The Master of Arts in Teaching—Science (MAT-S) degree is a challenging program that prepares science teachers for teaching in grades 6-12 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 MAT-S degree 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 Summer term. Students take courses over Summer, Fall, and Spring 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

See the Curricular Requirements for this degree.


  • Applications are accepted through the Graduate College’s online system
  • The MAT-S program begins in the Summer term. Applications are accepted January 1st. Review of applicants begins March 1st. Applications are due by July 1st. (It is strongly recommended that applications are submitted by May 31st.)
  • General requirements include:
     o A minimum 3.0 GPA (contact adviser for options if GPA is below 3.0)
     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 Submission of scores for 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.
  • Additional requirements prior to Student Teaching: 
     o Passing score on appropriate Arizona subject exam. 
     o Credit for Arizona Constitution requirement.

Funding Your Education

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.

Questions? Please contact the MAT-S advisor:

Sharon Cardenas

Associate Director of Academic Programs 
Phone: 928-523-7430
Bldg. 36, Rm. 531