Academic Catalog

AMAT: Special Education + Secondary Certification (MAT)

Program Description 

School of Education Graduate Faculty

The Accelerated Master of Arts in Teaching (AMAT) program at SPU integrates Washington Residency Teacher Certification with a Master of Arts in Teaching degree. Candidates in the AMAT program become effective teachers by:

  • Demonstrating effective and equitable teaching practices
  • Centering instruction on high expectations for student achievement, including culturally responsive teaching practices
  • Recognizing and responding to individual student learning needs
  • Providing clear and intentional focus on subject matter content and curriculum
  • Fostering and managing a safe, positive, and inclusive learning environment
  • Using multiple student data elements to modify instruction and improve student learning
  • Communicating and collaborating with parents and the school community
  • Exhibiting collaborative and collegial practices focused on improving instruction and learning
  • Developing professional wellness habits in order to persist and thrive in the teaching profession.

Alternative Routes

The AMAT program recognizes the alternative routes to certification that have been identified by the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB). These routes are for individuals who possess a unique set of qualifications and wish to earn a Washington state Residency Certificate. SPU is approved to offer Routes 2, 3, and 4. Students should refer to the PESB Alternative Routes site for more information.