Careers and Outcomes

A teacher points to something while giving instructions at the front of the classroom.

Professional development for teachers

Looking to set yourself apart as a teacher?

The Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning (MATL) degree helps you stand out from the rest.

A degree based on what teachers want

Every classroom, school and district are different.

The MATL degree gives you the problem-solving skills and insight you need to impact your community.

Grow as a teacher. Explore fresh ideas for curriculum design, assessment and classroom management.

Not only will you learn how to innovate and refocus your teaching, you’ll gain key leadership skills.

You can lead your teacher colleagues as a: 

  • Coach 
  • Department chair 
  • Team leader 

Your degree prepares you to rise to new challenges, break down barriers and teach with new vigor.

Teacher salary with a master’s degree

Invest in yourself and set the stage for future success. Missouri State also offers affordable tuition rates for graduate degrees.

Pay raise


On average, you can earn 29% more annually with a graduate degree.
Source: Online U and Department of Education
Teachers with a master's


About 60% of K-12 teachers in Missouri hold a master's degree.
National Center for Education Statistics

Looking to reach the top of your field? Try the SETL program

The Specialist in Education, Teacher Leadership degree helps you take your education and career goals even farther.

You can pursue an accelerated pathway that allows you to count your teaching and learning (MATL) courses toward the teacher leadership (SETL) degree.