professional skills and foster personal development necessary to be a 21st century leader.

—Michael White, MAT program graduate

Our Faculty

Faculty members are accomplished teachers, scholars, practitioners, and active leaders in the field. We care about our communities and our planet, and those commitments are apparent in all the work that we do.  

Full Faculty
Kristin Harty
Program Director & Associate Professor of Special Education
Tyra Good
Director of NAATE and Assistant Professor of Professional Practice

Assistantships & Fellowships

Chatham offers graduate assistantships and work-study positions that provide students with valuable experience and help reduce the cost of tuition in the form of tuition remission or paid compensation. A limited selection of additional program-specific aid such as fellowships, scholarships and tuition waivers are available for specific programs.

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Financial Aid

MAT students can use federal funding programs to help offset the costs of tuition or qualify for student loan forgiveness.

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Solutions to Racial Inequalities in Education

MAT students develop culturally sustaining teaching practices through the nexus of creating equitable school-family-community partnerships. A number of graduate courses integrate educational technologies to transform learning. Through these means, graduate students connect with educational leaders focused on creating solutions to racial inequalities in education.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your questions are answered in this set of FAQs about the Masters in Teaching program at Chatham University.

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Dr. Tyra Good, assistant professor of education, knows a thing or two about culturally responsive education. In fact, she teaches it—courses with names like Teaching in Urban Schools, Issues of Poverty and Race in Education, and Diverse Family Community Partnerships.

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