Program Director: Arceli Rosario

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is an applied degree designed for practicing teachers who wish to improve their professional skills and broaden their experience. This degree is typically offered only at Distance Learning Centers. It is designed to serve two basic purposes:

  1. To help practicing educators specialize and improve their teaching
  2. To help content area specialists become certified teachers

The MAT program offerings include three different emphases as required component as well as electives. The program takes into consideration the specific needs of the students enrolled in the DLC cohort, addressing felt areas of need and/or subjects for teacher certification. The electives are selected after agreement among the Education Department, the DLC coordinator, and the DLC cohort, and are not negotiated on an individual basis. The MAT degree does not require a culminating examination, written project, or thesis. In order to graduate, students must be eligible for Adventist teacher certification and/or government certification to teach in their country of origin.

Master of Arts in Teaching (General)

The MAT is designed for elementary or secondary teachers who wish to become better teachers, or those with another area of emphasis who wish to become certified teachers.

Master of Arts in Teaching in English Education

The MAT in English Education is designed to prepare subject area specialists to teach in English to students who are learning English.

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

The MAT in TESOL is designed to prepare English teachers who can teach the language to those who do not speak it natively.

Admission Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent, with a minimum GPA of 3.00 (four-point scale). A prospective student who does not meet the entry-level GPA requirement may be admitted under probationary status and given opportunity to meet this requirement by earning a 3.00 GPA at AIIAS during the first 12 semester hours.
  2. Demonstrated English proficiency. For the MAT in English Education, this may include English prerequisites (such as EDFN 500 Fundamentals of English) taught at the beginning of the program. For the MAT in TESOL, an IELTS score of 7.0 or the equivalent on some other recognized standardized English examination.
  3. For the MAT in TESOL, at least 10 undergraduate units in English language (at least 4 credits of which are in addition to basic English skills courses).


At least one religion course (undergraduate or graduate), with a minimum grade of C, from each of the following areas.

Adventist Beliefs 

Adventist History/Spirit of Prophecy 

Biblical Studies 

The following courses are offered as graduate level online self-study modules to meet these prerequisites:

CHIS 501 Spirit of Prophecy (2)

NTST 502 Life and Teachings of Jesus (2)

THST 501 Adventist Doctrines (2)


To complete the program and be awarded the degree of Master of Arts in Teaching, a candidate must satisfactorily meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 41 semester hours of coursework. More hours may be required in order to meet certification requirements.

  2. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.

  3. Before receiving the degree, the student must meet all the criteria for Adventist and/or governmental certification in his/her country of origin or work, and area of specialization.
  4. Service learning.



Master of Arts in Teaching Curriculum 

Philosophy and Foundations 15 units
EDCI 625 Instructional Media (3)
EDUC 526 Pedagogical Foundations (3)
EDUC 582 Foundations of Christian Education (2)
EDUC 624 Faith and Learning in Christian Education (2)
LEAD 510 Biblical Foundations of Leadership and Ethics (3)
RESM 520 Academic Writing (2)
Emphasis 9-21 units
General Emphasis  
EDCI 610 Classroom Management
EDCI 615 Instructional Models (3)
EDCI 640 Process of Curriculum (3)
TESOL Emphasis  
EDTE 528 TESOL Methods in Speaking & Listening (3)  
EDTE 580 Advanced Grammar for English Language Teaching (3)
EDTE 620  Second Language Acquisition (3)
EDTE 622 TESOL Methods for Content-Area Reading and Writing (3)
EDTE 630 Pragmatics (3)
EDFN 510 Teaching Practicum (3)
English Education Emphasis  
EDTE 520 Applied Grammar for Teachers (3)
EDTE 521 Writing Across the Curriculum (3)
EDTE 523 Teaching Developmental Reading for Language Learners (3)
EDTE 528 TESOL Methods in Speaking & Listening (3)
EDTE 620 Second Language Acquisition (3)
EDTE 689 Evaluation and Design of TESOL Materials (3)
EDFN 510 Teaching Practicum (3)
Electives 6-18 units

Complete 42 credits with courses from this list: 

EDAD 530 Foundations of School Administration (3)
EDAD 601 Supervision of Instruction (3)
EDAD 651 Principalship and School Improvement (3)
EDAD 520 Methods of Teaching Elementary _____________(3)
EDCI 521 Methods of Teaching Secondary ______________(3)
EDCI 530 Instructional Planning & Evaluation (3)
EDCI 615 Instructional Models (3)
EDCI 622 TESOL Methods for Content-Area Reading and Writing (3)
EDCI 632 Inclusive Instruction (3)
EDCI 645 Instructional Evaluation (3)
EDTE 689 Evaluation and Design of TESOL Materials (3)
____ 692 Fieldwork in __________ (3)
EDUC 602 Introduction to Counseling (3)
EDUC 620 Developmental Psychology (3)
EDUC 635 Education Psychology: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)
CHMN 630 Health Ministries (3) 
 Total semester hours:  42

While the MAT degree considers Adventist teacher certification, the electives must be carefully designed to ensure completion of the requirements, based on the backgrounds of the students in the DLC cohort. Individual students with little or no education background may be required to take additional subjects beyond the MAT requirements (such as practice teaching) in order to gain certification.

The MAT cannot offer all the Bible subjects required for Adventist certification within a Master’s degree in Education. Students needing these subjects should make arrangements to fulfill these requirements through AIIAS at the graduate level, or through any Adventist college or university which offers undergraduate credits.


EDCI 622 is required of secondary school teachers if not taken previously

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