Accelerated Master's Track

MA in Teaching for Social Justice

Good teachers are always in demand. If you are looking for a master’s degree that may lead to a reliable career while supporting your values, consider the Master of Arts in Teaching for Social Justice (MAT-SJ). This practicum-based, one-year master’s program not only provides you with a license to teach elementary, middle, or high school, but also inspires a deep appreciation for social equity within the classroom and beyond.

Virtually any academic background can be a valuable foundation for the MAT-SJ program, from world history to creative writing, from astronomy to zoology. During your undergraduate years you will take Social Justice and Education: Theory and Practice as well as Applied Research in Equity Education—your Plan work can easily contribute to the latter. You are recommended to have some coursework in teaching subject areas, such as math, social studies, and language arts. You will also observe and assist in a classroom in a structured educational placement for one semester. As a graduate student, you will teach in a public k-12 environment with mentor-teachers for a full academic year, complemented by a one-day seminar each week with faculty and supportive colleagues. Meanwhile, you will complete a portfolio to earn your teaching license from the State of Vermont. Besides learning about language and literacy, theories of child development and educational policy, you will find that teaching is a way to create the world you wish to see.

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