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.
Upcoming Start Dates

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

Course Effort
20 Hours per Week
Course Length
6-Week Sessions
Average Completion
1.5 years
Of Full-Time Study
Credits Required
(30 Semester Credits)
Cost per Credit
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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 several 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. Students must independently research the requirements in their state or school system. Refer to Purdue Global’s State Licensure and Certifications page for state-specific licensure information and to determine whether your state participates in the American Board partnership.

Kentucky students please be advised that this program is not accredited in Kentucky by the Education Professional Standards Board and is not recognized for initial, additional, or renewal of certification or salary enhancement (rank change) for P–12 educators in Kentucky. For more information, please visit the Education Professional Standards Board’s website at:
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.

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.

Admissions Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is required to enroll in a master’s degree program. You will need to provide an official transcript that shows completion of your bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, though an unofficial copy may be provided during the application process. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Ways to Save

  • Transfer Credits

    Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

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  • Financial Aid

    Title IV federal financial aid is available for many of our degree programs.

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  • Corporate Partner Benefits

    Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

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  • Military Tuition Reduction

    55% reduction per credit for current servicemembers, 38% per credit for veterans for undergraduate programs.

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  • International Tuition Reduction

    International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% tuition reduction.

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What Courses Will I Take?

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.

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Sample Courses
  • Reading in the Content Areas
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Research on Effective Teaching
  • Perspectives on Diversity

Program Requirements

  • Core Credits
  • Total Credits

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 2030.

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.

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 50% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 237 Faculty publications in 2020–2021
student at desk icon More Than 36,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2020–2021

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, September 2021. 2020–2021 academic year.

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*MA Teaching and MS Education Licensure: 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. Refer to Purdue Global's State Licensure and Certifications page for state-specific licensure information.

Students must pass the American Board examinations to be eligible for certification in AR, AZ, FL, ID, MS, MO, ND, NH, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN (Putnam County Public Schools, Crockett County Public Schools, and Tullahoma City Public Schools only), UT, or WI. Prior to enrolling in the Classroom Pathways Bundle, students must confirm they are eligible for a state alternative certification program. Students must confirm costs, deadlines, additional fees, required approvals, residency, and continuing requirements with American Board (

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.