Master of Arts in Teaching
If you’ve been thinking about becoming an elementary education teacher, but you’re worried it will take too long to reach your goal, the online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is the solution for you.
The MAT is a 12-month program for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree outside the field of education who want to become teachers. This program combines rigorous online coursework with a field experience in an accredited elementary schools near you—no matter where you live in the U.S. Once you complete the program, you’ll be eligible to apply for an Initial Teaching License for teaching K-6 in the state of Kansas. The license will transfer to other states.
During elementary school, children build foundational ideas, skills and attitudes that shape their future education and adult life. The quality of the classroom teacher is the single most predictive school-related variable of student academic achievement. The ways in which teachers are educated, developed and mentored matter.
“I wanted to tell you that the program and all involved were so professional and the material really sealed my passion for teaching. I absolutely loved the selected courses and my first students!”
— Karen Bender, program graduate
Teaching Licenses for Out-of-State Students
The Kansas Initial Teaching License will transfer outside of the state of Kansas. Kansas has reciprocal licensing agreements with all other states in the U.S.; however, you may be required to complete an additional test (e.g., state history and/or constitution).
The nonprofit organization Education Commission of the States has compiled Teacher License Reciprocity State Profiles that provide additional information about the teacher license reciprocity agreements for each state in a searchable format.
Fellowship, Scholarships and Financial Assistance
Due to funding from the Kansas Board of Regents, MAT applicants who wish to teach in western Kansas, Topeka, Wichita or Kansas City, Kansas (Kansas Board of Education District 5) will be considered for a $6,000 Kansas Transitions to Teaching Fellowship. KTTT fellows must complete the program, obtain the necessary licensure and engage in full-time teaching in an underserved geographic area in Kansas within six months of licensure. Application for the KTTT fellowship can be made after you are accepted to the degree program.
Additional scholarships can be found on our Financial Assistance and Scholarships webpage.
Careers in Teaching
Graduates of the teaching master’s degree program will be eligible for a Kansas K-6 teaching license and may go on to teach in grades K-6.
Kansas State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 N. LaSalle St. Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602.
The Professional Education Unit at Kansas State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE).