Master of Arts in Teaching

Beginning with the fall 2013 cohort, the MAT program will be delivered in a hybrid format, with approximately half of the courses taught online. Most semesters, students will need to be on campus one night each week.

This is an Option 6 program designed for individuals who wish to become teachers. Candidates who enter this program must have completed a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Candidates will choose a teaching field at the middle, or secondary grade levels (see chart below). An official evaluation by the department of the respective major field will determine whether the content course requirements have been met after reviewing the candidate's transcript processed by the Graduate Education Office in the College of Education and Human Services. The first step in pursuing the MAT program is to have a pre-admission packet for Phase I sent to the Graduate Education Office (with Supplemental Application) for an official evaluation.

The MAT program does not provide certification in Elementary Education, ONLY certification areas listed below.

If a candidate has not met the content requirement for a certification area, the candidate must complete the necessary undergraduate coursework as required for that certification area. All content requirements must be completed prior to eligibility for admission to the program. The priority deadline to have all materials, including test scores, into our office is June 1st. Admission for the MAT program is for the fall semester only. 

The curriculum for the MAT program is designed to be completed in five semesters (including summer). Candidates enroll in the fall semester and continue through the following spring, summer, and fall terms, then culminate with student teaching or KTIP during the spring term of the second year. Candidates will be enrolled on a part-time basis for all terms, with the exception of the final semester when student-teaching is to be completed.* The primary purpose of this part-time format is to allow candidates who are employed on a full-time basis to continue their employment while attending Master of Arts in Teaching classes on evenings and weekends classes.  Most semesters, students will need to be on campus one night a week.

Certification areas available through the program include:

Grades P-12 Middle Grades 5-9 Secondary 8-12
Spanish English & Communication Biology
German Mathematics Chemistry
French Integrated Science Earth/Space Science
  Social Studies English
    Social Studies


*Official evaluations will be conducted by an authorized faculty member of Northern Kentucky University.  To request an evaluation please complete Phase I of the admission process.  If you have additional questions please contact

Upon successful completion of the program candidates will earn a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and a recommendation for Kentucky certification in one of the above certification areas. Successful candidates may be eligible to apply for certification in OH, IN, and other states upon completion of the program. Please see the Department of Education for other and/or additional requirements for each state.

*This is a selective graduate and teacher licensure degree program.  Completion of minimal admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance.*