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’s school-embedded MAT program, launching in summer of 2018, 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.

NKU's campus-based MAT program, next cohort starting in fall of 2019, combines thoughtful placements in area classrooms, excellent courses taught by knowledgeable faculty, a manageable two-year schedule that includes in-person and online courses, and the option to be employed as a teacher while still a student.

The MAT program admits one cohort of students per year. In summer of 2018, we will admit a cohort to the school-embedded program. In fall of 2019, we will admit a cohort to the campus-based program.

“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


Award-winning programs. Convienient online options. Small class and cohort sizes.

Join us for Spring 2018 Graduate Open house.


What You Can Teach

MAT students can choose to be certified in the following areas:

Middle Grades (5-9)

  • English and Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Integrated Science
  • Social Studies

Secondary (8-12)

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth/Space Science
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Social Studies

Grades P-12

  • Spanish
  • German
  • French

Note: The MAT program does not provide certification in Elementary Education.

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.