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1 Texas Womans University Master of Arts in Teaching Next Slide MAT New Student Orientation Spring, 2009 Are you ready to enter a rewarding career in a profession that is in high demand? Consider the Texas Womans University Master of Arts in Teaching Program

2 Texas Womans University Master of Arts in Teaching Next Slide MAT New Student Orientation Spring, 2009 Why TWU? Texas Womans University is the nations largest university primarily for women, although it has admitted both men and women since Its campuses in Denton, Dallas and Houston are joined by an e-learning campus offering innovative online degree programs in business, education and general studies. Seven consecutive years of growth have produced a record enrollment of 12,469.

3 Texas Womans University Master of Arts in Teaching Next Slide MAT New Student Orientation Spring, 2009 Almost from its very beginning in 1901 graduates of Texas Womans University (then known as the College of Industrial Arts, or CIA) were being employed as teachers in the schools and communities of Texas.

4 Texas Womans University Master of Arts in Teaching Next Slide MAT New Student Orientation Spring, 2009 The first special teacher certificate law was passed by the State Legislature and made applicable to TWU only. As a result of this law, the Department of Education was created at TWU and Texas Womans University became the first institution in Texas to begin the formal preparation of kindergarten teachers.

5 Texas Womans University Master of Arts in Teaching Next Slide MAT New Student Orientation Spring, 2009 From that small beginning the teacher preparation program at Texas Womans University was launched. In the century since, TWU has been a leader in producing outstanding educators for our nations schools. Today, TWU sends over 500 educators each year into classrooms and schools throughout Texas and many other states.

6 Texas Womans University Master of Arts in Teaching Next Slide MAT New Student Orientation Spring, 2009 Educators graduate from TWU to serve as elementary, middle and high school teachers, early childhood and reading teachers, special educators, principals, superintendents, counselors, and educational diagnosticians.

7 Texas Womans University Master of Arts in Teaching Next Slide MAT New Student Orientation Spring, 2009 At Texas Womans University teacher preparation is truly a collaborative effort involving 18 different departments and over 45 different school district partners.

8 Texas Womans University Master of Arts in Teaching Next Slide MAT New Student Orientation Spring, 2009 Practical, hands-on experience has always been a hallmark of teacher preparation at TWU. Each semester our teacher education students spend an aggregate of 14,000 hours in observations and practicums in PK-12 classrooms. Our student teachers and interns will finish their field- based experiences with over 560 hours teaching and working in classrooms and schools.

9 Texas Womans University Master of Arts in Teaching Next Slide MAT New Student Orientation Spring, 2009 Approximately 280 preservice teachers and 170 interns receive full- time field-based experience each year through TWUs educator preparation programs.

10 Texas Womans University Master of Arts in Teaching Next Slide MAT New Student Orientation Spring, 2009 With a passing rate of 99% on state certification exams and high marks from the schools that employ them, the teacher preparation program at Texas Womans University has a well-deserved reputation for producing extraordinary educators who are making a difference in schools in Texas and throughout the world.

11 Texas Womans University Master of Arts in Teaching Next Slide MAT New Student Orientation Spring, 2009 Why the MAT at TWU? Teacher Certification Masters Degree Flexibility Quality Preparation Excellent Resources

12 Texas Womans University Master of Arts in Teaching Next Slide MAT New Student Orientation Spring, 2009 Teacher Certification TWUs MAT program allows individuals to obtain initial teacher certification while at the same time earning a graduate degree. Certification is available in 23 different teaching fields and levels (Early Childhood-Grade 6, Grades 4-8, Grades 8-12, and Early Childhood – Grade 12).

13 Texas Womans University Master of Arts in Teaching Next Slide MAT New Student Orientation Spring, 2009 Masters Degree Obtaining teacher certification within the context of a graduate degree program adds a level of quality and academic rigor not usually present in certification only programs. Texas Womans University has a national reputation for outstanding graduate programs. A TWU Masters degree will add value and prestige to your career as a professional educator.

14 Texas Womans University Master of Arts in Teaching Next Slide MAT New Student Orientation Spring, 2009 Flexibility At the same time, the program has the flexibility to meet the needs of individuals who, due to their situations, may need to fit their graduate studies around many other demands and responsibilities in life.

15 Texas Womans University Master of Arts in Teaching Next Slide MAT New Student Orientation Spring, 2009 Outstanding Faculty The faculty of the Master of Arts in Teaching program come from across the university from many different departments. Most have doctorates in their field and many years teaching and mentoring prospective teachers. Most of them have considerable experience as elementary, middle school and high school teachers, reading, special education and bilingual teachers, as well as counselors, principals and superintendents.

16 Texas Womans University Master of Arts in Teaching Next Slide MAT New Student Orientation Spring, 2009 Excellent Resources As a program of a public university the MAT also offers you access to a great deal of resources and support services that you may not find in other teacher certification program. These resources are available to help you succeed in your graduate program and to gain the foundation and skills you need to be an effective and reflective educator. These resources include library and information services, technology, research, and access to the some of the top scholars and practitioners in the nation.

17 Texas Womans University Master of Arts in Teaching Next Slide MAT New Student Orientation Spring, 2009 The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is an interdisciplinary degree designed to prepare students who hold a baccalaureate degree but do not have initial teacher certification. The MAT meets the teacher certification standards set by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC). The Master of Arts in Teaching at TWU

18 Texas Womans University Master of Arts in Teaching Next Slide MAT New Student Orientation Spring, 2009 The MAT emphasizes professional academic preparation that requires graduate students to become knowledgeable about academic disciplines as well as effective teaching practices. The program is designed to help students develop critical thinking skills and to provide an orientation toward lifelong learning.

19 Texas Womans University Master of Arts in Teaching Next Slide MAT New Student Orientation Spring, 2009 The MAT degree program focuses on: The multiple roles of a teacher as a researcher/scholar/practitioner Theory and research-based practices for curriculum design and instruction Increased content knowledge needed for instruction Application of appropriate technology in education Assessment of teaching and learning Understanding of socio-cultural and learning differences among students Collaborative leadership to improve schools

20 Texas Womans University Master of Arts in Teaching Next Slide MAT New Student Orientation Spring, 2009 The Master of Arts in Teaching at TWU is a minimum 32 hour program composed of four components: Coursework in Pedagogy (16 hours) Coursework in Content (9 or more hours) Supported Field Experience (6-12 hours) Professional Portfolio (1 hour)

21 Texas Womans University Master of Arts in Teaching Next Slide MAT New Student Orientation Spring, 2009 A Bachelors Degree A 3.0 or higher GPA on the last 60 semester hours of college work A 2.5 or higher GPA on all previous college work Texas Higher Education Admission (THEA) test scores of 260 or above in Reading 240 or above in Math 240 or above in Written Language (scores on an approved alternate test may be substituted for the THEA) A completed application Approval by committee Criteria for Admission to the MAT Program

22 Texas Womans University Master of Arts in Teaching Next Slide MAT New Student Orientation Spring, 2009 Complete the Texas Common Application for graduate admission online at https://www.applytexas.org/adappc/commonapp.WBX https://www.applytexas.org/adappc/commonapp.WBX (A nonrefundable application fee of $30, $50 for international students, is required of each applicant.) Submit official transcripts from each college or university attended (no copies accepted) to Office of Student Records Processing, TWU, P.O. Box , Denton, TX How to Apply

23 Texas Womans University Master of Arts in Teaching Next Slide MAT New Student Orientation Spring, 2009 Why the MAT at Texas Womans University? Reputation and record of preparing quality educators Expertise and experience of faculty Course and program rigor Resources and support Extensive options and variety Find out more about why the Master of Arts in Teaching degree at TWU may be right for you!

24 Texas Womans University Master of Arts in Teaching Next Slide MAT New Student Orientation Spring, 2009 For More Information: The MAT at TWU The Quality You Expect…The Flexibility You Need


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