Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1. What is the MAT?
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) opens a pathway to elementary teaching for career-changers. Students earn a master’s degree and recommendation for a Kansas K-6 Initial Teaching License in 12 months. The master’s degree combines rigorous online coursework with field experiences in accredited elementary schools convenient to students in the program. Upon completion, students will be able to apply for K-6 teacher certification.
2. How is the program organized?
The program follows a cohort model. All students begin in May and finish in May of the following year. This model allows students to form lasting professional connections with other professionals across the United States and broaden their perspectives about teaching, learning, and classroom students. Students may not take classes out of order. No transfer credits are accepted.
3. When can I apply?
The application deadline is April 1, but students may submit an application any time before this date.
4. What is the application criteria?
Bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA in the final two years or approximately the last 60 credit hours
5. What tests will be required?
Admissions tests are waived for the MAT. To become certified in Kansas, students will need to complete a background check and pass two tests — the PLT and the CIA. K-State recommends taking both of these tests in the spring semester during student teaching.
6. How do students complete field experiences?
Students complete field (student teaching) experiences in accredited schools near where they currently live. MAT students will be required to obtain a tablet (e.g., iPad) and video recording technology. The combination of these technologies enables real-time and video classroom observations and evaluation.
7. Will the degree transfer to other states?
Yes, the degree and teaching certificate does transfer to other states. Kansas has reciprocal licensing agreements with all other states; however, students may be required to complete an additional test (e.g., state history and/or constitution).
8. What is the pass rate for the teacher licensure exams?
We’re pleased to report 97.5 percent of all MAT students who have completed the Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment and the Principles of Teaching and Learning exams have passed.
9. Are scholarships and/or financial aid available?
Yes, scholarships and financial aid are available to students who meet certain qualifications. All students are eligible to apply for:
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
- Stafford Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program
- Global Campus Scholarships
- Summer Financial Aid
- Troops to Teachers
Students who agree to teach in Kansas upon degree completion are eligible for:
- Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship
- Kansas Transitions to Teaching Fellowships (KTTT)
Other scholarship information can be found at global.k-state.edu/students/scholarships
10. What is the cost?
- Tuition is approximately $17,600
- MAT students will be required to obtain a tablet (e.g., iPad) and video recording software.
- Testing and licensing fees for Kansas K-6 licensure
- Testing and licensing fees in other states as needed
11. How is the curriculum organized?
The course sequence and additional information about the curriculum can be found on the program’s Curriculum webpage.
EDCI 710 Social Foundations of Education
EDCI 890 Master's Project (students begin building a portfolio)
EDCI 702 Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
EDCI 716 Teaching Diverse Learners
EDCI 791 Teaching Science and Mathematics in the Elementary School
EDCI 792 Teaching Social Studies, Reading and Literacy in the Elementary School
EDCI 800 Teaching Practicum
EDCI 793 Teaching Health, Movement and Fine Arts
EDCI 801 Teaching Internship (full-time teaching for 12 weeks)
EDCI 760 Action Research in Education (final exam is completed portfolio)