Master of Teaching Arts


The Master of Teaching Arts (M.T.A.) program reflects the School of Urban Education’s long-standing commitment to excellence in all areas of professional education.  Specifically, the M.T.A. was developed to provide the opportunity to jointly study professional education and a specific academic discipline in the liberal arts or sciences. The M.T.A. program is not a degree program leading to initial teacher certification.  Its purpose is to develop professional educators who are leaders in their communities, who demonstrate advanced knowledge and expertise in their academic subject area, and who actively advance the values of the American system of education. 

M.T.A. students are required to complete a final research and/or capstone project as the core educational component of the program emphasizes the teacher as researcher—one who is able to locate, interpret, and incorporate the most recent social science and educational research into their field of study.

M.T.A. students master the central concepts of their chosen academic discipline, as well as develop the ability to think critically and speak and write clearly in the appropriate genres for their field of study. In addition, they have a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences that allows them to locate their subject area in the appropriate historical, social, and philosophical context. Students in this program are driven by a reasoned, justified, and articulated philosophy of education. They take seriously their role as citizens, servants, and leaders in our society.  As a result, the coursework and faculty in the School of Urban Education help students develop the skills and dispositions for lifelong learning.

The M.T.A. is a cooperative program between the School of Urban Education and graduate programs in other university departments defined by the student’s academic discipline. Students in this program are jointly advised by the Graduate Program Advisors in both the School of Urban Education and in the designated subject area.

The M.T.A is a 36 hour program with the following requirements:


M.T.A. Core Courses (15 credit hours)

  • Educ 7003, Philosophy of Education, Educ 7073, History of American Education, or Educ 7083, Educational Policy
  • Educ 7153, Techniques of Research and Evaluation
  • Educ 7173, Research Proposal
  • Educ 7183, Statistical Methods for Research I
  • Educ 7913, Research and Paper

M.T.A. Education Elective Course(3 credit hours)

M.T.A. Subject Area Electives (18 hours)

  • Consists of electives in either art, English, history, theatre, biology, or mathematics