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The University of Houston-Downtown's Department o​f Urban Education​ currently offers two Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs:

Master of Arts in Teaching – Curriculum Instruction​​

​Areas of Expertise

Students select one​ area of expertise and specify during application process:

Master of Arts in Teaching – With Texas Teacher Certification

Certification Options

The courses in these degree plans are taught using a hybrid of face-to-face and online instruction. 

Our emphasis on urban teaching makes these graduate degrees unique. In order to meet the special needs of all children in urban classrooms, students completing their MAT degree will demonstrate competency in the following areas:

    • ​Characteristics and needs of learners in multicultural settings
    • Effective teaching practices that enhance student achievement for all students, regardless of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, or language spoken
    • Factors related to the development of effective teaching environments in urban classrooms
    • Classroom-based research methodology to support best instructional practices
    • Enriched understanding of academic content areas of language arts, social studies, mathematics, the natural sciences, teaching English as a second language and educational technology

​For more information, including course scheduling, transfer credit, minimum academic requirements, and graduation, please see the graduate handbook​.

​Apply today for the Master of Arts in Teaching​

MAT Admission Requirements

  1. Minimum GPA of 2.5
  2. Official transcript which depicts an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited university and any graduate credit earned
  3. Graduate Records Exam (GRE) if GPA < 3.0 or if undergraduate degree > 10 years old; minimum scores of 150 each for quantitative and verbal sections; analytical writing score 4 or higher
  4. Three professional letters of recommendation
  5. Personal statement on how you believe your educational & professional background will contribute to your success in this program. 700 word minimum.
  6. Submit application & supporting materials via or to Mr. Reubenjack Long, UHD Graduate Admissions, or 713-223-7935.
  7. Admissions interview
  8. Applicants seeking teaching certification must submit passing scores for TExES Pre-Admission Contest Test (PACT) see
  9. Applicants for MAT with certification must complete the Application for Teacher Candidacy following admission to the MAT program. 
  10. Applicants whose baccalaureate degree was conferred by a university whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency with a minimum composite score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam as well as a minimal score of 50 on each of the subscales. A TOEFL waiver is granted for students who have earned a B or better in Composition I & II taken at a US college or university.

Admission Deadlines

​Master of Arts in Teaching in Curriculum and Instruction
​July 15thNovember 15th

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