Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

MAT in Elementary Education

Online 48 course hours * 16 months

Repayment after graduation as low as


with passage of GACE *if using financial aid

How to Pay
Now Accepting Applications for August
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Program Highlights & Benefits

Synchronous online format for flexibility and convenience

16 month completion time, including breaks

Become professionally certified in your district while earning a Master's degree

Saturday classes won't interfere with your work week


  • paraprofessionals who have a bachelor’s degree
  • career-changing professionals with a bachelor’s degree
  • teachers who hold a Provisional certificate and want to earn an Induction certificate at the master’s degree level.

What You Learn

The curriculum provides both knowledge of the content and instructional strategies required of PK-5 educators. Instead of completing a traditional undergraduate teaching preparation program, the MAT in Elementary Education allows a person to obtain certification in grades PK-5 while completing an advanced degree. Graduates of this program will enter the profession at the master’s degree level (T5) and garner a higher compensation than those who enter at the bachelor’s degree level.

How You Learn

Students coming to this program may be working full-time in schools or another career, so we understand that our program must be both high-quality as well as flexible. Because highly experienced faculty deliver courses in the MAT in Elementary Education synchronously and asynchronously online, students will be a part of an educational program tailored to meet their personal and professional needs. We employ a cohort model with Summer and Fall semester courses meeting for 16 weeks every other week on Saturdays, with independent online coursework in the off weeks. In the Summer semester, courses will meet each Saturday for 8 weeks. Field experiences will be offered in localities where students live. The MAT in Elementary Education requires 48 credit hours.*

*Applicants who have passed the Content/Professional Elementary Education GACE Exam are exempted from 9 credit hours/3 classes, bringing total credit hours down to 39

Students must report a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 or an identified writing deficiency may be considered for provisional admission. Provisionally admitted students may be required to take one or more writing classes prior to or during the first semester. Decisions about additional admission requirements are determined by the University Graduate Council after a complete review of all materials presented by the applicant.

Career Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will have earned a Master’s degree and initial certification (level T-5) in elementary education (grades PK-5).

Degree Requirements


Course #TitleHours
RSC 600Intro to Graduate Programs3
EDU 605Foundations of Instruction3
EDU 606Clinical Practice I3
EDU 607Culturally Relevant Pedagogical Content Knowledge3
EDU 608Clinical Practice II3
EDU 609Leadership, Collaboration, and Advocacy in Education3
EDU 620Applying Technology for Effective Instruction3
EDU 626Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction3
EDU 623Educational Assessment and Decision-Making3
EDU 624Collaborative Classrooms Through Social Emotional Learning3
EDU 625Diversity and Exceptionality in the 21st Century Classroom3
EDU 656Patterns of Practice in ELA3
EDU 652Teaching Reading3
EDU 660*Social Studies Curriculum3
EDU 670*Mathematics Curriculum Development3
EDU 680*Science Curriculum Development3
 Total Hours:48

*Applicants who have passed the Elementary Ed. Content Exam will be exempt from these courses

Please Note:

This course outline is tentative and is subject to change. Courses may be offered in a different order than outlined above.