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Master of Arts in Teaching

Kansas State University’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is designed as an innovative pathway to teaching for those who have previously earned a Bachelor’s degree and meet other admission criteria. This pathway enables qualified students to earn the MAT and recommendation for Kansas initial teacher license (K-6) in 12 months through a rigorous online curriculum. The program is designed as a cohort model — students complete the scope and sequence of the curriculum as a group. MAT courses are only offered during the designated semesters.

→ M.A.T. Handbook (PDF)

→ See the Courses and Sequence

Technology Needs for Distance Students (PDF)

Student Profiles

MAT Learning Outcomes

Using the College of Education’s Conceptual Framework, the MAT emphasizes the following domains of learning:

  1. The Learner and Learning
  2. Content Knowledge
  3. Instructional Practice
  4. Professional Responsibility
  5. Education Research

The Learner, Learning, and Learning Environment

  • Learner Development
    The teacher understands how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas. The teacher also designs and implements developmentally appropriate, relevant, and rigorous learning experiences.
  • Learning Differences
    The teacher uses understanding of differences in individuals, cultures, and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet rigorous standards.
  • Learning Environment
    The teacher works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning. This includes teacher and student use of technology, and encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.

Content Knowledge

  • Content Knowledge
    The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches, and creates content-specific learning and literacy experiences that make the discipline accessible and relevant to assure mastery of the content.
  • Application of Content
    The teacher understands how to engage learners through interdisciplinary lessons that utilize concept based teaching and authentic learning experiences to engage students in effective communication and collaboration, and in critical and creative thinking.

Instructional Practice

  • Assessment
    The teacher understands how to use multiple measures to monitor and assess individual student learning, engage learners in self-assessment, and use data to make decisions.
  • Planning for Instruction
    The teacher plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, technology, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context.
  • Instructional Strategies
    The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in relevant ways.

Professional Responsibility

  • Professional Learning and Ethical Practice
    The teacher engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.
  • Leadership and Collaboration
    The teacher seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, support staff, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.

Education Research

  • Action Research
    The teacher pursues, analyzes, and uses research and data to make wise judgments about curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Points of Contact

Master of Arts in Teaching Program

Dr. Thomas S. Vontz
Professor and Director
203 Bluemont Hall

Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Programs

Dr. Kay Ann Taylor
Associate Professor and 
Graduate Program Coordinator
228 Bluemont Hall

College of Education
Field Experiences

Dr. David Allen
Associate Professor and
Director, Office of Field Experiences
246 Bluemont Hall

Department of Curriculum
and Instruction

Dr. F. Todd Goodson
Associate Professor and
Department Chair
261 Bluemont Hall

Global Campus Program

Rosemary Boggs
College of Education
Academic Program Coordinator

K-State Global Campus

1615 Anderson Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66502
1-800-622-2578 (toll free)

Kansas State University
Graduate School

103 Fairchild Hall
800-651-1816 (toll free)