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Master of Arts in Education (MAEd)

Are you already a licensed teacher and want to add middle grades or secondary (high school) teaching certification? You may be able to add a middle grades or high school math or science certification to your current teaching certification. Contact Dr. Shanahan for the options that will work best for you. You may be able to combine your certification program with an MAED degree for your Rank II or Rank I pay raise.

Dr. Eileen Shanahan, Graduate Coordinator


Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Do you have a non-teaching baccalaureate degree in an appropriate field (like math, biology, or chemistry) and want to earn your teacher certification? You can enroll in the MAT program for middle or high school levels.

Dr. Kim Zeidler-Watters, MAT Program Coordinator


Support After Graduation

After graduation, EKU and professional organizations provide resources, networking, support and professional learning (development) for teachers. As a teacher, your learning never stops!

EKU Support Opportunities

Partnership Institute for Math and Science Education Reform (PIMSER)

PIMSER offers several professional learning opportunities throughout the year for classroom teachers and leaders. All training is research-based and grounded in helping educators address what is necessary to see real change and improved student learning results in their classrooms. Training is delivered by expert teacher leaders – both retired and current classroom teachers – who are highly-skilled at delivering professional learning to practicing teachers. PIMSER’s professional learning focuses on both content knowledge and pedagogy, incorporates developing growth mindset and classroom climates, student engagement, and the Kentucky Academic Standards – so you learn the what, why, and how to best deliver instruction to your students. PIMSER offers one-on-one mentoring, small group learning, and whole school/district training – all available in-district or virtual. Professional learning is also available in-person in our EKU Richmond campus training room; you can learn more here.

Division of Natural Areas

One of the Division of Natural Areas’ goals is to encourage in-service and preservice teachers to incorporate environmental education in their curriculum. To assist with this goal, the Center for Environmental Education (CEE) operates a resource library, with technology and other resources preservice and in-service teachers may borrow to use in their classroom. The CEE provides environmental educational training for preservice and in-service teachers on a local and regional level. Each year, the Center for Environmental Education (CEE) offers preservice and in-service teacher training and professional development workshops.


Advance Your Career

Teachers have multiple opportunities to advance their careers. Some may lead to pay raises in Kentucky schools, but all allow you to broaden your teaching and leadership skills.

Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Middle Grade Education - 100% online

Concentration area choices:

  • English as a Second Language Endorsement
  • Gifted Education Endorsement
  • Literacy Specialist
  • Certification Area Specialization

Learn more here!

Master of Arts in Secondary Education

Concentration area choices:

  • Certification Area Specialization
  • Preparation to Teach Dual Credit
  • English as a Second Language Endorsement
  • Gifted Education Endorsement
  • Literacy Specialist

Learn more here!

Master of Arts in Instructional Leadership

Degree options:

  • Master of Arts in Education in Instructional Leadership with Teacher Leader Endorsement.
  • Educational Specialist in Administration and Supervision leading to certifications as a Principal, Supervisor of Instruction, and Director of Pupil Personnel Services
  • Certificate for School Superintendent

Learn more here!

Master of Science in Biology

Degree options:

  • MS in Biology (Thesis Option)
  • MS in Biology (Coursework Option)

Learn more here!

Master of Science in Chemistry

Degree options:

  • MS in Chemistry (Thesis Option)
  • MS in Chemistry (Course Work Option)

Learn more here!

Master of Arts in Applied Mathematics

Degree concentrations:

  • Secondary Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics & Statistics

Learn more here!

Rank 1 Program

Rank I programs are 30 hour graduate programs for certified teachers who already hold a master’s degree/Rank II certification. These non-degree programs lead to a pay raise in Kentucky public schools.

  • Options available to add certification in elementary, middle, or secondary certification
  • Options available to add endorsements to teaching certification in English as a Second Language (ESL), Gifted Education, Literacy (P-12), or Teacher Leader

Learn more here!


  • ESL (Grades P-12) Endorsement: 12 hours, 100% Online
  • Gifted Education (Grades P-12) Endorsement : 12 hours, 100% online
  • Literacy Specialist (Grades P-12) Endorsement: 15 hours, 100% online
  • Teacher Leader Endorsement: 13 hours, 100% Online

Learn more here!

National Board Certification

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is the teaching profession’s vehicle for defining and recognizing accomplished teaching. National Board Certification is the profession’s mark of accomplished teaching. Learn more about becoming National Board Certified here.




Eastern Kentucky University alumna and former high school math teacher Jennifer McDaniel shares her experiences and networks of support that opened the door to other areas during her educational career.

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