Graduate MAT Degree in Secondary Education

Program Contact: Christina Pavlak, 203-582-3192

The purpose of Quinnipiac’s graduate Master of Arts in Teaching program is to prepare teacher candidates 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 with close attention to the teaching standards for the state of Connecticut and to the standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The three values of “excellence in education, a sensitivity to students, and a spirit of community,” which are the heart of Quinnipiac’s mission statement, are woven throughout the program.

General Information

The Quinnipiac University secondary curriculum consists of an intensive five-semester program of study that begins in the fall semester. Each curriculum includes core certification courses that provide eligibility for teacher certification, advanced content (discipline) courses which satisfy master’s degree requirements, and a unique internship experience which provides pre-service teachers the opportunity to learn about schools, students and teaching.

The graduate MAT program offers Quinnipiac teacher candidates 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.


Candidates participate in an internship during the first two semesters of the program. Quinnipiac University has developed collaborative partnerships with school districts throughout central and southern Connecticut to provide graduate candidates with guided, hands-on professional practice and to defray some costs of the program. Candidates in the internship receive a tuition reduction during the internship semesters. (An optional second internship/residency is available during the final two semesters, resulting in significant additional tuition reduction.)  

Interns serve in area schools in a variety of capacities and as substitute teachers with guidance from an on-site adviser and from a Quinnipiac faculty member. Each intern has the opportunity to participate in staff meetings and take part in all school operations, becoming a valued member of the school faculty. In the late afternoon and early evening, candidates continue their formal studies on the Quinnipiac campus. During a residency, teacher candidates remain in a single classroom for 10 weeks or more as a co-teacher with a cooperating teacher and a university supervisor providing guidance and support.

Secondary Education MAT Curriculum

To complete all requirements of the MAT program, a candidate must complete all course work and successfully complete all performance tasks to qualify for teacher certification.

ED 500Internship and Seminar I1
ED 501Internship and Seminar II1
ED 509Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum3
ED 510Adolescent Development3
ED 521Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education3
ED 525Diversity in the Classroom3
ED 550Issues and Research in Education2
ED 571Learning and Teaching the Developing Child3
ED 573Advanced Teaching and Learning - Secondary3
ED 576Teacher Discourse in the Secondary Classroom3
ED 577Teaching English Language Learners in the Mainstream Classroom3
ED 601Student Teaching6
ED 616Secondary Education Internship III1
ED 617Internship and Career Development Seminar1
ED 693Research I2
ED 694Research II2
SPED 552Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom3
Select one of the following methods courses:3
Teaching Methods in Secondary Biology
and Science Laboratory Safety Course
Advanced Teaching Methods in Secondary Science (For Biology Teacher Candidates Only)
Disciplinary Core Ideas, Scientific and Engineering Practices, and Crosscutting Concepts (For Biology Teacher Candidates Only)
Methods II: Teaching English
Methods II: Teaching History/Social Studies
Methods II: Teaching Mathematics
Methods II: Teaching a World Language
Complete three graduate content discipline courses12
Total Credits58


To ensure admission into the program with a placement in an internship, applicants should complete the application process as early as possible. Admission to the graduate MAT program is based on a holistic review by MAT program faculty of the following admission requirements:

  1. A preferred 3.0 minimum overall undergraduate GPA (from all colleges and universities attended) with a subject area major or appropriate interdisciplinary major (applicants with an overall GPA below 2.67 will not be considered).
  2. A transcript review that indicates a “B” or better performance in courses related to mathematics as well as English/language arts. (Students whose transcripts do not meet this criteria will be required to provide proof of basic math/reading competencies as determined by the MAT program director.) 
  3. At least two written recommendations from individuals who have recent knowledge (within the last two years) of the applicant’s suitability as a prospective educator.
  4. A written essay completed on-site that meets program standards.
  5.  Evidence of strong basic skills in math, reading and writing.  Evidence of strong basic skills can be provided through SAT or ACT scores.  Alternatively, evidence may also be provided through completion of the Praxis Core Academic Skills Test.  SAT, ACT or Praxis Core results will be reviewed by the program director.  Any MAT candidate whose scores indicate an area of weakness will be required to participate in a non-credit bearing remediation program that addresses any area of underperformance in math, reading or writing.  Once completion of the remediation process is done by the candidate, the status of the candidate will be reviewed.  All candidates will be considered probationary status until the improvement of basic skills are documented and remediated.
  6. A formal interview during which the applicant is expected to demonstrate: an ability to communicate clearly; a demeanor appropriate to the teaching profession; and a maturity and attitude necessary to meet the demands of the MAT program.
  7. Effective July 1, 2010, Connecticut law requires all teacher candidates to undergo a criminal background check prior to being placed in a public school setting for field study, internship, and student teaching. Because a clinical experience is an integral part of each semester, failure to abide by this law will make an applicant ineligible for admission to the program. The School of Education has procedures in place to assist candidates in obtaining the background check. The cost of the background check is the responsibility of the teacher candidate.


Teacher candidates in the MAT program at Quinnipiac are expected to demonstrate the professional behaviors and dispositions articulated in both the School of Education’s Professional Attributes and Dispositions document and the CT Code of Professional Responsibility for Teachers. Candidates must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher for graduate courses in each semester with at least a B- or better in any education course. A grade of C+ or below in any education course (including the graduate content area courses) requires the candidate to retake the course at his/her expense and earn the minimum B- grade.

If the candidate, once formally accepted into the MAT program, fails to maintain the minimum GPA, that candidate may be allowed to remain in the program for a single semester on probationary status. If a candidate on probation fails to meet the minimum GPA by the end of the single probationary semester, that candidate is dismissed from the program. Granting of probationary status is subject to the director’s approval and is neither automatic nor guaranteed.

Candidates failing to meet professional standards in the program may be subject to suspension or dismissal. In addition, candidates who exhibit a lack of effort or responsibility in the program, or who reveal interpersonal skills unsuited or inappropriate for teaching, will be required to meet with the MAT program director to discuss continuation in the program.

The School of Education is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The U.S. Department of Education recognizes NCATE as a specialized accrediting body for schools, colleges and departments of education.

Note: Because the education 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.