Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

The master of arts in teaching is a graduate degree program designed for individuals who already hold a non-teaching bachelor’s degree and are interested in becoming a teacher. 

Educators with outside work experience bring a unique perspective to their classrooms, helping to enrich the student experience. Our flexible online MAT program combines teacher licensure preparation and the coursework needed for a master’s degree, allowing you to advance your education and start an exciting new chapter in your career.

Our EPSB-approved curriculum focuses on education best practices and promotes knowledge, awareness, and understanding of the unique needs of different student populations.

EKU offers 4 MAT concentrations designed to meet the growing needs of school districts across the United States. Educators leave our program prepared to serve in a variety of roles and to help students at all levels reach their full potential. 

At-A-Glance

Format: 100% online
Credit Hours: 44 hours
Tuition: $510 per credit hour
                   $325 per credit hour for active duty military
Transfer Credits Accepted: Up to 9 hours*
Career Options: Early childhood, elementary, middle, or secondary teacher; specialist or coach (P-12); teacher leader educator; public preschool coordinator; Head start coordinator, Head Start administrator, directors of early childhood centers, administrators of early childhood centers, Kentucky Department of Education worker, Kentucky Division of Child Care worker

*With departmental approval

Notes:
If you will be teaching outside Kentucky, please consult with your state’s licensing agency to determine whether our program will meet your state’s licensure requirements.

 

What sets our program apart?
EKU is dedicated to preparing the highest quality educators and related professionals for Kentucky and beyond. EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as content, effective pedagogical skills, and dispositions that foster life-long growth and learning.

  • EPSB approved
  • Accelerated 8-week terms
  • No campus visits required
  • Reduced tuition for active duty service members
  • FREE transcript evaluation service to learn what concentrations you are qualified to pursue in the MAT program
  • Assignments and action research that build critical thinking skills
  • Quality courses from respected faculty who teach the same classes online and on-campus
  • Core curriculum focused on training teachers as leaders while gaining expertise in a selected area  
  • Personal advisors stay with you from application to graduation
  • Free online career services assistance
  • Dynamic, supportive learning environment
  • Study any time, from anywhere
  • Generous credit transfer policy
  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the best universities offering online degrees

Degree concentration

In addition to selecting a degree concentration, you can also choose from numerous graduate certificates in specialty areas that complement and enhance your content area as you are work toward your degree.

Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE)
IECE is a 41hour program designed for individuals who already hold a non-teaching bachelor’s degree and are interested in becoming an early childhood education teacher. 

Career options include: Developmental Interventionist (First Steps),public preschool teacher; Kindergarten teacher, Kentucky Department of Education Special Education services; Kentucky’s Office for Early Childhood,administrators of early childhood programs.

Elementary Education
Elementary education is a 44 hour program designed for individuals who already hold a non-teaching bachelor’s degree and are interested in becoming an elementary teacher.

Career options include: Elementary education teacher; specialist or coach (P-12); teacher leader educator.

Middle Grades
Middle Grades education is a 44 hour program designed for individuals who already hold a non-teaching bachelor’s degree and are interested in becoming a middle grades teacher. 

 Career options include: Middle grades education teacher, specialist or coach (P-12), teacher leader educator.

Secondary
Secondary education is a 44 hour program designed for individuals who already hold a non-teaching bachelor’s degree and are interested in becoming a teacher in one of several discipline specific areas.

EKU’s online MAT degree allows students to maximize their strengths, previous education and experience by offering multiple program tracks:

Certification in Grades P-12

  • Art
  • French
  • Health Education
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Physical Education and Health – Dual Certification
  • School Health
  • Spanish

Certification in Grades 5-12

  • Agriculture
  • Business and Marketing
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Industrial Technology

Certification in Grades 8-12

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Sciences
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Social Science

Career options include: Teacher in elementary, middle or high schools; specialist or coach (P-12); teacher leader educator

Why choose EKU?
EKU is a regionally-accredited, brick-and-mortar university that is ranked among the nation's best colleges and has been educating students for more than a century. EKU has received numerous honors, including being named one of the best online colleges in the nation and one of the most veteran-friendly campuses.