Secondary Education Alternative Certification Master's Program

Why pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching at Missouri State?

This program allows students to obtain a teaching certificate AND a master’s degree in the same program. It’s designed to enable students considering a mid-life career change to pursue certification in an area of secondary education that relates to their undergraduate degree program or work experience.

This program has been expanded to accept students who have recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree, but have decided to pursue teaching as a career, especially in those content areas deemed as high need by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

Students who successfully complete our program go on to work as teachers in a public or accredited private school in grades 9–12.

Who should apply?

To be considered for this program, you should have a minimum of two years of work experience in your field. If you do not have significant work experience, additional content and teaching methodology coursework may be required.

Since the MAT program is an “alternative” route to certification as defined by DESE, it is strictly sequenced and cannot be completed one course at a time while working full-time outside the field of education. However, this program allows for those who desire to teach full-time in the high school setting on a Provisional Certificate while pursuing certification.

Degree options

This program is currently offered at the Missouri State Springfield campus, on the Missouri Southern campus in Joplin, and at Missouri State - West Plains. Joplin students can complete the entire program without ever coming to the Springfield campus. Because West Plains is a community college campus, any required 300 level or above content coursework will need to be taken at a 4-year institution.