Master OF Arts
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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program

Marian University’s Master of Arts in Teaching program is designed to give college graduates who have a bachelor's degree in any field the chance to change careers and become K-12 teachers. If you’re looking to earn an education degree and gain the knowledge, skills, and experience to transform the lives of students and families, talk to us! Marian University has a tradition of excellence in preparing teachers who, through internships and a proven curriculum, are prepared for teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

This MAT program prepares students to pursue initial Indiana teaching licensure for elementary school teaching or secondary licensure in one or more subject areas. A concentration in English as a second language (ESL) is also available. Students in the MAT program can choose from two tracks: a full-time one-year program or a part-time two-year program.

One-year program for full-time students

Classes for the full-time program begin each summer and culminate with graduation in May.

  • Students receive hands-on, practical experience working and teaching in local schools during both the fall and spring semesters.
  • Classes and internships are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Semester Application Deadline Courses Begin
Summer 2020 April 15, 2020 May 11, 2020

Two-year program for part-time students

For part-time students, classes begin each summer and fall.

  • For the first 18 months, you can continue working full-time. Classes are typically held in the evening from 6-9 p.m. throughout the week with Saturday classes from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • During the final semester, students must enroll full-time to complete the teaching internship, which will be held Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. (hours may vary based on the school in which you are placed).
  • In some cases, you may be eligible for a "Transition to Teaching" permit from the Indiana Department of Education. This permit will enable you to seek full-time employment as a teacher while you complete the MBT program.
  • Students graduate after completing six semesters of coursework and student teaching.
Semester Application Deadline Courses Begin
Spring 2020 December 1, 2019 January 13, 2020
Summer 2020April 15, 2020May 11, 2020

Check out these answers to answers to frequently asked questions about Marian's MAT program.


As part of the Master of Arts in Teaching program, you'll complete a number of required education and elective courses, including subjects like:

  • Second language learning
  • Principles and problems of education
  • Best practices in reading, language arts, and social studies
  • Child development and observation
  • Exceptional needs
  • Assessment of learning

For complete course descriptions and more details, consult the current Marian University graduate course catalog.

What is the application and admission process?

Quick checklist

  • Complete our online application. Be sure to select "Master of Arts in Teaching."
  • Official transcripts from EVERY college or university that you have attended
  • Basic academic skills proficiency: Applicants are not required to earn a minimum score for admission. ALL applications will be considered.
    • ACT
    • SAT
    • GRE
    • Indiana CORE Academic Skills Assessment (CASA)
    • Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Test
    • Earned Master’s degree with Official Transcript
  • Current resume
  • Recommendation forms from two professional references
  • Personal statement
  • Background check
  • Non-refundable $45 application fee
  • Read the Marian University Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities

All admission documents must be received at least two weeks before start of each semester.

  • Apply online at Click on the drop down menu for "Graduate Students," then select click on the "Apply Now" button under "Master of Arts in Teaching." 
  • 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.
  • Two of your professional references must recommend you for admission to our program using these forms: MAT Recommendation Form One and MAT 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 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 $45 online application fee.
  • 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

What are the tuition rates?

Tuition for the 2019-20 academic year is $515/per credit hour. 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 $45 application fee, rental of cap and gown for graduation, costs for purchasing textbooks, and other university fees.

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step toward getting federal and state aid for your graduate studies.

​How can you learn more?

We periodically offer workshops for students interested in learning more about Marian University's MAT program. To be added to our notification list, email or (317) 955-6128. You can also download and review these materials:

Learn more about Marian's Master of Arts in Teaching program!

Marian University’s master’s in teaching program is perfect for both recent graduates and working professionals looking to pursue careers in teaching. To learn more about the MAT program, request more information today or contact Ixchel Boggess, at

For admissions information

College of Graduate and Online Programs
(317) 955-6128

For program specifics

Ixchel (Chelly) Venegas-Boggess
Coordinator of Graduate Student Support
Klipsch Educators College
(317) 955-6698

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