No teaching degree? Become a teacher with a Master of Arts in Teaching.

Our Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program offers an opportunity to earn an initial teaching certificate alongside your MAT degree. Whether you hold a bachelor's in a non-education field but aspire to teach middle and high school, this online program is tailored for you.

Since Southeast has been preparing educators since 1873, you can feel confident in our history, our reputation, and our accreditation. We're fully accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.  

What You'll Do

The Master of Arts in Teaching program prepares you to create curriculum and instructional material development, integrate technology, develop a classroom management plant, assess students and build effective relationships with students, families, and educational partners.  More specifically, you’ll have the opportunity to: 

  • Participate in field experience and student teaching.  
  • Work with and learn from faculty with practical experience and an interest in student success.  

What Can You Do with an Online MAT Degree?

Earning a master’s teaching degree allows you to enter the field of education with sought-after knowledge. Education is in high demand, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that employment opportunities for middle school and high school teachers are expected to grow by 4%.

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Master of Arts in Teaching Curriculum

Degree Map

The time it takes to earn a degree will vary based on factors such as dual enrollment, remediation, and summer enrollment. Students meet with an academic advisor each semester and use Degree Works to monitor their progress.

In addition to the criteria established for general admission to graduate studies, applicants must have the following: 

  • For certification grades 9-12: BA or BS degree in the content area or closely related field that meets the required core competencies for the license.
  • An undergraduate GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and specific content GPA of 3.0 
  • Passage of the Missouri Content Assessment in an appropriate area as defined by the Department of Leadership, Middle, and Secondary Education 
  • Completion of PY222 Adolescent Development or similar to the Child and Adolescent Psychology 
  • Completion of EX390/635 Psychology and Education of Children with Exceptionalities 

International applicants for either certification must also have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 OR TOEFL score of 95. This requirement is for non-United States citizens who are not native English speakers. Students from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are exempt from English proficiency verification. 

Provisional Admission:

Provisional admission will be considered if prerequisites are partially filled and GPA and testing criteria are met. 

Required Courses

  • SE602 Effective Literacy Instruction at the Middle and Secondary Levels (3)
  • SE612 Responsive Literacy for Middle and High School Students with Academic Challenges (3)
  • SE650 Introduction to Teaching Methods in Middle and Secondary Schools (3)
  • SE651 Introductory Practicum 1 in Middle and Secondary Schools (3)
  • SE654 Advanced Methods of Teaching in Middle and Secondary Schools (3)
  • SE660 Intermediate Practicum 2 in Middle and Secondary Schools (3)
  • SE670 Internship in Middle and Secondary Schools (8)

Choose 4 hours:

  • SE652 Intermediate Methods of Teaching in Middle Schools (4)
  • SE653 Intermediate Methods of Teaching in Secondary Schools (4)

Choose one with advice of program coordinator

  • GR698 Master's Final Comprehensive Examination
  • GR699 Master's Oral Examination

Degree Requirements

The field experience component requires practicums within the appropriate certification grade-band and content area. These will occur during the mornings and/or afternoons. The field work must be completed in approved settings, under the supervision of a certified teacher and qualified university supervisor. This field work may be completed in the graduate student’s workplace if the setting meets the requirements.


The state of Missouri has high expectations for future educators. Students must meet the following standards to be recommended for licensure following degree completion. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in all required program courses. In addition, students must pass the MO Educator Evaluation System for recommendation for licensure and fulfill other assessments such as a dispositions profile and be cleared through an FBI background check. 

Professor in the Department of Leadership, Middle and Secondary Education

"In order to promote a sense of community and collaboration, I design each class to address active student engagement where my philosophy centers on the constructivist approach to learning. "

Dr. Lisa Bertrand, Ed.D.

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College of Education, Health and Human Studies

This degree is housed within the College of Education, Health and Human Studies. The college boasts programs that train students in mind, body, and soul. So, whether you want to teach, to care, to support, or to fix, we have a program to get you there.

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Online Learning at Southeast

When it comes to your success, we do whatever it takes. Online learning at Southeast takes the same reputable college courses taught by Southeast faculty and makes them available anytime, anywhere.


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Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

(573) 651-5184
Office Location
Kent Library 305
Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 4610
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

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