Master of Arts in Teaching MAT

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree is a practical and flexible degree program culminating in a capstone experience which aligns to a student’s area of emphasis.


The MAT program consists of 35 total credits that include 18 credits in core courses and 15 credits in elective courses; students must also complete a two-credit final course. Elective courses could include standards of effective practice (SEP’s), which are courses leading to a secondary education teaching license. Current licensed teachers may choose another option to enhance their teaching career; i.e. Reading, Special Education Licensure, Math, etc.

Please note: the MAT by itself is not a licensure-granting degree, but students may complete additional coursework in one of our licensure-only programs (i.e. FasTrack or Special Education Licensure) to become professionally licensed. For complete options, contact the Program Coordinator.

For complete current program requirements, please go to the current catalog; select Graduate Programs located on the right side.

Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines

Open enrollment; Fall semester and Summer Session applicants should submit their application and additional materials by April 1 for preferred consideration.

Application Requirements
  • Graduate Application for Admission — Apply Here!
  • $20 non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts of bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Overall undergraduate GPA: 3.00
  • Two letters of recommendation from a previous employer/professor
  • Copy of Teaching license requested (if unavailable please contact us)
  • One-page letter of intent answering the following (limit each response to 50 words):
    • Why do you want to be in the graduate program?
    • Explain your background in education or in your current degree field.
    • What do you plan to use this degree for?

International Students

  • Please note that graduate students enrolled in an online program are not eligible for an I-20 to study within the United States.
  • International students must also provide Proof of English Proficiency.

Tuition & Aid

We offer in-state/reciprocity tuition rates to all of our graduate students. Please visit the Financial Aid website for more information on options for funding your education.

Graduate Assistantships

Some students may qualify for a graduate assistantship, which includes a tuition waiver and stipend. GAs, in return, are expected to complete certain teaching and/or research assignments for the department.