Secondary Education

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Secondary Education

Secondary Teacher Certification

with Master of Arts in Teaching



NNU's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with Secondary Teacher Certification program is designed for individuals who hold a bachelor's degree in any discipline and are ready to become a licensed secondary teacher. This 16-month program includes 12 months of coursework and one semester of student teaching. Upon completion of the program, teacher candidates will be ready to step into a middle school or high school classroom of their own.



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a teaching certificate and a Master of Arts in Teaching in just 16 months
online coursework taught by dedicated faculty members
A flexible program
that fits your life, allowing you to work and achieve your education goals.

Master of Arts in Teaching
(with Secondary Teacher Certification)

Successful completion of this accelerated program leads to Teacher Certification in Secondary Education and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). This program is designed for the working adult and can be completed in 16 months, which includes 12 months of online college courses with field experience in local schools and four months for student teaching. 

Courses in this program are fully online but may have synchronous video class sessions. Students are encouraged to attend these sessions, but archived sessions are also available for review. Students will complete approximately 100 hours of field experience in public schools prior to student teaching.

The typical credit load is 12-14 credits per 16-week semester; students usually take two classes during each 8-week session. Upon completion of the program, students will be recommended for Teacher Certification in their selected endorsement areas.

The following secondary content areas are offered at NNU: American Government, Art, Biology, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, English, Health, History, Physical Education, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Psychology and Spanish. Candidates interested in pursuing Secondary Teacher Certification do not need to have a degree in their content area, but they must meet the content and credit requirements set forth by the Idaho State Department of Education; these content credits will be taken prior to starting Education courses. Please contact the Program Coordinator for more information on specific requirements.

New Secondary Education MAT cohorts start every fall semester. Students must have a bachelor's degree prior to starting the program.

Secondary MAT Courses


Fall Semester

EDUC7120 Foundations of Teaching/Instructional Design (3 cr)

EDUC7160 Learning and the Brain (3 cr)

EDUC7543 Teaching Diverse Learners (3 cr)

EDUC7651 Secondary Teaching Methods (3 cr)


Spring Semester

Specific Secondary Content Methods (3-6 cr)

EDUC7535 Secondary Content Literacy (3 cr)

EDUC7545 Secondary Classroom Management (3 cr)

EDUC7554 Innovative Instruction (3 cr)


Fall Semester

EDUC7689 Secondary Student Teaching (9 cr)



To be recommended to the State of Idaho for a Standard Instructional Certificate by NNU, a candidate must meet the complete requirements of the Teacher Education Program in effect at the time of admission to teacher education and any additional requirements if required by the standards of State or regulatory agencies. At a minimum, all candidates will successfully complete the MAT curriculum and ​​​earn a passing score on the required PRAXIS exam for their endorsement area(s).

Additional Teaching Endorsements

For those that are already certified to teach, Teaching Endorsements for additional subject areas may be added to an existing Idaho Teaching Certificate at NNU. Please see the Endorsement Only page for more information.
Degree Details

Master of Arts in Teaching

Offered On Campus

$500 per credit - See All Tuition & Fee Info

Related Career Paths
Career Avg. Salary
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education


Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education  
Metropolitan and nonmetropolitan area occupational employment and wage estimates for the Boise area are sourced from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


NNU has prepared me for my future job as a teacher by giving me a really well-rounded education. I’ve gotten a ton of field experience and student teaching, and being a student-athlete here has taught me how to communicate and be a part of a team. I think that this education has equipped me to just be a well-rounded person and not just a student.

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NNU’s graduate programs are designed for you to achieve your educational goals while working around your career, your family and your other commitments.

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100% of the program can be completed online..


16 months is the approximate time it takes to complete the masters in education degrees. 


The Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports 44% higher wages for master’s degree holders in education than for bachelor’s degree holders.


100% of graduates who completed exit surveys report being “highly satisfied” with the
quality of education they have received.