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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:

  1. The 36-credit program to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching degree
  2. 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:

When do classes start?

Semester Early Decision Deadline Application Deadline Courses Begin
Spring 2018 October 15, 2017 December 15, 2017 January 8, 2018
Summer 2018 February 15, 2018 April 15, 2018 May 14, 2018
Fall 2018 May 15, 2017 August 1, 2018 August 20, 2018

What will I study?

  • MAT Online: Elementary Education Courses
    • EDU505 Child Development (3 credits)
    • EDU514 Second Language Learning (2 credits)
    • EDU515 Principles and Problem in Education (2 credits)
    • EDU516 Family and Teacher in Diverse/Inclusive Settings (2 credits)
    • EDU543 Techniques for Reading & Literacy Instruction (3 credits)
    • EDU523 Exceptional Needs I (1 credit)
    • EDU525 Exceptional Needs II (1 credit)
    • EDU526 Best Practices in Elementary Science and Math (3 credits)
    • EDU529 Best Practices in Elementary Language Arts and Social Studies (3 credits)
    • EDU530 Assessment of Learning I (2 credits)
    • EDU531 Assessment of Learning II (2 credits)
    • EDU560 Clinical Internship (7 credits)
    • EDU590 Classroom Research I (2 credits)
    • EDU591 Classroom Research II (3 credits)
  • MAT Online: Elementary Education Licensure Only Courses
    • EDU505 Child Development (3 credits)
    • EDU516 Family and Teacher in Diverse/Inclusive Settings (2 credits)
    • EDU543 Techniques for Reading & Literacy Instruction (3 credits)
    • EDU523 Exceptional Needs I (1 credit)
    • EDU525 Exceptional Needs II (1 credit)
    • EDU526 Best Practices in Elementary Science and Math (3 credits)
    • EDU529 Best Practices in Elementary Language Arts and Social Studies (3 credits)
    • EDU530 Assessment of Learning I (2 credits)
    • EDU531 Assessment of Learning II (2 credits)
    • EDU560 Clinical Internship (4 credits)
  • MAT Online: Secondary Science Education Courses
    • EDU505 Child Development (3 credits)
    • EDU514 Second Language Learning (2 credits)
    • EDU519 Best Practices in Teaching & Learning (3 credits)
    • EDU520 Techniques for Reading & Literacy Instruction (3 credits)
    • EDU523 Exceptional Needs I (1 credit)
    • EDU525 Exceptional Needs II (1 credit)
    • EDU522 Best Practices in Science & Math (3 credits)
    • EDUEDU530 Assessment of Learning I (2 credits)
    • EDU531 Assessment of Learning II (2 credits)
    • EDU560 Clinical Internship (7 credits)
    • EDU590 Classroom Research I (2 credits)
    • EDU591 Classroom Research II (3 credits)
  • MAT Online: Secondary Science Education Licensure Only Courses
    • EDU505 Child Development (3 credits)
    • EDU519 Best Practices in Teaching & Learning (3 credits)
    • EDU520 Techniques for Reading & Literacy Instruction (3 credits)
    • EDU523 Exceptional Needs I (1 credit)
    • EDU522 Best Practices in Science & Math (3 credits)
    • EDU530 Assessment of Learning I (2 credits)
    • EDU560 Clinical Internship (3 credits)
  • MAT Online: Exceptional Needs Mild Intervention Courses
    • EDU505 Child Development (3 credits)
    • EDU514 Second Language Learning (2 credits)
    • EDU519 Best Practices in Teaching & Learning (3 credits)
    • EDU520 Techniques for Reading & Literacy Instruction (3 credits)
    • EDU535 Introduction to Children with Exceptional Needs (3 credits)
    • EDU533 Assessment of Children with Exceptional Needs (3 credits)
    • EDU538 Exceptional Needs: Curriculum & Methods (3 credits)
    • EDU549 Exceptional Needs: Collaborative Consultation (3 credits)
    • EDU560 Clinical Internship (7 credits)
    • EDU590 Classroom Research I (2 credits)
    • EDU591 Classroom Research II (3 credits)
  • MAT Online: Exceptional Needs Mild Intervention Licensure Only Courses
    • EDU505 Child Development (3 credits)
    • EDU519 Best Practices in Teaching & Learning (3 credits)
    • EDU520 Techniques for Reading & Literacy Instruction (3 credits)
    • EDU533 Assessment of Children with Exceptional Needs (3 credits)
    • EDU538 Exceptional Needs: Curriculum & Methods (3 credits)
    • EDU549 Exceptional Needs: Collaborative Consultation (3 credits)

    Prerequisite: EDU535 Introduction to Children with Exceptional Needs (3 credits)

What is the application and admission process?

Quick checklist

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:
  1. Master’s degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution
  2. GRE with a score of at least 1100 based on verbal and quantitative taken before August 1, 2011
  3. GRE with a score of at least 301 based on verbal and quantitative taken after August 1, 2011
  4. ETS Praxis I composite score of at least 527 taken before September 1, 2013
  5. ACT with a score of at least 24 on math, reading, grammar, and science
  6. 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
Marian University
3200 Cold Spring Road
Indianapolis, IN  46222-1997

GRadmissions@marian.edu

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.

Frequently asked questions

  • How much does the program cost?

    The current cost of the program is $470/credit hour. Textbooks, university fees, rental of cap and gown for graduation, and the $40 application fee is not included in the tuition.

    Students who are citizens of the United States and who are selected for the program may apply for Federal Stafford loans. The first step in this process is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Go to www.fafsa.gov for more information.

    For questions about applying for financial aid at Marian University, please contact Julia Ford, Assistant Director of Financial Aid for Graduate and Professional Programs at jford@marian.edu or (317) 955-6298. Click here for more information.

  • Do I need a bachelor's degree?

    Yes, you must have already completed a bachelor's degree in order to apply to the MAT Online program. However, your previous degree does not have to be in education. For the Elementary license, transcripts are evaluated to determine whether applicants have a broad educational background that includes coursework in mathematics, science, social studies and English. For the secondary content area license(s), transcripts are evaluated to determine whether applicants have the necessary courses in the content areas that they want to teach. A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 out of 4.00 is preferred.

  • How long will the MAT Online program take to complete?

    The MAT Online degree program which leads to an initial teaching license and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree takes between 18-24 months to complete. This requires at least one semester of full-time student teaching in a local school Monday-Friday between the hours of 7am-4pm.

    The MAT Online licensure-only program, which leads to an initial teaching license takes approximately 18 months to complete. This requires at least one semester of full-time student teaching in a local school Monday-Friday between the hours of 7am-4pm.

  • What type of commitment with the MAT Online program require?

    MAT Online degree seeking students should anticipate up to a two-year commitment to meet the degree and licensure requirements. All of the courses will be offered online synchronously or asynchronously. You should anticipate spending a minimum of 10 hours per week completing online assignments and course requirements for each 3 credit hour course.

    Teacher candidates are expected to complete a full-time student teaching placement for one full semester. The student teaching placement requires a full-time commitment 7am-4pm, Monday through Friday for a minimum of 17 weeks during one semester.

  • When are applications to the MAT Online program due?

    Applications are accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis. Applications and all admission documents must be received at least four weeks prior to the start of semester.

    For more information on the admissions process, please contact The Office of Graduate Admissions at GRadmissions@marian.edu or (317) 955-6128.

    For more information on the MAT Online Program, please contact Erika Wise at ewise@marian.edu.

For general admission information

College of Graduate and Online Programs
(317) 955-6128
GRadmissions@marian.edu

For program specifics

Erika Wise, M.Ed.
Graduate Education Program Director
(317) 955-6286
ewise@marian.edu

Heather Melrose
Graduate Education Program Coordinator
(317) 955-6534
hmelrose@marian.edu

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