UVM alumnus Thomas Payeur works with a student at Winooski High School.

Scholarships are available for qualified for in-state and out-of-state students in all disciplines.

Part-time student applications for 2020 are still open until July 31 (full-time applications for 2020 are closed).

If you thinking teaching is your passion, UVM's nationally recognized, CAEP-accredited Master of Arts (M.A.T.) in Secondary Education (grades 7-12) is a great opportunity to enter an exciting and rewarding career!

What Our Graduates Say

"The MAT program offered me a rigorous and rich experience that prepared me for my teaching career. I'm grateful for all I've learned in this program, and for the lasting relationships I've developed with my colleagues in the cohort."  Steven Ushakov (G'17), Randolph Union High School

Through our program, you can earn a master's degree while gain licensure to teach in just one year. Our nationally recognized program is designed for you to fulfill professional education requirements for state licensure in Secondary Education (grades 7-12) in one or more of the following subject areas: English, Social Studies, Science, World Languages, Mathematics, and Computer Science.

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with Licensure to Teach

Through our full-time program option, you can complete the MAT and licensure requirements in just one year. Begin the program in July, and be a licensed teacher with your own classroom the following year.

We also offer a part-time option for those who have other commitments and may need more time for program completion.

Accelerated Master's Program (AMP)

Current UVM undergraduates can apply to our Accelerated Master’s Program. The AMP saves time and money on your path to an advanced degree. Our nationally accredited program allows you to earn your Bachelor's degree and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in just five years. Undergraduate students in their third year of study can apply. Through the AMP, 6 credits are double-counted towards both your Master’s and undergraduate degrees. Plus, an additional 3 credits of graduate coursework may be taken while you're still an undergraduate.

Full-Year Internship

Our internships are full-year, hands-on practical experiences that offer a perfect blend of theory and practice. We place you in high schools working under the mentorship of quality teachers licensed to teach in their disciplines. The goal is for you to practice in your internship some of the great ideas and strategies that you are learning in your courses.

Small Cohort Model and Interactive Pedagogy

Learning requires dialogue and support. Each year we select a small group of applicants for the program. Your cohort will experience the sequence of courses and internships together. We believe the support and dynamics of your fellow students are an essential part of your graduate school experience.

The small cohort size also results in seminar-style classes. We believe in modeling the type of learning opportunities that we hope you will then use with your high school students. As a result, you can expect to participate in collaborative learning, hands-on tasks, and co-teaching experiences in your university classes.

Accomplished Faculty

Your professors have extensive teaching and research experiences in secondary education. Most have been high school teachers in diverse schools throughout the United States and abroad. If you want to learn more about our faculty, you can visit their profiles.

Multiple Licensure Options

Upon program completion, students in our program may earn Vermont licensure (grades 7-12) in the following disciplines: English, Foreign Language (French, Spanish, Latin), Mathematics, Social Studies and Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science and Physics). Dual licensure is also possible for those students who meet the content requirements for multiple subject areas.

High Job Placement Rate

We are proud of our excellent job placement rate over the past 10 years. We attribute this success to both the high quality of our program and the candidates we are fortunate to accept.

UVM graduate Elizabeth Payeur talking with student in her class.


Please email: Secondary.MAT@uvm.edu

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How to Apply

Part-time student applications for 2020 are still open until July 31 (full-time applications for 2020 are closed).

Candidates must have:

  • A degree major or equivalent in a State-approved licensing area (see "Program Information and Application Instructions," below).
  • A minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 in undergraduate coursework as well as a 3.0 in the State-approved licensing area (major).
  • A demonstrated commitment to working with young people.

Application Instructions:

On page 3 of the UVM Graduate College online application:

  • Go to “Curriculum & Instruction”
  • Select “Degrees Name - MAT”
  • Select the term
  • Choose Specialty Concentration (i.e., "Secondary Education")

Questions and Additional Information

Please contact Secondary.MAT@uvm.edu for more information and application instructions.

Attending the Graduate College at UVM

For more information about attending the Graduate College at UVM, including funding opportunities and academic policies, please see the Graduate College website.