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.
You will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the Master of Arts in Teaching program
- 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
- 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.
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
- 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
- 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.
- 100% online and open to international students
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:
- Business Education (vocational)
- Earth Science
- Engineering and Technology Education
- Family Consumer Sciences (vocational)
- Foreign Language (French, German, or Spanish)
- Library Media Specialist, K-12
- Middle/High School Education
- Music - Instrumental or Vocal
- Physical Education
- Social Studies
- Special Education Mild-Moderate Cross Categorical, K-12
- Special Education Severely Developmentally Disabled, B-12
- Speech Communication and Theatre