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MAT-S is a challenging Master's program that prepares science teachers for teaching in grades 7-12 and emphasizes the development of a teacher’s ability to develop research-based teaching strategies that make science accessible to learners. Specific attention is directed at the interaction of schools, learners, pedagogy, subject matter and curriculum. The program is unique in that it focuses solely on science education. This allows you to be in a supportive cohort of high-achieving science peers taught by faculty who specialize and conduct research in science education. We strive to provide a cutting-edge, high-quality program that will utilize and build upon your science knowledge and experiences to become an innovative middle or high school teacher. The program is designed for students with strong undergraduate preparation in the sciences seeking certification to teach biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, or general sciences at the secondary (middle and high school) level.

If you are an in-service teacher looking for a graduate program to improve your practice, please see our MAST program.

Location and dates: 

  • The MAT-S program is a residential program at the Flagstaff Mountain Campus. No online version is available.
  • The program begins in Fall term. Students take courses over Fall, Spring, and (often) Summer terms. Full-time student teaching occurs the following Fall term. The program is completed after 15 months of coursework and student teaching.
  • The program follows the Flagstaff Unified School District calendar. This requires students to work at their practicum sites earlier than the NAU Fall term begins and later than the Spring term ends. The majority of the core courses, however, do follow the NAU schedule.
  • MAT-S is based on the cohort model in which a group of students moves through all classes and phases of the program together. Therefore the program cannot be completed on a part-time basis.

Degree requirements

For this degree you will take the following 39 hours of coursework:12 hours of science education coursework including:

  • 12 hours of science education coursework including:
     o SCI 560 – Science Methods I
     o SCI 561 – Science Methods II
     o SCI 612 – Using Science Assessments to Facilitate Instructional Change
     o SCI 613 – Nature of Science: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives
  • 9 hours of graduate level science content courses:
     o Choose 9 credits of 500-level or above coursework in biology, chemistry, geology, etc. (Chosen in consultation with an academic advisor).
  • 6 hours of Structured English Immersion coursework including:
     o BME 500 – Foundations of Structured English Immersion
     o BME 537 or 631 – Structured English Immersion
  • 12 hours of practicum coursework in local middle and high school classrooms. This includes two terms of part-time teaching practicum and full-time student teaching

Please see the Program Overview, Content Advising Sheets, and MAT-S Program of Study for a more detailed account of the program.


  • Applications are accepted through the Graduate College’s online system. 
  • The MAT-S program begins in the Fall term. Applications are accepted January 1st. Review of applicants begins March 1st. Applications are due by July 15th.
  • General requirements include:
     o 2 recommendations (recommendation forms sent from application)
     o Minimum of 24 units of appropriate content-specific coursework in the sciences with a grade of “C” or better.
     o Resume or Curriculum Vitae
     o Personal statement or essay 
     o List of courses taken in the field
     o Passing scores on the appropriate Arizona subject exam
     o Fingerprint clearance card
  • Please see MAT-S program’s entry in the Academic Catalog for details on the admission requirements.

Financial Aid

There are many funding sources available to help you afford your education.

Are you a resident of Alaska, American Samoa, California, Colorado, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Marshall Islands, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Palau, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming? If so, you may be eligible for in-state tuition through the Western Regional Graduate Program. Click HERE for more information

Please note: The program detailed above is currently under review pending approval at the university level.
Questions? Please contact the MAT-S advisor:

Sharon Cardenas
Associate Director, Faculty
Phone: 928.523.7430
Bldg. 21, Rm. 102