Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Degree overview
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree is an accelerated teacher licensure program that leads to initial teacher certification in a designated content area and a master’s degree. It is designed for those already holding an undergraduate degree and interested in becoming a secondary school teacher. Content areas include: Math, Life Science, Physical Science, English, Social Studies, and World Languages. The UMaine College of Education and Human Development’s teacher preparation programs are nationally accredited by CAEP, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

The MAT program prepares graduates for teaching positions at the secondary school level (grades 6-12). Our faculty have expertise in a variety of educational disciplines and contexts, from Social Studies and STEM Education to rural and urban school settings. No matter your education career goals, the MAT will help you achieve them.

Timeline and program delivery
The MAT can be completed full-time in 15 months, May term though the end of the following Summer term, or part-time in an individualized program of study. A full-time program of study would include:

Initial summer term –
EHD501 – Social Context of Education (offered online)
EHD504 – Teaching and Assessing for Student Learning (offered online)
SED500 – Adapting Instruction for Students with Disabilities (offered online)
EHD511 – Classroom Based Prevention and Intervention (offered online)

Fall term –
EHD657 – Educational Practicum (in-school setting)
Content Methods – one of ESS5511, ESC552, EMA505, MLC566, ERL541 (on-campus evening class)

Spring term –
EHD693 – Educational Internship (in-school setting)
EDT520 – Technology in Education (offered online)

Final summer term –
ERL537 – Literacy Across the Curriculum (offered online)

As well as 6-credit hours of content specific coursework. Content coursework can be completed online or on-campus depending on College of Liberal Arts and Science offerings.

The MAT path of study will result in 24 credit hours of education requirements, 6 credit hours of content requirements, and 6 credit hours of student teaching.

Tuition and fees
For current information about tuition and fees, please visit the Bursar’s office.

To apply
Applications are processed through the University of Maine Graduate School. A bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA, three letters of recommendation and a passing score on the Praxis Core test are required for admission to the MAT.

Priority Deadline:

MAT applicants are encouraged to apply by March 1 in order to enroll for a Summer Semester start. It is possible to start the program in other semesters, but it may extend completion beyond one year.

For application questions, please contact program coordinator Rebecca Buchanan. For general inquiries, email

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) statement
This program will prepare students to be eligible for licensure within the State of Maine. Visit the UMS State Authorization & Licensure page to learn more about the licensure requirements in other states and territories, in addition to the contact information needed to inquire further into the licensure requirements associated with this program.

Program faculty and staff


Shihfen Tu, School of Learning and Teaching Director and Professor of Education and Applied Quantitative Methods
Rebecca Buchanan, Program Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction
Courtney Angelosante, PBIS Initiative Coordinator
Susan Bennett-Armistead, Associate Professor of Literacy
Janet Fairman, Associate Professor
Justin Dimmel, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education and Instructional Technology
Diane Jackson, Principal Lecturer of Special Education
Craig Mason, Professor of Education and Applied Quantitative Methods
Tammy Mills, Senior Lecturer of Education
Timothy Reagan, Professor Foreign Language Education
Asli Sezen-Barrie, Associate Professor of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction


Erin Straine, Director of Academic and Student Services
Frank Page, Adjunct Faculty/Supervisor
Nicholas Slabyj, Administrative Specialist CL2


Professional Learning Outcomes and Curriculum Plan information

The professional learning outcomes (PLOs) for the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program are adapted from the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC), a group of state education agencies and national educational organizations dedicated to the preparation, licensing and ongoing professional development of teachers. To view the PLOs, click “download” below.