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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Online
in The Educators College

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Online program at Marian University is an alternative teacher preparation program for career changers who are seeking an initial teaching license. The MAT program is designed to allow teacher candidates the opportunity to earn a teaching license and Master's degree on a part-time schedule. Teacher candidates not interested in earning a Master's degree may choose the licensure only track.

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Why choose MAT online at Marian?

The MAT degree track consists of 36 credit hours. The licensure only program consists of 18-24 credit hours depending on the licensure area. All programs can be completed within 18-24 months.

All courses will be offered online. During the final semester, teacher candidates will be expected to complete a minimum of 540 supervised clinical internship hours in a local school as a student teacher. Teacher candidates work under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and a university supervisor to fulfill program, state, and national clinical internship requirements. The student teaching placement requires a full-time commitment Monday-Friday between the hours of 7 a.m.-4 p.m. depending on the placement school.

Teacher candidates that currently work as a full-time classroom teacher may be able to meet the clinical internship requirement with their current position. Please contact the appropriate Clinical Internship Coordinator or Program Director for more information.

Become a Teacher Leader

  • The Educators College at Marian University prepares teacher leaders who want to transform schools, student lives, families, society, and our 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.

What will I study?

  • MAT Online: Elementary Education Courses
    • EDU505 Child Development (3 credits)
    • EDU514 Second Language Learning (2 credits)
    • EDU515 Principles and Problem in Education (2 credits)
    • EDU516 Family and Teacher in Diverse/Inclusive Settings (2 credits)
    • EDU543 Techniques for Reading & Literacy Instruction (3 credits)
    • EDU523 Exceptional Needs I (1 credit)
    • EDU525 Exceptional Needs II (1 credit)
    • EDU526 Best Practices in Elementary Science and Math (3 credits)
    • EDU529 Best Practices in Elementary Language Arts and Social Studies (3 credits)
    • EDU530 Assessment of Learning I (2 credits)
    • EDU531 Assessment of Learning II (2 credits)
    • EDU560 Clinical Internship (7 credits)
    • EDU590 Classroom Research I (2 credits)
    • EDU591 Classroom Research II (3 credits)
  • MAT Online: Elementary Education Licensure Only Courses
    • EDU505 Child Development (3 credits)
    • EDU516 Family and Teacher in Diverse/Inclusive Settings (2 credits)
    • EDU543 Techniques for Reading & Literacy Instruction (3 credits)
    • EDU523 Exceptional Needs I (1 credit)
    • EDU525 Exceptional Needs II (1 credit)
    • EDU526 Best Practices in Elementary Science and Math (3 credits)
    • EDU529 Best Practices in Elementary Language Arts and Social Studies (3 credits)
    • EDU530 Assessment of Learning I (2 credits)
    • EDU531 Assessment of Learning II (2 credits)
    • EDU560 Clinical Internship (4 credits)
  • MAT Online: Secondary Science Education Courses
    • EDU505 Child Development (3 credits)
    • EDU514 Second Language Learning (2 credits)
    • EDU519 Best Practices in Teaching & Learning (3 credits)
    • EDU520 Techniques for Reading & Literacy Instruction (3 credits)
    • EDU523 Exceptional Needs I (1 credit)
    • EDU525 Exceptional Needs II (1 credit)
    • EDU522 Best Practices in Science & Math (3 credits)
    • EDUEDU530 Assessment of Learning I (2 credits)
    • EDU531 Assessment of Learning II (2 credits)
    • EDU560 Clinical Internship (7 credits)
    • EDU590 Classroom Research I (2 credits)
    • EDU591 Classroom Research II (3 credits)
  • MAT Online: Secondary Science Education Licensure Only Courses
    • EDU505 Child Development (3 credits)
    • EDU519 Best Practices in Teaching & Learning (3 credits)
    • EDU520 Techniques for Reading & Literacy Instruction (3 credits)
    • EDU523 Exceptional Needs I (1 credit)
    • EDU522 Best Practices in Science & Math (3 credits)
    • EDU530 Assessment of Learning I (2 credits)
    • EDU560 Clinical Internship (3 credits)
  • MAT Online: Exceptional Needs Mild Intervention Courses
    • EDU505 Child Development (3 credits)
    • EDU514 Second Language Learning (2 credits)
    • EDU519 Best Practices in Teaching & Learning (3 credits)
    • EDU520 Techniques for Reading & Literacy Instruction (3 credits)
    • EDU535 Introduction to Children with Exceptional Needs (3 credits)
    • EDU533 Assessment of Children with Exceptional Needs (3 credits)
    • EDU538 Exceptional Needs: Curriculum & Methods (3 credits)
    • EDU549 Exceptional Needs: Collaborative Consultation (3 credits)
    • EDU560 Clinical Internship (7 credits)
    • EDU590 Classroom Research I (2 credits)
    • EDU591 Classroom Research II (3 credits)
  • MAT Online: Exceptional Needs Mild Intervention Licensure Only Courses
    • EDU505 Child Development (3 credits)
    • EDU519 Best Practices in Teaching & Learning (3 credits)
    • EDU520 Techniques for Reading & Literacy Instruction (3 credits)
    • EDU533 Assessment of Children with Exceptional Needs (3 credits)
    • EDU538 Exceptional Needs: Curriculum & Methods (3 credits)
    • EDU549 Exceptional Needs: Collaborative Consultation (3 credits)

    Prerequisite: EDU535 Introduction to Children with Exceptional Needs (3 credits)

Start dates

Semester Early Decision Deadline Application Deadline Courses Begin
Fall 2017 May 15, 2017 August 1, 2017 August 21, 2017
Summer 2018 February 15, 2018 April 15, 2018 May 14, 2018
Fall 2018 May 15, 2017 August 1, 2018 August 20, 2018

Application Process

Quick Checklist

  • Complete our online application. Be sure to select "MAT Online Program"
  • Official transcripts from every institution of higher education attended
  • CASA or CASA Alternative scores
  • Resume
  • Two recommendation forms
  • Personal statement
  • Background check
  • Non-refundable $40 application fee
  • Online readiness self-assessment and reflection
  • Read the Marian University Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities

2017-18 admissions checklist

All applicants must have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited university with a cumulative GPA 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or a cumulative GPA 2.5 or higher and five years of professional work experience.  

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. All admission documents must be received at least four weeks prior to the start of each semester in order to register for classes.

  • Complete an online application at marian.edu/apply click Start Your Graduate Application. Be sure to select “MAT Online Program”.
  • Request an official transcript from every college or university that you have previously attended.  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.  Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions, and they become the property of Marian University once they have been submitted.  Transcripts CANNOT be returned to you.
  • Register for the Indiana CORE Academic Skills Assessment (CASA). Be sure to indicate Marian University.  As a score report recipient. Information about CASA may be found at http://www.in.nesinc.com/. You may also document basic skills competency for admission by using one of the following assessments:
  • ETS Praxis I composite score of at least 527 taken prior to September 1, 2013
  • ACT with a score of at least 24 based on Math, Reading, Grammar, and Science
  • SAT with a score of at least 1100 based on Critical Reading and Math
  • GRE with a score of at least 1100 based on Verbal and Quantitative prior to 8/1/11
  • GRE with a score of at least 301 based on Verbal and Quantitative after 8/1/11
  • Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution

Please have your score report sent directly to Marian University from the testing agency. ACT Code 1224 or SAT Code 1442.

  • Upload a copy of your resume with your online application.
  • Complete the two MAT Online Recommendation Forms: MAT Online Recommendation Form One and MAT Online Recommendation Form Two. Please do not ask a member of your family to complete a recommendation form.  Recommendation forms from family members will not be accepted. Each form should be mailed or emailed separately to GRadmissions@marian.edu.  
  • Personal statement or essay submitted with online application 500 word limit. The personal statement 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.
  • Obtain a limited criminal history check from the Indiana State Police at:  Indiana Government Center North, 100 North Senate Avenue, Indianapolis, IN  46204; send the original form to GRadmissions@marian.edu OR obtain a limited criminal history check online at http://www.l1enrollment.com/state/?st=in.  
  • IF your baccalaureate degree was earned from outside the U.S, you will need to have a transcript evaluation completed by World Education Services www.wes.org. You will also need to request to have an official report of your TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score sent to GRadmissions@marian.edu.
  • Pay the $40.00 non-refundable application fee online. The $40 application fee is required and is non-refundable.  
  • Online readiness self-assessment and reflection. You will receive the online readiness self-assessment and instructions via email after all of your admission documents have been received.
  • Thoroughly read the Marian University Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities. If you are accepted into a university program, you will be expected to abide by the code outlined in this document.

ALL of the above items should be submitted to:
GRadmissions@marian.edu 
Office of Graduate Admission
Marian University
3200 Cold Spring Road
Indianapolis, IN  46222-1997

Tuition

The cost of the program is $470/per credit hour (or the current graduate rate). 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.

The tuition cost DOES NOT include the $40 application fee, rental of cap and gown for graduation, costs for purchasing textbooks, and other university fees.  

For questions regarding tuition and payment, please contact the Marian University Business Office at (317) 955-6020 or busoff@marian.edu

Accepted students who are citizens of the U.S. may apply for education loans. For more information on how to apply for financial aid, visit http://www.marian.edu/admissions/financial-aid/how-to-apply-for-aid

Frequently asked questions

  • How much does the program cost?

    The current cost of the program is $470/credit hour. 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 www.fafsa.gov 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 jford@marian.edu 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 between 18-24 months to complete. This requires at least one semester of full-time student teaching in a local school Monday-Friday between the hours of 7am-4pm.

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

  • What type of commitment with 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 7am-4pm, Monday through Friday for a minimum of 17 weeks during one 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 Admissions at GRadmissions@marian.edu or (317) 955-6128.

    For more information on the MAT Online Program, please contact Erika Wise at ewise@marian.edu.

For more information

Office of Graduate Admission
GRadmissions@marian.edu

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