Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
The Master of Arts in Teaching Degree (M.A.T.) is a Graduate Alternate Certification Program intended to allow individuals who have completed a non-education bachelor’s degree to earn a master’s degree and initial teaching certificate. If you already hold a teaching certificate you are not eligible for the MAT program. If you already hold a teacher certification, please explore the M.Ed. Program instead of the MAT Program.
- 1 - 5: Elementary Education
- 6 - 12: Secondary Education (English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, General Science, Physics, and Social Studies)
- General Special Education Mild/Moderate: A Dual Certification (Integrated to Merged) Approach Grades 1-5
- General Special Education Mild/Moderate: A Dual Certification (Integrated to Merged) Approach Grades 6-12 (English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, General Science, Physics, and Social Studies)
- Special Education – Early Intervention Birth-5
Difference between the Dual Certification (Integrated/Merged) MAT Program and the Elementary and Secondary MAT programs:
The Dual Certification (Integrated/Merged) program prepares candidates in the instruction of students who are identified with mild/moderate disabilities and those in general education (1-5, 6-12). Candidates earn certifications in both areas. Elementary and Secondary MAT programs prepare candidates to teach general education programs either in the elementary grades (1-5) or secondary grades (6-12). Candidates earn teacher certification in elementary (1-5) or secondary (6-12 math, English, science or social studies). Both programs require 33 semester hours to complete.
Student Learning Outcomes
Student Learning Outcomes specify what students will know, be able to do, or be able to demonstrate when they have completed a program of study.
• Elementary • Elementary/Special Ed • Secondary • Secondary/Special Ed • Early Intervention
The program of study is designed to move students toward certification in their areas of expertise. Upon acceptance, each candidate is assigned a major professor to assist in designing an appropriate program of study. The MAT includes a minimum requirement of 36 credit hours. Each candidate is required to complete two semesters of residency.
Course Load Information
Most students take approximately two to two and a half years to complete the program. Students are given up to six years to complete the MAT.
For students who work full time, we advise taking six credit hours per semester. Attempts are made to offer courses after school hours or during the day in the summer months. Some courses are also offered online.
It is possible to take one course before being admitted to the MAT program if you have already been admitted to the Graduate School.