Don't Miss Your Calling ... Become a Teacher!


Sometimes, you realize after college that you missed your calling. The NKU Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is built to develop bachelor’s degree holders who are already knowledgeable in their content areas into outstanding middle grades and secondary educators. NKU offers both online and school-embedded MAT programs.

NKU’s school-embedded MAT program, next cohort launching in summer of 2021, offers you the opportunity to become a certified teacher in your content area at the middle grades or high school level. In one year of course and field work embedded in a local school, you will learn to build relationships with your students; develop high-quality, engaging lessons that meet the needs of your learners; and develop the tools to reflect on and refine your teaching practice.

The online program consists of 7-week online courses and includes multiple placements in local classrooms working with P-12 students. The program is priced at $400 per credit hour.  You can complete the program in one of two ways: either (1) through unpaid internship in a local teacher’s classroom or (2) being hired by a Kentucky principal to teach the content in which you’re earning certification (called Option 6 certification). If you are hired on Option 6 certificate, your field placements may take place in your own classroom.

Please click below for additional information about online areas of concentration.


“At times, teachers have to be the counselor, the mediator, and much more. Teachers are some of the most important people in a student’s life.”

—   Daria Johnson, NKU MAT candidate


Program Contact Information

Ms. Diana VonHagel
Specialist, Graduate Education



Our NKU Teacher Education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.


Beyond the Classroom

MAT students gain valuable professional experience working with students and teachers in local classrooms.

Whether you pursue certification through the school-embedded or campus-based program, you will develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that will help you thrive as you launch your new career as a teacher.