College of Education

Secondary STEM Education- Graduate


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hybrid online and on campus



1 year full time and 2 years part-time


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There is a critical need nationwide for teachers with expertise in the STEM fields. If you have a passion for STEM, you could inspire the next generation of mathematicians, scientists, engineers, programmers, and more through the University of Kentucky College of Education’s master’s degree program leading to initial certification in STEM subjects. As a STEM teacher, you will be in high demand, with a wide range of career opportunities. Over the last several years, 100 percent of our program graduates have been employed in their field upon completion of the program.  The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Secondary STEM Education allows you to teach appropriate courses in grades 8-12. You will prepare to teach through real-world classroom experiences, as well as classes in core education including educational psychology, special education, education policy, literacy, and assessment, and methods/seminar classes.  The program follows a clinical model and provides you with ample practical experience with a sequence of university research/industry externships, diverse field placements, and student teaching. 

Who is the program for?

To be admitted, you must have a degree in a STEM field related to traditional certification areas (mathematics, biology, chemistry, earth science, engineering, physics), or equivalent coursework. If you do not have a degree in a STEM field, then undergraduate hours equivalent to that degree will also be accepted, which is typically around 30 hours of coursework in one area.

Number of Credit Hours: 31 credit hours

Number of Courses: 8 core courses, 2 electives

Length of Program:

·      One-year pathway: 3 consecutive semesters (summer, fall, spring)

·      Two-year pathway: 6 consecutive semesters (summer, fall, spring, summer, fall, spring)

Program Type: Hybrid Online and On-Campus

Application Requirements

  1. Undergraduate degree in a STEM discipline or recognized equivalent
  2. Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or greater
  3. CV
  4. Personal Statement about your career goals and interests
  5. GRE scores must meet the following minimums: Verbal 150; Quantitative 143; Analytical Writing 4.0, or substituted scores on Praxis core skills.
    • PRAXIS (if minimum scores on GRE are not met)
  6. Three letters of recommendation
Application Deadlines 
  • This program has a rolling admission policy, which means that students may apply any time from September 1-May 1.