Urban Teachers has entered a new academic and strategic partnership with the American University School of Education to offer a two-year Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) beginning in Summer 2022. A shared commitment to preparing teachers through an equity-based, anti-racist lens is a cornerstone of this new partnership. The M.A.T. degree is in the teacher's program of study, in Special Education, and in English as a Second Language (ESL) for Dallas/Fort Worth participants only (participants in other sites receive site-level ESL/ELL training & professional development).
Urban Teachers prepares new teachers to succeed through a rigorous clinical preparation model, with coursework that is primarily practice-based, not simply theoretical. It is not enough to just know the content; Urban Teachers educators must be able to demonstrate their content knowledge through the instructional decisions they make for children (read more about our Clinically-Based Learning Theory). The coursework has therefore been specifically designed to equip program participants with the knowledge and practices needed to become a highly effective, anti-racist urban teacher.
Participants take their M.A.T. coursework during the first two years of the four-year program, with the majority of courses taking place during the first year (including Summer A), and only seven or eight courses during the second year (including Summer B). The majority of the coursework is also typically done in-person, with some hybrid and fully online courses incorporated as well (this is site dependent).
OUR CLINICAL FACULTY
Participants work with clinical faculty in their coursework, who are experienced K-12 classroom teachers, as well as experts in their content areas and in adult learning. Urban Teachers even has some of its most experienced alumni now serving as faculty!
Meet some of our clinical faculty & curriculum directors:
- Lou Matthews, Director of Mathematics & Science, Curriculum & Professional Development:
- Kristina Sterling, Lead Clinical Faculty for Special Education, Dallas/Fort Worth:
Review M.A.T. course lists here: