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MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING

FAQ: Transition to Teaching Program


Q: When can I begin the program?

Q: What coursework do I need to be eligible for program entry?

Q: How do I obtain a teaching job?

Q: Are courses available online?

Q: What subjects can I teach?

Q: What is the timeline of the program?

Q: Can I pursue licensure in subject areas other than those listed?

Q: Can I pursue licensure in Elementary or Special Education with T2T?

Q: When do I take the Praxis II and PPST exams?


Q: When can I begin the program?
A: Eligibility for entry to the program can be determined at any time throughout the year. However, program entry and required coursework begins in summer and teaching begins in fall.

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Q: What coursework do I need to be eligible for program entry?
A: Candidates need a degree in the content field or must have completed all required coursework in the subject planning to teach.  All professional education coursework will be obtained during the two-year program.

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Q: How do I obtain a teaching job?
A: Once eligibility is determined, candidates may apply and interview at schools for full-time teaching positions. Students are encouraged to begin searching for teaching jobs as early as March. The hiring process is different in every district, with some hires being made as late as July. A job as teacher of record can be acquired at any accredited middle or high school within Kansas. Be sure to check with the T2T office to ensure which specific schools meet restricted licensure requirements. Teaching begins after summer coursework in the fall.

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Q: Are courses available online?
A: Courses for the Transition to Teaching (and MLS/MAT) program include both online learning and face-to-face instruction.

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Q: What subjects can I teach?
A: The 'high needs' teaching fields at the secondary level are typically Mathematics, Science, English, and Spanish.  Other fields are available for licensure in T2T, but available teaching positions are often limited.

The following subjects are available for licensure in the T2T program, although all candidates must teach at the middle or secondary level through the duration of the program:

Secondary (grades 6-12)
Biology
Chemistry
Earth/Space Science
English
History/Government
Mathematics
Physics
Speech/Theatre

Middle Level (grades 5-8)
English
Mathematics
Science

PreK-12
Art
French
Music
Physical Education
Spanish

**Other areas require authorization

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Q: What is the timeline of the program?
A: Beginning with a summer pre-service session, candidates spend two years teaching with a restricted license while concurrently completing the necessary education coursework. During this period of time, the student receives support from interactions with a peer cohort, the university, the district, and a mentor. At the successful conclusion of the two-year period, the student earns an initial teaching license. Students may enroll in a third year of education coursework to complete the 36-hour Master of Arts in Teaching degree (MAT).

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Q: Can I pursue licensure in subject areas other than those listed?
A: The WSU Transition to Teaching program offers licensure options in some situations for areas such as Business, Technology, Agriculture, Family & Consumer Sciences, etc. Contact us for more information.

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Q: Can I pursue licensure in Elementary or Special Education with T2T?
A: The WSU Transition to Teaching program does not offer licensure in Elementary or Special Education.

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Q: When do I take the Praxis II and PPST exams?
A: After submitting an application and meeting with the program director, you should begin with testing preparations. The Praxis II and PPST are required exams for entry in the T2T program and must be completed by June 1.  

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