Requirements for a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Degree, Elementary Education Grades P-5

  • Successful completion of one 36 hour minimum liberal studies emphasis area prior to enrolling in the MAT program, or completing the designated coursework as part of his/her MAT program of studies prior to the start of the Professional Semester.
  • A program of study which includes all the required coursework with a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average.
  • A program of study which includes at least 36 hours of coursework at the 500 or 600 level.
  • At least 30 semester hours of graduate credit earned in residence at Bellarmine.
  • Successful completion of 105 clock hours of field experience prior to the Professional Semester.
  • Successful completion of all Benchmark, Disposition and Performance Assessments.
  • Completion of all degree work within six years of the applicant’s first registration in his/her program.

Curriculum Outline

Module I - Foundations and Tools
MAT. 501 Advanced Field Placement/Observation
MAT. 520 Foundations of Elementary Education, Grades P-5
MAT. 525 Advanced Child Development

Module II - Literacy and Pedagogy
MAT. 535 The Teaching of Reading
MAT. 540 Literature for Children and Youth
MAT. 550 Curriculum Design and Methods for Elementary Schools, Grades P-5

Module III - Research and Technology
MAT. 600 Research Methodology
MAT. 615 Computer Applications in Education

Module IV - Mathematics/Science and Pedagogy
MAT. 555 Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School
MAT. 560 Teaching Science in the Elementary School

Module V - Professional Semester
MAT. 630 Professional Semester, Elementary Education, P-5
MAT. 635 Professional Semester, Elementary Education, P-5

Special Topics Seminars: Participation in a series of topic seminars will be required.

Note: Student may elect to add certification in Learning and Behavior Disorders.  This will require additional course work to be determined by the Program Director.