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Teaching: Concentration Grades 6-8 Science Licensure

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This concentration in Grades 6-8 Science Licensure is an advanced degree appropriate for those seeking teaching licensure who have completed prerequisite science courses in their undergraduate degree program. This program will equip teachers to become proficient leaders in science education and is aligned with the national frameworks for science education.


Admission Requirements

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Sample Course Plan

Teaching: Grades 6-8 Science Licensure, MAT


What opportunities are available with this degree?

Shortages of qualified science teachers in Tennessee and across the nation have been recognized for decades. The demand for effective teachers of science across all grade levels is expected to increase over the next 10 years.

The M.A.T. Concentration in Middle School Science will equip teachers to become more proficient leaders in implementing the National Framework for K-12 Science Education.

Benefits of obtaining a M.A.T. in Grades 6-8 Middle School Science:

  • Improve your science content knowledge with engaging activity-based learning
  • Become proficient in using research-based, best pedagogical practices
  • Learn to integrate the disciplines for a rich, effective student experiences
  • Develop the skills to become a leader of science education


  • Obtain a job in a high-needs area of education
  • Transition into positions of STEM Coaches at
    local or state level
  • Become a more effective classroom teacher
  • Transfer into positions as Science Curriculum
    Coordinator at local or state level

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Students should be aware that licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state and are subject to change. Licensing agencies or boards also may have requirements in addition to an earned degree. APSU has not made a determination whether APSU’s programs will meet all of the licensure and certification requirements in each US state or territory.  APSU recommends that students who are not Tennessee residents or who plan to seek licensure or certification outside the state of Tennessee contact the appropriate licensing agency or board before they enroll in an academic program designed to lead to licensure or certification and discuss their plans with an advisor.

Please visit the Professional Licensure Disclosure webpage to review specific licensure information for your state and academic program.