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Master of Arts in Teaching: The UDC Edge

Founded in 2010, the National Center for Urban Education embodies UDC’s longstanding commitment to preparing future educators and the residents of the District of Columbia. Our program is heavy on practical classroom training and closely aligned with trends and curricula at local schools. You will learn by doing and learn from the best, as UDC works closely with D.C. public schools to pair you with a outstanding teachers for your internship.

UDC—an urban land-grant university and the only public institution of higher education in Washington, D.C.—traces its roots to the Miner Normal School, a school for African-American girls founded in 1851 that eventually became Miner Teachers College, D.C.’s first public college.

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

The master of arts degree in teaching (MAT) at the University of the District of Columbia prepares you to become a socially conscious classroom practitioner. 

The program is offered through the Urban Teacher Academy at the National Center for Urban Education (NCUE), which embraces the demands, challenges and opportunities that teachers encounter in high-poverty, high-need schools.

While completing professional requirements, you will learn firsthand how be a positive force for change in our urban schools and communities, with a focus on the District of Columbia. To that end, we focus on three key areas of need:

  • Honoring and integrating students' home languages and cultures into the classroom
  • Early childhood education and school readiness
  • Instructional support and interventions for children with special needs


Curriculum and Requirements in the UDC Master of Arts in Teaching Program

Learn more about admissions requirements for programs at the Urban Teacher Academy

You can pursue a master of arts in teaching degree with one of the following concentrations:

Learn more about courses in the master of arts in teaching program.

The MAT programs offered by the Urban Teacher Academy of a year of pre-service preparation followed by a year of supervised teaching. This allows you to begin making a difference in the classroom almost immediately while still belonging to a strong support network. Learn more about the MAT program structure.

Student Organizations and Activities in the UDC Master of Arts in Teaching Program

The Urban Teacher Academy has relationships with students groups such as Jumpstart and Upward Bound, providing you with additional opportunities to work with children of varying ages and apply your classroom learning in the service of the community.

Students in the secondary English program may also apply for internships through the MAT program's partnership with the PEN/Faulkner Institute.

Faculty Spotlight: UDC Master of Arts in Teaching Program

You will learn how to teach from experienced educators with a deep understanding of local context and practical concerns, not scholars far removed from practice. Many of our adjunct faculty members are active principals in the D.C. public schools with their fingers of the pulse of current issues and trends.

Maurice Sykes, director of the Early Childhood Leadership Institute at UDC's National Center for Urban Education, has spent his career advancing high-quality early childhood education and advocating for educational reform and teacher professional development. Maurice formerly served in the District of Columbia Public School System as deputy superintendent for the Center for Systemic Educational Change and director of Early Childhood Programs. Sykes has also advised the U.S. Department of Education on educational policy and programs related to urban school improvement.

Dr. Sean T. Coleman is coordinator of the Human Development Degree Program in the Center's Early Childhood Leadership Institute. He previously served as a performance officer and chair of the assessment committee for the D.C. Public Charter School Board, as well as director of evaluation and training at Howard University's Capstone Institute. Dr. Coleman's research interests involve effective transactional strategies that facilitate students' motivation, engagement, and positive academic outcomes.

Career Pathways and Prospects

The four concentrations in the master of arts in teaching degree program at the University of the District of Columbia prepare you for a teaching career in elementary education, middle school math, secondary English or secondary social studies. The first-hand teaching experience gained during the program gives you an edge upon entering the job market.

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