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Department of Middle, Secondary,
and Adult Education

PO Box 800
Lovinger 3155
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4452 or 8662
Fax: 660-543-4954

Master of Arts in Teaching

Ready for a career change? Turn your passion for teaching into a career at the University of Central Missouri with a Master of Arts in Teaching. Most graduates finish their MAT program within one and a half to three years.

The MAT degree is designed to fit around your busy schedule and can be earned online from the convenience of your home. All students in this program pay the same tuition and receive on-demand technology support. The MAT degree gives students an in-depth understanding of American educational history and philosophy. It also teaches students to think systematically about teaching practice and create effective teaching styles and strategies. UCM’s MAT program is approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

If you are an international graduate student looking to receive a Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Educational Theory from your home country, please download one of the informational fliers:


This graduate-level program offers three concentration areas:

Secondary Education - Includes certification in one of over 20 certification areas (see below)

Middle School Education - Includes certification in one of over 20 certification areas (see below)

Educational Theory - 100% online and open to international students! This concentration gives students an in-depth understanding of American educational philosophy.

Secondary and Middle School Certification Areas

The Secondary Education and Middle School Education concentrations include certification in one of over 20 certification areas. Your certification area does not need to correspond to your undergraduate major, though many will. At this time, these concentrations are not open to International Students.

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

Please note that some certification areas may require additional hours and/or classes not available online. Check the certification requirements for the Secondary Education or Middle School Education concentration.

Educational Theory

This concentration gives students an in-depth understanding of American educational philosophy. This concentration is open to International Students. If you are interested in pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Educational Theory from your home country, please download the appropriate flier from one of the links below:

International MAT flyer in English (PDF)


(International MAT flyer in Chinese)

Admission Requirements

To be accepted into the MAT program, all students must:

  • Complete an undergraduate degree with a minimum grade point average of 2.75
  • Submit an application for admission
  • Choose an area of concentration:
    • Secondary Education, Middle School Education (open to US and US territories only)
      • Students must also choose their subject area and contact the Clinical Services and Certification Office to develop a certification plan tailored to their needs based on past coursework. An unofficial copy of all collegiate transcripts will be required for certification consideration.
    • Educational Theory (International Students: please see additional requirements below)

International Admission Requirements

  • 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
  • Submit an application to the Office of International Admissions

Starting Your Program

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.

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, students are required to complete EDFL 5900 or an advisor-approved alternative research course. As a graduate-level degree, research is emphasized in the MAT program. After the completion of 24 hours of coursework, MAT students will take EDFL 5100 and participate in an internship, which will include student teaching or working as a contracted teacher. A portfolio is required for program completion.

To determine the cost of completing the program, please refer to UCM's Online Cost Calculator.

After Your Program

UCM is proud of the MAT program's 86% placement rate. This comprehensive program, rich with field experience, prepares graduates for the classroom and makes graduates more likely to continue teaching for several years after graduation. While salary scales vary among school districts, the average starting salary for graduates is about $32,000 annually.

For more information, please contact

Dr. Michelle Conrad
Lovinger 2131

Dr. Terrell Brown
Lovinger 3030

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