Freddie A. Bowles
Program Director
312 Peabody Hall

Degrees Conferred:

M.A.T. in Secondary Education (SEED)
M.Ed. in Secondary Education (SEED)

See Curriculum and Instruction for full departmental faculty listing.

Secondary Education, M.A.T.

Students seeking admission to the Secondary Master of Arts in Teaching Program at the University of Arkansas must be aware of the deadlines and admissions policies. Once all admission requirements are met by each candidate, a committee will review all applications and notify accepted and denied candidates by April 1. Each of the five content areas (English, foreign languages, mathematics, science and social studies) has a maximum number of 12 students admitted each year and up to 60 students in the overall program. If spaces remain in a particular content area and the overall program capacity has not yet been met by April 1, admissions for that area will be considered on a rolling basis until the beginning of the first summer session. These deadlines and limitations are designed to ensure that all students have a high quality experience and reflect current need for teachers in any particular content area.

To apply for admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching program in Secondary Education, you must:

  1. Complete an appropriate undergraduate degree program (see pre-M.A.T. transcript evaluation for additional requirements for area of licensure).
  2. Hold a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of the completed undergraduate degree
  3. Complete the application for teacher education through the Teacher Education Office by Oct. 15 (see the Teacher Education Application Fee).
  4. File an application for admission to the Graduate School by Jan. 31.
  5. Pass Praxis I exam before admission to the program.
  6. Send three letters of recommendation before the interview in February to Janet Johnson-Mertz, 113 Peabody Hall, 1 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701
  7. Successfully complete the required criminal background check. Background check materials must be submitted by May 1.
  8. Schedule and complete an admission screening interview with a portfolio in February.

For Fulbright College Math Students: Complete a B.A. or B.S. in mathematics. Complete these additional course requirements: MATH 3773 Foundations of Geometry I (Fa), MATH 3133 History of Mathematics (Sp), and STAT 3013 Introduction to Probability (Sp, Su, Fa).

Note: At the time of the interview, candidates must have a GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework, have passed the PRAXIS I exam, submitted three letters of reference, and submitted a portfolio. Additionally, foreign language majors must submit proof of having passed the foreign language proficiency exam.

Once we have received all application materials from the Graduate School, an admission decision will be made based on the criteria described in the admissions policy statement. The probationary status will include the content specific courses of the spring semester term. The number admitted into specific teaching fields will be determined by both availability of internship spaces in the public schools with Cohort Partnership agreements and job market potential. However, meeting or exceeding minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the M.A.T.

At the completion of the first 6 hours of MAT courses (which are taken in the summer semester), the secondary education faculty will review the status of all the students in the program. Students with unsatisfactory performance (grades of C or lower) in the summer courses will not be allowed to continue with the remainder of the program.

Students should also be aware of Graduate School requirements with regard to master's degrees.

Prerequisites to the M.A.T. Degree Program: Admission requirements for the M.A.T. degree program for initial licensure are as follows:

  1. Completion of an appropriate undergraduate degree program. Secondary Education students must have 30 hours in the content area for licensure.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.00 in the last 60 hours of the baccalaureate degree
  3. Admission to the Graduate School
  4. Admission to the Teacher Education Program.
  5. Completion of the pre-education requirements with a minimum of “C” in all courses
  6. Completion of all prerequisite courses in teaching field.
  7. Pass Praxis I
  8. Take Praxis II content test(s) before the end of the summer session of admission

Requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching Degree in Secondary Education: (Minimum 33-34 hours.)

  1. Computer competencies will be demonstrated by the candidate in the admission interview portfolio or by taking an approved course.
  2. CIED 4131 Practicum for Secondary and Multilevel Tracks in Education (Sp, Su).  Candidates for the Secondary Education M.A.T. program will register for this course. The requirement for this course is 60 hours of experience with children in grades 7 through 12. A minimum of 30 of these hours will be in a secondary school with the remaining hours in other youth settings. These hours must be documented by the appropriate organization.
  3. Students will take CIED 3023 Survey of Exceptionalities (Sp, Su, Fa) or CIED 4023 Teaching in Inclusive Secondary Settings (Su). CIED 4023 is the preferred course.
  4. Students in French, German, and Spanish will take CIED 4013 Capstone Course for Foreign Language Licensure (Sp). Students will compile a portfolio in the target language with several pieces of evidence from their content classes. In addition, students must obtain a minimum passing score of Advanced Low on the Oral Proficiency Interview prior to admission into the fall internship. 
Secondary M.A.T. Courses33-34
Measurement, Research, and Statistical Concepts for Teachers (Su)
Classroom Management Concepts (Fa)
Curriculum Theory and Development for Educators (Su)
Seminar: Multicultural Issues (Su)
Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary LIteracies in Education (Fa)
Learning Theory (Su)
Interdisciplinary Studies (Sp, Su, Fa)
Assessment, Evaluation, and Practitioner Research (Fa)
Research in Curriculum and Instruction (Sp, Su, Fa)
Teaching Experience (Sp, Fa) 2
Adolescent Literature (Sp, Su, Fa)
Introduction to Teaching Secondary Science (Su)
Teaching Secondary Science: Theory to Practice (Fa)
Secondary Science Seminar (Sp)
Methods of Teaching Secondary Social Studies I (Su)
Teaching History, Government and Economics (Fa)
Teaching Geography, World Cultures, and Religions (Sp)
Issues and Trends in Literacy (Fa)
Seminar: Language, Literacy and Culture (Sp)
Teaching Secondary Mathematics (Su)
Theories of Learning Mathematics (Fa)
Integrating Technology and Mathematics (Sp)
Methods of Teaching Foreign Language K-12 (Su)
Instructional Practices in Teaching Foreign Language (Fa)
Special Issues in Teaching Foreign Language (Sp)
Teaching Secondary Mathematics and Science (Su)

Non-English licensure only 


CIED 528V Teaching Experience (Sp, Fa) will be taken once during the fall semester for 3 hours and taken again in the spring semester for 3 hours. 

Students should also be aware of Graduate School requirements with regard to master's degrees.

Secondary Education, M.Ed.

Areas of Concentration for the M.Ed.:Areas of concentration are available in art, English, ESL (English as a second language), French, German, Spanish, biology, chemistry, physics, physical science, general science, earth and space science, speech, mathematics, social studies, journalism, or combinations of the above with career and technical education (CATE). The M.Ed. is designed for experienced teachers who have the goal of expanding professional competence. The M.Ed. program does not meet requirements for state licensure except for students in Career and Technical Education. Students seeking state licensure should pursue enrollment in the M.A.T. program in Middle-Level Education (Grade 4 through Grade 8) or Secondary Education (Grade 7 through Grade 12).

NOTE: Students pursuing the career and technical education concentration (CATE) may complete a program of study that leads to licensure in Arkansas and/or take advanced courses to expand their professional knowledge. Students pursuing this concentration must meet with a CATE faculty adviser before admission to the program for additional requirements.

Prerequisites to the Master of Education Degree Program:

  1. Minimum 3.0 grade-point average on the last 60 hours of undergraduate courses or 2.50 grade-point average on all undergraduate courses and a Miller Analogies Test score at the 50th percentile or above, and
  2. Graduate School admission and program area approval.

Requirements for the Master of Education Degree: (Minimum 33 hours.) In addition to the program requirements listed below, all degree candidates must hold a valid secondary school teaching certificate and must successfully complete a written comprehensive examination and a second assessment.

Program Requirements: minimum 33 hours

Required Core Courses
Select one from each of the following categories:8
Research Methods in Education (Sp, Su, Fa)
Statistics in Education and Health Professions (Sp, Su, Fa)
Research in Health, Human Performance and Recreation (Sp, Su, Fa)
Psychological Foundations of Teaching and Learning (Irregular)
Life-Span Human Development (Sp, Su, Fa)
Historical Foundations of Modern Education (Sp, Su)
Philosophy of Education (Irregular)

Students should also be aware of Graduate School requirements with regard to master's degrees.

Secondary Education Courses: 12 semester hours

  1. CIED 5623 The School Curriculum (Sp, Su, Fa)
  2. Three semester hours of field experience
  3. Three semester hours selected with adviser’s consent.
  4. CIED 5983 Practicum in C & I (Sp, Su, Fa)

Area of Concentration: (15 semester hours must be selected from one of the following four options.)

Option 1: Advanced Certification (mathematics, science, social studies, English, etc.) 15 hours of subject area courses in field of concentration.

Option 2: Secondary Curriculum and Instruction

  1. 9 additional hours in secondary education (SEED) courses
  2. 6 hours selected through adviser’s consent.

Option 3: Specialist Certification; 15 hours leading to certification in reading, media, curriculum, supervision, or administration.

Option 4: ESL Endorsement

  1. Teacher certification in at least one field
  2. CIED 5923Second Language Acquisition (Sp)3
    CIED 5933Second Language Methodologies (Fa)3
    CIED 5943Teaching People of Other Cultures (Sp)3
    CIED 5953Second Language Assessment (Sp)3
  3. Course in multiculturalism

Option 5: Career and Technical Education

  1. Nine (9) hours college core
  2. CATE 3103Introduction to Professionalism (Fa)3
    CATE 4023Classroom Management (Fa)3
    CATE 5013Teaching Strategies (Fa)3
    CATE 5016Cohort Teaching Internship (Sp)6
    CATE 5033Assessment/Program Evaluation (Fa)3
    SPED 5733Inclusive Practices for Diverse Populations (Su)3
    CATE 5543Technology for Teaching and Learning (Su, Fa)3
    CATE 5573Instructional Materials (Su, Fa)3
    CIED 5623The School Curriculum (Sp, Su, Fa)3
    SPED 5733Inclusive Practices for Diverse Populations (Su)3
    6 semester hours selected with adviser’s consent6
    6 semester hours other professional education courses6