The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is designed for students seeking initial teacher certification in the fields of Biology, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Physical Education, or Social Studies. The program shares the philosophy and conceptual base of the School of Education: Leadership for learner-centered education. Students will study learner-centered education in their courses and make its principles a part of their own philosophy. In addition, students must demonstrate an understanding of essential knowledge and its application to the classroom through field experiences and a professional internship. Some of those areas of knowledge include human development, education foundations and research, as well as an understanding of the academic content the student proposes to teach.