The Master of Arts in Teaching degree program prepares teacher candidates for teaching in urban settings through coursework focused on culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Preparation for teaching occurs through integrated coursework and field experiences that require the application of theoretical and practical knowledge. 

The MAT allows students who have an undergraduate degree in a content area to earn a master's Degree at the same time they are gaining certification to teach at the middle or secondary school level. The MAT is open to students desiring certification in English, Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Science, Physics (single or unified), Chemistry (single or unified), Earth Science (single or unified) or Biology (single or unified).

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • 1. Understand how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.
  • 2. Understand individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards.
  • 3. Work with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
  • 4. Understand the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content
  • 5. Understand how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues
  • 6. Understand and use multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making.
  • 7. Plan instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context.
  • 8. Understand and use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.
  • 9. Engage in ongoing professional learning and use evidence to continually evaluate their practice, particularly the effects of their choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapt practice to meet the needs of each learner.
  • 10. Seek appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.

Program Description

The Innovative MAT is designed for students who have an undergraduate degree. Completion of this program leads to a Master of Arts in Teaching degree with certification at the middle or secondary level. Contingent upon satisfactory completion of all degree coursework, key assessments, and state testing requirements, teacher candidates may be eligible for recommendation by Teacher Education faculty for teacher certification in Missouri.

Program Requirements

The UMKC SOE division of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies subscribes to the Missouri Teacher Standards (MoTS), which can be found on the website of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education -

The School of Education requires all teacher candidates to have current professional liability insurance during all field experiences and student teaching. Students must provide verification of current professional liability insurance to the Educational Field Experiences office. Students can obtain this insurance by becoming a “student member” of educational organizations (e.g., MSTA or NEA) that provides such insurance or by purchasing coverage through an independent insurance agent.

Candidates admitted to the Professional Teacher Education Program must uphold all academic and social regulations and policies established by the School of Education. Candidates are subject to any Missouri legislative action or State Board of Education policy that may become effective during the lifetime of this catalog. The responsibility of the School of Education is to recommend qualified candidates for licensure to the state and to ensure our candidates meet or exceed these requirements. While the degree programs outlined in the catalog are aligned with state requirements, certification is dependent on both the degree requirements and successful completion of all state assessments required by the Missouri State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

A 3.00 cumulative GPA, 3.0 content GPA and 3.0 professional GPA are required at completion of the program. Grades of C or better are required in all professional education classes. Prospective students and teacher candidates should meet regularly with an academic advisor to determine specific course requirements.

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited university (transcript)
  • Subject matter (content courses) Admission Requirements
    Subject matter admission requirements for each certification area are the same as corresponding BA in Middle School Education and BA in Secondary Education subject matter degree requirements.

Middle School Certification Areas
  • Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Science, or Science
High School Certification Areas
  • Art, English, Foreign Languages (French, German, Spanish), Mathematics, Social Science, or Science (select Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, UNIFIED Biology, UNIFIED Chemistry, UNIFIED Earth Science, or UNIFIED Physics)
  • A minimum grade of C in all content courses with an overall content GPA of 3.0
  • Transcripts which document completion of all Missouri subject matter requirements (including Missouri General Education requirements)
  • Two letters of recommendation that address the candidate’s potential to be an educator
  • Missouri State Police and FBI background check
  • Candidate narrative statement describing the intentions and purposes for becoming a middle or high school teacher in a high-need school district
  • Completion (with passing scores) of the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA):
    • Missouri Content Assessment (MoCA)

Residency Requirement

A minimum of 32 credit hours must be completed at UMKC.

Special Notes

  • Cohorts of candidates for the MAT are accepted for fall admission.
  • The MAT is a licensure degree. For a non-licensure degree see our MA in Curriculum and Instruction.

Certification Requirements

  • Complete DESE application for Initial PC license
  • Pass the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (see above)
  • Minimum GPA requirements: 3.00 cumulative, 3.00 content area, and 3.00 professional education coursework


Coursework Common to both Middle School and Secondary Education

TCH-ED 5404Education of the Exceptional Child and Youth3
EDUC-R&P 5502Advanced Educational Psychology3
EDUC-R&P 5512Adolescent Development and the School3
TCH-ED 5422Practicum I - Middle and High School1
EDRD 5439Language and Literacy Across the Disciplines3
TCH-ED 5423Practicum II - Middle and High School1
EDUC-C&I 5591Curriculum & Instruction For The 21St Century3
EDUC-C&I 5518Assessment of Diverse Learners, Engagement and Motivation3
EDUC-C&I 5548English As A Second Language In Content Areas3
EDRD 5511Advanced Literacy Assessment and Evaluation3
EDUC-UL 5515Governmental And Legal Aspects Of Education3
EDUC-C&I 5561Teaching Diverse Populations In Today's Classrooms3
Select One Special Method Course:3
Special Methods of Teaching English in Middle and High Schools
Special Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Middle and High Schools
Special Methods of Teaching Science in Middle and High Schools
Special Methods of Teaching Social Science in Middle and High Schools
Practices in the Visual Arts Classroom
Select One Student Teaching Course:
TCH-ED 5437Student Teaching in Secondary School9
or TCH-ED 5461 Student Teaching In Middle School
Total Credits44

Coursework for Middle School Education (select courses corresponding to your subject area).

All Middle School
TCH-ED 5462Middle School Philosophy and Organization3
TCH-ED 5470Philosophy and History of Science and Technology3
Total semester credit hours for Middle School Language Arts47
Total semester credit hours for Middle School Science47

Coursework for Secondary Education (select courses corresponding to your subject area).

All Secondary Education
Students in Art and Foreign Languages will take a total of 9 semester credit hours split between TCH-ED 5419 Student Teaching in Elementary School and TCH-ED 5437 Student Teaching in Secondary School.
TCH-ED 402Integrated Arts3
TCH-ED 5470Philosophy and History of Science and Technology3
Total semester credit hours for Secondary Education - Art47
Total semester credit hours for Secondary Education - English44
Total semester credit hours for Secondary Education - Foreign Languages44
Total semester credit hours for Secondary Education - Mathematics44
Total semester credit hours for Secondary Education - Science47
Total semester credit hours for Secondary Education - Social Science44