Thomas More Accelerated & Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Teaching





Are you interested in becoming an exceptional teacher? Then let us help you navigate the waters of becoming the best teacher you can be for your students. Our Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is an accelerated graduate program designed for those who have a bachelor’s degree in just about any discipline, but who want to become teachers. It includes the initial licensure and personalized classroom experiences. Our faculty are practitioners who are experts in classroom management, instruction, and assessment. Learn with us!

Aren’t all Master of Arts in Teaching programs the same?

What sets Thomas More University apart is our values-based education. Teacher candidates will grow both personally and professionally in a program designed for those who want to become the exceptional teacher students need.

The Thomas More University MAT is:

  • Values-based
  • Mission-driven
  • Accredited in Kentucky. KYEPSB licensure and CAEP approved program
  • Affordable: including discounts for Diocesan Schools and Thomas More University alumni

The Thomas More University MAT delivers:

  • Teaching certification in tandem with coursework
  • Individualized programming
  • Mentored support from experienced educators
  • Assistance with initial job placement

Are you looking for a new career? Have you always wanted to be a teacher? If so, the Thomas More University MAT/Alternative Certification program could be the next career path for you!

Teachers make a difference in the lives of their students. Candidates for teacher education should be willing to engage with students and parents, explore curriculum and instruction strategies, and work closely with faculty and colleagues to create a community focused on student learning.

Thomas More University offers the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program for candidates who have a bachelor’s degree in a certifiable content area but do not have teaching certification. This program embeds Kentucky teacher certification requirements into a master’s degree program that supports new teachers.

For candidates who have some teaching experience in a school setting or have worked with children and adolescents, the MAT Alternative Certification program might be the right path.

Thomas More University advisors work with students individually to find the right path for each potential MAT candidate.

The MAT/Alternative program offers the following certification options:

  • Art (P-12)
  • Middle Grades (5-9): Language Arts, Science, Math, or Social Studies
  • Secondary (8-12): Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Physics, and Social Studies
  • Business (5-12)
  • World Language (P-12): Spanish
  • Theatre (P-12)

The program allows qualified candidates the opportunity to work in paid, full-time teaching positions through temporary provisional certification in high-need content areas and grade levels while earning certification and the MAT within two years.

Get MORE benefits!

  • CAEP accredited, and KYEPSB approved program
  • Individualized student support during program enrollment, coursework, and certification
  • Experienced faculty practitioners
  • Simultaneous degree and certification
  • Partnerships with local school districts
  • Flexible start dates
  • Assessment support
  • Support during job placement/employment

Prerequisites Needed to Start Program:

Undergraduate GPA 2.75

Praxis 1 and 2 passing scores

Certification Areas:

Grades P-12: Art, Spanish, Theatre

Middle Grades 5-9: English, Math, Social Studies, Science

Grades 5-12: Business and Marketing Education

Secondary Grades 8-12: Biology, Chemistry, English, Math, Physics, Social Studies, Science

MAT Program Sequence:

EDM515 Classroom Management and Discipline – 3 credit hours

EDM512 Content Methods of Effective Classroom Instruction – 3 credit hours

EDM528 Curriculum Design and Assessment – 3 credit hours

EDM517 Exceptionalities and Schooling– 3 credit hours

EDM520 Teaching Writing and Reading Across the Disciplines – 3 credit hours

EDM505 Educational Technology – 3 credit hours

EDM518 Multicultural Education – 3 credit hours

EDM530 Action Research – 3 credit hours

EDM535 Supervised Teaching Experience – 6 credit hours


EDM536 Mentored Teaching I – 3 credit hours

EDM537 Mentored Teaching II – 3 credit hours

Since every student has different needs, and some transfer in previously earned credit hours (up to 12), we will work with each student to create an individualized package that includes all financial aid options, scholarships, VA education benefits, etc., in which you are eligible. Our advisors can evaluate your transcripts and see what credits will transfer. Many employers also offer tuition reimbursement, and we can help you better understand your organization’s benefits.

An estimated cost of attendance (COA) for our graduate programs is available here. Included in the Saints resource fee is a $120 to $160 per course stipend that will apply toward the cost of your course materials.

Contact an enrollment coach today at (859) 344-3333 or email at accelerate@thomasmore.edu to see how much you qualify to receive!