Master of Arts in Teaching: English Language Arts

Master of Arts in Teaching: English Language Arts

This flexible, 100% online master’s program is designed specifically for career changers and will prepare you for English language arts teacher certification.

Rated #16 U.S. News & World Report.

The online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is a flexible, practical and convenient pathway to teaching. With this program, you can:

  • begin in fall, spring or summer semesters
  • complete the program in as little as 12 months
  • design a course schedule that fits your life
  • explore teaching with your own personalized MAT GradCat — an experienced, veteran mentor teacher
  • join diverse, talented and committed MAT students from nearly every state and many foreign countries

The College of Education prepares educators to be knowledgeable, ethical, caring decision makers for a diverse and changing world. English Language Arts (ELA) is a specialized field exploring principles and methods of teaching for grades 6-12. You will learn how to effectively define, organize and connect these subjects to the lives of secondary students.

The secondary English Language Arts MAT consists of two, flexible tracks.

  • Practitioner track: For students who pursue the MAT while teaching full time. Kansas teachers are required to hold a Restricted License.
  • License-seeking track: For students who pursue the MAT while continuing their current employment.

Once you complete the program, you’ll be eligible to apply for an Initial Teaching License in the state of Kansas. The license will transfer to other states upon completion of any additional requirements for that state.

Applications are encouraged and accepted year-round. Applicants may apply anytime but should submit their application at least two weeks prior to the start of the semester. The fall semester begins in late August, the spring semester begins in late January, and the summer semester has multiple start options. Reach out to K-State Online ( with application questions or check with MAT student success coordinator, TJ Duntz ( for course enrollment guidance.

June 28 Master of Arts in Teaching webinar
Do you have questions about the Master of Arts in Teaching pathway? Join us live for an informational webinar with Dr. Thomas Vontz at 7 p.m. (CST) on June 28, 2023.

$510.60 per credit hour*
31 credit hours
100% online

*This estimate includes online tuition and College of Education fees and is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ depending on your transfer hours, course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.



Suzanne Porath, Program Coordinator

Dr. Suzanne Porath was an English language arts, history and humanities teacher; curriculum coordinator; and reading teacher for 13 years before becoming a teacher educator. As an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, she teaches courses in literacy for undergraduates and graduate reading specialists. In the Master of Art in Teaching for English Language Arts program, she teaches EDCI 706, 797, 798 and 799 and advises ELA teacher candidates.


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