Dual-Degree BA/MAT or BS/MAT in Elementary Education (4+1)

Program Contact: Christina Pavlak, 203-582-3192

The purpose of Quinnipiac’s Dual-Degree BA/MAT or BS/MAT program is to prepare graduates with perspectives, knowledge and skills to become master educators. The School of Education recognizes that the concept of educator is three-dimensional, and that successful educators must be teachers, learners and leaders. Therefore, graduates of the Master of Arts in Teaching program are teachers who lead all students to learn, learners who continue to learn as they continue to teach, and leaders who influence the culture of their schools in ways that support best practices in teaching and learning.

The program reflects the spirit and mission of Quinnipiac University with close attention to the teaching standards for the state of Connecticut and to the standards of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The three values of “excellence in education, a sensitivity to students, and a spirit of community” which are at the heart of Quinnipiac’s mission statement are woven through the program.

General Information

The dual-degree program provides the means for Quinnipiac students to earn a bachelor’s degree in an academic major and a master of arts in teaching degree leading to certification through the Connecticut State Department of Education. Consistent with the university’s mission, arts and sciences studies are integrated with professional studies to prepare graduates who have depth and breadth of content knowledge and strong pedagogical skills.

The dual-degree program is divided into a two-year preprofessional component and a three-year professional component. The two-year preprofessional program includes a required introductory course (ED 140) that acquaints prospective teacher candidates with the teaching profession. Students are encouraged to take this course during their first year but no later than the fall semester of their sophomore year. Additional courses required before the junior year include educational philosophy and diversity (ED 250 and ED 260).

Students begin their professional component in the fall semester of their junior year. Supervised fieldwork, an integral part of the professional component, includes undergraduate observation and fieldwork, a graduate internship/residency, and student teaching. Following completion of the fourth year of study, students receive a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree in their academic major. Students begin their graduate work immediately following graduation. Any teacher candidate enrolled in the dual-degree program who does not complete all the requirements for undergraduate completion of the bachelor’s degree as anticipated will not be allowed to enter any graduate fifth year without the written consent of the program director.

Note: Because the MAT program is subject to state review on a regular basis, prospective and current students are advised to see the School of Education for up-to-date program information.