Masters in Teaching vs. Masters in Education

If you want to become a teacher, chances are you’ve begun to think about the different degree options available, namely a Masters in Teaching and a Masters in Education. But what’s the difference? The difference, actually, is quite large.

Master of Arts in Teaching
Do you want to teach, but don’t have experience? The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is the way to go. The Master degree in teaching requires a minimum of 30 post-graduate semester hours and relies heavily on advanced coursework in a specific subject. For example, if you love calculus, the Master of Arts in Teaching will make you an expert calculus teacher. Even more exciting is that, with the Masters in Teaching, you actually get to teach. MAT students typically spend a full semester as student teachers (a program also known as guided practice), teaching alongside certified teachers.

Masters in Education
The Masters in Education is a degree with actual majors within itself and allows you to do a number of things. To become a teacher, one can have a Masters in Education with a focus on Curriculum Instruction or Curriculum Teaching. A Masters in Education with a focus Counselor Education can certify you to become a mental health counselor, and a Masters in Education with a focus on School Counseling is the path you would pursue to become a guidance counselor. There’s also Higher Education and Student Affairs, if you’re looking to teach college students, and Adult Education to (you guessed it) teach adults who are returning to school. You can even use a Masters in Education to prep for your PhD. The most important difference between this and the Master in Teaching is that the Masters in Education is commonly (but not exclusively) aimed towards professional teachers hoping to advance their knowledge in their particular field.

Now that you know the difference between the two, it’s probably pretty noticeable how different they are. Knowing the difference between a Master in Teaching and a Masters in Education, you can ask the right questions, save time and get the degree you need.

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