Master of Arts in Teaching

African-American teacher working one-on-one with African-American student

If you’re looking for a career change and are interested in becoming a teacher, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) could be the answer.

Teachers are in demand

Teaching could not only be a rewarding career for you personally, but also could fill a great need for teachers throughout Texas and the nation. Reports indicate that nationally, we need approximately 300,000 each year. In Texas, the state education agency has identified teacher shortage areas — most of which are options in both the MAT and Certification-only programs — as well as loan forgiveness opportunities.

MAT Degree Program

If you have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education, you can gain initial teacher certification and earn a graduate degree at the same time. The MAT degree meets teacher certification standards set by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification and is accredited by the Texas Education Agency. The MAT program provides a high quality education within a flexible framework that enables you to balance the demands of both your personal and professional life. The MAT degree program is a hybrid-type degree, meaning courses are predominantly online with some on-campus classes.

All courses are taught by faculty members who have years of experience in every aspect of teaching. The program produces teachers who have strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills by focusing on:

  • The multiple roles of a teacher as a researcher/scholar/practitioner
  • Theory- and research-based practices for curriculum design and instruction
  • Increased content knowledge needed for instruction
  • Application of appropriate technology in education
  • Assessment of teaching and learning
  • Understanding of socio-cultural and learning differences among students
  • Collaborative leadership to improve schools

Program of Study and Admission Requirements

Effective Fall 2018, MAT applicants must take and pass a Texas Examinations of Educator Standard (TExES) content exam for the certification area sought via the Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) route prior to applying to the MAT program (e.g., EC-6 Core Subjects, 7-12 Math, 4-8 Science, etc.). Passing PACT does not guarantee admittance into a program. All other program admission requirements must also be met.

For assistance with PACT certification testing:

Degree Plan

Master of Arts in Teaching – Graduate Interdisciplinary Degree (31-37 hours)

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MAT Handbook

Master of Arts in Teaching Handbook


Colleges and universities recommend individuals for teacher certification, but certification is granted by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Requirements for initial teacher certification in Texas include earning a baccalaureate degree, completing an approved educator preparation program, passing a minimum of two examinations — one in content and one that covers instruction and professional responsibilities (Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility exams) — and being recommended by an approved educator preparation program.

The teacher certification process in Texas is an online system; paper applications are not accepted. Please note: It is your responsibility to apply for certification through TEA. It cannot be initiated by the university. This should be done toward the end of your final semester in the MAT program, just prior to graduation.

For information on certification requirements and procedures specific to TWU, see Certification Requirements and Procedures.

MAT Certification Options

Early Childhood Certification Options

  • EC-6 Core Subjects
  • EC-6 Core Subjects with Bilingual
  • EC-6 Core Subjects with English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • EC-6 Core Subjects with Special Education

Middle School Options

  • 4-8 Core Subjects
  • 4-8 Core Subjects with Bilingual
  • 4-8 Core Subjects with English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • 4-8 Core Subjects with Special Education
  • 4-8 English Language Arts and Reading
  • 4-8 Math
  • 4-8 Social Studies
  • 4-8 Science

Grades 6-12 Options

  • Dance
  • Family & Consumer Science
  • Physical Science

Grades 7-12 Options

  • Composite Science
  • English Language Arts and Reading
  • History
  • Life Science
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies

Grades 8-12 Options 

  • Hospitality, Nutrition, Food, and Science
  • Human Development and Family Studies

All-level Options

  • Art
  • Physical Education
  • Theatre Arts

If you have questions regarding teacher certification, contact the Office of Educator Preparation Services within the College of Professional Education.

Contact Us

Master of Arts in Teaching
Stoddard Hall 211
PO Box 425769
Denton TX 76204-5796
940-898-2829 (phone)
940-898-2830 (fax)


The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) prepares educator candidates for the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) exam (State Board for Educator Certification through the Texas Education Agency). If you are a resident of another state, contact the Office of Educator Preparation Services to determine whether our program fulfills requirements to take the certification exam in your home state.

Page last updated 9:26 AM, March 20, 2019