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Do you have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in a non-teaching field?

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is designed just for you!

Check out Mayville State University's graduate studies online program. This completely online MAT program is designed for people who have a non-teaching bachelor's degree and are interested in entering the teaching profession as a secondary teacher. The online MAT graduate studies program offers flexibility and affordability for adult learners.

For more information on Mayville State University's MAT program, please email the Division of Education office at: education@mayvillestate.edu or call 701-788-4710.

Graduate Studies

Purpose

Continued growth and service to North Dakota is a priority in the programs offered by Mayville State University. The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree offered through Mayville State University is designed to assist persons with non-teaching bachelor's degrees to apply for teacher certification in a secondary content area while obtaining a master's degree. The addition of the Master of Arts in Teaching to Mayville State University's well-established teacher preparation programs will provide another option for entry-level professionals to begin teaching careers in North Dakota.

Mayville State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and MSU's Educator Preparation Program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Teacher Education has been a focus of Mayville State University's mission throughout the institution's more than 125-year history and the addition of the MAT program supports the tradition of serving North Dakota's workforce and K-12 schools. With the current shortage of teachers throughout North Dakota and nation-wide, the MAT degree is an option for many who may be interested in a possible career change into education. Apply for teacher certification in a secondary content area while obtaining a master's degree. The addition of the Master of Arts in Teaching to Mayville State University's well-established teacher preparation programs will provide another option for entry-level professionals to begin teaching careers in North Dakota.

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree program is a 32-credit, online graduate studies program that provides options for graduates with bachelor's degrees to obtain a professional teaching degree while maintaining employment. The MAT program is standards-based to support secondary teacher certification requirements of the North Dakota Standards and Practices Board and is designed to support the development of teacher-leaders.

Professional Teacher Licensure/Certification

Pre-education requirements

Mayville State University’s nationally accredited education programs have been designed to meet the licensure/certification requirements in North Dakota and prepare students for licensure exams in North Dakota.

North Dakota is part of the National Association of Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate agreement.  Although most states accept our teacher education program graduates for licensure, licensure boards in each state are responsible for setting requirements for licensure/certification in their state. On-campus and online/distance students living in or moving to any state other than North Dakota should be aware of the unique requirements for that state. Students seeking to establish licensure outside the state of North Dakota are required to meet with an academic advisor prior to beginning any on-campus or online/distance academic program that would lead to licensure. It is important for all students to understand the licensure requirements in the state they intend to seek teacher licensure.

The Division of Education will provide all students information about teacher education licensing in the state of North Dakota.  As well, a student’s academic advisor will provide information on the requirements of other states in which the student intends to seek licensure after the student completes the State Teacher Licensure Requirements form.

Online/Distance Programs that may lead to licensure/certification include, but are not limited to: Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Mathematics Education, and Master of Arts in Teaching.

On-Campus Programs that may lead to licensure/certification include, but are not limited to: Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, and all Secondary Education programs (Mathematics, English, Physical Education, Health, History, Biology, Chemistry, Social Science). 

Professional Licensure/Certification links and resources:

Teacher licensure requirements vary depending on state laws and may include several factors, such as:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree program
  • Submission of transcripts
  • Completion and clearance of a background check
  • Passing of required state-specific entrance exams and basic skills tests
  • Application fee
  • Exam fees
  • Additional Coursework
  • Specialized trainings and certifications

The MSU Office of Extended Learning with the assistance of the MSU Division of Education is creating a state list of requirements for teacher licensure in other states that will soon be posted to the MSU website. Prospective students seeking licensure outside the state of North Dakota should contact either The Office of Extended Learning (Misti Wuori, misti.wuori@mayvillestate.edu), or the Division of Teacher Education to determine state licensure requirements.

Note: Individual state licensure requirements are subject to change anytime.

Master of Arts in Teaching Fact Sheet

Admission Criteria for the MAT Program

Information for International Students

Graduate Admissions Application

Program of Study 

MAT Handbook

Graduate credit charges are $335.60 per semester credit (subject to change) and payable to the MSU Business Office by the third week of the semester. Contact the Business Office at 701-788-4757 for  more information.

Mayville State University also has online/distance bachelor degree options in Early Childhood EducationElementary Education, and Special Education, if you are interested in seeking licensure in those areas.

What’s important for my students is having the chance to advance their careers through research opportunities. They might not get or have access to those at other institutions. They can present their work at local, regional, and international levels. Imagine that scope!

- Dr. Joseph Mehus