Established by the College of Education at the University of Central Arkansas, the MAT program prepares highly qualified mid-career professionals and recent graduates of higher education to be Arkansas classroom teachers.

The MAT graduate degree program is:

  • Designed for individuals without teaching credentials but who have successfully completed a baccalaureate degree and wish to become a teacher in an expeditious fashion.
  • Intended to assist potential teachers, those having a baccalaureate degree in a content area, to become practicing educators.
  • A 36 to 39-hour graduate degree program with two tracks: 4-8 Middle Level (39 hours) and Secondary(K–12, 4-12, & 7–12).
  • Beginning in Fall 2017, the MAT program will have 3 tracks: K-6, Middle Level, and Secondary(K-12, 4-12, and 7-12). All tracks will be 39-hour graduate degree programs.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is the program online?

While the program is predominantly online and does meet Arkansas established guidelines for an online program, a few of the MAT classes have minimal face-to-face (F2F) meeting requirements and the program has a few face-to-face meeting requirements (see bulleted list below).

You can see what classes have meetings by reviewing the MAT Program of Study. A NEW Program of Study will begin for all MAT students beginning in Fall 2017. These documents indicate which classes do have face-to-face requirements and how often they meet. You can also look up class schedules by semester by visiting by looking at the resources

Classes that do have face-to-face components primarily occur early in the program of study. We use this time to get to know you, to let you get to know us and to train you on the technologies required in the MAT program. When classes do meet, they meet in the evenings or on the weekends on the Conway UCA campus in Mashburn Hall. Directions and campus maps are available on the UCA website.

At this time, the following is an estimate of the frequency of face to face meetings for our courses:

  • Program Orientation (One Saturday – a full week after classes start)
  • Internship Professional Development Days (For PLACED students in Internship only 2-3 days – Fall/Spring)

Is there an application deadline? What is “Rolling Admission”?

Rolling admission means that we accept applications on a continuous basis. You can register for classes starting the next available semester at the point that your application is complete and you have been accepted into the program. Semesters start in January, June, July, and August. You can see start dates by visiting the UCA Academic Calendar webpage.

Is there a minimum GPA to be accepted into the MAT program?

Yes. The MAT program requires a 2.7 cumulative GPA for acceptance into the program. The UCA Graduate School must receive official transcripts from all of your prior institutions, and they will complete an official evaluation and calculation of your GPA.

What classes do I take?

All of the classes you are required to take in the MAT program are listed on the MAT Program of Study. A NEW Program of Study will begin for all MAT students beginning in Fall 2017. The graduate school considers 9 hours to be full time. Most candidates in the program take two to three classes per semester.

MAT Admission Requirements

Thank you for your interest in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at the University of Central Arkansas. Since its founding in 1907 as Arkansas State Normal School, UCA has been Arkansas’ premier institution for teacher education.

That mission remains strong today with both undergraduate and graduate level preparation programs for teacher licensure. The MAT program serves candidates who have earned an undergraduate degree and now want both the intensity and rigor of a graduate-level program as well as the opportunity to earn an Arkansas teaching license.

The MAT program has rolling admission. The program takes new applications continuously. You may begin taking courses at the start of the next available, full term after you meet the MAT program entrance criteria and are accepted into the program. For full-term start dates (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II), check UCA’s academic calendar.

PLEASE NOTE: if you wish to speak to a member of the faculty about the program, it is always best to make an appointment. While we welcome drop-in visitors, we cannot always guarantee someone will be available to answer your questions on short notice. The faculty has many responsibilities that take them out of the office for meetings, school visits, etc.

Step 1: Apply to UCA’s Graduate School

  1. Complete the Graduate School application available here. A $25 application fee is required.
  2. Submit original, sealed transcripts to the UCA Graduate School from all previous schools attended. (Not necessary for UCA transcripts). The required minimum undergraduate GPA for admission is 2.7.
  3. By the end of your first semester, submit PASSING scores on Praxis (to the MAT office) or GRE (to the Graduate School). Passing minimum Praxis Core scores (Reading 156, Writing 162, Math 150) or GRE scores are required for admission with full qualifications. Without passing scores, you will be conditionally admitted and will not qualify for financial aid. GRE scores MAY be used in place of Praxis if you meet minimum GRE scores (Verbal 142, Quantitative 142, Analytical Writing 3.5). If you elect to take the GRE and do not meet the minimum qualifying score on that exam, you must also take the Praxis exams until you are able to meet the ADE minimum scores. Conditional admission affects financial aid and advances registration eligibility. In order to continue in the program, candidates must meet minimum requirements on all parts of one of these assessments by the end of the first term of study. Up-to-date information on the required Praxis exams can be found at The tests required for initial admission into the program are often referred to as the “Praxis I” tests and currently include the Core Academic Skills for Educators test for reading, writing, and mathematics.

Step 2: Apply to the MAT program at the SAME TIME

  1. Complete and submit online the MAT application available here. The application must be submitted online, using this form. Paper copies are not accepted. [PLEASE NOTE: If using a PC with the Firefox browser, you will have to download the file to your computer and open with Adobe Reader directly. IE10 and Chrome browsers on PC will display correctly. If using a Mac, only use Safari to open the form. —– Be sure to save the form to your computer as a backup after filling it out.]
  2. You may only select ONE (1) licensure area on Page 2 of the application.
  3. For 7-12 licenses, you must complete the appropriate transcript review page. (See page 5 of the application.)
  4. Submit the 2nd set of original transcripts to the MAT office. (Not necessary for UCA transcripts)
  5. Submit 2 professional references to the MAT office – Letter of Recommendation for Admission.
  6. Note: If you currently hold a teaching license (provisional or standard) and/or have completed a student teaching internship at this or any other institution, you are ineligible for admission into the UCA MAT program. If you are switching to UCA’s program from another teaching licensure program, you will need to disclose that information and provide a letter of good standing to the UCA MAT office.
  7. Please contact Amy Thompson at if you have questions about the admission test requirements.

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