Frequently Asked Questions
What is the MAT Program?
This is a Master of Arts in Teaching Program. Completion of this degree leads to teacher certification for candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree in a content area which qualifies for Kentucky teacher certification. The program is offered in two (2) tracks. Track I, Alternative Certification Option 6, is designed for persons currently teaching under a Temporary Provisional Certificate, who hold a Bachelor’s degree in a certifiable content area. Track II, Traditional Program, is for persons who wish to acquire their teacher certification while they maintain their current job or who may not be employed. If you are a candidate in Track II, you must participate in a 15-week supervised teaching experience during your final semester. This is a non-paid teaching experience which requires full participation in the supervised teaching experience from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday during this period. Candidates must understand that this 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM commitment means that they cannot have fulltime employment during this period. Persons in either Track I or Track II can choose Middle Grades (5-9) in the content areas of: English and Communications, Mathematics, Social Studies, or Science, OR Secondary Education (8-12) in the content areas of: Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Physics, or Social Studies, or Speech/Media Communication. Persons who hold a non-teaching bachelor’s degree in Art, Spanish, or Theatre, and wish to be certified to teach Art, Spanish, or Theatre may be certified for Grades P-12. Business and Marketing persons who hold a non-teaching bachelor’s degree in business and/or marketing may be certified for Business and Marketing for Grades 5-12. Candidates in Track II may switch to Track I if they are employed by a local school/district in the content area for which they are seeking certification.
Is there flexibility within the program schedule?
Yes. All classes will be offered during the Fall and Spring semesters in the evenings (for 2-hour classes, 5:00 PM to 6:50 PM and, for 3-hour classes, 5:00 PM to 7:50 PM) and during both Summer Sessions, classes will begin at 4:30 PM and end at 8:50 PM in the evening. Candidates are encouraged to remain with the cohort they begin with, however, if this is not possible, the candidate can continue in the program with a different cohort.
If I want to obtain a teacher certification for Ohio or Indiana, can I do this through TMC’s MAT Program?
Thomas More’s MAT Program only offers teacher preparation for initial Kentucky teacher certification. If a MAT candidate wants to obtain out-of-state certification, she/he must successfully complete Thomas More’s MAT Program and receive Kentucky certification. They can then apply for the out-of-state certification. Each state certification entity will evaluate the transcripts from TMC’s Program and determine if all requirements for certification in the particular state have been met.
Is there such a thing as course work that is “too old”?
Possibly. Some departments at Thomas More are concerned if coursework is more than ten (10) years old. Much is dependent upon the candidate’s performance on the PRAXIS II Content Area exam and what the candidate has been doing since the undergraduate degree was acquired. If the candidate is using the content knowledge on the job and can provide evidence of content knowledge via a portfolio or through the interview process, additional undergraduate coursework may not be necessary prior to admission to the MAT Program.
To whom do I submit transcripts?
All official transcripts must be sent from the institution(s) attended to: Dr. Joyce F. Hamberg, MAT Program, Thomas More College, 333 Thomas More Pkwy., Crestview Hills, KY 41017. Unofficial transcripts may be sent to Dr. Hamberg via email attachment: firstname.lastname@example.org or sent to Dr. Hamberg’s address provided above.
How does TMC determine if I need additional undergraduate coursework before I can begin the MAT Program?
When a person expresses interest in the MAT Program at Thomas More College, the Coordinator requests a copy of all transcripts which are forwarded to the content areas for review. The MAT Coordinator accepts the content area recommendation and shares the results by mail with the potential candidate. If a candidate holds a Bachelor’s Degree in the designated content area and meets the GPA requirement, the transcript is not forwarded to the content area for review.
How long will it take me to finish the program?
The program is designed to be completed over a two-year period which includes the intervening summer. A new cohort is accepted for each fall semester. The candidate then completes the course sequence thus: first fall, first spring, summer (2 sessions), second fall and second spring. During the second spring semester, Track II candidates will complete the supervised teaching experience component. This means you will need to leave your “day job” to be available to complete this crucial requirement. Candidates who are in Track I may be eligible to participate in the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program (KTIP) during their second year of the MAT Program.
What is the PRAXIS II and how do I register?
The PRAXIS II is the national teachers’ examination prepared and scored by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). It consists of content area subtests which measure your content knowledge of the subject you teach. The PRAXIS II Content Area exam is required for admission to the MAT Program. The PRAXIS II, Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT), subtest is required prior to registering for the last course in the MAT Program. The PLT assessment measures your general pedagogical knowledge of your grade level. It uses a case study approach and features constructed-response and multiple choice items. The Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) determines which tests are administered to teaching certification candidates and determines minimum required scores. The test registration fee is noted in the ETS Bulletin. Please visit the PRAXIS website for information on fees for content area examinations at www.ets.org/praxis.
Candidates must submit either the Core Academic Skills for Educators Exam (CASE) in Reading (#5712, min. score 156), Writing (#5722, min. score 162), and Mathematics (#5732, min. score 150), OR successful completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with a score of Verbal (150), Quantitative (143), and Analytical (4.0). Scores must be on file in the MAT Office prior to admission. In addition, an official score report must be sent to the Education Professional Standards Board, Kentucky Department of Education. The candidate must request this at the time of registration to avoid additional fees.
PLEASE NOTE: According to the Educational Testing Service (ETS), the Core Academic Skills Exam (CASE), and the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test scores are valid for five years after the testing year in which the candidate tested. Scores after this five year time frame are no longer available and are no longer valid for admission.
How do I obtain a criminal records check and what does it cost?
State criminal records checks are required for admission to the MAT Program. Forms are available in the MAT Office as well as the Education Department Office at Thomas More College. The cost for state criminal records check is $20. Checks can be made payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer.
If you are a candidate in Track II, you must participate in a 15-week supervised teaching experience during your final semester. This is a non-paid teaching experience which requires full participation in the supervised teaching experience from 7:30 AM to 4:40 PM, Monday through Friday during this period.Â Candidates must understand that this 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM commitment means that they cannot have fulltime employment during this period.