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Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Who qualifies for the Secondary and Middle Grade MAT program?
  • What are the admission requirements?
  • What is the admission process?
  • What are the testing requirements?


The Master of Arts in Teaching Program (MAT) is an alternative certification program approved by the Kentucky Educational Professional Standards Board (EPSB). This program is tailored to meet the needs of college graduates with no previous teacher training who wish to obtain secondary and/or middle grades certification and a master's degree. In Kentucky, middle grade teachers are certified to teach in one or two specific fields of study chosen from the following four areas: English/language arts, science, social studies, or mathematics. Those who do not have a major or minor in one of those areas may have to take course work beyond the outlined curriculum. This will be determined through a transcript evaluation by an MAT Coordinator.  The secondary certification program provides opportunities for candidates possessing a baccalaureate degree in biology, chemistry, earth science, health, physics, mathematics, social studies, English, Spanish, French, or business to attain secondary teacher certification and a master's degree.


  • Bachelor's degree in an approved subject (as determined through a transcript evaluation by an MAT Coord.)
  • Earned undergraduate GPA of 2.75, or earned GPA of 3.0 on the last 30 hours taken (undergraduate or graduate), or an earned graduate GPA of 3.0 or above

         Successful completion of the following pre-professional skills assessments of basic knowledge administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) with the corresponding minimum scores:

  •  Pre Professional skills test in Math (0730) – 174  or
  •  Computerized Pre Professional Skills Test Math (5730) – 174
  •  Pre Professional skills Test Reading (0710) 176  or
  •  Computerized Pre Professional skills Test Reading (5710) – 176
  •  Pre Professional skills Test Writing (0720) – 174  or
  •  Computerized Pre Professional skills Test Writing (5720) – 174


              Successful completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with following scores:

  • Verbal – 450 (converted score 150)
  • Quantitative – 490 (converted score 143)
  • Analytical Writing – 4.0
  • Documentation of academic competence according to departmentally established criteria (any grad./undergrad. transcripts)
  • The prospective teacher candidate will be required to participate in an MAT orientation/interview which can be scheduled through the MAT Office at 606.783.2079.  There are also several open orientations held at all MSU Regional Campuses during the fall and spring terms.  The dates and times for those will be located under the College of Education site on the MSU homepage ( and .  


  • Submit all official transcript(s), PPST or GRE scores to the Office of Enrollment Services (Graduate Admissions, 100 Admissions Center, Morehead, KY  40351)
  • MAT Coordinators will evaluate transcripts 
  • MAT Contract--will be provided during the required orientation/interview, which can be scheduled by contacting the MAT Office at 606.783.2079 (orientation/interview must be completed to finalize the admission process)
  • MSU Application for Admission to Graduate Study (Download form or apply online at the Graduate School website)  $30 fee applies (one-time only fee) 


  • Praxis II (content/specialty area exam) – Must be passed in order to register for graduate hours exceeding 12
  • Praxis II Principles of Learning and Teaching Exam (PLT)



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