Middle Level Secondary Residency Program (MLS/MAT)
The MLS/MAT programMiddle Level Secondary Residency Program (MLS/MAT) is a partnership between WSU and Wichita-area school districts, which combines coursework and experience-based learning in a classroom setting. During this two-year residency, participants obtain positions as para-educator interns in the WSU Cooperative Education Program and work under the supervision of veteran teachers, while completing requirements for licensure and a MAT degree.
Key elements identified from various models of successful teaching residency programs include:
- A two-year residency consisting of coursework and classroom experience.
- Systematic mentoring and support while learning pedagogy.
- Ongoing professional development through the residency and support in obtaining license.
To be eligible for the MLS program, students must:
- Complete at least a BA/BS degree from an accredited institution prior to entry in the subject(s) they will teach.
- Meet GPA requirements of 2.75 in the last 60 credit hours.
- Be admitted to the WSU Graduate School.
- Receive passing scores on the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) and the Praxis II content area exam.
- Secure a position as a para-educator in a partnering school district through WSU's Cooperative Education Program.
- Complete summer prerequisite education coursework.