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The MSME Department currently offers two different graduate degree pathways: a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) or a Master of Education (M.Ed.).

M.A.T. Programs

The MAT is an initial licensure degree for students seeking to become licensed teachers in middle or secondary education. We offer two different pathways to this degree.

  1. Combined Bachelors and Masters: The graduate programs in this pathway are packaged with an undergraduate pre-professional program to ensure students meet content area and pedagogical licensure requirements required by the Virginia Department of Education. We offer concentrations in:
    1. Middle Grades Education (only available to students completing undergrad before spring of 2022 or earlier) and
    2. Secondary Education.
  2. Graduate-only: This pathway is only available to candidates who already have an undergraduate degree and are looking to earn an initial teaching license. Please contact us for more information about our graduate-only initial licensure pathways. We offer concentrations in:
    1. Middle Grades Education and
    2. Secondary Education

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