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.

*This program is not designed for initial  certification.

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


M.T.A. Research Core Courses (9 credit hours)

  • Educ 7153, Techniques of Research and Evaluation
  • Educ 7183, Statistical Methods for Research I
  • Educ 7913, Research and Paper

M.T.A. Professional Education Core Course (6 credit hours- students must choose 2 of the following)

  • Educ 7043, Introduction to Educational Technology
  • Educ 7053, Instructional Design and Curriculum Intergration
  • Educ 7073, History of American Education 
  • Educ 7153, Parent, Child Development and Culture
  • Educ 6403, Education of the Exceptional Child 
  • Educ 7973, Seminar: Educational Leadership
  • Educ 7973, Seminar: Instructional Methods for Educators
  • Educ 7973, Seminar: Urban Education

 M.T.A. Education Electives Courses  (3 credit hours - Students will choose 1 additional course from the following)

  • Professional Education courses (listed above)
  • Educ 7003, Philosophy of Education 
  • Educ 7083, Educational Policy
  • Educ 7123, Advanced Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Educ 7333, Classroom Discourse

 M.T.A. Subject Area Courses  (18 credit hours )

Coursework will occur in either: art, English, history, biology, or mathematics (depending upon the undergraduate major of the student).

These courses will be determined by a graduate advisor in the related subject area.

M.T.A. Interdisciplinary Option 

(not available with the History Department) 

36 hour program with the following requirements:

  • M.T.A. Research Core Courses (9 credit hours - same as above)
  • M.T.A. Professional Education Core Courses (6 credit hours - same as above)
  • M.T.A. Education Elective Courses (3 credit hours)

Students can take any approved graduate course from any discipline

  • M.T.A. Subject Area Courses (15 credit hours0

Coursework will occur in either art, English, biology, or mathematics (depending upon the undergraduate major of the student).

  • M.T.A. Subject Area Elective Courses (3 credit hours)

Students can take any approved graduate courses from any discipline.