Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), a graduate track for initial teacher certification within the Teacher Education Professional Program, fulfills all requirements for Missouri teacher certification for Middle School, Secondary, or K-12 Education. Coursework includes professional education courses and field experiences. This cohort program is designed for students holding bachelor’s degrees who are interested in pursuing graduate study in education while earning teacher certification.


The Teacher Education Professional Program in the UMKC School of Education is rooted in deep commitment to equity, social justice, and urban PK-12 public education in the Kansas City area. An urban focus informs our work with partner school districts—our collaborative partners in Teacher Education.


The Teacher Education Professional Program is organized into four developmental Blocks:


In Block 1, teacher candidates build foundational knowledge related to human development, learning environments, knowledge of learners, learning theory, and the impact of social and cultural contexts on learning. Additionally, Block 1 includes an introductory field experience designed to facilitate the shift in teacher candidates’ perspectives from that of a student to that of a classroom teacher.


Block 2 is focused on the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline in which the candidate will teach. Teacher candidates build on their understanding of the concepts, tools, and structures of the discipline to plan instruction that will engage students in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving. Block 2 includes an early field experience designed engage teacher candidates in interpretation of classroom practices related to disciplinary literacy, pedagogical knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, and differentiated instruction.


Block 3 is focused on planning and assessing learning experiences. Teacher candidates learn more deeply about instructional strategies and pedagogical methods within their disciplinary areas as well as the cyclical nature of using assessment data in planning for instruction. Block 3 includes a mid-level field experience designed engage teacher candidates in planning and assessing learning experiences.


Block 4 consists of student teaching and a supporting seminar focused on analyzing and demonstrating effective teaching. Teacher candidates engage in the cycle of planning, enacting, assessing, and analyzing instruction. Emphasis is placed on collaboration with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals as well as ethics and professionalism in education.


Certification Areas:

Admissions Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited university (transcript)
  • A minimum grade of C in all content courses with an overall content area GPA of 3.0
  • Transcripts which document completion of all Missouri content area certification 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 K-12, 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 below).

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 (MoCA)[1]
  • During Student Teaching – Missouri Pre-Service Teacher Assessment (MoPTA)

Visit the MEGA website for more information.

[1] Teacher candidates in French, German, and Spanish may be admitted before having taken the MoCA but must successfully complete it before entering Block 4.