Melissa Hess, Ed.D.., Graduate Program Director
NKU’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program prepares bachelor’s degree holders who are already knowledgeable in their content areas into outstanding middle grades and secondary educators. Teacher candidates seek certification in the following areas:
|Middle Grades 5-9
||Secondary Grades 8-12
|English and Communications
Note: The MAT program does not provide certification in Elementary Education.
Combining thoughtful placements, knowledgeable cooperating teachers, and courses taught by expert faculty, our MAT program develops effective teachers with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to contribute to their students’ academic and personal development. Students move through the program in cohorts. We find that the cohort is a tremendous source of learning and professional support for our teacher candidates.
We offer an online option consisting of courses offered in 7-week semesters. The online program prepares teachers for excellence across a range of settings. Candidates in the online program are eligible for employment in a Kentucky school under a Temporary Provisional Certificate (through Kentucky’s Option 6 alternative certification pathway). Candidates complete the online program through one of two paths: A (for candidates doing supervised student teaching) and B (for candidates employed through the Option 6 pathway). Path A is accomplished through completion of a 16-week supervised teaching experience. This is a non-paid teaching experience and requires full-day attendance 5 days a week at the assigned school, preparing lesson plans, grading student work, and participating in the school community. Teacher candidates must understand it would be very difficult to be employed full time during this semester. Completion of Path B is through successfully completing the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program (KTIP) through the Option 6 pathway for students who have secured employment in a Kentucky school.
Students interested in applying to the MAT program are strongly recommended to schedule a pre-advising appointment with the Program Director to ensure pre-requisite courses for content-area certification have been taken prior to admission.
Individuals applying must meet all requirements for admission to graduate study at Northern Kentucky University as defined by the Graduate Catalog at the time of application in addition to the criteria below:
- Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) coursework from an accredited institution, with a minimum 2.75 GPA or a GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 30 semester hours of coursework
- Submit official notification of appropriate Praxis 2 content exam(s) in the area in which you are seeking certification with the minimum score required by the state of Kentucky
- All required paperwork and official background check.
- An online application for admission and paid fee to the Office of Graduate Education
- Current resume that includes work experience and prior education. Please include experience working with children other than in a family setting, whether through work or volunteerism, if applicable (send to firstname.lastname@example.org)
- A Statement of Professional Purpose which states the applicant’s reasons for pursuing teacher certification at this point in their life, as well as in the chosen content area (send to email@example.com)
- Criminal and federal background check - when you receive official report, please email it as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Successful completion of the Praxis II Content Exam for your proposed certification area (not the Principles of Learning and Teaching exam - just the content area exam in each content area in which you plan on earning certification) - when you receive official report, please email it as an attachment to email@example.com
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