Master of Arts inTeaching - Initial K-6 Licensure (MAT)

The Concordia University, St. Paul Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) initial licensure program is designed to accommodate both current and perspective K-6 teachers looking to obtain an initial teaching licensure while also earning a graduate degree in education. At the conclusion of this program you will have the necessary skills, knowledge, and tools to be an effective educator in today’s classroom.

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Teaching - Initial K-6 Licensure (MAT) Curriculum Overview

The Master of Arts in Education in Teaching provides an initial teaching license for K-6 grade levels. At the conclusion of this program you will have the necessary skills, knowledge, and tools to be an effective educator in today’s classroom.


  1. Apply Online
  2. Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system. More information can be found on the How to Request Official Transcripts site.
    • Please have all official transcripts sent to: Concordia University – Saint Paul Office of Graduate Admission ATTN: Kristine Erickson 1282 Concordia Avenue St. Paul, MN 55104
  3. Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below. Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via your student portal. Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).
    • Why are you choosing to pursue a graduate program at this time in your career, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?
    • What strengths do you feel make you a strong candidate for the program?
    • Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in a graduate program.

Technology Requirements

Students enrolling at Concordia University, St. Paul must have access to a computer that meets Concordia’s technology requirements. Contact the University Help Desk at or (651) 641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

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Student Outcomes

95%95% of CSP grads receive job offers within one year of graduation. (*First Destinations survey administered by Concordia University, St. Paul)
$57,736Highest average salary among MN private school grads (bachelor's) four years after graduation(*salary data source:
44%CSP graduates earn 44% more than the national average. (*Graduate earning data source:

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Career Potential

Upon completion of this program you will earn a Master of Arts in Teaching and a K-6 licensure. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014-2024.

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