Master of Arts (M.A.) in Teaching Online
Our convenient online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree is designed for adult students who want to change careers and become licensed elementary education, secondary science education, or exceptional needs K-12 teachers.
You must have already earned a bachelor's degree to be eligible for admission to this program, although your degree does not have to be in education.
Why choose MAT Online at Marian?
Because all courses are delivered online, you can complete your assignments and coursework at times that best fit your schedule.
Depending on your career goals, you can choose:
- The 36-credit program to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching degree
- The licensure-only track with 18-24 hours of classes
Either of these two tracks can be finished in 18 to 24 months. You can continue working full-time and take classes part-time until you begin your required teaching internship during your last semester.
- If you want to teach in an elementary school setting, we will evaluate your admission application and academic transcripts to determine whether you have broad knowledge in content areas like mathematics, science, technology, engineering, English, or the humanities.
- If you want to teach at the secondary level, we will evaluate your materials to determine whether you've completed needed courses in the content areas(s) in which you want to teach.
Who is eligible?
To apply for admission to this program, you must have:
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. All admission documents must be received at least four (4) weeks before start of each semester.
- Apply online at marian.edu/apply. Choose "Start Your Graduate Application," then select “MAT Online Program.”
- Upload a copy of your current resume with your online application.
- A personal statement or essay (maximum 500 words) should be submitted with online application. It should:
- Explain your interest in becoming a teacher.
- Outline your professional goals.
- Describe your interest in a culture and/or language different from your own.
- Reflect on your own learning experiences.
- Request an official transcript from every college or university that you have previously attended. NOTE: If you transferred credits or completed a study-abroad program, you must send a transcript from the institution(s) from which the credits were transferred and/or awarded.
- Your transcripts should be sent directly to us. Once we receive your transcripts, they become the property of Marian University and cannot be returned to you.
- Register for the Indiana CORE Academic Skills Assessment (CASA). Be sure to indicate Marian University as the school which you plan to attend.
- You may also document basic skills competencies for admission with one of these CASA alternatives:
- Master’s degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution
- GRE with a score of at least 1100 based on verbal and quantitative taken before August 1, 2011
- GRE with a score of at least 301 based on verbal and quantitative taken after August 1, 2011
- ETS Praxis I composite score of at least 527 taken before September 1, 2013
- ACT with a score of at least 24 on math, reading, grammar, and science
- SAT with a score of at least 1100 based on critical reading and math
- CASA or CASA alternative score reports should be sent to Marian University's Office of Graduate Admission directly from the testing agency. For the ACT, use Marian's school code of 1224. For the SAT, use Marian's school code of 1442.
- Two of your professional references must recommend you for admission to our program using these forms: MAT Online Recommendation Form One and MAT Online Recommendation Form Two. Recommendations from family members will not be accepted. Each completed form should be sent to us via U.S. mail or emailed as an attachment.
- Obtain a limited criminal history background report from the Indiana State Police at https://www.in.gov/inkless. Your criminal history background report should be sent to us via U.S. mail or emailed as an attachment.
- If you earned your bachelor's degree from a college or university outside the U.S, a transcript evaluation completed by World Education Services (WES), an international credential evaluation service. You must also provide Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. Both WES and TOEFL results can be emailed to us.
- Pay the required, non-refundable $40 online application fee.
- Complete our online readiness self-assessment and reflection. You will receive instructions for this self-assessment via email when your admission documents have been received.
- Thoroughly review the Marian University Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities. As an accepted student, you are expected to abide by the code outlined in this document.
Where should you send your application documents?
Send your required application documents:
Office of Graduate Admission
3200 Cold Spring Road
Indianapolis, IN 46222-1997
What can you expect during the student-teaching experience?
During your final semester, you will complete at least 540 student-teaching hours working in a local school as part of a clinical internship experience.
- Student teaching requires a full-time commitment Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hours may vary depending on the school in which you are placed.
- You will work under the supervision of a K-12 teacher as well as a university faculty member to fulfill university and state requirements.
- If you are already a licensed K-12 teacher, you may be able to satisfy the internship requirement as part of your current position. Talk with our clinical internship coordinator or program director for more information.
What are the tuition rates?
Cost is $470/per credit hour or the current graduate student rate. Credit hours vary based on the program and anticipated licensure area. Degree programs are a minimum of 36 credit hours. Licensure-only programs are approximately 21 credit hours.
Cost DOES NOT include the $40 application fee, rental of cap and gown for graduation, costs for purchasing textbooks, and other university fees.