Frequently Asked Questions
I'm not sure if teaching is for me. Can I "try" teaching before enrolling in the MAT program?
Yes. EKU has a program, Try Teaching, in which you can spend one or two weeks in a K-12 classroom, at no cost, to see if you really want to make the career change. Contact Dr. April Blakely, MAT Coordinator, for more information.
If I am accepted to EKU's Graduate School, am I automatically accepted in the M.A.T. program?
No. An applicant must complete both the Graduate School application requirements and the requirements listed on this website to be considered for admission to the M.A.T program.
Should I take the PRAXIS CASE exam OR the GRE for admission to the MAT program?
That depends on your undergraduate GPA. Please reference the regulations in the admission criteria. The Praxis CASE is the easier test. It is a pre-professional skills test similar in form to the ACT. The fee for the GRE is $160. The fee for the Praxis CASE is $130.
What is the PRAXIS II exam and why do I have to take it?
The PRAXIS II exams are national standardized tests for teacher certification. Passing scores on the PRAXIS II exams are required by the state of Kentucky in order to become a certified teacher. Please refer to specific PRAXIS requirements listed under the middle and secondary M.A.T. application requirements.
Applicants ONLY take the Praxis II content exam(s) for admission. Some content areas have one exam, others have two exams. Be sure to check this website for specific requirements. Applicants DO NOT need to take the Praxis II Principles of Learning and Teaching Exam (PLT) for admission. This exam will be taken at the END of the MAT program in order to earn teacher certification.
When are the M.A.T. courses offered?
MAT professiaon core courses are offered 100% online. Courses in the content areas are also available online for elementary, IECE, and middle grades options. Some secondary and P-12 options require hybrid attendance at the Richmond campus.
As this is a teacher licensure program, clinical preparation is required. EKU's College of Education contracts with districts throughout Kentucky and nationally to arrange clincal placements and metorship plans. You can anticipate spending a minimum of 200 hours in assigned classrooms prior to the student teaching semester. Student teaching for a full 16-week semester is required to graduate.
Can I teach while I am a student in the M.A.T. program?
After clear admission to the program, candidates can work as temporary provisionally certified teachers (Rank III) for up to 3 years while they are enrolled in the MAT program. Contact Kim Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org for more informaiton about the Option 6 program.
Can I work at a job other than teaching in the M.A.T program?
The MAT program is a demanding graduate program, but candidates have been able to fit their work schedules around their clinical placements and coursework.
All candidates also must complete the student teaching practicum . During this semester-long practicum, the MAT candidate is a "student teacher" and must report to their assigned public school during the regular school hours Monday through Friday. Special arrangements are made for MAT candidates that are teaching full-time with temporary provisional certification so that they can meet the MAT program requirements in their own classroom setting.
What are the tuition costs at Eastern Kentucky University?
What kind of financial aid is available for M.A.T. candidates?
At this time, there are no scholarships specifically for MAT indidates. But EKU's Financial Aid office can provide guidance in applying for general scholarships and financial aid. Graduate assistantships are also available; application information is available from the Graduate School. Additional scholarships may be available through the College of Education. Go to this website and scroll to the bottom for Student Scholarship information.
Is there a research component in the M.A.T. program?
Yes. MAT candidates must complete an Action Research project during their program of study. Candidates will write a proposal for this project in EGC 820, refine their proposal prior to their practicum and conduct research during their practicum. In the capstone seminar (ETL 806), the MAT candidate will write their final research report and present their findings to a graduate committee.
What if I already hold a Master's and/or Doctorate degree in my content area? Can I get teaching certification without getting an additional Master's degree?
The MAT admission committee will review your prior educational background and work history and may be able to recommend a certification-only program. Please contact Kim Alexander, Alternative Certification Specialist, for more details.
After I earn teacher certification through the MAT program, can I teach in a state other than Kentucky?
Yes, Kentucky teacher certification can be transferred to other states through reciprocity agreements with state teacher certification agencies. Requirements vary from state to state. Check the specific requirements of the state to which you may want to move.