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What hands-on experience will I gain as a student in the online Master of Arts in Teaching program?

September 20, 2022

Hands-on experience is a crucial element in American University’s online Master of Arts in Teaching program.

In the online MAT program, you will obtain over 600 hours of hands-on classroom experience. We will work closely with you to ensure that you are paired with a high-quality teacher near you.

You will observe the teacher with whom you are paired, and under the teacher’s supervision, you will gradually begin to plan and teach lessons, eventually “taking over” the classroom during the second half of the field experience. The field experience spans two semesters: practicum and student teaching. Coursework throughout the program, starting from the very first day, is designed to prepare you for your time in the classroom.