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Master of Arts in Teaching

Helping aspiring teachers make an impact in the classroom

Teachers do more than teach; they influence the hearts and minds of generations to come. As a teacher, you have the ability to make your mark on the world, one student at a time. For those looking to lead the classroom, empower students and improve learning outcomes, the right education is crucial. Our Master of Arts in Teaching degree program helps you gain the knowledge you need to enter the classroom and lead your students to success.

Curriculum that’s designed by teachers, for teachers

Our comprehensive program is for applicants that already have an alternative teacher certification and want to enhance their skills and knowledge in their current education career. Our program is aligned with the standards of the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) to ensure a high level of proficiency in critical areas. It is an ideal program for those with a non-education degree and an alternative teacher certification who are interested in pursuing graduate studies with a focus on teaching within an area of specialization.

This program is designed by industry experts to ensure that it accurately reflects the needs of today’s classroom. You will study important areas such as the foundations of teaching, planning and assessments, technology for the classroom and how to support diverse learners. Additionally, you can select from eight areas of specialization, allowing you to tailor your education to fit your interests, including:

  • Curriculum and Teaching
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Reading Education
  • Special Education
  • E-learning
  • Sports Management
  • Athletic Coaching
  • English Language Learners

You can complete your Master of Arts in Teaching program 100% online, doing your coursework when it’s convenient for you. As a student, you’ll enjoy access to online learning tools and receive the personal attention you need thanks to our one-to-one learning model. We also require no GRE/GMAT, have no group projects and offer weekly start dates to offer you the flexibility you need to fit continued education into your busy schedule.

TeacherReady® and Alternative Certification Programs

Graduates of the TeacherReady® alternative certification program will receive 9 credit hours toward this degree. Graduates from other alternative certification programs may be also be considered, pending transcript review.

*Students who are considering any degree program are strongly encouraged to check specific state requirements carefully to be sure any degree program they consider will be accepted for purposes of certification or recertification, promotion, or advancement on school district salary schedules.

**Students who earn alternative certification through TeacherReady® may transfer 9 credits into the MAT program, for a total of 33 credit hours, 24 of which will be completed at NCU.

Career Potential

Education professionals with specialized knowledge and skills are in demand and can pursue a broad range of career opportunities. According to Emsi labor market analytics and economic data*, college and university faculty, elementary, middle, and high school teachers, instructional coordinators, and K-12 educational administrators are some of the top occupations in the field.

Emsi also confirms some of the top employers for professionals who have earned this degree include:

  • K-12 Schools
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Educational support services in the private sector
  • Educational policy centers
  • Childcare service providers
  • Educational testing and tutoring services
  • State and Federal education agencies

In today’s active employment market, there are a variety of niched career fields that offer excellent opportunities for graduates with academic backgrounds in:

  • Teacher/Adult education
  • Special Education
  • Curriculum Development
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Lesson Planning
*SOURCE: Emsi Labor Analyst- Report. Emsi research company homepage at (Report viewed: 4/18/2022). DISCLAIMER: The data provided is for Informational purposes only. Emsi data and analysis utilizes government sources to provide insights on industries, demographics, employers, in-demand skills, and more to align academic programs with labor market opportunities. Cited projections may not reflect local or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth. Current and prospective students should use this data with other available economic data to inform their educational decisions.

Master of Arts in Teaching Program at a Glance

Total Credit Hours: 33 Credit Hours
Courses: 8 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 13 Months
Next Start Date: Every Monday
Classroom Size: One

*The MAT program is accredited by AAQEP; however, the Sport and Athletic Management and Athletic Coaching specializations are not.