Feb 26, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

MAT Program


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The Saint Michael’s College Master of Arts in Teaching program (MAT) provides an innovative and intensive program that attracts candidates from diverse backgrounds to be agents of change in the field of education.  The MAT is an accelerated one- or two-year program that leads to initial licensure and a master’s degree.  The MAT is designed as a fifth-year initial licensure option for undergraduates as well as a stand-alone master’s degree program that leads to licensure or an additional endorsement for those seeking a career change. The MAT offers licensure tracks in art, elementary (grades K-6), middle (grades 5-9), secondary (grades 7-12) and special education with the option of pursuing additional endorsements in English language learners, early childhood education (age 3-grade 3), and special education.  Candidates pursuing the one-year full-time option will begin coursework in May and graduate the following May.  The majority of courses in the summer and all fall courses are offered in the evening. Candidates complete a six hour per week practicum in the fall semester, and full-time student teaching and the capstone seminar in the spring semester.

Art Education


Saint Michael’s College Graduate Programs in Education has a state-approved program that leads to teacher licensure in visual arts (PK-12, PK-8, or 5-12).

Prerequisites for Admission to Art Education Licensure Program include:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • A major in visual arts or equivalent (30 credits) as defined in the Vermont Licensing Rules.
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0, and GPA of 3.0 in subject area.
  • Portfolio of 10 pieces showing range of artistic literacy to be presented at interview.
  • Successful completion of the entrance interview with Coordinator of Arts in Education and/or Graduate Director.
  • Evidence of successful work experience with children.


All initial licensure applicants will apply to the MAT.  We now offer an additional endorsement (different content area or level) for students if requirements have been met.  Please consult your advisor.

Elementary Education


Saint Michael’s College Graduate Programs in Education have a state-approved program that leads to licensure as an elementary teacher in grades K-6.

Prerequisites for Admission to the Elementary Licensure Program include:

  • A bachelor’s degree with successful completion of a liberal arts or science major or equivalent as defined in the Vermont Licensing Rules.
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher, and a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the major.
  • Successful completion of the entrance interview.
  • Evidence of successful work experience with children.


All initial licensure applicants will apply to the MAT.  Candidates may be eligible for an additional endorsement (different content area or level, for example, early childhood education) if requirements have been met.  Interested candidates should consult with their advisor.

Early Childhood Education Endorsement


The Early Childhood Education Endorsement for Pre-Kindergarten through grade 3 is available for all elementary education licensure students. It requires two supplementary early childhood courses: GED 521 Early Childhood Education: Foundations; GED 524 Early Childhood Education: Methods and Practice.

In order to be recommended for the early childhood education endorsement, students must take these courses in conjunction with all the required elementary education courses.

This endorsement is designed to prepare early education graduates who are committed to the provision of quality early childhood education for each and every child and their family. Using evidence-based practice, it emphasizes the values of equity and inclusion in supporting students to develop skills that will prepare them to work in diverse early education learning environments.

Middle Grades Education


Saint Michael’s College Graduate Programs in Education have a state-approved program that leads to licensure as a middle level teacher in grades 5-9 in English, social studies, science, or math.

Prerequisites for Admission to the Middle Level Licensure Program include:

  • A bachelor’s degree.
  • Eighteen credits in the content area of licensure with at least six of those credits at the advanced undergraduate level or higher as defined in the Vermont Licensing Rules.
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0, and a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the content area.
  • Successful completion of the entrance interview.
  • Evidence of successful work experience with children.


All initial licensure applicants will apply to the MAT.  Candidates may be eligible for an additional endorsement (different content area or level) if requirements have been met.  Interested candidates should consult with their advisor.

Secondary Education


Saint Michael’s College Graduate Programs in Education have a state-approved program that leads to licensure as a secondary teacher in grades 7-12 in the following subject areas:  English, Modern and Classical Languages, Mathematics, General Science (or Science limited to Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science and/or Physics), and Social Studies.

Prerequisites for Admission to the Secondary Licensure Program:

  • A bachelor’s degree.
  • A thirty-credit major (or equivalent) in the content area of licensure with at least nine of those credits at the advanced undergraduate level or higher as defined in the Vermont Licensing Rules.
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher, and a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the content area.
  • Successful completion of the entrance interview.
  • Evidence of successful work experience with children.


All initial licensure applicants will apply to the MAT.  Candidates may be eligible for an additional endorsement (different content area or level, for example, middle level) if requirements have been met.  Interested candidates should consult with their advisor.

Special Education


Saint Michael’s College Graduate Programs in Education have a state-approved program that leads to licensure as a special educator in grades K-8, grade 7-age 21, or K-age-21.

Prerequisites for Admission to the Special Education Licensure Program include:

  • A bachelor’s degree with successful completion of a liberal arts or science major or equivalent as defined in the Vermont Licensing Rules.
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher, and a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the major.
  • Successful completion of the entrance interview.
  • Evidence of successful work experience with children.

All initial licensure applicants will apply to the MAT.  Candidates may be eligible for an additional endorsement (different content area or level, for example, early childhood education) if requirements have been met.  Interested candidates should consult with their advisor.

Special Educator Additional Endorsement


Saint Michael’s College Graduate Programs in Education have a state-approved program that leads to initial licensure or an additional endorsement as a special educator in grades K-8, grade 7-age 21, or K-age 21.

Prerequisites for Admission to the Special Education Additional Endorsement Program include:

  • A bachelor’s degree with successful completion of a liberal arts or science major or equivalent as defined in the Vermont Licensing Rules
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher, and a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the major
  • An initial Vermont teaching license
  • Successful completion of the entrance interview
  • Evidence of successful work experience with children

English Language Learner Additional Endorsement


Saint Michael’s College Graduate Programs in Education have a state-approved program that leads to initial licensure or an additional endorsement in ELL.

Prerequisites for Admission to the ELL Additional Endorsement Program include:

  • A bachelor’s degree with successful completion of a liberal arts or science major or equivalent as defined in the Vermont Licensing Rules
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher, and a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the major
  • An initial Vermont teaching license
  • Successful completion of the entrance interview
  • Evidence of successful work experience with children

Candidates must also pass the Praxis II - English to Speakers of other Languages to be recommended for the ELL endorsement

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