Master of Arts in Teaching: English Language Arts

Master of Arts in Teaching: English Language Arts

Designed for career changers, this 12-month accelerated MAT prepares you for secondary teacher certification and is rated in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report.

If you’re ready to start a new career in secondary education but don’t want to wait to finish a two-year master’s program or complete another bachelor’s degree, the online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is for you. This 12-month accelerated MAT combines online courses with classroom experiences at an accredited middle or high school near you to provide a strong foundation in classroom theory and practice.

The College of Education prepares educators to be knowledgeable, ethical, caring decision makers for a diverse and changing world. In this specialization, you will explore principles and methods of teaching in English Language Arts (ELA) instruction for middle and high school. Coursework and classroom field work explores classroom management, methods of instruction, organization of the classroom, student engagement, lesson and unit planning, assessment and reporting. This track will prepare you to receive a teaching license for grades 6-12.

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.

The MAT follows a cohort model that begins mid-May and ends the following May. A cohort is a group of students who complete coursework at the same time within the same degree program and graduate together.

Application deadline is May 1 (March 1 for international applicants). See admission requirements below for full details.

$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.


If you have additional questions about this program, visit the Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education FAQs page for more information or view the Master of Arts in Teaching Program Handbook on the college page. Learn more about the other secondary specializations.


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