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Elementary MAT 2018

Become a certified Elementary School Teacher

Flexible and streamlined program 

RIC's Elementary Education MAT program is offering a fast track route to earn a master's degree with eligibility for certification. This 1-year intensive, graduate program begins in early May with coursework structured to include field experiences, face-to-face course time and online discourse. Intensive course practicum experiences begin with the fall semester and culminate the following spring semester with a full-time student teaching experience. This fast track route is one option for completing our Master of Arts in Teaching program. For candidates who find that it is too intensive, we offer options to move into our regular, slower-paced program, or to 'mix and match' the two options as needs change. Our programs are flexible and stream-lined, and we work to meet your needs while providing courses and experiences to prepare you to work in today's elementary classrooms.


Summer: Foundations & Beginning Methods (16 credits)
    April 30th - May 24th (Tuesdays and Thursdays). Course requires 10-15 hours of working with children (outside of class time) and will be taught off campus.
  • 10:30 am to 2:30 pm, ELED 500 Reflections: The Art and Science of Teaching (3)
    May 14th-June 20th (Mondays & Wednesdays)
  • 3:00 to 6:35 pm, CEP 552 Psychological Perspectives on Learning and Teaching (3)    
  June Intensive: May 29th - June 21st (Monday - Thursday, except first day is a Tuesday due to Memorial Day). Courses are held in the morning.
  • 8:30-10:30 am,  ELED 528 Teaching Social Studies in Elementary Schools (3)
  • 10:30 am -12:30 pm,  SPED 531 Instructional Approaches to Children with Special Needs (3)
  Summer Session II: June 25th - August 3rd, (Wednesdays, with additional field hours completed separately). Course will be taught off campus.
  • 10:00 am-2:00 pm, FNED 546 Contexts of Schooling (4) 
Fall: Practicum (12 credits)
    Courses are held during the day. 
  • Monday, 8 wks (1st half), 8:00 am - 2:00 pm, ELED 522 Reading I MAT Practicum (3)
  • Monday, 8 wks (2nd half), 8:00 am - 2:00 pm, ELED 527 Language Arts MAT Practicum (3)
  • Friday, full semester, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, ELED 537 Science MAT Practicum (3)
  • Thursday, full semester, 8:00 - 12:00 pm, ELED 538 Mathematics MAT Practicum (3)
Spring: Student Teaching (9 credits)
    This is a full semester, full day experience, 5 days per week following the school district's calendar. The seminar is once per week in the evening for two hours.
  • ELED 559 Student Teaching in the Elementary School (7)
  • ELED 569 Student Teaching Seminar in Elementary Education (2)
Admissions Requirements:
  • Undergraduate degree with minimum GPA of 3.0 and content background appropriate for teaching elementary school
  • Test scores from Praxis II Multiple Subjects Exam (5001) including passing scores on each subtest: Reading and Language Arts( 5002)-157; Mathematics (5003)-157; Social Studies (5004)-155; Science (5005)-159.
  • Test scores from Praxis I Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) are required.  Math score of at least 150, Reading score of at least 156, Writing score of at least 162, and Composite score of 468, with no test score more than 3 points below the cut. For more information on options for meeting the basic skills requirement Admissions Basic Skills Test Requirements
  • Statement of Educational Philosophy
  • Two disposition references and letters of recommendation
  • Your resume outlining educational and work experiences
Admissions application 

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Contact Information:

Program Coordinator, Dr. Martha Horn, 401-456-8374