Master of Arts in Teaching (Secondary Education)

Master of Arts in Teaching (Secondary Education)

This flexible, 100% online master’s program is designed specifically for career changers and will prepare you for K-6 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 11 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. The MAT allows you to choose a specialization in English, Agricultural education, Social studies, Mathematics or Modern languages, regardless of what you studied as an undergraduate student. The specializations will prepare you to receive a teaching license for grades 6-12 (K-12 for modern languages).

The secondary 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 accepted year-round. Applicants should plan to apply within two to three months from the start of the semester. The fall semester begins in late August, the spring semester begins in late January and the summer semester begins in late May.

March 22 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 March 22, 2023.

$510.60 per credit hour*
No out-of-state tuition
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.

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Shaun Reed, '19

Shaun began his career as a paraprofessional before ultimately deciding to pursue his master’s degree so he could become a teacher.


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