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MAT-Middle Grades


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Master of Arts (M.A.)






36 Credit Hours

Course Requirements

What You'll Learn in MAT-Middle Grades

The MAT program for middle grades education is designed for those with a bachelor's degree who would like to become an educator. Graduates will learn pedagogy, skills, and techniques to prepare them to teach students in 5-12 grades.

What You Can Do with a MAT-Middle Grades Degree

A Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) qualifies you to teach grades 5-12 in public and private schools in Kentucky.

Admission to the mat-middle grades program

You must be accepted for graduate study at MSU.

In addition, you must:

  • A 2.75 GPA earned in an undergraduate or graduate degree or a 3.0 GPA on the last 30 hours of credit completed including graduate and undergraduate work.
  • Successful completion of the Praxis Pre-Professional Skills Test or Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE).
  • The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is administered by the Education Testing Service with the following corresponding minimum scores on the corresponding sections: verbal reasoning, 150; quantitative reasoning, 143; and analytical writing, 4.0.

Additional Admission Requirements

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • CAN check application
  • Praxis II Content or Specialty Area Exam/s
  • Praxis II Principles of Learning and Teaching Test (PLT)
  • Completion of Online Diversity Field Experience workshop
  • Submission of a national and state criminal history background check by the Kentucky State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation that meets the requirements of Kentucky House Bill 204.
  • Students are responsible for keeping up to date with the testing requirements found on the Education Professional Standards Board website which are subject to change.

Contact Information

MAT-Middle Grades & Secondary Education

601 Ginger Hall
Morehead, KY 40351

PHONE: 606-783-2503