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MAT with Teaching Certification

The MAT degree program requires completion of a minimum of 36 semester credit hours. For degree completion, at least 30 hours must be completed at UH-Downtown with a grade point average of 3.0. In addition, students must successfully complete a directed studies project (MAT 6390) with approval of the director of graduate programs and under the supervision of an appointed faculty advisor. You may apply to work on your certification in

  • Elementary (EC-6)
  • Elementary/Middle School (4-8)
  • Secondary Education (8-12)

while taking graduate (MAT) courses.

Degree Plan

MAT Online with Texas Certification, Courses Required: 36 Hours

MAT 6310 Reading in a Multicultural Classroom
MAT 6311 Advanced Study of Developmental Psychology and Diversity
MAT 6315 Introduction of Educational Research
MAT 6316 Advanced Methods for the Culturally Diverse Classroom
MAT 6317 Classroom-Based Research, *prereq 6315
MAT 6318 Technology Application for Curriculum Development & Instruction
MAT 6390 Directed Study in Urban Education *prereqs 6316, 6317 & 6318
  • 9 hours of Certification area courses (EC-6, 4-8 or Secondary)
  • 6 hours of Student Teaching Traditional Track

Course Scheduling

Courses are offered in rotations by semester on a 2 year planned schedule. Each semester is organized for students to enroll and complete the planned number of courses for each program. This is essential for students to follow to complete the MAT degree within 2 years and to increase the likelihood of courses being offered. Should a student choose to take only one course, he or she must understand it is possible that the rotation for the other course may not be offered for another full year, delaying his or her completion.

  • 6 hrs. for fall 1, 9 hrs. of methods for spring 1 (Must take all methods courses at once)
  • 9 hrs. for summer 1
  • student teaching courses and 1 other course for fall 2
  • 1 course for spring 2 (GRADUATION)

See degree plans for details of which courses are offered and assigned for each semester, depending on your program choice.

Please see the graduate handbook for more detailed.

Transfer of Graduate Credits

No more than six hours of equivalent graduate coursework may be transferred from other accredited universities. A minimum grade of B is required in any completed courses that students wish to transfer. Petition for transfer credit is required to be submitted for review by the graduate student and approval comes from the Graduate Director and the Graduate Committee’s review of the course’s equivalency. Transfer credit is by permission only and is not a right of the student.

Minimum Academic Requirements

Successful completion of each course is required to remain in either program of the MAT. Students earning a D or F in any course or three C’s during their program completion will be removed from the program once grades are officially posted for that semester.


Graduation is dependent on successful completion of all coursework with a minimum grade point average of 3.0, successful completion of the Capstone Project (MAT 6390) and an approved graduation application completed the semester prior to anticipated graduation. For more information about graduation, click here.

What do our students have to say?

I was selected to be a district wide trainer for our bilingual teachers. I am excited to be one of two entrusted with this training responsibility. My school submitted and won the $25,000 Barbara Bush literacy grant. Parent education on home literacy interactions was one component of the grant, so I will be able to do my research on home literacy!

-Maria Tamez


  • Students work closley with expert faculty
  • UHD offers small, affordable classes
  • Graduates of UHD's program remain in contact with their faculty and classmates

Career Opportunities:

  • Master teachers
  • Teacher leaders
  • Department chairs ina subject or curriculum area
  • Contributors to professional journals
  • Presenters at local, state, and national conferences
  • Teachers in community colleges
  • District level curriculum coordinators
  • Directors of learning center

Last updated or reviewed on 10/14/13

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