Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program

If you’ve already earned a bachelor’s degree and are now feeling the call to teach, the MAT in Secondary Education provides a path for teaching licensure. Upon completion of the program, you will earn a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and may apply for secondary licensure in social studies, math or English.

30 credit hours are needed (outside in addition to the master’s program of study) in social studies, math or English to pursue the MAT degree.

Although classroom observations and student teaching requires a daytime commitment, MAT classes are held in the evening, making it possible for you to keep your job while you complete most of your degree.


3 reasons to get a MAT at JBU:

  • Experienced faculty – At JBU, you’ll learn from men and women who have extensive academic training and classroom experience.
  • Education beyond the classroom – Because high school students aren’t “one size fits all,” neither are your opportunities as a Graduate Education student. Rich experiences like international trips to Ireland or Guatemala help you to expand your context and consider education in a different light.
  • Unique focus on Christian values – At JBU, we believe in education of the whole person – head, heart, hand. All of our courses are taught from a Christian worldview, with faculty who are committed to the academic and spiritual growth of our students.

Did you know?

Graduate education classes meet one night per week, from 4:30–7:00 or 7:15–9:45, on a traditional semester schedule. Most courses include both face-to-face and online instruction, reducing the evenings you’re sitting in class.



In addition to meeting the regular requirements for admission into JBU's Graduate School, students seeking Standard Licensure through the MAT degree must provide the following documentation:

  • Academic/Personal Information Release
  • Evidence of passing background check (as required by the Arkansas Department of Education)
  • Evidence of fulfilling content area course requirements (30 credit hours in social studies, math or English)
  • Scores complying with ADE minimum requirements for the Praxis I exam
  • Score complying with ADE minimum requirements for the Praxis II content exam

For questions about or assistance with fulfilling the above requirements, contact the Graduate Education Representative.


Class Location

Graduate education courses will be offered at the JBU Rogers Center

Class Schedule

Most classes will be offered late afternoon and early evening and will follow the semester schedule format. Summer classes are also offered. Although many students continue to work during their graduate program, MAT students will be required to do a full-time practicum (student teaching) for the final semester of the program.


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