Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Degree Overview

The MAT is designed for students who have an undergraduate degree. We offer middle school certification (grades 5-9) and high school certification grades (9-12).


Middle School

Program of Study

Endorsement Areas

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Social Science
  • Science

High School

Program of Study

Endorsement Areas

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Social Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Physics
  • Unified Science (Coursework common to all unified endorsements)
    • Biology endorsement
    • Chemistry Endorsement
    • Earth Science Endorsement
    • Physics Endorsement

Residency Requirement

A minimum of 32 credit hours must be completed at UMKC.

Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA)

Prior to Entry – Missouri Educator Profile (MEP)

Prior to Entry – Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA)

Prior to Entry – Missouri Content Area Assessments (MCAA)

During Student Teaching – Missouri Pre-Service Teacher Assessment (MoPTA)

Visit MEGA’s website for more information.

Certification Requirements

  • Complete DESE application for Initial PC license
  • Pass the MEGA (see Table above)
  • Minimum GPA requirements: 3.00 cumulative, 3.00 content area, and 3.00 professional education coursework

Admissions Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited university (transcript)
  • A minimum grade of C in all content courses with an overall content GPA of 3.0
  • Transcripts which document completion of all Missouri content certification requirements (including DESE general education requirements)
  • Two letters of recommendation that address the candidate’s potential to be an educator
  • Missouri State Police and FBI background check
  • Candidate narrative statement describing the intentions and purposes for becoming a middle or high school teacher in a high-need school district
  • Completion with passing scores (when applicable) of the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (see Table above).

Notes and Special Announcements

  • The next cohort for the MAT will be admitted for Fall 2017.
  • The MAT is a licensure degree. For a non-licensure degree see our MA in Curriculum and Instruction.
  • A MAT for K-12 Art and Foreign Language (French, German, and Spanish) will be available soon!