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Master of Arts in Teaching – Middle Level Education 4-8
Master of Arts in Teaching – Middle Level Education 4-8 Online

Program Overview

An In-Depth Look at A-State’s Master of Arts in Teaching – Middle Level Education 4-8 Online Program

Help students continue to learn as they transition from young children to their teenage years with the Master of Arts in Teaching – Middle Level Education 4-8 online program from Arkansas State University. Delivered with 100% online coursework, this master’s program provides you with the knowledge and confidence to navigate the unique challenges of teaching middle school grades.

icon $12,363 Total Tuition
icon As few as 15 months Program Duration
icon 39 Credit Hours
icon $12,363 Total Tuition
icon As few as 15 months Program Duration
icon 39 Credit Hours
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Arkansas State University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly known as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 1140 19th Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036. Phone: 202-223-0077.

Whether you want to formalize your teaching experience or transition to teaching middle level students, this Master of Arts in Teaching online program will enhance your understanding of education and give you the pedagogical skills that are essential to fully engage adolescent students in the classroom.

Examine theories and research on the developmental and educational needs of the middle level learner in this program with 100% online coursework. Explore strategies for teaching individual content areas and classroom organizational practices. Apply theories and models of reading for effective literacy instruction while delving into the latest advancements in educational software and websites. Through research-based teaching practices specific to students ages 9 through 15, you will discover instructional best practices to help them develop strong study habits needed to succeed in middle school, high school and beyond.

In this online MAT program, you will:

  • Learn to effectively teach at the middle education level
  • Understand theories and apply strategies for classroom teaching and management
  • Utilize effective teaching methodologies for diverse populations
  • Incorporate technology into educational methods
  • Understand the young adolescent and apply effective teaching strategies in a specific curriculum area

This program is only offered to those who are planning to teach at a public school within the state of Arkansas.

As licensure requirements may change without notice, it is the responsibility of the student to confirm the requirements for licensure in his/her state as it applies to the participation in an out-of-state degree program.

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You Can Count on the Best Value for Your Tuition Dollars

Our MAT – Middle Level Education 4-8 online program offers the same affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition for all U.S. residents. All fees are included in the total tuition.

Total Tuition $12,363
Tuition Per Credit Hour $317
Per Credit Hour Per Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$277.00 $40.00 $317.00 $831.00 $120.00 $951.00


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Our MAT – Middle Level Education 4-8 online program is designed to be flexible and convenient for working professionals, with accelerated coursework and multiple start dates a year.

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Summer 2021 5 wk 07/06/2021 08/06/2021 06/21/2021 06/25/2021 07/01/2021 07/02/2021 07/23/2021
Fall 2021 7 wk 08/24/2021 10/08/2021 08/09/2021 08/13/2021 08/19/2021 08/20/2021 09/24/2021
7 wk 10/18/2021 12/10/2021 10/04/2021 10/08/2021 10/14/2021 10/15/2021 11/26/2021
Spring 2022 7 wk 01/11/2022 02/25/2022 12/15/2021 12/17/2021 01/06/2022 01/07/2022 02/11/2022
7 wk 03/07/2022 04/29/2022 02/21/2022 02/25/2022 03/03/2022 03/04/2022 04/15/2022
Summer 2022 5 wk 05/31/2022 07/01/2022 05/16/2022 05/20/2022 05/26/2022 05/27/2022 06/17/2022
5 wk 07/05/2022 08/05/2022 06/20/2022 06/24/2022 06/30/2022 07/01/2022 07/22/2022
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Ready to Become a Student at A-State? Check Our Admission Criteria.

A-State Online offers a streamlined admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. Teaching certification is NOT required to be admitted into our MAT – Middle Level Education 4-8 online program. Students interested in this program must meet the following requirements for admission.

  • Complete online application and submit a non-refundable $30 fee.
  • Have official transcript(s) sent from the registrar of the college/university attended. Official transcripts are sealed transcripts sent from the granting institution.
  • Have a baccalaureate degree with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least a 2.75 on a 4.00 scale from an accredited institution, or a 3.0 GPA on last 60 hours of coursework (undergraduate, graduate or a combination of both).
  • Pass at least one Praxis Middle School content exams (Reading Language Arts #5047, Mathematics #5169, Science #5442, and/or Social Studies #5089 (pass scores 164, 165, 147, 149 respectively).

Additional Licensure Information:

Additional Information

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: [email protected]

For Non-US Postal Mail Overnight Delivery Only:

Academic Partnerships
c/o Central Receiving
2713 Pawnee St.
Jonesboro, AR 72401


Learn More About the Classes in Your MAT in Middle Level Education 4-8 Online Program

Students in the MAT – Middle Level Education 4-8 online program must complete 39 credit hours of coursework, including 10 online courses (30 credit hours) and a teacher education internship (nine credit hours). Those seeking Arkansas Licensure must complete two additional courses (read more details below).

Students in this program must complete the following courses (39 credit hours).

TE 6253: Perspectives on Professionalism in Education

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course helps develop perspectives that are essential for educators to understand and fulfill ethical and professional responsibilities in their respective areas, including communication with various audiences, reflection, self-assessment and advocacy within the context of cultural diversity and democratic pluralism.

MLED 6403: World of the Young Adolescent

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A focus on the developmental characteristics of the young adolescent, ages 10 to 14, set against a matrix of racial, ethnic, gender, socioeconomic, family, and community issues in order to create developmentally responsive practices and programs for all mid-level learners.

TE 6223: Effective Teaching with Diverse Populations

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Theory and practice for effective teaching of diverse students, application through the creation of unit and lesson plans.

RDNG 6013: Theories, Issues, Methods of Reading

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Theories, Issues, and Methods of Reading is a synthesis of theories and models of reading, past and current reading issues, examination of current research that discusses instruction of reading areas, spelling and writing; overview of reading and instruction for diverse and struggling learners. Prerequisite: enrollment in the graduate program within the College of Education and Behavioral Science.

TE 6243: Technology as a Tool for Teaching

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course will include evaluation of educational software and websites. Students will research instructional design principles and procedures and will utilize their learning to create technology integrated educational materials for their respective areas.

RDNG 6493: Advanced Reading Methods and Interventions

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Examines latest trends in research-based reading instructional methodology and development, implementation, and monitoring of intervention for struggling readers. Prerequisite: RDNG 6013 (or equivalent); and enrollment in a Graduate Program within the College of Education and Behavioral Science.

MLED 6423: Teaming, Teaching, and Learning in Mid-Level Education

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of school and classroom organizational practices that include, grouping for instruction, scheduling instruction, curricular organization, and classroom management. The leadership and professional role of the teacher will be explored.

MLED 6443: Advanced Methods for Teaching in the Middle Grades

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduce students into the profession of teaching. This course provides the necessary foundation needed by future teachers to gain the pedagogical knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to be an effective teacher. The primary goal of the course is to provide students of education with research-based effective teaching practices in a practical, realistic and conversational manner.

TE 6043: Effective Assessment

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Designs and analysis of varied formative and summative assessment systems in classroom practice to inform instruction.

TE 6293: Theories and Strategies of Classroom Management

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Application of classroom management principles to actual classroom practice while participating in an internship in the public schools requires placement in a middle grade classroom.

TE 6299: MAT Internship in Teacher Education

Duration: 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 9

Supervised internship focused on educational practice and performance for individuals seeking alternative licensure to teach in grades PK-12. Internship must be completed in licensure area.

This program is intended for those who are planning to teach in a public school in Arkansas.

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