The Master of Arts in Teaching, English Language Arts Education with ESOL Endorsement is a state-approved initial teacher preparation program for students seeking certification to teach English in grades 6-12, including students previously certified to teach in another field.
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The English Language Arts Education with ESOL Endorsement MAT requires a minimum of 39 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree that includes ESOL endorsement and the option of adding Reading K-12 endorsement. The program is a secondary (grades 6-12) program for noneducation majors at the undergraduate level or teachers previously certified in another field.
The MAT program requires a portfolio of both reflective practice/analysis of professional development and demonstration of attainment of the pre-professional level of performance for all twelve of the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices. Multiple artifacts and reflective analyses are required for each of the accomplished practices. In addition, all portfolios require a final reflective analysis of students’ overall learning and professional development as the capstone portfolio entry. All portfolio entries are critical components of learning since they are the primary means of accessing the professional development of students as reflective practitioners. In addition, an internship is required.
Required Courses—33 Credit Hours
Core—16 Credit Hours
- ESE 6935 Introductory Seminar in Secondary Education* (1 credit hour)
- EDG 6415 Principles of Instruction and Classroom Management* (3 credit hours)
- TSL 5085 Teaching Language Minority Students in K-12 Classrooms* (3 credit hours)
- LAE 6637 Research in Teaching English (3 credit hours)
- EDF 6727 Critical Analysis of Social, Ethical, Legal, and Safety Issues Related to Education (3 credit hours)
- EDF 6237 Principles of Learning and Introduction to Classroom Assessment (3 credit hours)
*Must be taken in the first semester in the program.
Specialization—15 Credit Hours
- LAE 5338 Teaching Writing in Middle and High School (3 credit hours)
- LAE 5346 Methods of Teaching English Language Arts (3 credit hours)
- LAE 5465 Literature for Adolescents (3 credit hours)
- RED 5147 Developmental Reading (3 credit hours)
- TSL 6250 Applied Linguistics in ESOL (3 credit hours)
Capstone—2 Credit Hours
- ESE 6936 Capstone Seminar in Secondary Education (2 credit hours)
Students are required to complete 30 credit hours of co-requisite undergraduate and graduate English course work to meet certification requirements to teach English, grades 6-12. These may be previously earned undergraduate or graduate English credits, or include graduate credits in English approved for electives in the program. Only six credit hours of independent study courses may be used to satisfy degree requirements. It is important to see an adviser if courses are difficult to schedule in content areas.
- Complete a portfolio according to program guidelines. This portfolio requires demonstration of professional growth, reflection, and proficiency in the 12 Florida Educator Accomplished Practices.
- Pass all applicable sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination.
Internship—6 Credit Hours
- LAE 6946 Graduate Internship (6 credit hours)
Satisfactory completion of the Graduate Internship requires the student to demonstrate proficiency in all 12 Florida Educator Accomplished Practices at the pre-professional level in accordance with State Board of Education Rule 6A-5.065. Students must apply and be approved for Graduate Internship through the College of Education's Office of Clinical Experiences. Applications and deadlines are available at http://education.ucf.edu/clinicalexp.
Students in the Master of Arts in Teacher Education program pay a $64 equipment each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $32 per semester.
INDEPENDENT LEARNINGThe MAT program requires a portfolio of both reflective practice/analysis of professional development and demonstration of attainment of the pre-professional level of performance for all twelve of the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices. Multiple artifacts and reflective analyses are required for each of the accomplished practices. In addition, all portfolios require a final reflective analysis of students’ overall learning and professional development as the capstone portfolio entry. All portfolio entries are critical components of learning since they are the primary means of accessing the professional development of students as reflective practitioners. In addition, an internship is required.
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
- Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.
This program does not require GRE for admission, but in accordance with Florida Statute 1004.4 and State Board of Education Rule 6A-5.066, admission to this graduate-level, state-approved initial teacher preparation program requires one of the following: 1) a composite verbal-quantitative GRE score of at least 1000, or 2) having previously passed all four parts of the College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST), or 3) passing all four parts of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination/General Knowledge Test (FTCE/GKT). Applicants who do not meet this requirement via option 1 (GRE) or 2 (CLAST), must take and pass the FTCE/GKT for admission.
Students may not switch from an MAT program to an MEd program, or vice versa, without going through the university's admission process.
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Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website
, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information
section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.