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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

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Leverage Your Non-Teaching Bachelor’s Degree to Begin a Rewarding Teaching Career

The master of arts in teaching is a graduate degree program 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.

*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.

Program At-A-Glance

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100% Online

Learn From Anywhere

41-52 Credit Hours

to Graduate
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Up To 9 Hours

Transfer Credit
Cost per hour

$510

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Benefits
Rank System
Disciplines
Careers

Benefits of EKU Online

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

Advancing in Rank

Teachers in Kentucky are held to a three-tiered rank system. By completing additional education programs, teachers are able to advance their rank, leading to increased salary and promotion potential.

The Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) is responsible for conferring rank and rank changes. EKU prepares educators with the required coursework and experience but does not award initial rank or changes to rank.

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Disciplines

EKU’s graduate education programs are divided into three disciplines:

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
  • Special Education
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Career Opportunities

Overall employment of preschool and childcare center directors is projected to grow 1 percent from 2019 to 2029, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics*. Growth will remain steady due to the fact that early childhood education is widely recognized as important for a child’s intellectual and emotional development. Overall employment of kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high school teachers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2019 to 2029, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics*. Growth in the state of Kentucky is expected to be faster due to a high number of teacher retirements.

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Degree Concentrations

Graduate education programs begin at 41 credit hours, but can be longer depending on the program and options selected.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH)

DHH is a 52-hour program designed for individuals who already hold a non-teaching bachelor’s degree and are interested in becoming a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing.

Career options include: Special education teacher or deaf education teacher in elementary, middle or high schools; preschool and developmental interventionist

Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE)

IECE is a 41-hour 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.

Enrollment

John Hepner, Enrollment Advisor

John Hepner

Enrollment Advisor

Call or email Enrollment Advisor John Hepner for information about the EKU Online Graduate Education programs.

Contact Info:
859-622-8610
John.Hepner@eku.edu

Application Deadlines

Term Application Deadline Classes Begin
Fall A August 1 August
Spring A December 1 January

Admission Requirements

All coursework in the MAT professional core is 100% online.  Most concentration option coursework is also 100% online or offered in hybrid format to limit evening coursework.  At most, MAT students in secondary and P-12 concentrations may have up to three courses that are not 100% online.  All coursework for elementary and IECE are 100% online.  Candidates are required to complete clinical hours at an assigned public school during school hours.

Candidates seeking admission to an initial licensure MAT program must complete the following:

  1. Submit an online application to the Graduate School indicating a bachelor’s degree including all official transcripts from accredited colleges attended except Eastern Kentucky University.
  2. Provide evidence of the following prior to being accepted into the program:  A bachelor’s or master’s degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale OR a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on the last sixty (60) hours of credit completed, including undergraduate and graduate coursework. (EPSB regulation 16 KAR 5:020 requires a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last thirty (30) hours of credit completed, including undergraduate and graduate coursework.)
  3. Must successfully complete the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE): Reading (156), Writing (162), Mathematics (150) exams OR Graduate Record Exam: Verbal Reasoning (150), Quantitative Reasoning (143), and Analytical Writing (4.0). Scores are good for five (5) years from the test date.  Students who do not have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or 3.25 in the last 60 hours must complete the GRE to meet the Graduate School Entrance Exam requirement.
  4. Undergraduate Major (or equivalent) in the field in which certification is being sought (only for secondary candidates; others are reviewed for appropriate course content).
  5. Passing PRAXIS II content exam scores in the desired certification area with the exception of music. Some secondary and P-12 certification areas require TWO content exams.  Middle School certification applicants must pass at least ONE of the TWO required Praxis II content exams upon admission.  IECE and Elementary do not require the Praxis II content exam for admission.

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE)exam series.
BE SURE to request that your Praxis CASE and Praxis II scores be sent to EKU -CODE 1200

Submit your documents to the Alternative Certification Specialist, Ms. Karen Dickens by email to certification.alternative_routes@EKU.EDU:

  1. A professional resume
  2. An autobiography documenting relevant life/work/educational experience
  3. Three letters of reference
  4.  Complete two written assignments, given by the department, that assess critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration.
    • ESSAY #1  – In an essay (3-4 pages each) describe a situation (professional, educational or other) in which you exhibited the following qualities:
      • Critical Thinking
      • Creativity
      • Communication
      • Collaboration
    • ESSAY #2 – In an essay (3-4 pages), describe how you will practice critical thinking, creativity, positive communication and collaboration in your future teaching career.
  5. Verified Credentials Background check – Instructions on this webpage – Verified Credentials
  6. Complete an interview with the Master of Arts in Teaching admission committee
  7. Candidates must complete and sign a Candidate Statement of Commitment Regarding Dispositions form. (Will be completed during the admission interview.)
  8. Candidates must complete and sign a “Personal and Professional Fitness Declaration” form. This process includes a review of the Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Personnel established in 16 KAR1:020. (Will be completed during the admission interview.)
    NOTE: Based upon applicant disclosure, an interview by the Professional Education Admission Committee may be required.

Ms. Karen Dickens, Alternative Certification Specialist
Bert Combs 425
521 Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY 40475
certification.alternative_routes@eku.edu

For advising questions, please contact:
Dr. Julie Rutland, MAT Program Coordinator
julie.rutland@eku.edu or 859-622-1043

In addition, candidates seeking Option 6 Alternative Route:

  • Successfully complete the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE): Reading (156), Writing (162), Mathematics (150) exams OR Graduate Record Exam: Verbal Reasoning (150), Quantitative Reasoning (143), and Analytical Writing (4.0). Scores are good for five (5) years from the test date.
  • Successfully complete the Praxis II content exam for the content area of MAT concentration major.  See ets.org for test code list for Kentucky and pass scores.

In addition to meeting the above admission criteria, Option 6 candidates must provide a letter from their school district indicating that they have been hired or will be hired pending processing of the TC-TP. A mentoring plan will be developed once the candidate has been admitted and is in receipt of an employment letter. Mentoring plan requires 10 hours of direct observation from a University Mentor and participation from the candidate’s district through a district assigned mentor who will complete 5 hours of direct observation and support. Mentoring Plan is verified by candidate, University Mentor and District Mentor.

Additional Contact Information

Admissions: 859-622-2106
Academic Testing: 859-622-1281
Financial Aid Office: 859-622-2361
Military & Veterans Affairs Office: 859-622-2345
Student Account Services: 859-622-1232

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With EKU Online, there is no requirement to log on at a certain time, which leaves me able to schedule my week on my terms. I can complete my coursework when needed and still be involved in all the things my family enjoys doing.

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Online Military Students

EKU Online offers veterans and active duty military students an unparalleled online learning experience that provides accessibility, convenience and flexibility.

Special Tuition for Active Duty* Military
Eastern Kentucky University offers reduced tuition expenses to $250 per credit hour for undergraduate and $325 per credit hour for graduate courses to all service members currently serving on active duty.

*Active duty is defined as on federal orders for 180 days or more.

“I’d like to thank the EKU College of Justice & Safety for the opportunity to complete my degree online. It’s very user-friendly, and everyone has bent over backwards to make this happen.”

– 1LT Heath Bergmann, EKU Online graduate student on deployment in Afghanistan

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