Belmont University's Master of Arts in Teaching program is specially designed for those who are interested in changing careers to teaching. Teacher Education with certification at Belmont University's School of Education offers graduate level and post-baccalaureate programs leading to teacher certification and Tennessee State licensure. Our flexible formats allow you to complete your degree part-time, full-time or through our one year Teacher Internship program.
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The MAT is built on a solid core, strong instructional methods, and meaningful clinical practice. Depending on your interests and your schedule, we offer three different routes through clinical practice toward certification to teach.
Student Teaching: This track typically takes two years to complete. Classes are available at 5 p.m. and after, allowing you to work while attending classes. You must be available full-time during the last semester, however, to complete your student teaching.
Full-time/Teacher Internship: This track typically takes 12-18 months to complete. Once the 15-hour Professional Core is complete, you move into a two-semester internship (fall and spring).
Metro Nashville Urban Teacher Residency: Modeled on the design of medical residencies and offering a direct path into a career in Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS), the Residency is an intensive, year-long co-teaching assignment in an MNPS school, alongside a capable mentor, during which residents learn to teach and complete coursework toward the Master of Arts in Teaching and TN Teacher Certification.
Licensure and Accreditation: When you are admitted to a teacher certification program, you will receive individualized advising to determine the exact number and sequence of courses that will be required for completion of your program and area of licensure.
- K-12: ESL (PreK-12), Art
- Pre K-3: Emphasis in Pre K-3 (with an undergraduate degree in Arts and Sciences)
- K-6: Emphasis in K-6 (with an undergraduate degree in Arts and Sciences)
- Middle School 4-8: Emphasis in 4-8
- Secondary 7-12: Licensure available in the following areas: Biology, Chemistry, English, French, German, History, Latin, Mathematics, Physics, Government (Political Science), and Spanish, (or with an undergraduate degree in the subject you want to teach)
- 9-12: Licensure available in High School only for Psychology and Sociology
Program of Study: All licensure programs are at least 30-33 hours in length, with a minimum of 30 hours completed at Belmont. The State of Tennessee provides specific expectations for general education courses for all teachers. Depending on your undergraduate program, you may be required to complete some general education courses. The education programs at Belmont fulfill the Tennessee state licensure regulations instituted by the Tennessee State Department of Education.
If you would like more information about the academic requirements for licensure, please contact Andrea McClain, Graduate and Licensure Coordinator. If you would like more information about the program features please go to the BU4U link below and set up an account. There you will create an informational brochure personalized just for you!
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