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How do I apply?

The Education Department encourages candidates from diverse fields of study and backgrounds to apply. Criteria considered in admission include undergraduate GPA, letters of recommendation, command of subject area, previous field experience, disposition for teaching, performance on the GRE (if applicable), and a personal interview. Applications are due in January each year and admission decisions are usually communicated by late March/early April. Applications are available online or by calling 210-999-7501.

When do I start and when do I finish?

The three-semester M.A.T. program combines world-class instruction with deep involvement in classrooms throughout Bexar County, Trinity's home county. Candidates proceed through the pre-determined sequence of courses and field activities in cohorts of eight to 15 students. The one-year degree program (30 credit hours completed over three semesters) begins with a summer session and concludes with spring commencement in May when students earn their Master's degree and apply for the Texas Standard Teaching Certificate. Due to this structure, candidates may only begin the program in the summer. Part-time or online study is not available.

Semester 1 (Summer): graduate-level pedagogy, curriculum development, and professional leadership

Semesters 2 and 3 (Fall, Spring): inquiry-based graduate courses and a near full- time, clinical teaching internship in a San Antonio-area school (1,320 clock hours annually)

Does Trinity offer Alternate Certification?

No, the M.A.T. program at Trinity is a one-year, full-time graduate program for students seeking to earn their initial teacher certification, a Texas Standard Teaching Certificate. Candidates proceed through the pre-determined sequence of courses and field activities in cohorts of eight to 15 students. Students not only learn together and from one another, they develop a professional learning community with their peers that enriches professional life after graduation. Our dedicated faculty is able to offer pre- service teachers an exceptional amount of personal contact, coaching, support, and supervision throughout this rigorous academic year.

Where do I student teach?

While completing their internships, degree candidates are supervised by carefully identified and specially trained mentor teachers in area Professional Development Schools where Trinity has developed a long and sustained partnership. These schools are: Lee High School (NEISD), International School of the Americas (NEISD), STEM (NEISD), Jackson Middle School (NEISD), Lamar Elementary (SAISD), and ​the Advanced Learning Academy (SAISD). Teaching is complex, professional work that requires a broad repertoire of knowledge, skills, and the judgment developed from experience about how to best use this repertoire for success. Intensive coaching relationships are prominent in a Trinity education, allowing students to hone their practice through a supportive apprenticeship.

How much does it cost?

For the Class of 2021 the total cost of tuition for the M.A.T. program is $15,000. A complete breakdown of the estimated cost of attendance can be found online. Trinity University and the education department offer scholarship assistance and sources of aid including teaching residencies, federal grants, endowed funds, and low-interest student loans. After graduation, candidates are encouraged to consider student loan forgiveness opportunities available to working teachers. The department is committed to meeting the need of all students and reducing our students' overall indebtedness. Contact the department for more information at 210-999-7501.

What if I want to teach in another state or abroad?

Trinity's M.A.T. program is accredited by the Texas Education Agency, and is one of only a dozen Educator Preparation Programs in Texas boasting accreditation by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the most rigorous accreditation of teacher preparation programs in the country. Graduates who wish to obtain certification in other states benefit from this association and the reciprocity agreements shared by many NCATE accredited institutions. Program graduates are in high-demand locally and across the state, nation, and world.

Is there job placement assistance?

Program graduates are in high-demand locally and across the state, nation, and world. Each spring, representatives from many local and regional districts visit Trinity's campus to conduct teacher interviews. Additionally, graduates benefit from the vast network of educators that extends from Trinity faculty, Professional Development School mentors, and the department's extensive alumni network. The faculty and staff are committed to working with each individual candidate as they seek their first teaching position following graduation, and continue to provide induction support and contact throughout candidates' first years of teaching. Trinity has a 100% job placement rate for graduates seeking teaching positions.