Posted: Tue, 09/20/2011 - 11:38am Updated: Mon, 02/20/2017 - 9:05am

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is generally a pre-service degree which usually requires a minimum of 30 semester hours beyond a bachelor's degree. The program emphasizes advanced course work in a specific academic discipline to enhance the candidate's knowledge in that subject area. Furthermore, it focuses on educating the candidate in practical teaching skills for use as a teacher, as opposed to focusing on performing research in the educational field.