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
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Master of Arts in Teaching Overview

If you are interested in the field of education and have already earned a bachelor's degree in another field of study or are working in another profession, Purdue Global's Master of Arts in Teaching can help you answer the call to teach.

The master’s in teaching online program is designed to help career changers develop a solid foundation in teaching methods for beginning middle and secondary teachers and become well versed in academic content, application and theory, assessment, professional responsibilities, and professional relationships.

  • Explore the reflective decision-maker model and other research-based theories of learning.
  • Evaluate current issues in educational psychology and philosophical viewpoints that can affect teaching priorities and strategies.
  • Develop skills for effective teaching, including designing curricula, organizing and managing a classroom, building literacy, and assessing secondary student learning.

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. While this program on its own will not lead to certification and is not state-approved for licensure, students who successfully complete the program may be eligible to seek alternative certification in specific states.*

Available in 13 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.

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.

Admissions Requirements

This program prepares career-changers to teach diverse learners. Since this is not an advanced teacher preparation program, the following candidates are not eligible to enroll:

  • Current or former PreK-12 teachers of record or classroom teachers
  • Those with a current or expired PreK-12 teaching license, even if they have never been hired as a teacher

Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission

This accreditation covers all academic programs, all regional locations, and all programs provided via distance education. For more information, please visit or call 800-621-7440.

Career Opportunities

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that increases in enrollment may result in job growth for elementary and high school teachers through 2026.

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 certification in your state. On its own, the Master of Arts in Teaching will not lead to certification, nor will it assist you in becoming a teacher in those states. 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.

Opportunities for Professional Development

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 School of Education in 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.


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 beginning 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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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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97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
218 Faculty publications in 2017–2018
Nearly 87,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2017–2018

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis and Center for Teaching and Learning. 2017–2018 academic year. Note: all figures include data prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global.

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*Purdue Global cannot recommend students who complete the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) for licensure. Licensing requirements for teaching grades 5-12 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 is not required for pursuing a state alternative certification program. Purdue Global’s MAT is not accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) or the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), which may be a requirement for certification or licensure in some states. The program is 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 the University Catalog for additional information.

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.