Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Degree Requirements

Earn your teaching license

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree is a 36-hour master's program designed for individuals who have a bachelor's degree with a major – or with substantial courses in a specific area – who wish to earn a teaching license.  The program fulfills the educational requirements for an Arkansas teaching license.

Courses are seven- or eight-weeks in length and are offered in a blended/hybrid format – both online and in-class . Class meeting times (5:30-7:00 p.m.) offer students the flexibility of being face-to-face with the professor at the JBU Rogers Center, or remotely accessing the class through technology.

Students receive graduate instruction and classroom practicum experiences in the M.A.T. that build on their prior undergraduate education in a content area. Initial teacher licensure by the Arkansas Department of Education is available in the areas below.  Licensure requires students to have at least 18 credit hours within the discipline.

7-12 Licensure Areas:

  • Agriculture Science and Technology*
  • Chemistry*
  • Drama
  • English
  • Family and Consumer Science*
  • Industrial Technology
  • Life Science
  • Marketing Technology
  • Mathematics*
  • Physics*
  • Physics/Mathematics*
  • Social Studies
  • Speech

*Critical shortage area



Curriculum and Instruction Core Requirements (15 hours)

  • ED 7033  Christian Foundations and Instructional Facilitation (3 credit hours)
  • ED 7233  Human Development (3 credit hours)
  • ED 7353  Human Intellect and the Brain (3 credit hours)
  • ED 7513  Action Research and Data Analysis for School and Classroom (3 credit hours)
  • ED 7733  Differentiated Learning (3 credit hours)

Education Major Requirements (21 hours)

  • ED 8423 - Pedagogy: Classroom Instruction (3 credit hours)
  • ED 8643 - Literacy: Content Specific (3 credit hours)
  • ED 8653 - Literacy: All Areas (3 credit hours)
  • ED 8711 - Practicum I (1 credit hour)
  • ED 8721 - Practicum II (1 credit hour)
  • ED 8881 - Intern Seminar (1 credit hour)
  • ED 8886 - Internship (6 credit hours)
  • ED 8443 - Pedagogy: Management and Assessment (3 credit hours)


Minimum semester credit hours for Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) – 36

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