Master of Arts in Teaching - FAQ
What are the requirements for enrollment in the MAT program?
In order to enroll in the MAT, you must have an undergraduate degree with a 2.75 or above. No test is required prior to enrollment.
Your certification plan will be dictated by your past coursework and your desired area of certification.
What subject(s) can I teach after I complete the program?
The Secondary Education and Middle School Education concentrations include certification in one of over 20 certification areas. Your certification area does not need to correspond to your undergraduate major, though many will.
- Business Education (vocational)
- Earth Science
- Family and Consumer Science (vocational)
- Library Media Specialist, K-12
- Middle School-High School Education
- Music - Instrumental of Vocal
- Physical Education
- Social Studies
- Special Education Mild-Moderate Cross Categorical, K-12
- Special Education Severely Developmentally Disabled, B-12
- Speech Communication and Theatre
- Technology and Engineering Education
Please note that some certification areas may require additional hours and/or classes not available online. Check the certification requirements for the Secondary Education or Middle School Education concentration.
What does a certification plan involve?
One of the department’s faculty will perform an audit of your transcript to outline the courses needed for you to complete certification in the area you choose. Your certification plan, which focuses on your discipline, and the MAT Program of Study, which focuses on pedagogy, will serve as your guide to selecting and completing your graduate courses.
How long will it take me to complete UCM’s MAT program?
Most MAT students, who are working professionals, will complete their degree in one and a half to three years. Once you have chosen your area of concentration, UCM can outline a program and timeline to fit your needs.
What is the cost of pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching?
For classes taken online or at UCM Lee’s Summit, the cost per credit hour is about $330. The cost is less when attending classes on the main campus in Warrensburg.
A minimum of 30 hours is required for the MAT Program of Study, plus the hours needed in your area of certification.
What is the job placement rate after graduation?
UCM is proud of the 86 percent placement rate that graduates of its MAT program enjoy. The comprehensive program, rich with field experience, prepares graduates for the classroom and makes UCM graduates 36 percent more likely to still be teaching three years after graduation.
What is the average starting salary for graduates?
Although starting salaries will vary among school districts, the average starting salary is about $32,000 annually.
When can I start?
The UCM MAT courses are offered in the fall, spring and summer semesters, so you can start in January, May or August. Night courses aredesigned specifically with working adults in mind are offered in Lee’s Summit at the Central Summit Center and at the main campus in Warrensburg. All of the MAT courses are also offered online to allow more flexibility. Courses required for alternative certification may not be offered online, however
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