MAT Program Goals

The MAT program prepares teachers who have:

  • a deep understanding of subject matter and pedagogies that teach for understanding
  • the ability to manage the complexities of teaching
  • the ability to promote the teaching-learning of challenging content
  • the ability to reflect on their own practice, to look for principles underlying what “works” or “does not work,” and to persist in determining their own appropriate practice
  • a commitment to serving everyone’s children, particularly those who historically have not been well served by traditional schooling
  • the ability to learn and work in a collaborative fashion and to create settings in which others can learn and work
  • the capacity to engage in the remaking of the profession and the renewal of schools with an understanding of the social and cultural context in which students live and learn.

The liberal arts mission of the university shapes our focus on critical analysis, rich knowledge of self and others, and apt written and oral expression with a particular emphasis on writing that is grounded in the day-to-day world of education – planning documents, analyses of student artifacts, and reflections on practice.  

The Washington Administrative Code W.A.C. includes standards for program approval. Standard 5 identifies four areas for teacher certification: (1) effective teaching, 2) professional development, 3) teaching as a profession, and 4) performance assessment. The MAT program is intentionally designed to support candidates to meet the standards for residency certification. View Residency Teacher standards.