Master of Arts in Teaching - M.A.T.

Effective Fall 2020, Johnson & Wales University will complete its transition from a term calendar to a semester calendar. Starting with the 2020–21 catalog, all programs will represent course requirements in semester credit hours rather than quarter credit hours. Students who started on terms and will finish their degree requirements on semesters should consult with their assigned academic counselor in Student Academic Services or faculty advisor on semester transition academic planning.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program prepares graduates to apply for certification in the areas of elementary education/elementary special education, business education/secondary special education, or culinary arts education. All programs offer a student-teaching experience in K–12 schools to complete the MAT program; the culinary arts concentration also offers the choice of a student-teaching experience at the college level, or completion of a capstone project.

All students in the program matriculate as a cohort and follow a prescribed sequence of classes. Students attend 2 or 3 classes most terms, for 2 or 3 nights a week.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Communicate effectively through a variety of formats such as technology, discussion, writing and reflective listening.
  • Respond to students’ developmental and social contexts and provide access to high quality teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of content in designing learning opportunities.
  • Use research, assessment and contextual data to inform practice.
  • Work within a professional learning community to support the improvement of teaching, learning, student achievement and pursue professional growth.
  • Prepare and deliver lesson plans and curricular units using culinary arts instructional strategies.

In keeping with Johnson & Wales’ core value of experience-based learning, the MAT program requires field-based experiences throughout the program to enhance student learning. Candidates apply research-based theories and best practices learned in university courses when they spend time in K–12 or university culinary classrooms each week. Teacher candidates observe, tutor and plan lessons for small-group and whole-class instruction, and reflect on their practice in light of 4 domains of professional teaching: 1) planning and preparation, 2) the classroom environment, 3) instruction and 4) professional responsibilities. This professionally focused experience, under the guidance of experienced teachers, enables candidates to develop their skills and knowledge so that they are ready to teach as soon as they secure their first teaching position.

Assessment Prior to Student Teaching

Student teaching usually occurs during the candidate’s final term(s). Permission to student teach is granted to candidates who have

  • achieved a program GPA of 3.0 or better;
  • passed the appropriate content exam for the concentration areas;
  • provided evidence of significant progress toward meeting the Rhode Island Professional Teacher Standards (RIPTS) and all other designated standards related to their concentration; and
  • passed a video assessment of readiness for student teaching and an assessment of technology use to support teaching and learning.

Assessment Prior to Recommendation for Program Completion

Teacher candidates who are pursuing initial teacher certification in 1 or more areas by the Rhode Island Department of Education must satisfactorily pass several transition points throughout the program. Having completed student teaching and all transition points, the teacher candidate presents his/her final portfolio and assessment data to a team of evaluators. In addition, the candidate for licensure must have passed all tests required by RIDE for licensure in the areas sought. Following the candidate’s presentation, the director of the Teacher Education Program shall make the appropriate recommendation regarding the awarding of the MAT degree and state licensure.*

*It is important to note that, while Johnson & Wales awards the MAT degree, it is the Rhode Island Department of Education that makes the final decision regarding the granting of licensure.

Teacher Education - Elementary/Elementary Special Education, Business/Secondary Special Education and Culinary Arts Education Concentrations

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) 

Core Courses
EDUC5130Foundations for Teaching and Learning4.5
EDUC6120Assessment for Student Learning4.5
SPED5110Inclusive Teaching of Exceptional Learners4.5
SPED5130Communication: Language Development and Learning2.25
SPED6110Understanding and Managing Behavior4.5
Choose one of the following concentrations:33.75-47.25
Elementary /Elementary Special Education Concentration
Best Practices in Literacy Instruction
Strategies for Teaching Mathematics
Strategies for Teaching Science
Literacy in the Content Area
Methods of Teaching Social Studies
Student Teaching: Elementary Education
Assessment and Evaluation of Exceptional Learners
Curriculum and Methods for Exceptional Learners
Collaboration: Home/School/Community
Student Teaching: Elementary Special Education
Business/Secondary Special Education Concentration
Best Practices in Literacy Instruction
Teaching Financial Management
Methods of Teaching Business
Literacy in the Content Area
Digital Collaborative Tools
Student Teaching: Business Education
Assessment and Evaluation of Exceptional Learners
Curriculum and Methods for Exceptional Learners
Collaboration: Home/School/Community
Student Teaching: Secondary Special Education
Culinary Arts Education Concentration
Integrating Literacy in the Culinary Arts Classroom
Curriculum Development for Culinary Arts Programs
Strategies for Teaching Culinary Arts Mathematics
Methods of Teaching Culinary Arts
Advanced Methods of Teaching Culinary Arts
Choose one of the following:
Student Teaching: Culinary Arts Education
Student Teaching Internship: Culinary Arts Education
Capstone Project: Culinary Arts Education
Total Credits54.0-67.5

Note: Under rare circumstances, a noncertification MAT may be pursued with permission from the dean of the John Hazen White College of Arts & Sciences. Students will substitute nine credits of graduate-level electives for their student teaching requirement.