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Master of Arts in Teaching

Annice McLean, Program Director
Hill Hall, Room 419

Program description

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is a combined graduate degree and initial teacher certification program intended for individuals who hold at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college/university. The MAT is a teacher certification program approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and is intended for secondary-level and middle-level future educators. The MAT program provides the opportunity for multiple content area certifications and includes extensive site-based clinical experiences in area schools building upon the students' previous coursework and experiences.

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet minimum Graduate College requirements for admission.

  1. Applicants must meet minimum Graduate College requirements for admission.
  2. Applicants must hold at least a bachelor’s degree in, or related to, the area of certification desired. If nine or more hours of course work in the content remains to be completed at the time of admission, the candidate may be admitted conditionally to the program.
  3. Admission to the MAT will include a departmental review, and a transcript analysis completed by the Professional Education Services office.

Degree requirements (minimum of 36 hrs)

  1. All students must attempt the Missouri Content Assessment(s) (MoCA) before the end of their first semester of coursework.
  2. All students must pass the MoCA(s) prior to their student teaching semester.
  3. Because of certification requirements, a “B” or better is required in all coursework.
  4. Completion of Missouri Volunteer and Employee Criminal History Service (MOVECHS) waiver and FBI Fingerprinting Background Check prior to starting the second semester of MAT graduate courses. For more information, refer to Compliance Documents Required for Practicum, Internship or Student Teaching, found on the Professional Education Services website.
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
SFR 750
MID 810
Philosophies of Education
Foundations of Middle Level Education
3 hrs
SFR 751
MID 725
Introduction to Teaching and Learning
Advanced Theory & Practice in Teaching Early Adolescents
3 hrs
SFR 781 Applied Educational Research 3 hrs
EDT 662
EDT 665
Educational Applications of Computers in the Classroom
Selection and Utilization of Educational Technology
3 hrs
PSY 710 Psychology of Education 3 hrs
SPE 715 Foundations in Special Education 3 hrs
RDG 710 Content Area Literacy 3 hrs
RDG 624 Analysis and Correction of Difficulties in Adolescent 3 hrs
SEC 783
SCI 783
Internship in Teaching I: Teaching Practicum
Internship in Teaching Secondary Science I
3 hrs
SEC 784
SCI 784
Internship in Teaching II: Student Teaching
Internship in Teaching Secondary Science II
10 hrs
9 hrs

Research and Comprehensive Examination requirements

Students will enroll in SFR 781 (Applied Educational Research), which will provide instruction on how to utilize and implement educational research to enhance their classroom practice. This course will introduce students to action research and will culminate in a research project presented to the Program Coordinator and Content Area Coordinator during their student teaching semester. This project will satisfy their comprehensive examination requirement.

Graduation requirements

In addition to requirements established by the Graduate College, students must meet required GPA requirements established by Missouri's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for educators. Those requirements are a cumulative 2.75 GPA across all degrees earned (based on transcript analysis).


Advisement will be facilitated by the MAT Academic Advisor in cooperation with the MAT Program Coordinator. The Office of Professional Education Services will monitor the certification process. All students must attempt the Missouri Content Assessment(s) (MoCA) before the end of their final semester of coursework.

Certification requirements

MAT candidates are required to complete content area coursework in the subject they are pursuing for teacher certification, or pass the Missouri Content Assessment(s) MoCA(s) for that area before being recommended for teacher certification and successfully pass the Missouri Educator Evaluation System (MEES). Content area requirements are determined by the Professional Education Services office as part of the transcript analysis process. Candidates applying for certificate must have 3.00 GPA or higher in both Content and Professional Education coursework.