Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Graduate program leading to middle school certification

Contact Information:

Dr. Ed Williamson
(573) 451-2400

Program Information:

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree is designed to offer professional education courses leading to initial Missouri certification in middle school (grades 5-9) for the following areas: science, social studies, mathematics, and language arts.

This degree will be instrumental in alleviating the teacher shortage in the fields of mathematics and science and will also provide highly effective teachers for primarily rural areas of southern Missouri in each of these fields.

Individuals who enter the MAT program will have a baccalaureate degree in the subject area to be taught, or will meet the state content area requirements for middle level (grades 5-9) certification.

This program of study is designed for persons who are employed as full-time middle school teachers; have already completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a 2.75 or higher cumulative grade point average; and do not have a Missouri teaching certificate.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program of study leads to a Missouri initial teaching certification in middle school (in the areas of mathematics, social studies, science, or language arts) and to the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree.

Admission Interview

Prospective students must work with the Graduate Programs Office to submit all required materials for graduate admission. Once that process is complete, students must interview with the Director of the School of Education and Child Development. The form below must be submitted electronically prior to the interview and students must bring a hard copy to the interview as well.

MAT Admission Interview Requirements

Program Resources

Highly Qualified Teacher

In order to meet Highly Qualified Teacher status and be eligible for provisional certification while enrolled in the MAT program, students must register for the appropriate middle school content Praxis II exam. Your hiring school district may require a passing score on that Praxis II exam and additional Praxis II exams in order to meet the standard for Highly Qualified Teacher.

In order for Drury University to recommend you for initial state certification you must pass the Praxis II exam in your teaching field and complete all programmatic requirements, including an electronic portfolio.

Provisional Certification Extensions

If you are a current MAT student teaching under provisional certification, you will need to do the following to extend your provisional certificate:

  1. Obtain the location of the appropriate application by contacting DESE at (573) 751-0051.
  2. Submit the application and a letter as to why you are requesting an extension to DESE at the address below.
  3. Request a district letter of support and have it sent to DESE at the address below.
  4. Request a Drury letter of support by e-mailing the SECD Director of Student Services at The letter will then be e-mailed as a PDF document to the student.

You should send an updated Drury transcript to DESE by contacting the Drury Registrar's office and have it sent to:

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Attn: Robyn Segall
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102