Master of Arts in Teaching

A full- or part-time program to complete a master's degree AND earn a teaching certificate

Master of Arts in Teaching


Do you have a bachelor’s degree in a field taught in high school (or a closely related field)? Do you have an interest in teaching? If the answer to both questions is yes, you may earn your teaching certificate and a Master of Arts in Teaching in as little as one year. This program is approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as an Alternative Certification Program.

How does the M.A.T. program work?

Jewell's program helps you apply your existing professional knowledge and experience to teaching. You'll work in school classrooms immediately and learn how to teach students effectively from experienced master teachers.

The Timeframe
  • Full-time program starts June 1 and can be completed in one calendar year.
  • Part-time program can be started at any time and can be completed in two years or less.
  • Evening, weekend and hybrid classes accommodate adult learner schedules.
The Program
  • Full-time Jewell Education professors work closely with you to mentor and support coursework, fieldwork, student teaching and beyond.  
  • Can be done in one or two years, depending upon your schedule and desired pace of study.
  • Includes both undergraduate and graduate coursework to achieve teacher certification and completion of the graduate degree.
  • Cost is $500/credit hour.
  • Candidates must pass the appropriate Missouri Content Assessment (MoCA) before the end of your first semester in the program to validate your content knowledge.
The Outcome

In addition to achieving teacher certification and a master's degree, you'll be part of a successful, highly reputable program. Jewell teacher education graduates are highly sought by school districts and have had a 100% teaching job placement rate for the past six years and a 90%+ 15-year placement rate. 

Teacher Certifications

Jewell's M.A.T. Program offers certifications for high school teaching in these areas (in which you already have a closely related baccalaureate degree):

  • Art (K-12)
  • Biology (9-12)
  • Business (9-12)
  • Communication (Teach Speech & Theatre 9-12)
  • Chemistry (9-12)
  • Chinese (K-12)
  • Earth Science (9-12)
  • English (9-12)
  • Family and Consumer Sciences (K-12)
  • French (K-12)
  • German (K-12)
  • Health (K-12)
  • Journalism (9-12)
  • Marketing (9-12)
  • Math (9-12)
  • Music - Instrumental (K-12)
  • Music - Vocal (K-12)
  • Physical Education (K-12)
  • Physics (9-12)
  • Social Science (9-12)
  • Spanish (K-12)

Admission Requirements

William Jewell College seeks candidates for this program who desire to be teacher leaders. Candidates will be critical thinkers of high character who are dedicated to the profession of teaching.

To be admitted to the Master of Arts in Teaching at William Jewell College, applicants must meet the following requirements and provide appropriate documentation:

  • A completed Application for Admission.
  • An official transcript from a regionally-accredited college or university showing the awarding of a bachelor’s degree or an advanced degree in a field that is related to the prospective teaching area.
  • Official transcripts from all other colleges and universities attended, whether as an undergraduate or graduate student and whether or not credit was awarded.
  • A minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0, based on a 4.0 scale, in the content area(s) most closely related to the prospective teaching field.
  • Two professional letters of recommendation.
  • A professional résumé/curriculum vitae.
  • Complete a structured teacher interview.
  • Submit a timeline and plan for passing the Missouri State Content Assessment (MoCA) in the prospective teaching field. The MoCA must be passed prior to the end of the first semester in the program. [It is in your best interest to pass the MoCA prior to starting the program. Enroll at your own risk until the MoCA is passed because this test is required for Missouri teacher certification.]
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“Jewell professors instill the ideals of hard work, doing what's best for kids and thinking outside the box. They taught me the importance of trying new things in the classroom, and I'm piloting a new class in business after two years as a teacher.”

Abby Rowan Nickel, '17, 6th grade science teacher in Wentzville, Missouri, School District

Curriculum Guides

Jewell's M.A.T. degree is 30 graduate hours (500 course level and above). Total credits for certification vary depending upon prior credits that may apply. If you have no prior credits, you will complete 47 credits for your M.A.T. degree and certification for all areas except music, which requires between 54 and 60 depending on specialization.

  • 1-Year Program – Full-time

    Summer

    • EDU 220 High Leverage Teaching Strategies, (4) credits
    • EDU 601 Intro to Ed Research, (4) credits
    • EDU 504 Diverse Learners, (4) credits
    • CTI 150 Diversity & Inclusion OR EDU 175 Cultural Resposive Teaching, (2) credits

    Fall

    • EDU 212 Fieldwork I, (1) credit – first 7 weeks
    • EDU 213 Fieldwork II, (1) credit – first 7 weeks
    • EDU 507 Graduate Instructional Design & Assessment, (4) credits - day class scheduled around student teaching
    • EDU 501 Differentiated Instruction, (4) credits – evening
    • EDU 510 Graduate Student Teaching I, (4) credits – in schools during the day.

    Spring

    • EDU 280 Disciplinary Literacy & Methods, (5) credits – scheduled around student teaching
    • EDU 308 Literacy Intervention, (4) credits – scheduled around student teaching [only required for 9-12; not K-12]
    • EDU 520 Graduate Seminar, (4) credits -  evening
    • EDU 511 Graduate Student Teaching II, (6) credits – in schools during the day.
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  • 2-Year Program – Part-time

    Summer I

    • EDU 220 High Level Teaching Strategies, (4) credits
    • EDU 504 Diverse Learners (4) credits

    Fall I

    • EDU 212 Fieldwork I, (1) credit
    • EDU 507 Graduate Instructional Design & Assessment, (4) credits – day class. [Could be done Fall II]
    • CTI 150 Diversity & Inclusion OR EDU 175 Cultural Resposive Teaching, (2) credits – late afternoon or weekend

    Spring I

    • EDU 213 Fieldwork, (1) credit
    • EDU 280 Disciplinary Literacy & Methods, (5) credits – day class [Could be done Spring II]
    • EDU 308 Literacy Intervention, (4) credits - day class [Could be done Spring II - only required for 9-12; not K-12]

    Summer II

    • EDU 601 Intro to Ed Research, (4) credits

    Fall II

    • EDU 510 Graduate Student Teaching I, (4) credits – in schools during the day
    • EDU 501 Differentiated Instruction, (4) credits – evening

    Spring II

    • EDU 520 Graduate Seminar, (4) credits – evening
    • EDU 511 Graduate Student Teaching II, (6) credits – in schools during the day.
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