Master's Bridge to Teaching (MBT)

Program Overview

The Master’s Bridge to Teaching (MBT) program at Marian University prepares you for initial licensure in Indiana to teach primary and intermediate grades in elementary schools and various secondary subject areas for middle and high schools. Upon completion, you will graduate with a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree.

The programs provide pathways for career changers to become elementary, middle school, and high school teachers. If you have a bachelor's degree and want to become a teacher, we invite you to apply for admission.

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

Developing Teacher Leaders

The Educators College at Marian University prepares teacher leaders who are ready to transform organizations, lives, families, society, and the world. To do this, we equip teacher leaders to be at the forefront of their craft. We are rooted in the belief that every child has the capacity to learn and our mission is to create teacher leaders with an unbridled thirst for success who want to transform student lives.

Program of Study

The Master's Bridge to Teaching (MBT) at Marian University includes a full-time, one-year program and a part-time, two-year program. Both 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 program begins each summer and culminates with graduation the following May. Classes and in-school internships are held Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 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
You can begin the part-time program in the summer or fall. Classes are held on Saturdays or weeknights for 18 months so you can continue working during the week. Typically, Saturday classes are held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weeknight classes are from 6 to 9 p.m. The final semester requires a full-time day-time commitment to complete a teaching placement. You will graduate after completing six semesters of coursework and internships. As a part of the MBT program, you may be eligible for a Transition to Teaching permit which allows you to seek employment as teachers during the program.

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,
  • Passing scores on Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA) or alternative,
  • Interview with Graduate Program Director,
  • Apply to Marian.

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Dr. Cheryl A. Hertzer
Graduate Program Director
(317) 955-6087

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