Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Online

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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 teach at the elementary level take courses such as Child Development and Techniques for Reading & Literacy Instruction. Students in other concentrations, such as Secondary Science Education, study more specialized subjects, such as Best Practices in Science & Math.

When do classes start?

Semester Application Deadline Courses Begin
Spring 2019December 1, 2018January 14, 2019
Summer 2019 April 15, 2019 May 6, 2019
Fall 2019 August 1, 2019 August 26, 2019

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. Talk with our clinical internship coordinator or program director for more information.

What is the application and admission process?

Quick checklist

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. All admission documents must be received at least two (2) weeks before start of each semester.

  • Apply online at 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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

What are the tuition rates?

Tuition for the 2018-19 academic year is $495/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 $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 cost of the program is $495/credit hour, or current graduate rate. 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 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) 955-6298. 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 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 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 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday for a minimum of 16 weeks during one full fall or spring 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 Admissionat or (317) 955-6128.

    For more information on the MAT Online program, please contact Erika Wise at

Learn more about Marian’s online Master of Arts in Teaching degree!

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? Request more information today, or contact The Office of Graduate Admission at or (317) 955-6128.

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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