Master of Arts in Teaching

A Masters of Arts in Teaching degree is an accelerated graduate program specially designed for you if you would like to change the lives of students through education and BE More in your career. 

The Top 10 Reasons a Master of Arts in Teaching from Thomas More University will Help You BE More in Your Career.

  1. Accelerated.  Finish your degree in as few as two years. 
  2. Change Lives.  Do you remember the impact a teacher had on your life?  Most of us know how important teachers are in the lives of students and how they have the opportunity to make a lasting legacy by sharing knowledge and caring for students.  If you have a bachelors degree in just about any discipline, you can shift gears to find the purpose you have wanted for your career! 
  3. Enter a High Demand Career.  Did you know that thousands of teaching jobs go unfilled every year in Kentucky?  According to the Kentucky Department of Education, the average salary for a teacher is over $53K a year, and there are job openings in counties across the state. 
  4. Earn BOTH, a Masters and Teaching Certificate.  Earn a concurrent master’s degree and teacher certification at the same time. 
  5. #1 for Return on Investment.  According to the 2019 Georgetown University report, Thomas More University ranked #1 in Kentucky for Return on Investment. 
  6. Career Assistance.  Our professors have extensive networks across the area and help students find meaningful learning and career opportunities. 
  7. Balance Learning, Work, and Family.  At the pace of life, we know you need to integrate a high-quality education within your work and home life.  We know you are busy, so we offer personal advising by our expert advisors and program director, who can help you design a plan from the first day to graduation. 
  8. Clear completion plan.  With the help of our personal advisors, you will know exactly what courses, when to take them and have a graduation plan mapped out for you. 
  9. Professors with practical experience.  Our professors stay up to date in their fields and will be teaching practical skills you can use right away as a teaching professional. 
  10. Values-Based.  Choose Thomas More University for a values-based education that will help you become who you were meant to be, both personally and professionally. 


To learn more, contact your personal enrollment coach today!
Telephone: 859-344-3333 or Email:  learn@thomasmore.edu


#1 for ROI in Kentucky

What are the Admission Requirements?

The following items are required for admission into the MAT program:

  1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree with a certifiable major
  2. Application to the Master of Arts in Teaching Program
  3. Personal Statement Essay, typed, 300-500 words, which includes:
    1. A brief autobiography
    2. A description of life and work experiences related to the planned certification area
    3. Human Relations Incident – a reflective description of teaching or other experience with young people – from a human relations standpoint, the event had special meaning
      1. The required essays must include and address the following: Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication, and Collaboration
  4. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed sent directly from the issuing institution to Thomas More University
    1. Content area faculty will assist in transcript review to determine if additional undergraduate coursework is needed prior to admission to the program
  5. Undergraduate and Content GPA of 2.75 or higher. Candidates must submit either:
    1. The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) Tests
      1. Core: Reading (#5712, minimum score of 156)
      2. Core: Writing (#5722, minimum score of 162)
      3. Mathematics (#5732, minimum score of 150)
    2. OR the Graduate Record Exam (GRE):
      1. If taken prior to August 1, 2011, a minimum score of 450 for Verbal Reasoning, 490 for Quantitative Reasoning, and 4.0 for Analytical Writing
      2. If taken on or after August 1, 2011, a minimum score of 150 for Verbal Reasoning, 143 for Quantitative Reasoning, and a 4.0 for Analytical Writing
      3. Scores must be on file in the MAT Office, as well as the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB), prior to admission
  6. Professional Résumé
  7. Two recommendation forms (included in the application packet) – one from a school principal if currently teaching; a current or previous supervisor; and/or a non-family member who can attest to the candidate’s potential for success as a teacher
  8. PRAXIS Subject Assessment Content Area Exam Score Report – Candidates enrolled in the MAT Program must complete the PRAXIS Subject Assessment Content Area Exam with an acceptable score before acquiring full admission status
  9. Kentucky Criminal Records Check
  10. Signed copy of the Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Personnel included in the application packet
  11. Signed copy of the Character and Fitness Form
  12. Completed Thomas More University Teacher Leadership Dispositions Self-Assessment
  13. Interview with Alternative Certification Admissions Committee
  14. Approval by Alternative Certification Admissions Committee OR Graduate Admissions Committee (if appropriate)

Contact Us

Thomas more accelerated & Graduate Programs office

365 Thomas More Parkway
Crestview Hills, KY 41017

Telephone: 859-344-3333

Email: TeacherCertificate@thomasmore.edu