Secondary Education (MAT)

Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education (SE MAT)
Unit: College of Education and Human Development (GE)
Department: Middle and Secondary Education
Program Website 
Academic Plan Code(s): By subject area, see below.

Program Information

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree in Secondary Education leads to certification in:

  • Biology
    (SE_ _MATBIO)
  • Chemistry
    (SE_ _MATCHE)
  • Earth & Space Science
    (SE_ _MATESS)
  • English
    (SE_ _MATENG)
  • Mathematics
    (SE_ _MATMAT)
  • Physics
    (SE_ _MATPHY)
  • Social Studies Education (grades 8-12)
    (SE_ _MATSST)
  • Business Education (grades 5-12)
    (SE_ _MATBUE)
  • World Language Education (Spanish and French) (grades P-12)
    (SE_ _MATSPA and SE_ _MATFRE)

Admission Requirements

Candidates considering application to the MAT program should contact the Education Advising and Student Services office ( prior to applying for admission. 

Candidates who meet the following criteria may be eligible to apply to the Master of Arts in Teaching program:

  1. Application to Graduate School. This should be completed three to four weeks prior to the application deadline.
  2. Minimum Test Scores as required by EPSB
    Please note: when submitting test scores through ETS, use the general University of Louisville code, 1838.
  3. Praxis II Content Exam registration and/or scores
  4. Bachelor's Degree from Accredited College or University with major in content area with a minimum 2.75 Grade Point Average (official transcripts required)
  5. Prerequisite Course Requirements
  6. C or higher in ENGL 102
  7. C or better in oral communication course
  8. TOEFL
  9. Professional Statement
  10. Three Letters of Recommendation
  11. Signed Professional Code of Ethics/Technology User Agreement/Statement of Understanding of Admissions Guidelines
  12. Acceptable interview

Admission is competitive. Candidates who meet minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program.

Program Requirements

EDTP 602Exploring Teaching in the Sociopolitical Contexts of P-12 Schools3
ECPY 607Learning Theory and Human Growth and Development3
EDTP 501General Methods3
NOTE: The above three courses must be completed prior to the Content Methods course
Content Methods, choose one from the following courses:3
High School English Methods
High School Mathematics Methods
High School Science Methods
High School Social Studies Methods
Business/Marketing Methods, 5-12
World Language Methods, P-12
EDSP 545Exceptional Children in the Regular Classroom (taken concurrently with Content Methods course)3
Mid-point Assessment
EDTP 619Student Teaching: High School6
or EDTP 618 Student Teaching: Middle and High School
or EDTP 612 Student Teaching: P-12
EDTP 677Capstone Seminar: Initial Certification 13
Academic Support Course 23
EDTP 503Developing Cross-Cultural Competence: Teaching Students from Diverse Backgrounds3
EDTP 620Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum3
Technology Course (select course appropriate for content certification area): 23
Digital Citizenship: Technology and Teaching
Technology Applications for Mathematics Teaching
Technology Applications for Science Teachers
Minimum Total Hours36

Mid-Point Assessment: Prior to Student Teaching

Satisfactory dispositions assessment; No lower than 2.0 in content methods class; within three (3) credit hours of meeting content requirements; ECPY 607 and EDTP 501EDTP 602 , and content methods courses passed; satisfactory mid-point teacher performance assessment (TPA); positive recommendation from Middle/Secondary Program Committee; electronic documentation of 200 hours of diverse and approved field experiences.

Certification Assessment: After Student Teaching

Satisfactory dispositions assessment; all certification course work completed with 2.5 cumulative GPA; 2.5 cumulative GPA in content course requirements; 2.0 or higher in student teaching; satisfactory certification teacher performance assessment (TPA); passing scores on PRAXIS content and PLT exams; positive recommendation from Middle/Secondary Program Committee.

Degree Assessment

Satisfactory dispositions assessment; all program course work completed with 3.0 cumulative GPA (and no more than a total of two C grades in degree courses); satisfactory certification teacher performance assessment (TPA).

Degree Candidacy

Students not enrolled during the semester in which they intend to graduate must register for degree candidacy as outlined in the Graduate Catalog.

Praxis Disclaimer

Teacher certification requirements are subject to change. Before registering for certification test(s), please refer to the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) website at or for current requirements.