Ashley HibbertI came to the MAT Program at Thomas More to have the opportunity to be a teacher. The Program taught me how to be more than just a teacher. I learned what an excellent teacher is, and how to become one. Upon being granted a job at Covington Holmes High School, an urban school in Northern Kentucky, I found myself relying on nearly all of the principles and techniques I learned at Thomas More to propel me through the first few weeks as a teacher.

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Having high expectations, effective classroom management, as well as excellent character and ethics truly made my first year as a teacher a positive experience and will carry me through to the end of the school calendar! I fully believe that I was able to achieve high remarks on my Principal evaluations because of my education from Thomas More College. I would recommend the Thomas More MAT Program to absolutely anyone who may have passion to teach today's youth. The excitement of the educators at TMC is contagious, and will focus your passion in the right direction, equipping you with the proper tools to succeed in the Program and in your career.

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Ashley Hibbett

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The Education Department at Thomas More College is proud to offer a program to prepare candidates who have a baccalaureate degree and who have completed the content requirements for a certification area as defined by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB).

Master of Arts in Teaching Program

The mission of the Master in the Arts of Teaching Program is to prepare graduate level students for initial entry into the teaching profession by providing a learning environment in which they can develop knowledge, skills, dispositions, and pedagogy required to ensure that all students learn in a dynamic society.

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Track I - Alternative Certification: Temporary Provisional Certificate Holders
This track is designed for those currently teaching with a Temporary Provisional Certificate, who hold a Bachelor's Degree with a certifiable major.

Track II - Traditional Program: Teacher Certification for Bachelor's Degree Holders
This track is for those with certifiable majors in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Social Studies, or English, who want to acquire their teacher certification while maintaining their current job or who may not be employed. Candidates who are in track II must participate in a 15-week supervised teaching experience during their final semester. This is a non-paid teaching experience which requires full participation in the supervised teaching experience from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday during this period. Candidates must understand that this 7:30 am to 4:30 pm commitment means that they cannot have fulltime employment during this period.

Application Process

Persons in either Track I or Track II can choose:

  • Middle Grade(Gr. 5-9) Science, Social Studies, English and Communications, and Mathematics
  • Secondary (Gr. 8-12) Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English, History, Speech/Media Communication, and Mathematics
  • Art, Grades P-12
  • Business and Marketing, Grades 5-12
  • Theater, Grades P-12
  • Spanish, P-12

To apply for the MAT program, you must present all official college transcripts with a GPA of 2.75 or better overall, and 2.75 in your content area. In addition, you must understand the significance of personal characteristics, display a professional disposition, perform well in a personal interview, and meet other admissions requirements.

For more information, contact:

Kimberly Haverkos, Ph.D.
Department of Education