Master of Arts in Teaching - MAT

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 program 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 two or three classes most terms, for two or three 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 and employability. Candidates learn about research-based theories and best practices in their university courses, and concurrently spend time in public school classrooms each week to apply what they have learned by working with real students in a variety of settings. In this role, teacher candidates observe and plan lessons for small-group and whole-class instruction, and reflect on their practice. Such professionally focused experience, under the guidance of experienced teachers, enables candidates to develop their own personal philosophies about classroom instruction and management and about education in general..

Assessment Prior to Student Teaching

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

  • achieved a program GPA of 3.0;
  • 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;
  • passed a video assessment of readiness for student teaching

Assessment Prior to Recommendation for Program Completion

Teacher candidates who are pursuing initial teacher certification in one 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 will present his/her final portfolio and assessment data to a team of evaluators. This portfolio will contain evidence showing that the candidate has achieved all program requirements and standards to the level appropriate of a beginning teacher. 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 (MAT) - Elementary/Elementary Special Education and Business/Secondary Special Education Concentrations

Core Courses
EDUC5120Foundations for Learning and Teaching2.25
EDUC5150Educational Psychology2.25
EDUC5170Best Practices in Literacy Instruction4.5
EDUC5300Literacy in the Content Area2.25
EDUC6120Assessment for Student Learning4.5
SPED5110Inclusive Teaching of Exceptional Learners4.5
SPED5120Assessment and Evaluation of Exceptional Learners4.5
SPED5130Communication: Language Development and Learning2.25
SPED5150Curriculum and Methods for Exceptional Learners4.5
SPED5170Collaboration: Home/School/Community2.25
SPED6110Understanding and Managing Behavior4.5
Choose one of the following concentrations:29.25
Elementary /Elementary Special Education Concentration
Strategies for Teaching Mathematics
Strategies for Teaching Science
Methods of Teaching Social Studies
Student Teaching: Elementary Education
Student Teaching: Elementary Special Education
Business/Secondary Special Education Concentration
Teaching Financial Management
Methods of Teaching Business
Digital Collaborative Tools
Student Teaching: Business Education
Student Teaching: Secondary Special Education
Total Credits67.5

Culinary Arts Education (MAT)

Core Courses
EDUC5120Foundations for Learning and Teaching2.25
EDUC5150Educational Psychology2.25
EDUC5160Integrating Literacy in the Culinary Arts Classroom2.25
EDUC5180Curriculum Development for Culinary Arts Programs4.5
EDUC5220Strategies for Teaching Culinary Arts Mathematics4.5
EDUC5240Methods of Teaching Culinary Arts4.5
EDUC5270Advanced Methods of Teaching Culinary Arts9
EDUC6120Assessment for Student Learning4.5
SPED5110Inclusive Teaching of Exceptional Learners4.5
SPED5130Communication: Language Development and Learning2.25
SPED6110Understanding and Managing Behavior4.5
Student Teaching Internship/Capstone Project
Choose one of the following:9
Student Teaching: Culinary Arts Education
Student Teaching Internship: Culinary Arts Education
Capstone Project: Culinary Arts Education
Total Credits54.0

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.