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  Dec 11, 2017
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Masters of Arts in Teaching English (certification program)

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Program Director and Advisor:
Brad Stull, Ph.D.
Office: Memorial Hall
Phone: (603) 897-8238

The certification-track M.A.T. is designed for those individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree in English, or its equivalent, and want to become certified to teach English/Language Arts in grades 5 through 12, fulfilling all the requirements for New Hampshire State Certification and most or all requirements for secondary certification in many other states.


Prospective teachers graduating with an M.A.T. in English should be prepared to:

  • Enhance their existing knowledge of literature, language, and writing.
  • Create learning strategies to teach secondary students the literature, reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking skills which are required by district, state, and national standards, and which prepare students for rich personal and civic lives.
  • Develop learning environments that foster rich language learning and thinking.
  • Apply a constructivist philosophy and integrated learning strategies to the development of curricula and the teaching of curricula.
  • Develop a personal teaching philosophy that is grounded in lifelong learning and a commitment to students and their learning.
  • Meet all requirements for New Hampshire State Certification as a secondary teacher of English.

Degree Requirements (39 credits)

The program director, depending on the student’s educational background and preparation, may authorize substitutions in the program.

Content Area Courses - Language and Literature (15 credits)

  • English electives: 4 courses. See course listing.

Internship/Seminar (6 credits)

The completion of 75 hours of early field experience (EFE) is required before ENG 635.

Other Requirements

  • Meeting with the program director to register for courses
  • Adherence to all requirements in Guide to M.A.T. Program
  • Comprehensive examination: Students have input on the content of their take-home examination, which asks them to synthesize material from courses in their graduate program and their internship experience. They have 72 hours to complete the examination. Follow-up discussion of the content of the exam with the department coordinator and another faculty member. (No credit.)
  • 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.


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