Masters Bridge to Teaching

Program Overview

The Master’s Bridge to Teaching (MBT) programs lead to initial licensure in Indiana for primary and intermediate grades in elementary schools, various secondary subject areas for middle and high schools, culminating in a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. The programs provide pathways for career changers to become elementary, middle school, and high school teachers. Post-baccalaureate individuals who would like to become teachers are invited to apply to the MBT program.

The MBT programs include a concentration in second language learning so that their candidates learn how to include all children, including English language learners, in the social and academic activities of the classroom.


Developing Teacher Leaders

The Academy for Teaching and Learning Leadership’s clear and strong vision is to prepare transformational educational teacher and leaders who can transform organizations, lives, families, society, and the world.  To do this, The Academy will equip teachers and educational leaders to be at the forefront of their craft, rooted in the belief that every child has the capacity to learn, to teach and lead for the betterment of students and communities coupled with an unbridled thirst for success.

The Masters Bridge to Teaching programs at Marian University provide post-baccalaureate individuals with the opportunity to become licensed elementary, middle and high school teachers. The programs encourage participants to transfer theory and life experience into practical application. They are collaborative efforts involving Marian University, several schools, mentors, interns, parents, and the community.


The Masters Bridge to Teaching program exists in two forms: a full-time (one year) program and a part-time (two year) program. Both programs infuse graduate coursework with in-classroom application. Teacher candidates are organized into cohorts that typically begin in the summer.  

Full-Time Program
The full-time MBT program at Marian University begins annually in June and culminates with graduation the following May.  Classes and in-school internships in the full-time program are held Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Teacher candidates are placed in area schools to gain practical experience in the classroom during both the fall and spring semesters.

Part-Time Program
Our part-time MBT program begins annually in May. Classes are offered on Saturdays for a year and a half so that teacher candidates can keep a week-day job during that time. The Saturday classes are held from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The final semester of the program does require a full-time, daytime commitment in a teaching placement. re in session. Students in these programs graduate in May after completion of student teaching. As a part of the MBT program, teacher candidates may be eligible for a Transition to Teaching permit. This would allow the teacher candidate to seek employment as a teacher during the program and be considered Highly Qualified by the state.

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.75. Transcripts are reviewed to evaluate academic background in the content area in which the applicant wants to teach.

Criminal history check

Work history

Experiences working with children and adults

Reflections on life and learning experiences

Statements of professional goals

For more information on how to apply, please see the Application Checklist below.


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For More Information

Contact Graduate Program Director, Erika Wise, M.Ed., at ewise@marian.edu or 317.955.6286.

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