The MAT in Education will provide candidates interested in teaching secondary STEM disciplines with a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), allowing you to teach appropriate courses in grades 8-12. You will need an undergraduate degree (or recognized equivalent) in the STEM discipline to be admitted. This program is designed as a hybrid format and gives students two pathway options: one year pathway and two year pathway. Additionally, you will need to have passed the GRE or equivalent Praxis exams. Once admitted, you will be required to attain 31 credits. The required coursework will include a sequence of methods / seminar classes, as well as classes in core education areas such as educational psychology, special education, education policy, literacy, and assessment.

You will also need to complete six elective credits from options (within the College of Education or the College of Arts & Sciences) to be approved by the appropriate program chair. As with other teacher preparation programs at UK, the MAT in Secondary STEM Education will follow a clinical model with a sequence of university research / industry externships, diverse field placements, and student teaching. You will need to successfully complete the Praxis exam in their area of certification, as well as the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Praxis. The remaining exit requirements for program completion include a passing mark on the master’s exam and completion of an online portfolio of key assignments tagged with accompanying standards. Meeting the exit requirements will result in an approval for certification to accompany the approval to receive the master’s degree.

Who is this program for?

This program would be appropriate for those who want to teach mathematics, science or engineering at the high-school level. You must have a degree in a STEM field related to traditional certification areas (mathematics, biology, chemistry, earth science, engineering, physics).

What can this program do for you?

It is the most compact program of its type in Kentucky. You will have opportunities for industry externship, university research or informal STEM teaching experiences not typical of such programs. Additionally, there are a diverse set of schools in which students can be placed — both urban and rural — to meet field experience hours. We offer two pathway options: one year and two year.

What career opportunities does this program offer me?

Teaching STEM-related courses offers the opportunity to entertain your own interest in this content, while also inspiring the next generation of mathematicians, scientists, and more. As a STEM teacher, you will have more diverse professional growth opportunities than teachers in other areas. STEM teachers are in high demand, and we have had 100% job placement by our candidates over the past 7 years.

Program Components

  • Introductory methods course combined with externship (research or informal STEM teaching experience)
  • 1-2 elective courses
  • Embedded methods course combined with diverse field experiences
  • Cohort classes in educational psychology, special education / classroom management, and school policy
  • 1 or 2 elective courses
  • Rotating methods course combined with full-time student teaching
  • Assessment course and possibly final elective
  • Praxis content exam taken in summer or fall
  • Principles of Learning and Teaching taken in spring
  • Master’s exam (applied knowledge)

You will be certified to teach STEM (math and science) courses in grades 8-12, at any school in KY. Reciprocity agreements usually allow easy transfer of certification to other states.

General Program Info

Number of Credit Hours: 31 credit hours
Number of Courses: 8 required, 2 electives
Number of Semesters:

  • One year pathway: 3 consecutive semesters (summer, fall, spring)
  • Two year pathway: 6 consecutive semesters (summer, fall, spring, summer, fall, spring)

Program Type: Hybrid Online
Program Cost: See the University of Kentucky Tuition information at


You must have achieved a minimum 2.75 GPA and minimum scores on GREs or substituted scores on Praxis core skills.

Deadline Information

The MAT in STEM program operates under a rolling admission policy where students can apply anytime from September 1st-May 1st, but are encouraged to apply by February 1st to be eligible to apply for financial opportunities.

Contact Information

Dr. Brett Criswell, Chair
MAT Secondary Science Program
Dr. Lisa Amick
MAT Secondary Math Program