Cumberland University

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Are you dissatisfied with your current career? Do you feel you have more to give back to your community? Do you have a passion for helping children and youth develop the knowledge and skills they need to be successful and make their own positive contributions to society?

By choosing to earn your Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) through Cumberland University, you can set that passion in motion. Safeguard the future of education while enriching your life, as well as your career!

Cumberland University's masters' degrees are priced competitively and are more affordable than most of our competitors. Our tuition is priced by educators for those who want to be educators. Do your homework and you'll find that CU's master's programs deliver solid outcomes from qualified practitioner faculty at an affordable rate.

The Cumberland University Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) initial licensure program is an innovative program designed to accommodate a non-traditional route to licensure while concurrently obtaining a graduate degree in education. This program is ideal for working adults who want to enter a meaningful profession, or for students who have completed a baccalaureate degree and have decided they want to teach in the K-12 school system. The MAT@CU is specifically tailored for individuals with no prior educational experience who are interested in one of the following programs of study: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education. 


All of CU's Education Master's programs in Education are Accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, the standard of excellence for Teacher Education Programs.

Why choose the Cumberland University MAT Program?

The School of Humanities, Education and the Arts at Cumberland University is committed to creating competent, caring, qualified professionals and reflective practitioners. Cumberland has long been a leader in teacher preparation in Tennessee and is known for its exceptional academic reputation, high quality programs taught by experienced, passionate teachers, and an overall commitment to excellence. Cumberland offers an interactive, engaging, authentic, and personalized educational experience at a small, private, liberal arts university. This program is approved through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is a state-approved program for initial licensure in Tennessee.

The MAT@CU combines the most cutting-edge immersive online technologies with a customized on-ground curriculum that blends coursework and self-directed field experiences, with evening and weekend classes that provide the security and mentoring needed for aspiring teachers. Our practitioner-focused curriculum is designed to equip pre-service teachers with the skills needed not only to succeed in the profession, but to transform education for tomorrow’s classrooms. Relevant coursework, field experiences, and a rigorous Teacher Education Progression will prepare you for the classroom.

The School of Humanities, Education and the Arts remains practitioner-focused and involved with schools and students by way of close partnerships with school districts and a strong teacher advisory committee.  We are aware of what emerging teachers need to be successful in reaching and teaching every child. Teachers serve a critical function in building intellectual capacity and career-ready skills that strengthens individuals who in turn improve their communities, their states, and the nation.

The MAT degree requires thirty-six units of graduate credit, including field-based experiences and Student Teaching. Candidates may begin course work in either the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester. Coursework and student teaching may be completed in as few as 5 semesters. *

*The Licensure Office may require prerequisite courses for candidate’s from a non-education baccalaureate program.


Our Students and Graduates:

Our students are responsible for the quality of our programs - Half of your courses include licensed teachers who learn along side you and share their knowledge and experience in their classrooms. Whether you are a career switching adult or a recent college graduate, you will find our program is designed to meet your needs. 

Cumberland University teacher graduates consistently rank among the top institutions in the state for teacher retention over three and five years.*

* TN SCORE report, 2010, 2011, 2012.