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Master of Arts in Teaching
NNU’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with Elementary Education Teacher Certification is designed for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline and desire to become a licensed elementary teacher. The 16-month program includes 12 months of coursework and one semester of student teaching. Upon completion of the program, teacher candidates will be ready to step into an elementary school or middle school classroom of their own.
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  • Earn a teaching certificate in just 16 months
  • Online program led by dedicated faculty mentors
  • A flexible program that fits your life, allowing you to work and achieve your education goals

About Master of Arts in Teaching (with Teacher Certification in Elementary Education)

Successful completion of this accelerated program leads to Teacher Certification in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). This program is designed for the working adult and can be completed in 16 months, which includes 12 months of online college courses with field experience in local schools and four months for student teaching.

Courses in this program are fully online but may have synchronous video class sessions. Students are encouraged to attend these sessions, but archived sessions are also available for review. Students will complete approximately 100 hours of field experience in public schools prior to student teaching.

The typical credit load is 12-14 credits per 16-week semester; students usually take two classes during each 8-week session. Upon completion of the program, students will be recommended for Teacher Certification in all subjects (grades K-8) and a middle school (5-9) content area.

New Elementary Education MAT cohorts start every fall semester. Students must have a bachelor’s degree prior to starting the program.

degree details

Master of Arts in Teaching

Offered Online

$540 per credit, $150 per semester technology fee

Elementary MAT Courses

Fall Semester
EDUC7120 Foundations of Teaching/Instructional Design (3 cr)

EDUC7160 Learning and the Brain (3 cr)

EDUC7543 Teaching Diverse Learners (3 cr)

EDUC7250 Fundamentals of Reading (3 cr)

Spring Semester
Specific Middle School Content Methods (2-3 cr)

EDUC7460 Assessment and Intervention in Reading (3 cr)

EDUC7260 Elementary Content Literacy (3 cr)

EDUC7350 Methods of Teaching Math/Science (3 cr)

Summer Semester
EDUC7240 Elementary Classroom Management (3 cr)

EDUC7554 Innovative Instruction (3 cr)

Fall Semester

EDUC7688 Elementary Student Teaching (9 cr)

Additional Information

Idaho Standard Instructional Certificate
To be recommended to the State of Idaho for a Standard Instructional Certificate by NNU, a candidate must meet the complete requirements of the Teacher Education Program in effect at the time of admission to teacher education and any additional requirements if required by the standards of State or regulatory agencies. At a minimum, all candidates will successfully complete the MAT curriculum and ​​​earn a passing score on the required PRAXIS exam for their endorsement area(s).
Notice Out-of-State Students

Since this is a program that leads to professional licensure, prospective students should review important information about NNU’s participation in the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and Professional Licensure about this program. Individual states often have different expectations for professional licensure, so it is in a prospective student’s best interest to investigate whether NNU’s degree program will help them achieve licensure in their home state.


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NNU’s cohort design graduate programs helped foster the meaningful professional relationships I continue to rely on 10 years later. NNU also laid the framework for how I think about serving Idaho students, educators and families through the Servant as Leader model of leadership. I’m grateful for the relationships I developed while learning at NNU, and I continue to rely on them as we all work to improve Idaho education both today and in the future. 

Ryan Cantrell

Chief Deputy Superintendent, Idaho State Department of Education