Master of Arts in Teaching: Social Studies

Master of Arts in Teaching: Social Studies

Designed for career changers, this 12-month accelerated program 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. The social studies specialization will explore principles of teaching history, geography, economics, government and civics for grades 6-12, as well as organization of subject matter, lesson planning, pedagogy and classroom management. This social studies 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
No out-of-state tuition

*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.



Bradley Burenheide, Program Coordinator

Dr. Brad Burenheide taught social studies for grades 7-12 for 10 years before completing his doctorate and becoming a professor at Kansas State University. He is the coordinator for secondary social studies, and his research interests include history education, innovative pedagogy and instructional gaming. He is most passionate about working with students and is also currently teaching Latin at a local high school to stay rooted in current practice and research.


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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