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Master of Arts
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Online Master of Arts in Teaching Program

Marian University’s online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree is conveniently designed for adult students who want to change careers and earn licensure in elementary education, secondary science education, or exceptional needs P-12. This is a 36-credit master’s program. Marian also offers a licensure-only track, which consists of 18-24 hours of classes. You can continue working full-time and take classes part-time until you begin your required teaching internship during your last semester.

Students applying to the program must have already earned a bachelor’s degree, although your degree does not have to be in education. Other requirements for this program include a cumulative 3.00 undergraduate GPA or a 2.50 or higher GPA from a regionally accredited university with five years of professional experience. Based on whether students are looking to teach in elementary schools or secondary schools, Marian will evaluate whether applicants have the broad knowledge or required courses for teaching at that level.

Master's in Teaching Curriculum

Courses are available entirely online, meaning you can complete your assignments and coursework at times that best fit your schedule. Marian’s MAT program offers a diverse range of classes based on your concentration. Students looking to earn an initial teaching license take courses such as child development and techniques for reading and literacy instruction.

When do classes start?

Semester Application Deadline File Completion Deadline Courses Begin
Spring 2023December 1, 2022December 10, 2022January 9, 2023
Summer 2023April 1, 2023April 15, 2023May 5, 2023
Fall 2023July 15, 2023August 1, 2023August 21, 2023

Student Teaching Internship

Student teaching requires a full-time commitment Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-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. Speak with our clinical internship coordinator or program director for more information.

What does the application process involve?

Quick Checklist

  • Complete our online application.
  • 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
    • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test
    • Earned Master’s degree with Official Transcript
  • Current resume
  • Recommendation forms are available via the application portal
  • Personal statement
  • Background check
  • Non-refundable $55 application fee
  • Complete interview
  • 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 in our application portal
  • 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.
  • Send official transcripts directly to Marian University's Office of Undergraduate Admission for all previously attended high schools and colleges. For any university you attended that is not in the United States, we require a course-by-course evaluation. Evaluations must include the U.S. equivalency, a course-by-course list, and copies of the original transcripts. 

If your university does not provide transcripts in English, we require a word-for-word translation of the transcript. You can translate the transcript yourself, but we recommend using a third-party translator like

  • If your native language is not English, send an official English language proficiency test result directly to Marian University. Minimum acceptable scores are:
    • TOEFL IBT  69
    • IELTS  6.0
    • ELS Level 112
    • PTE 48
  • Two of your professional references should be uploaded to your application portal. Recommendations from family members will not be accepted.
  • Obtain a criminal history background check from the Indiana State Police – INkless. Please follow the instructions available at to schedule a fingerprinting appointment. This will ensure that the results are sent to Marian University. 
  • Pay the required, non-refundable $55 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 to:

Office of Graduate Admission
Marian University
3200 Cold Spring Road
Indianapolis, IN  46222-1997

What are the tuition rates?

Please visit the Business Office "Tuition Rates" page. 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 $55 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 much does the program cost?

    Visit the Business Office "Tuition Rates" page for current tuition rates. Textbooks, university fees, rental of cap and gown for graduation, and the $55 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 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 or (317) 955-6400. 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 up to 18-24 months to complete. This program requires at least one semester of full-time student teaching in a local school Monday-Friday between the hours of 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

    The MAT Online licensure-only program, which leads to an initial teaching license takes approximately 18-24 months to complete, depending on the license content area. The licensure-only program requires at least one semester of full-time student teaching in a local school Monday-Friday between the hours of 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • What type of commitment will 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 three 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 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday for a minimum of 16 weeks during one full fall or spring semester.

Marian’s online MAT program prepares students for a career change with practical experience and licensure in a convenient format. Interested in learning more about our online MAT degree?

Learn more about the online MAT degree

For more information

Office of Graduate and Online Admission
(317) 955-6400

For program specifics

Marlon Llewellyn 

Director, Recruitment and Strategic Partnerships
(317) 955-6325

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