Master of Arts in Teacher Education/TMATE

At Tarleton, we offer an accelerated Texas teacher certification program for individuals who have already earned their bachelor’s degrees, and now want to become certified teachers. The TMATE program is an exemplary accelerated teacher certification program in Texas with a mission to encourage, engage, and empower our interns. TMATE Interns earn a Master of Arts in Teacher Education, as they complete teacher certification. We partner with school districts to
develop Texas teachers who:

  • Build relationships with students, parents, community and teammates
  • Provide instruction and classroom environments conducive to learning
  • Collaborate using student data to ensure all students learn

What is the MAT/TMATE program?

The TMATE Texas teaching certification program is a collaborative effort consisting of graduate coursework completed at Tarleton State University and teaching in area school districts. TMATE students can begin teaching after as little as one semester.

All TMATE interns are accepted into the graduate program. TMATE students meet certification requirements for the state of Texas, while earning a Master’s degree.

Certifications Areas Offered Through TMATE

How Much Do MAT/TMATE Graduates Earn?

Texas teachers recently received a record raise across the state. Many of the urban districts have increased their starting teacher salaries to well over $50,000 and award pay increases annually. Stipends are also available for taking on extra responsibilities with the schools and districts.

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Estimated Completion

30 – 33 Credit Hours (18+ months)

Application Process


Locations Available


Fort Worth(excluding 4-8 concentrations)

Waco(excluding 4-8 concentrations)

1Admission to the off-campus locations such as Fort Worth, Midlothian, Waco, and Online require a minimum of 30 transferable credit hours, a 2.0 GPA and that a student be TSI complete.