The Master of Arts in Teaching program is designed for students who have obtained a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education and who are not eligible for teacher licensure. The M.A.T. program is planned to meet teacher licensure requirements at the graduate level in the state of Tennessee. Students may choose from three concentrations: Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education , or Secondary Education. The initial Tennessee teacher’s license will be issued only to those applicants who have completed a teacher preparation program in a Tennessee higher education institution approved by the Tennessee State Board of Education for the preparation of teachers in the area of licensure sought. If the initial license is not obtained following completion of the approved program, requirements in effect at the time of application must be satisfied. In all cases, current state licensure requirements must be met regardless of when the student enters the program. A person who holds a Tennessee Teachers Professional License may add teaching area endorsements by completing teacher education programs after the original license has been issued. Such programs include the addition of a secondary endorsement to an elementary license or the addition of an elementary endorsement to a secondary license. A person who holds a Tennessee Teacher Professional License and wishes to add an endorsement in another teaching area should contact the licensure analyst, Room 321, Warf-Pickel Hall. Requirements are established by the Tennessee State Board of Education for renewal of any type of license it issues. Such requirements include teaching experience and credit earned after issuance of the license. The Tennessee State Board of Education has adopted regulations regarding the issuance of an initial license or adding an endorsement to such license for persons having completed a program in an out-of-state institution.