Social Studies Program
The Master of Arts (M.A.T.) in Teaching Middle/Secondary: Social Studies is designed to meet the professional needs of individuals from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. The program blends graduate study in pedagogical methods and curriculum for the culturally diverse and inclusive learning environment. The content of the discipline is delivered in a scheduled set of core and elective courses based on transcript review of prior coursework. Pedagogy is approached from the perspective of research on human development and learning. The curriculum helps students master the teaching of integrated methods, offers extensive field experiences, and provides opportunities to explore new technologies in the classroom. The goal is the preparation of middle and secondary educators for the contemporary classroom with a global perspective. Depending on each individual’s background and experience students select from two program options: 1) certification courses for students without teaching experience or who wish to become teachers. This option is designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree and seek certification in the discipline or its equivalent. (2) non-certification for students with teaching experience and previous teaching certification. This option is appropriate for the educator who seeks advanced course work in the discipline, educational theory or pedagogy.
For more information on the Master of Arts in Teaching Middle/Secondary: Social Studies, refer to the Education Division section of the catalog.
In addition to the general admission requirements, students should submit their undergraduate transcripts to the Program Director for Middle/Secondary Education, Division of Education for review. At the time of the transcript review prerequisites may be identified and added to the student’s program of study as requirement(s). Students will be notified about outstanding courses required for prerequisites or certification during the acceptance process.
Other Requirements for MAT Certification:
- Acceptance into the Professional Educator Preparation Program after successfully completing 12 credit hours at Rivier University.
- Other program requirements such as field experiences are indicated in the Program Handbook.
- A comprehensive examination is required prior to the student teaching internship. See Program Handbook for comprehensive examination requirements and policies.
- In order to be recommended for certification, students must earn a passing score on the licensing tests required by the New Hampshire Department of Education.
Other Requirements for MAT Non-Certification Students:
A comprehensive examination is required prior to the student teaching internship. See Program Handbook for comprehensive examination requirements and policies.