Secondary Teaching: Grades 7–12

Master of Arts in Teaching

A Delaware State-approved program for Secondary Teaching.

The College of Education at Wilmington University reserves the right to change requirements to comply with any licensure/certification mandates by the Professional Standards Board and/or the Delaware State Department of Education and/or via State of Delaware legislation.

Program Purpose

The Master of Arts in Secondary Teaching program prepares teachers to meet the academic and social needs of students. The program is built on a model of the teacher as learner, researcher, and facilitator of knowledge. The program is based on the premises that teachers must be sensitive to varying social demands and expectations; must be able to diagnose and address the individual learning and developmental needs of students, including emotional, physical, social, and cognitive needs; must be able to use technology in all aspects of their profession; must make important decisions about how and what to teach in the face of an overwhelming knowledge explosion; and must reach out more effectively to parents and the community.

Program Competencies

The College of Education has 14 program competencies derived from the Delaware Professional Teaching Standards and the College of Education Conceptual Framework. Teacher candidates will demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions required to:

  1. Create learning experiences that make content meaningful to students and reflect an understanding of the core concepts and structure of education.
  2. Provide learning opportunities that support the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of students based on an understanding of childhood development and learning.
  3. Adapt instruction for diverse learners based on an understanding of how students differ.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in oral and written communication.
  5. Create a learning environment that fosters active engagement, self-motivation, and positive social interaction by understanding individual and group behavior.
  6. Design instruction based upon knowledge of the disciplines, students, the community, and Delaware's student content standards to demonstrate knowledge of instructional planning.
  7. Apply a variety of instructional approaches that promote student thinking, understanding, and application of knowledge.
  8. Use multiple assessment strategies for the continuous development of students.
  9. Pursue opportunities to improve teaching and thereby enhance professional growth.
  10. Collaborate with colleagues, parents/guardians, and other members of the community to support student learning and well-being and demonstrate knowledge of the role of the school in the community.
  11. Use educational technology as an instructional and management tool.
  12. Understand and maintain standards of professional conduct guided by legal and ethical principles.
  13. Demonstrate dispositions expected of beginning teachers.
  14. Obtain and retain successful employment in the profession of education.

Outcomes Assessment

The assessment of outcomes consists of multiple measures. Grades on assignments and for courses are the first level of assessment. The course goals, learning outcomes, and assignments are designed to address measurement of the program competencies as well as the graduation competencies. Other assessment measures include observation of the application of knowledge in practical settings and alumni surveys that query such items as preparation levels for careers and life-long learning activities.

Program Design

The Master of Arts in Teaching program is designed for individuals with bachelor’s and/or master’s degrees in major content areas taught in the middle level and high schools in our region.  The curriculum provides individuals with the professional preparation necessary for licensure and certification as “Highly-Qualified” teachers in the content area(s) of their previous degrees.

To be eligible for the program, a teacher candidate must hold a degree in a secondary content area from a regionally-accredited college or university. At entry, previous transcripts of teacher candidates will be carefully reviewed to determine if they have completed the content area coursework that satisfies national standards. Any omissions in such content area coursework must be completed before Student Teaching/Teaching Internship.

Candidates must submit passing scores (using Delaware minimum score requirements) on ETS Praxis Series Core Academic Skills for Educators (ETS # 5712, 5722, and 5732), or other approved tests of general knowledge that satisfy Delaware Department of Education regulations for each of these exams prior to registering for any course. Also, prior to the methods course, MAS 7801, Practicum/Pedagogical Approaches to Teaching in the Middle and High School, the teacher candidate must pass the appropriate PRAXIS II 9-12 high school level content area test(s). Additional content area coursework may be necessary for teacher candidates who have not met content requirements and have not been initially successful in completing the PRAXIS II test(s).

The MAT program is an attractive route into middle level and high school teaching for individuals coming into the field from other professions. In a relatively short period of time (1 1/2 to 2 years), the program will prepare teacher candidates to teach students at the middle and high school level using the teacher candidate’s previously acquired content major. When they complete the program, successful teacher candidates will enter or move forward in the teaching profession (and will be compensated) at the master’s degree level. Through the program, teacher candidates will be prepared to face the challenges of teaching in a middle or high school classroom and will be better able to help students meet the rigorous achievement standards now expected in secondary schools.

Three kinds of teacher candidates will be accommodated through the MAT program. The first will include individuals who are currently employed in middle level and high school teaching positions in the content area(s) of their previous majors and who need licensure and certification. The second will be individuals currently in the Elementary Studies program who desire to obtain secondary credentials. Finally, the third group of teacher candidates will be individuals not employed as middle or high school teachers who are seeking licensure and certification for eventual employment in the teaching profession.


This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2014-2015 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2014 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.