Get certified to teach!

To succeed in the classroom as a teacher of a secondary school subject, you need a specific skill set that not only prepares you to teach, but also equips you with a level of expertise in your chosen curriculum area, whether it is science, math, English, history, art or other subject. Through your bachelor’s degree, you already have that subject-area expertise; the Master of Arts in Teaching-Secondary will provide you with the training and field experience necessary to earn initial State of Missouri teacher certification in grades 9-12 or K-12, depending on the subject area.

The Master of Applied Arts in Teaching-Secondary is designed for college graduates who want to pursue a career as a teacher. You have gained content knowledge in the secondary subject area through your undergraduate degree; our master’s degree program will provide you with training in educational theory and practice to prepare you as an outstanding and effective educator.

Yes! All who successfully complete the M.A.T. program and meet DESE minimum requirements will earn initial teaching certification for secondary settings in the State of Missouri. This is one of the quickest ways to attain certification available.

Missouri Western offers the M.A.T. in 19 different secondary curriculum areas:

  • Art (K-12)
  • Biology (9-12)
  • Business (9-12)
  • Chemistry (9-12)
  • Earth science (9-12)
  • English (9-12)
  • Family consumer sciences (K-12)
  • French (K-12)
  • Health (K-12)
  • Journalism (9-12)
  • Mathematics (9-12)
  • Music – instrumental (K-12)
  • Music – vocal (K-12)
  • Physical education (K-12)
  • Physics (9-12)
  • Social studies (9-12)
  • Spanish (K-12)
  • Speech and theatre (9-12)
  • Technology and engineering (9-12)
  • Only 38 credit hours to earn initial teacher certification in the State of Missouri and a master’s degree at the same time
  • The M.A.T. holds high market value–currently, school districts not only in Missouri Western’s region but throughout the state and country are experiencing critical teacher shortages in the majority of secondary curriculum areas
  • All coursework is online
  • Courses are taught by full-time, experienced educators, most with public school experience at the secondary level
  • Coursework can be completed while employed in a school district under a provisional license

“Be a teacher, and help us create the future!”

Dr. Kipton Smilie Portrait

Dr. Kipton Smilie

Education Graduate Program Director & Professor
(816) 271-4301

About Our Graduate Programs

Delivery: 100% online
Application Deadlines:

  • Spring 2023: Jan. 10, 2023
  • Summer 2023: May 23, 2023
  • Fall 2023: Aug. 21, 2023

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