The Master's and Certification (MAC) Program is designed for students who already have a bachelor's degree and want to become certified teachers. MAC allows you to work toward two goals simultaneously: teaching certification and a master's degree.
MAC is more efficient than alternative certification programs, because nearly all the required certification classes simultaneously earn credits toward a master's degree. The master's degree will provide you with advanced expertise and future salary benefits as you begin your teaching career.
MAC offers two degrees, depending which level of students you wish to work with:
- Master of Science in Elementary Education
- Master of Science in Secondary Education
The MAC program offers flexible scheduling that makes it easier to fit in courses, even if you work full time. All MAC courses are offered either at night, online, or both.
All MAC students complete field work as part of their certification. Field work begins after a student has completed the majority of required courses. Either one of two options can fulfill this requirement:
- Student teaching
Student teachers spend a 13-week period working full-time in the classroom alongside a certified teacher. Student teachers are unpaid.
Both interns and student teachers get support and periodic site visits from College of Education faculty members.
Interns work as full-time teachers for two school semesters. The intern works alone with complete charge of the class but is assigned a certified teacher as a mentor. Interns earn the full salary of certified teachers.