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Secondary Education (M.A.T.)

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  • Are you passionate about teenagers’ insights and educational possibilities?
  • Do you want to engage upper-middle and high school students with this passion?

Trinity’s Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T) in Secondary Education program prepares individuals to meet D.C.’s certification requirements, which are reciprocal with most states, for teaching in the secondary education content area of your choice in grades 7-12. Learn how to have a direct, positive impact on teenagers’ by empowering them as learners and helping them strengthen their families and communities through education.

Through a sequenced course of study, students gain knowledge, skills, and experiences in preparation for certification. Many of the professional education courses include a practicum, internship, or other field experiences in addition to regular class meetings.

Inclusive Education Dual Licensure

The Trinity School of Education offers the first and only dual licensure MAT program in the District of Columbia. MAT candidates seeking a dual licensure will receive licensure in their primary focus area AND special education. This option requires candidates to take four courses in special education in addition to their course sequence in their primary focus area in early childhood education, elementary education or secondary education. Click here to learn more about the dual licensure.

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Featured Courses

Core Courses (18 credits) EDCC 510 Human Growth and Development EDCC 530 Education of Exceptional Children and Youth EDCC 541 Foundations of Education and the Art of Teaching and Learning EDCC 542 Positive Approaches to Teaching Students with Challenging Behavior EDCC 600 Research in Education EDCC 606 Assessment and Preparation of Individualized Learning Prescriptions Specialization (12 credits) EDCI 650 Global and Ethical Perspectives EDTE 641 Adolescent Culture in Literature EDTE 642 Teaching Reading in the Content Area EDTE 640 Principles and Methods of Teaching in the Secondary School Student Teaching Internship (6 Credits) EDTE 681 Student Teaching in Secondary Education EDTE 689 Advanced Seminar in Teaching

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Career Paths

  • Secondary Teacher (Grades 7-12) in your chosen discipline:
    • Biology
    • Business
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • English
    • General Science
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Social Studies

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Sample teaching sites include:

McKinley Middle School
Ron Brown College Prep High School

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All School of Education programs are approved by the DC State Education Agency, Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), and meet requirements for state certification.

Trinity’s initial-license and advanced-level Education programs are accredited by Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Individual teacher preparation programs hold recognition from Specialized Professional Associations, as follows:

  • Early Childhood Education:  the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • Educational Administration:  the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC)
  • Elementary Education:  the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
  • Special Education:  the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

Licensure and Certification Notification

The teacher education preparation program at Trinity Washington University is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Successful completion of a teacher education academic program (ECE, ELE, SPED, SEC, SPEECE, SPEELE, SPESEC) at Trinity Washington University will meet the education requirements necessary to pursue initial teacher licensure in the District of Columbia and most states in which a student intends to practice. Some states have additional requirements such as completion of First Aid training or courses in Multiculturalism, Diversity, etc. Students should contact the appropriate state licensing board to determine if the program at Trinity Washington University can lead to licensure in that state and what, if any, additional licensure requirements exist in that state. Trinity stands ready to assist with state licensure questions, and students should consult with their advisor, program director or Dean, in case of doubt.

You may access teacher certification requirements by state, including information regarding state reciprocity here:

You may also access certification requirements and contact information for your state department of education at the Federal Department of Education here:


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