Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Teaching is a professional graduate degree designed for those with a bachelor's degree to complete the professional pedagogical coursework required for recommendation for initial licensure to teach in Montana's public elementary or secondary schools.

The degree is designed to be completed full-time in one calendar year, assuming that pre-requisite coursework has been successfully completed. The MAT at MSU-Bozeman is distinguished from other similar programs in that it has an intentional focus on place-conscious pedagogy and approaches to teaching with an emphasis on teaching in rural school districts.     

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree (MAT) requires three semesters of coursework and includes in-school experiences each semester, including full-time classroom Student Teaching in addition to coursework in the spring semester. Successful completion of all coursework, in-school experience, and required tests (Praxis) are required for graduation and recommendation for a Montana Class 2 Teaching License.

Each MAT course is a graduate level course offered in a compressed format timeframe. Summer courses are six weeks in length, and Fall and Spring courses are eight-week courses. 

Summer Camp Dates for 2020:  July 26 - 31, 2020

Application Deadline for May 2020 Start Date: April 1, 2020

Interested candidates need to take Praxis Exam by March 20, 2020 to ensure availabiliy of scores by the deadline


Semester Courses Credits 

EDCI 552: Human Development and the Psychology of Learning

EDCI 521: Content Literacy

EDCI 553: Inclusive Strategies for Classroom Organization

EDCI 538: Summer Youth Inquiry Camp

EDCI 543: Introduction to Curriculum Design and Assessment

3 cr

3 cr

3 cr

3 cr

1 cr


EDCI 554: Methods of Secondary Teaching 1

EDCI 555: Technology, Instructional Design, and Learner Success

EDCI 558: Methods of Secondary Teaching 2

EDCI 556: The Legal, Social, and Practical Basis of Schooling

3 cr

2 cr

3 cr

3 cr


EDCI 598: Student Teaching

EDCI 519: Addressing Equity in Linguistic and Cultural Diversity

EDCI 569: Reflective Inquiry in Rural Education 

 Program Total Credits

6 cr

3 cr

3 cr


**Course Descriptions found in in the MSU Catalog through this link

Endorsement Areas

Secondary MAT students are required to qualify for one of following Endorsement Areas:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • General Science Broadfield
  • Social Studies Broadfield

Applications will learn more about the endorsement areas by clicking on the area in which they are interested. 


Interested candidates for the MAT program should begin by reaching out to the MAT office by emailing Jamie O'Callaghan at Next, begin a review and self-assessment of the endorsement area in which  you are interested. Note the content specific requirements and guidelines for admission outlined on our Endorsements page.  Applicants will also need to take and pass the appropriate Praxis Content Area exam prior to application. Be sure to allow enough time to study for the test, and allow 4-6 weeks prior to the application deadline to receive official test scores. 

  • Online application to Montana State University Graduate School with nonrefundable $60 fee.
  • Submit official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher for both Bachelor's degree, and for all graduate level coursework
  • Endorsement Verification Form for required endorsement area sought
  • Score for Praxis Content Area Exam required for endorsement area sought
  • Personal Statement (use template) Further information about the Personal Statement and guidelines are found on our Endorsement Page
    • Describe your previous work history, academic preparation, and previous work with children or adolescents.
    • Describe the unique characteristics, academic abilities, and personal traits that qualify you to become a teacher.
    • Describe why you want to enter the teaching profession, and what you expect to encounter as a _ (ex: Science) _ teacher.
  • Submit Resume/CV containing all previous work experience and education, with relevant work with youth included
  • Submit 3 Letters of Recommendation:
    • One from each category
      • Current or previous employer
      • Individual qualified to recommend based on applicants work with youth
      • Free choice

The MAT program will offer teaching endorsement areas in:

  • English 
  • Mathematics
  • General Science
  • Social Studies

Please see our Endorsement Area page for detailed information about our endorsement areas offered an qualifications for those areas. 

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher for both Bachelor's degree, and for all graduate level coursework