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MA in Teaching Secondary Education (MAT)

Program Overview

An Accredited Online Program to Develop Teaching Expertise

Earn your initial teaching certification in a secondary education content field in just two years through a CAEP-accredited curriculum.

Earn your initial teaching certification in a secondary education content field in just two years through a CAEP-accredited curriculum.

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As you’re making your decision about pursuing an online degree, you are likely to have questions. From program information to details about the application process, we’re here to help you find the answers you need.

Become an Expert Teacher

Earn your teaching certification in a secondary education field with the online Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education program from Lindenwood University. Designed for those who are already employed in an instructional role in a school, this program gives you a strong foundation for teaching secondary students.

Explore key topics in human development, technology, content literacy, and classroom management. Additionally, when you earn your Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education online, you will develop expertise in the methods used for effectively teaching a content area of your choice. You will also examine the practical approaches for classroom assessment.

Our online MAT program also allows you to gain real-world experience through student teaching and classroom practicums. As you gain field experience, you will engage in activities such as lesson planning, student assessment, and evaluating data to improve instruction.


The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredits Lindenwood University. CAEP promotes excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement.

A Curriculum Designed to Help You Succeed

When you earn your Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education online, you will develop teaching expertise that will help you excel in educating students.

This 39-credit-hour program focuses on key topics for teaching high school students. Upon enrollment, you will select a content area of focus.

This program also requires that you complete a research project and gain classroom field experience.

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Admission Requirements

To apply to our online MAT program, you must submit the following:

  • Online application
  • Current résumé
  • Letter of intent, including a personal statement regarding your interest in the program and career goals
  • Official undergraduate transcript(s), as well as official transcript(s) from any graduate school(s) attended with a minimum GPA of 3.0

What It’s Like to Study Online

Being an online student doesn’t mean that you will sacrifice access to the tools, resources, support, and community that you would have through a traditional on-campus program. In fact, you will still get the college experience — just at an affordable price from the comfort of your home.

Find out more about what it’s like to study online at Lindenwood.

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Cost to Attend

We strive to provide a high-quality online education at an affordable price. Our online master’s in teaching program is offered at just $495 per credit hour.

In addition, we offer the opportunity to transfer previously earned college credits, financial assistance, and U.S. military benefits.

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Program Outcomes

  • Understand educational law and ethical codes, as well as how they apply to the classroom setting
  • Effectively assess and implement differentiated instructional methods in high school settings
  • Demonstrate knowledge in curriculum mapping and alignment to instructional standards

Career Outlook

Some of the potential career paths you may pursue after earning your MAT degree online include:

  • High school teacher: $60,320

Median annual salary information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to some of the questions we are commonly asked.

Both an M.Ed. and MAT can help you advance your career in the field of education. However, an MAT is more focused on the teaching side of education, while an M.Ed. can help you move into an administrative role.

Yes, our online MAT program provides initial teaching certification in the state of Missouri.

In order to be accepted into this program, you must have at least a bachelor’s degree in the content area in which you wish to teach or in a closely related field, as well as a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75. Additionally, you must pass the Missouri Content Assessments (MoCA) within 30 days of your acceptance into the program and prior to enrolling in courses for the second semester.

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