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 MAT program prepares graduates for teaching positions at the secondary school level (grades 7-12). 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 in a designated content area, 3.0 GPA, and three letters of recommendation are required for admission to the MAT. Applications are accepted on a rolling or ongoing basis. For more information, please contact Bryan Silverman:

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
Bryan Silverman, Program Coordinator/Lecturer in Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction
Courtney Angelosante, PBIS Initiative Coordinator
Susan Bennett-Armistead, Associate Professor of Literacy
Rebecca Buchanan, Assistant Professor of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction
Justin Dimmel, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education and Instructional Technology
Diane Jackson, Lecturer in Special Education
Tammy Mills, Assistant Professor of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction
Timothy Reagan, Professor Foreign Language Education
Asli Sezen-Barrie, Associate Professor of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction


Erin Straine, Director of Academic and Student Services
Trudy Eldridge, 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.