Online Master of Arts Degree in Teaching—Noncertification

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Program at a Glance
  • Develop the professional competencies required of middle and secondary educators.
  • Pursue certification in specific states with the help of our established partnership with the American Board.
  • Learn from professors who are professionals in the education field, bringing real-world knowledge to the courses they teach.
COURSE EFFORT 20–25 Hours per Week
How Do I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Master of Arts in Teaching Overview

The Master of Arts in Teaching is designed for those interested in a career in teaching or those who are existing teachers and would like to advance in their career or enhance their skills. You will gain a fundamental understanding of secondary teaching practices.

Pathway to Certification

The program’s curriculum is designed to help you build a strong foundation in teaching methods and does not include fieldwork, student teaching, or internship requirements. This entire program can be completed online. 

Available in 15 states, the Classroom Pathways Bundle is a unique enrollment package that consists of two separate and distinct programs: the American Board’s Plus Program and the Master of Arts in Teaching. Learn more about the Classroom Pathways Bundle.

If you are interested in becoming a certified teacher and live in a state that is not covered by the Classroom Pathways Bundle, you must independently research and pursue alternative certification in your state.* On its own, the Master of Arts in Teaching will not lead to certification and is not state-approved for licensure. Your Admissions Advisor can explain how to pursue alternative certification and whom to contact in your state.

Licensing requirements for teaching middle and secondary grades vary by state. In almost every state, you must enroll in a state-approved certification program that may include completing coursework, a supervised teaching internship or student teaching course, and/or passing a subject area and pedagogy exam.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Note: Completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching is not required to pursue a state alternative teacher certification program. Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the program meets the specific requirements for any individual state or school system for pay increase purposes. Students must independently research the requirements in their state or school system.

At this time, residents of Iowa and Kentucky may not enroll in this program.

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC ( is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Career Opportunities

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that increases in enrollment may result in job growth for elementary and high school teachers in the U.S. through 2029.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Instructing
  2. Speaking
  3. Learning Strategies
  4. Active Listening
  5. Critical Thinking

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

Opportunities for Professional Development

Graduate Resource Center

Take advantage of the Graduate Resource Center, a self-paced course for graduate students that includes information on professional memberships and clubs, career services, social networking, and more.

Academic Alliances to Expand Your Teaching Opportunities

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is pleased to announce a partnership with Promise Opens Doors, an organization that offers an online certificate program for educators interested in working abroad and helping others learn English.

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The MA in Teaching program’s curriculum is designed to help you become proficient in nine program competencies, which are based upon national and state professional standards for teachers.

Sample Courses
  • Reading in the Content Areas
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Research on Effective Teaching
  • Perspectives on Diversity
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Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits45
  • Total Credits45

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Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 48% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 264 Faculty publications in 2019–2020
student at desk icon More Than 45,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2019–2020

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2020. 2019–2020 academic year.

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*Purdue Global cannot recommend students who complete the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) or the Master of Science in Education (MSE) for licensure. Licensing requirements for teaching grades K-12 vary by state. Earning a master’s degree could provide you with the background and practical experience to meet nationally recognized standards; however, enrollment in the MAT or MSE is not required for pursuing a state alternative certification program. Purdue Global’s MAT and MSE are not accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), which may be a requirement for certification or licensure in some states. The programs are not state approved for teacher certification or endorsements of any kind, and Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the degree or any individual courses meet any specific state’s requirements for licensure or certification. Refer to Licensure and State Authorization for additional information on licensure and state authorizations.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers,; High School Teachers, National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.