Field-Based Experience, Interview, Essay
Teaching isn't as simple or easy as it looks. One part of meeting the TMATE entry requirements is completing 30 hours of classroom field-based experience in the subject area you want to teach. Your impressions of teachers and students will be recorded in a journal which is submitted as part of the approval evaluation process. This requirement helps you realize that classrooms may have changed since you were a student, enables you to get more out of your summer classes and serves as an opportunity for you to check out districts where you might be interested in working. TMATE will mail you a Classroom Field Experience Packet explaining this assignment.
Good teachers are personable, enthusiastic, dedicated and professional. Teaching candidates must be able to inspire their students to learn. TMATE will contact you to schedule a 20 minute personal interview which will be used to evaluate your verbal communications skills, as well as your energy, creativity and maturity.
Good teachers are good communicators. To test your ability to analyze and explain, you will be asked to select two questions from a list and then compose an essay. The essay will be evaluated independently by several graduate school faculty members based on the mechanics including spelling, punctuation, legible handwriting, grammar and syntax, organization and appropriateness of content.
TMATE Application Process
- March 31, 2011
I remember thinking to myself in my first TMATE interview how strange the question "What do you do to relieve stress?" was. I came to realize the importance of being able to stay positive and happy when all the odds are against you as a first year teacher.
--Christina Lopez, 2006-2007
Is teaching what I expected? Yes, and much, much more. Teaching for me is about the students. It is about the process of sharing and communication.
--Lisa Rose, 2006-2007