Master of Arts in Teaching
Elementary age children build foundational ideas, skills and attitudes that persist into future schooling 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.
The new Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) opens a new pathway to elementary teaching for those who have earned a bachelor’s degree and meet other admissions criteria. This pathway enables qualified Kansans and citizens of other states to earn a master’s degree in 12 months through rigorous online coursework combined with field experiences arranged in accredited elementary schools convenient to students in the program. Upon completion, students will be able to apply for K-6 teacher certification.
Information about the academic content and design of this program can be found on the College of Education website. The Master of Arts in Teaching Student Handbook contains important information about the program requirements.
Watch a news segment by KSHB 41 Action News about how the Master of Arts in Teaching at K-State is helping provide a new pathway to teaching.
Now recruiting for the May 2017 cohort - Applications due May 1
The 2017 cohort of students in the Master of Arts in Teaching will begin May 15, 2017. Contact K-State Global Campus if you are interested in learning more about this program.
Kansas Transitions to Teaching Fellowship
Due to funding from the Kansas Board of Regents, MAT applicants within the Kansas Board of Education District 5 or from a 50-mile radius surrounding Wichita, Topeka or Kansas City, Kansas, 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.
About the College
The mission of Kansas State University’s College of Education is to prepare educators who are knowledgeable, ethical, caring decision makers for a diverse and changing world. This mission is fulfilled through the delivery of exemplary research-based instruction to undergraduate and graduate students.
The faculty and administrators of the college encourage creativity, excellence and high morale; actively promote the understanding and celebration of diversity; and value communication and collaboration.
Kansas State University’s College of Education is a national leader in teacher education and online programming:
- 2015 Best Practice Award in Support of Global and International Teacher Education, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
- 2014 Distinguished Credit Program Award for Academic Advising, Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE)
- 2012 Best Practice Award in Professional Ethics and Moral Dispositions, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
- 2011 Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement, National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS)
- 2010 Distinguished Elementary Education Program in Teacher Education Award, Association of Teacher Educators (ATE)
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).
Financial Assistance for Teachers
Students interested in entering the teaching profession have access to unique financial opportunities and incentives. Listed below are links to some to those programs.
- Kansas Rural Opportunity Zone
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
- Stafford Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program
- State of Kansas Scholarships
- Summer Financial Aid(PDF)
- Troops to Teachers