Master of Arts in Teaching

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree is a professional graduate program designed for applicants with a bachelor's degree to complete pedagogical coursework required for initial licensure recommendation to teach in Montana's public elementary or secondary schools. Each distinct licensure track in either elementary or secondary education is a full-time degree program designed to be completed in one calendar year, given that pre-requisite requirements have been fulfilled. The MAT at MSU-Bozeman is distinguished from other similar programs in that it has an intentional focus on place-conscious approaches to teaching with an emphasis on teaching in rural school districts.

The Master of Arts in Teaching program offers a two-year plan for those teachers already hired in rural communities in an emergency licensure status. Candidates are evaluated for admission on a case-by-case basis and must provide proof of employment. A limited number of candidates can be accommodated annually. Please reach out to program staff or the Master of Arts in Teaching website for information about this pathway.

Master of Arts in Teaching-Elementary Track

Year 1Credits
FallSpringSummer
EDCI 552 - Human Development and the Psychology of Learning    3
EDCI 561 - Language Acquisition: Decoding and Encoding    3
EDCI 553 - Inclusive Strategies for Classroom Organization    3
EDCI 543 - Introduction to Curriculum Design and Assessment    1
EDCI 539 - Methods of Teaching: K8 Arts and Health Enhancement through Inquiry Camp    1-3
Year Total:     11-13
Year 2Credits
FallSpringSummer
EDCI 555 - Technology, Instructional Design, and Learner Success2    
EDCI 565 - Methods of Teaching: K8 Mathematics2    
EDCI 566 - Methods of Teaching: K8 Science2    
EDCI 567 - Methods of Teaching: K8 Language Arts2    
EDCI 568 - Methods of Teaching: K-8 Social Studies2    
EDCI 598 - Internship1    
EDCI 519 - Addressing Equity in Linguistic and Cultural Diversity  3  
EDCI 569 - Reflective Inquiry in Rural Education  3  
EDCI 595 - Student Teaching  6  
Year Total: 11 12  
Total Program Credits: 34-36

Master of Arts in Teaching-Secondary Track

Year 1Credits
FallSpringSummer
EDCI 552 - Human Development and the Psychology of Learning    3
EDCI 521 - Content Literacy    3
EDCI 553 - Inclusive Strategies for Classroom Organization    3
EDCI 538 - Summer Youth Inquiry Camp    3
EDCI 543 - Introduction to Curriculum Design and Assessment    1
Year Total:     13
Year 2Credits
FallSpringSummer
EDCI 554 - Methods of Secondary Teaching5    
EDCI 598 - Internship1    
EDCI 555 - Technology, Instructional Design, and Learner Success2    
EDCI 556 - The Legal, Social, and Practical Basis of Schooling3    
EDCI 519 - Addressing Equity in Linguistic and Cultural Diversity  3  
EDCI 595 - Student Teaching  6  
EDCI 569 - Reflective Inquiry in Rural Education  3  
Year Total: 11 12  
Total Program Credits: 36

Applicants to the Master’s of Arts in Teaching program will be required to submit an application containing the following components (all are required):

International Applicants will need to follow the Montana State University Graduate School policies for admission, including required English language proficiency exams TOEFL/IELTS). 

Elementary Education Track

Students admitted to the Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education track will pursue coursework leading to recommendation for licensure in Elementary Education K-8. Elementary teachers are licensed to teach in a self-contained classroom in Kindergarten through 8th Grade. 

Students admitted to this track will be required to complete or show transcript evidence six credits of prerequisite coursework (below) in the Spring semester prior beginning their MAT degree program. Prerequisite courses are offered Spring semester. All admission offers to the Elementary Education track are provisional pending successful completion of the following two courses:

M 419 Ratio and Proportion in School Mathematics

EDCI 561 Language Acquisition: Decoding and Encoding

Secondary Education Track

Students admitted to the Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education track will pursue coursework leading to recommendation for licensure in one of the areas of endorsement offered (English, Mathematics, General Science Broadfield, Social Studies Broadfield) for grades 5-12. This track allows teachers to teach in the subject area grades 5-12.