Apply to this Program and Admission Requirements

Since the MAT program has a competitive admissions policy and only a certain number of students can be admitted, the following criteria are considered when selecting students for this program:

  • Those pursuing Secondary Education (9-12) or (K-12) certification
  • Those with a bachelor’s degree in an area closely related to the area they wish to teach. It is recommended that a candidate have significant work experience (2 years) in their field
  • Those with an overall cumulative GPA of at least 2.75, and a content area (the area you will be teaching) GPA of at least 3.00
  • Those who are interested in teaching in high need area. Preference is given to candidates pursuing math, science and foreign languages, but candidates in all certification areas are considered

The early application deadline each year is February 15 and applications are taken until the program is full. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply early. To apply, please follow these steps:

  1. Request a Transcript Analysis from the Teacher Certification Office in the area of Secondary Education that you wish to teach. Agriculture, Art and Physical Education are not available.
  2. After you receive your Transcript Analysis and have met with an advisor, apply to the Graduate College. When applying to the Graduate College, apply to "Teaching, Master of Arts."
  3. FCSR or FBI
    1. If you are a Missouri resident, please complete the Family Care Safety Registry (FCSR) by following the FCSR registration instructions. Please email a copy of your registration page to Educational Field Experiences at
    2. If you are a resident of another state, please complete a FBI background check. It is recommended that you print the instructions prior to starting your registration. If you have any questions about the background check, please contact Educational Field Experiences at
  4. Take the Missouri Educator Profile (MEP). A link to the MEP registration page is at the bottom of the webpage. When you have finished the MEP, please email a copy of your Development Report to the MAT Academic Advisor at
  5. The Missouri Content Assessments (MoCA) are content area tests taken by all candidates who are pursuing a teaching certificate in Missouri. Passing the MoCA demonstrates subject-matter competency in content area(s). It is not required to take the MoCA to be admitted into the MAT program, however, it must be passed prior to Student Teaching.
  6. Apply to the Coordinator of the Master of Arts in Teaching program by sending the following documents by email to the MAT Academic Advisor at Please address the letters to Dr. Emmett Sawyer, Director of the MAT Program.
    1. A letter of interest describing your career goals and why you feel you would be a good candidate for the MAT program
    2. A current résumé
    3. Three letters of reference – should be sent directly from the reference to
      1. If currently employed by a school district, one letter should be from a supervisor in that school/school district. If not employed by a school district, one letter should be from a supervisor at a current or recent (in the last 3 years) job.
      2. At least one letter should be an academic reference from an instructor/professor. If you have not attended a college or university for more than the past 2 years, please choose a professional reference to write a letter expressing his/her support of you in your pursuit of a graduate degree.
      3. The 3rd letter can be from another supervisor or academic reference, or from someone working in a professional field.
  7. It is highly recommended that you review the Graduate Degree Requirements for Master’s degrees at Missouri State University found in the Graduate Catalog. Please take special note – all requirements must be completed within an eight-year period.

Please direct all questions and application materials to:

Jennifer Jensen - MAT Academic Advisor
Master of Arts in Teaching Program
Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897

Phone: 417-836-5429

Want to get started before the summer session?

Contact the MAT Program Academic Advisor for advisement. For an appointment, please call the MAT office at 417-836-5429.

For additional information please contact:

Emmett Sawyer, Ed.D.
Director, Master of Arts in Teaching