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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Ready for a Career Change?

Turn your previous career experiences and your passion for teaching into a career with a Master of Arts in Teaching. Most graduates finish their MAT program within two to three years. This graduate program offers three concentration areas: Secondary Education, Middle School Education, and Educational Theory. The MAT degree will empower you to draw on your previous experiences as you investigate the teaching profession, while introducing you to an in-depth understanding of American educational history and philosophy. It will also teach you to think systematically about teaching practice and create effective teaching styles and strategies.


NOTE: Certification course requirements for Middle School and Secondary concentrations may not be available online.



Excellent Career Opportunities

UCM is proud of the Master of Arts in Teaching program's 86% placement rate. This comprehensive program, rich with field experience, prepares you for the classroom and helps prepare you for a new teaching career after graduation. While salary scales vary among school districts, the average starting salary is approximately $32,000 for a nine-month contract.

Student Learning Outcomes

You will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the Master of Arts in Teaching program to:

  • Demonstrate content knowledge and perspectives aligned with appropriate instruction and implementation of the curriculum.
  • Understand and encourage student learning, growth and development as you teach for critical thinking.
  • Utilize effective communication and create a positive classroom learning environment.
  • Use student assessment data to analyze and modify instruction.
  • Engage in professional practice and collaboration.

Admission Requirements

To be accepted into the Master of Arts in Teaching program, you must:

  • Complete an undergraduate degree with a minimum grade point average of 2.75
  • Submit an application for admission
  • Choose an area of concentration

After you are accepted:

  • You will be assigned a graduate advisor who will assist you developing a Program of Study and selecting courses to help you finish your program in a way that best meets your needs.
  • Working in conjunction with UCM's Office of Clinical Services and Certification (Middle School or Secondary options), you will also request a Certification Plan that aligns with your MAT degree Program of Study. While technically separate, the Master of Arts in Teaching Program of Study and the Certification Plan work together to help you attain BOTH goals: Degree and Certification.
  • Courses are offered every semester, and most can be taken in any sequence. While all MAT courses are offered online, some courses required for certification may not be. Students will work with their advisors to determine what works best for their needs.
  • Within the first 12 hours of program courses, you will be required to complete an advisor-approved research course. As a graduate-level degree, research is emphasized in the MAT program.
  • After the completion of 24 hours of coursework, you will participate in an internship, which will include student teaching or working as a contracted teacher.

International Admission Requirements

  • Submit an application to the Office of International Admissions
  • Meet the above requirements and the English proficiency requirement in one of the following areas:
    • TOEFL score of 79 on the internet-based test or 550 on the paper-based test
    • IELTS exam score of 6.0
    • PTE academic score of 53


Secondary Education or Middle School Education

  • Open to U.S. and U.S. territories only
  • Choose your subject area from one of more than 20 content areas
  • Contact the Clinical Services and Certification Office to develop a certification plan tailored to your needs based on past coursework. An unofficial copy of all collegiate transcripts will be required for certification consideration.

Educational Theory

  • 100% online and open to international students

Secondary and Middle School Certification Areas

Your certification area does not need to correspond to your undergraduate major, though many will. Some certification areas may require additional hours and/or classes not available online. Choose from the following:

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Education (vocational)
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Engineering and Technology Education
  • English
  • Family Consumer Sciences (vocational)
  • Foreign Language (French, German, or Spanish)
  • Health
  • Library Media Specialist, K-12
  • Mathematics
  • Middle/High School Education
  • Music - Instrumental or Vocal
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Social Studies
  • Special Education Mild-Moderate Cross Categorical, K-12
  • Special Education Severely Developmentally Disabled, B-12
  • Speech Communication and Theatre



UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri




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