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Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Education Program Licensure-Only

  • M.A.T: for people who already hold a bachelor's degree and wish to obtain initial teaching licensure. The degree is also available to candidates interested in pursing transitional licensure.
  • Licensure-Only Program: for people who already hold a bachelor's degree but who do not wish to obtain a graduate degree. The pogram is also available to candidates interested in pursing transitional licensure.

Available Licensures

CBU's Initial Teaching Licensure Programs (Master of Arts in Teaching & Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Education Program Licensure-Only) are designed to provide initial teaching licensure at one of the following levels:

  • Art K-12 (Visual Arts)
  • Biology 7-12
  • Chemistry 7-12
  • Early Childhood Education PreK-3
  • Elementary Education K-6
  • English 7-12
  • French PreK-12
  • German PreK-12
  • History 7-12
  • Mathematics 7-12
  • Middle Grades Education 4-8
  • Physics 7-12
  • Reading Specialist PreK-12 (only available in conjunction with another area)
  • Spanish PreK-12
  • Special Education Modified K-12.

Admissions requirements

The M.A.T. program admits only those individuals who wish to earn an initial teaching license and a graduate degree simultaneously. Candidates for initial teaching licensure face additional requirements because of licensure. Tennessee requires that all individuals seeking initial teaching licensure must provide evidence of a strong general education and mastery of a major in the arts or sciences earned at the undergraduate level. The current minimum GPA requirement is a 3.0 for admission to the program. Candidates must also pass the Content Knowledge Praxis II test in the area they are seeking licensure prior to admission to the program. EXCEPTION FOR CANDIDATES SEEKING LICENSURE IN SPECIAL EDUCATION – must pass a Praxis II Content Knowledge test in the academic area you wish to become highly qualified in once you are licensed (elementary or one of the subject areas for high school) – the other will be taken while you are in the program. State and national standards for initial teaching licensure may mandate that an individual complete undergraduate deficiencies in either general education or a major area in the arts or sciences, in addition to required graduate credit hours. We must also have two official copies of transcripts from each college/university you have previously attended with one being for our university records and the other for the Tennessee Dept. of Education for licensing purposes.

Licensure requirements

Licensure requirements include:

  • Successful completion of undergraduate or other content deficiencies
  • Field experiences
  • Internal and external assessments, including the Praxis II tests.

Before you apply

Familiarize yourself with the following documents:

Application forms

  • MAT Application Form - This is the application form for the Master of Arts in Teaching Program. We recommend that all applicants complete this application and if it is determined through the application review and interview process that your situation would better fit the Post-Baccalaureate TEP, Licensure-Only, we will provide that application to you at that time.
  • Recommendation Form

For more information, contact the Director of the M.A.T. Program, Dr. Samantha Alperin, at or 901-321-3116.

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