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Become a teacher in Missouri

Are you an aspiring teacher, but didn’t major in education? You can still become a K-12 teacher – and enhance your career potential.

This 100% online program helps you earn teaching certification and a master’s degree.

Why earn a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree at Missouri State?

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  • Take an alternative route to teaching – If you have a bachelor’s degree (non-education) and now want to teach at the K-12 level, this program is for you.
  • Teach your favorite subject – From science and math to history and the fine arts, you can earn teaching certification in the area you enjoy most.
  • Attend your classes online – The MAT program offers an online course format except for the two internship experiences which require in-classroom field placements.
  • Enjoy a better salary – With a master’s degree, you’ll likely start your teaching career on a higher pay scale.

What do you want to teach?

The MAT degree leads to teaching certification in these content areas.

  • Fine arts: art, speech and theater, music
  • Humanities: social sciences (history)
  • Languages: English, English language arts, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Spanish
  • Sciences: biology, chemistry, earth science, math, physics
  • Others: business, family and consumer sciences, physical education

Your bachelor’s degree should be related to the area you want to teach.

Review certification and program FAQs

Jordan Endicott

“The program has given me insight into best teaching practices and opened my mind in such a way that will help me in any classroom.”

Jordan Endicott, student, MAT program.

Degree options

You can earn your degree in two years. We’ll create a plan that suits your needs.

Degree plan
Review a sample schedule for your path to the finish line.

Add a related graduate certificate to your degree

Boost your qualifications for the classroom.

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Careers and outcomes
A teaching shortage in Missouri means your services will be in demand.