MA in Teaching (MAT)

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is a School-wide residential program offering initial teacher certification. Based on Baylor’s national award-winning teacher-education model, the MAT provides thorough preparation through a program rich in faculty-guided field-based experiences

Baylor undergraduates may pursue the MAT as a joint degree program, with Baylor seniors taking up to 15 hours of graduate-level work as part of their undergraduate degree program, if approved by their home department. Students must first be admitted to the Graduate School and the MAT program. Upon completion of the MAT, students will receive the bachelor’s degree and MAT simultaneously. If taking full advantage of the option, students could graduate within 12 months of their originally scheduled baccalaureate graduation.

The MAT is also available to graduates of Baylor and other universities as a stand-alone post-baccalaureate master’s program offering initial teacher certification.

To be fully admitted to the program, applicants must be accepted BOTH by the Baylor Graduate School and by the School of Education as an MAT candidate. A passing score on the TExES content exam (state certification exam) is also required for full admission as a candidate in the School of Education MAT Educator Preparation Program.

Applicants must apply FIRST to Baylor Graduate School. Once the application is submitted to the Graduate School, applicants will receive detailed information via email about how to complete the process through the School of Education.

For questions about the MAT process or program, please contact

Dr. Suzanne Nesmith, Associate Dean
MAT Graduate Program Director


Dr. Joel Porter, Assistant Dean

Certification Options in the MAT program:
  • Twice Exceptionalities (All-Level Special Education and Gifted-Talented Supplemental certifications): TWE
  • Special Education (All-Level Special Education certification): SEDA
  • Elementary (EC-6) Education (Early Childhood – Grade 6 General Education certification): ELE
  • Middle Grades Education (Grades 4-8 content-specific certification): MLE
  • Secondary Education (Grades 7-12 content-specific certification / 6-12 for physical science certification): SLE
Content Areas (Middle and Secondary Education*):
  • Art
  • Business and Finance
  • English (English Language Arts and Reading)
  • French
  • History
  • Life Science (Biology)
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Science (Chemistry and/or Physics)
  • Physics/Mathematics
  • Science  
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish

*Applicants must have 24 hours of coursework, with at least 12 hours at the 3,000 or 4,000 level, in the content area to pursue Middle or Secondary Education.