M.A.T. Admission Requirements

  1. A non-refundable $75 transcript evaluation fee.
  2. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended must be mailed to the Division of Graduate Studies.
  3. Combined Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 from all completed coursework
  4. If an applicant’s cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) is below 3.0, the applicant must present a score rated at the 35th percentile or higher on the Miller Analogies Test, as indicated below:

    Undergraduate Miller Analogies Test Required Scores:

    3.0 or higher –– M.A.T. not required
    2.57 to 2.99 35th percentile
    2.47 to 2.56 45th percentile
    2.37 to 2.46 50th percentile
    Below 2.37 60th percentile

  5. Passing score on Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Tests or waiver from the CSDE.
  6. Passing score on content area Praxis II Subject Assessment(s).
  7. For Spanish candidates: Passing score on ACTFL; oral and written proficiency exams.
  8. Completed graduate application, mini-portfolio, three references and a non-refundable $50 application fee.
  9. Immunization Records if born after Dec. 31, 1956.
  10. Qualified applicants will then be invited to interview.
  11. A review of the application will be completed by the M.A.T. program admissions review committee.

Program Entry Interviews and Academic Planning

Each candidate must meet with the M.A.T. coordinator and department chair or representative. This is a 15- month cohort model providing the required coursework leading to teacher certification in the selected area and a master’s degree. Candidates are expected to take all courses in a specified sequence totaling 42 semester hours.

Program Completion and Eligibility for State Teacher’s Certification

Passing score or waiver on PRAXIS I examination, the appropriate passing scores on Praxis II, and ACTFL exams of oral and written proficiency are required for Connecticut state teacher certification. Once a student has completed all his/her teacher certification requirements, the university’s teacher certification officer will file with the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) the necessary documents for the student’s receipt of CSDE teacher certification.

Dismissal from, Admission to, or Retention in Professional Teacher Education Program

Strict guidelines for admission to and retention in the teacher education certification programs include academic excellence. Students who fail to meet or maintain established admission and retention criteria will be dismissed from the program. The M.A.T. program oversight committee will recommend candidates for student teaching during the third cohort semester.

Dismissal from the Student Teaching Experience

Superintendents, school district facilitators, cooperating teachers, principals, university supervisors and faculty members of the E&EP department, in consultation with the appropriate arts and sciences, health education, or music education faculty members, reserve the right to remove a student teacher from any student teaching/ clinical experience.

A recommendation for dismissal can be based on but is not limited to:

  1. An absence of five or more consecutive teaching days in a 15-week (75 full teaching days) assignment or three or more consecutive days in a seven week (35 full teaching days) assignment, without presenting a verified explanation.
  2. A failure to demonstrate the state-mandated teaching competencies during student teaching or any clinical experience.
  3. Evidence of abuse of alcohol or other drugs.
  4. Written recommendation from the PK-12 public school’s cooperating teacher, principal, the E&EP department chair and/or the coordinator of student teaching that the student teacher be removed from the clinical placement due to the student teacher’s failure to meet the school’s expectations.
  5. Non-professional behavior as documented by the PK-12 public school’s cooperating teacher, principal or department chair.
  6. Violation of the CSDE Code of Professional Responsibility.
  7. Allegation or conviction for sexual, physical or emotional intimidation, harassment or abuse of PK-12 students.
  8. Allegation or confirmation of a felony indictment.

When problems arise during a student teaching/clinical experience, the university supervisor notifies the coordinator of student teaching in a formal letter that clearly states both the concerns and the steps that have been taken to rectify the situation. The coordinator of student teaching then forwards this information to the chair of the E&EP department who, in turn, meets with involved parties –– the student teacher, the coordinator of student teaching, the university supervisor and the assistant dean/certification officer –– to investigate the
situation, develop plans for improvement or to recommend dismissal of the student teacher from the program.

The chair of the E&EP department confirms all decisions of this meeting via a letter to the student teacher. The letter is signed by the chairperson of the E&EP department and the coordinator of student teaching; copies are sent to the dean and assistant dean of the School of Professional Studies.

The student teacher has the right to submit a written appeal within seven days of a notification of dismissal, to the chair of the E&EP department, the coordinator of student teaching and the university supervisor. The affected student also has the right –– within two weeks of the hearing date –– to appeal, in writing, his/her dismissal to the dean of professional studies.

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