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)

When Assessment
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)

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‚Äôs 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!