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Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum (MATC) program is a fully online graduate program for both beginning and experienced teachers in schools across the United States and around the world. You can design a unique program of study aligned with your interests and goals. If you are a full-time practicing teacher, you will enjoy the opportunity to complete course assignments with the flexibility that comes with enrollment in a fully online asynchronous program. MATC courses are taught by instructors, including award-winning faculty in the Department of Teacher Education, who provide innovative learning experiences for students that embrace the possibilities of online learning. If you completed the College of Education's teaching internship, you may utilize 9 of the credits earned through the internship to complete the MATC degree.

Program Highlights 


#1 in Curriculum & Instruction - U.S. News Rankings (specialty)

#2 in Curriculum & Instruction - U.S. News Rankings (online)


#1 in Education - Shanghai Global Rankings (academic)

#2 in Education - Center for World University Rankings (academic)

Program Outcomes

MATC students choose to focus their studies in:

  • Educational Technology
  • Educational Psychology
  • K-12 Educational Administration
  • Literacy and Language Instruction
  • Socio-cultural Perspectives in Teaching and Learning
  • Science and Mathematics Education
  • English Language Learner (ELL) or English as a Second Language (ESL)

Students may further focus their studies by earning a specialization in Literacy and Language or K-12 ESL. The Language and Literacy specialization includes an option to seek a Reading Endorsement or Reading Specialist Endorsement.

Career Outlook

In addition to earning a masters degree, MATC students who complete the program are positioned to meet the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) requirements for professional development, maintain provisional certification, and apply for the MDE Professional Certificate. MATC program graduates may pursue their scholarly interests further by applying to the MSU Department of Teacher Education's Ph.D. program in Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education.



  • TE 818Curriculum in Its Social Context3 Credits


  • Concentration Three 3-credit courses at the 400-level or above from one of the areas of concentration on an approved list available in the department9 Credits
  • ElectivesThree 3-credit Teacher Education courses at the 400-level or above from a list of approved courses available in the department12 Credits
  • TE 801Professional Roles and Teaching Practice I3 Credits
  • TE 807Professional Development and Inquiry3 Credits
  • TE 808Inquiry into Classroom Teaching and Learning3 Credits
  • TE 870Curriculum Design, Development, and Deliberation in Schools3 Credits
  • TE 872Teachers as Teacher Educators3 Credits
  • TE 873Literacy Leadership3 Credits

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Or its equivalent, from an accredited institution (applicants must also have a minimum grade point (GPA) of 3.0 for final two years of undergraduate study

  2. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. Previous work experience

    Curriculum vitae or résumé

  4. Taken the TOEFL

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  5. A written personal statement

    Academic and personal statement

  6. 3 letters of recommendation

    Three (3) references

  7. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete a university graduate application (program code: 6728)
  2. Chinese Certification and NOYCE/SETSUP applicants use code 6727. Applicants should note: The MATC program does not lead to teacher certification, and is no longer considering post-certification experience in admissions decisions. The program may not be offered to residents of Kentucky. The K-12 ESL Graduate Specialization may not be offered to U.S. Territories and Canadian Provinces.
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Key Dates

Summer Semester

Application Deadline

April 1, 2021

Fall Semester

Application Deadline

August 1, 2021

Spring Semester

Application Deadline

December 1, 2021

Tuition & Fees

In State Tuition

  • $26,925
  • Total

Out of State Tuition

  • $26,925
  • Total


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