Program Requirements

What courses would I take? Students who are accepted into the MAT will take a 40 hour core of education courses, and will have to complete content area coursework in the subject area they will be teaching. (For recent graduates and those without significant work experience in their field, additional content and teaching methodology coursework may be required.)

To view the 40 hour core of Master's level education courses, you can choose which campus you will be attending below, or scroll down to view the catalog information.

  • MAT Springfield
  • MAT Joplin
  • MAT - West Plains

To view the required content area coursework for each area of secondary education, go to theAcademic Program Guide page, and then select the area of certification you wish to pursue. The document will show general education and undergraduate level education coursework (those areas will NOT be required in the MAT) as well as the content area coursework required in the MAT. You will be required to have completed the content area coursework.

Degree requirements (minimum of 39 hrs)

Suggested Schedule
Summer semester
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
SFR 797 Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning 9 hrs
Fall semester
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
SEC 783* Internship in Teaching I 3 hrs
RDG 710 Content Area Literacy 3 hrs
PSY 710 Psychology of Education 3 hrs
Spring semester
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
SEC 784 Internship in Teaching II 10 hrs
Summer semester
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
EDT 662 Educational Applications of Computers for Teaching 3 hrs
SPE 715 Foundations in Special Education 3 hrs
Fall Semester
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
SFR 780 Educational Research Methodology 3 hrs 
Spring Semester
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
EDC 786 Research Seminar in Education 2 hrs

*Art K-12 candidates will enroll in ART 783 instead of SEC 783

Research requirements 

Students will design, carry out, and present an oral defense of an action research project.  The project will be developed under the supervision of University faculty advisors.

Comprehensive examinations

A comprehensive examination must be passed by the candidate before a degree will be granted.  

Graduation requirements

In addition to requirements established by the Graduate College, students must have a cumulative 3.00 GPA on work attempted in the program.  MAT candidates will be expected to complete a professional portfolio that demonstrates performances aligned to institutional, state and national standards prior to graduation.


Advisement will be facilitated by the MAT Academic Advisor (Jennifer Jensen) in cooperation with the MAT Program Coordinator within the College of Education.  The Office of Teacher Certification will monitor the certification process.

Certification requirements

Students must pass the relative Missouri Content Assessment (MoCA) in order to be recommended for certification.  In addition to the 39 graduate hours required for the degree, all MAT candidates are required to complete content area coursework in the subject they are pursuing for certification  Content coursework must be completed before being recommended for certification.  Content area requirements are determined by the Teacher Certification Office as part of the transcript analysis process.