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Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning

The Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning (MATL) is designed for adult career-changers who are committed to teaching in at-risk schools. University College, the Institute for School Partnership, and the St. Louis Teacher Residency (STLTR) program collaborate to train and support aspiring teachers who, in turn, will accelerate student achievement.

The first year of the program is facilitated by STLTR and begins with a one-year residency. Student residents work with an experienced mentor teacher in a high-needs classroom, developing the skills needed to be a leader in the classroom. Residents also take classes focused on the core competencies needed to have a successful career in teaching. By joining STLTR, students make a commitment to serve the learners and families in St. Louis-area public schools.

At the end of the first-year residency, students earn their teacher certification. In the second year, residents teach in their partner school districts while completing their master’s degrees at University College. Master's pedagogical course work continues to support and inform the students' classroom teaching and is complemented by subject-specific courses. After completing the master's degree, participants commit to teaching two additional years in their home districts and receive continued support by STLTR staff during their early years of teaching.

Admission Requirements


Prospective students begin the admissions process with St. Louis Teacher Residency. At the end of the first year, students formally apply to the Master’s in Teaching and Learning.

Course Work

After completing the first year residency with St. Louis Teacher Residency, students complete an additional 21 units at Washington University in St. Louis.



  • Supporting Special Populations (U08 524)
  • One of the following:
    • Advanced Teaching Methods: Elementary (U08 5125 & 5130)
    • Advanced Teaching Methods: Secondary English/Language Arts (U08 5126 & 5131)
    • Advanced Teaching Methods: Secondary Mathematics (U08 5127 & 5132)
    • Advanced Teaching Methods: Secondary Science (U08 5128 & 5133)
  • Advanced Teaching Methods: Project Based Learning and Assessment (U08 5129)
  • MATL Capstone Seminar I (U08 5140)
  • MATL Capstone Seminar II (U08 5141)


Students tailor their degree by taking additional courses in Education or subject-specific areas such as English, Math, or Biology.

Learn more about the residency year with STLTR.

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