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Middle Grades and Secondary Education - MAT
The Master of Arts in Teaching programs in middle grades (5-9) and secondary education (8-12) are alternative teacher certification programs. Completion of the MAT results in a master's degree and a Kentucky teaching certification. The programs are designed for individuals who have earned an undergraduate degree in a certification content area or closely related field.


A master's degree with a professional certification is the end result of successful completion of Praxis exams and the 36-hour program. Areas of teacher certification include:

There are two routes through which you can complete MAT Certification in the above areas:
  • Option Six Program: A student is admitted to the Option Six program for middle grades  5-9 or secondary MAT when he/she obtains a full-time teaching position within a Kentucky accredited school. At that time a Temporary Provisional Certificate can be issued, which is valid for one year and must be renewed each additional year through the MAT program for a total of three years
  • Traditional Program: A student will be admitted to the Traditional Program for middle grades 5-9 or secondary MAT if he/she wishes to complete the student teaching requirement as per KY EPSB regulations.

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Program Requirements

For more information regarding Middle Grades and Secondary Education program requirements, refer to the Graduate Catalog

  1. Official transcript from an accredited institution verifying a baccalaureate degree with a GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale; or a GPA of 3.0 on a four point scale on the last 30-hours of coursework taken at either the graduate or undergraduate level.
  2. Successful completion of the following PRAXIS pre-professional skills assessments:
  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE): Reading (5712) - 156;
  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE): Writing (5722) - 162; and
  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE): Mathematics (5732) - 150,  OR
Successful completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with the following corresponding scores:
  • Verbal with a minimum score of 150,
  • Quantitative with a minimum score of 143, and
  • Analytical Writing with a minimum score of 4.0.
  1. Completion of and successful evaluation by program faculty of an admission interview demonstrating 1) effective communication, 2) creativity, 3) critical thinking, 4) ability to effectively collaborate with others, and 5) an understanding of the professional dispositions required of teachers.
  2. A signed statement that the applicant has read and understands the Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Certified Personnel and Kentucky's fitness and character requirements for teachers.
  3. Submission of a graduate application form.

For a complete list of program requirements and additional course information, visit the graduate catalog website.

Course Lists and curriculum

Career Opportunities

Middle grade teaching careers in:

  • Math
  • Science
  • Language arts
  • Social studies

Secondary teaching careers in:

  • Math
  • Language arts
  • Social studies
  • Earth science
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics

P-12 Certification careers in:

  • Spanish
  • French

MSU's Career Services offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance, internship placement, and services to help you find a job after you graduate.

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