Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Online

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To start classes this fall, turn in your application by July 15, 2021.

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
Fall 2021
July 15, 2021
August 1, 2021
August 23, 2021
Spring 2022 TBD   TBD January 10, 2022
Summer 2022 TBD TBD May 9, 2022

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 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
    • Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Test
    • Earned Master’s degree with Official Transcript
  • Current resume
  • Recommendation forms are available via the application portal
  • Personal statement
  • Background check
  • Non-refundable $50 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 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 should be uploaded to your application portal. Recommendations from family members will not be accepted.
  • 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 $50 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?

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 $50 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.

Frequently asked questions

  • How much does the program cost?

    Visit the Business Office "tuition rates for 2020-21" page for tuition rates. Textbooks, university fees, rental of cap and gown for graduation, and the $45 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) 955-6​400. 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.

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 Marlon Llewellyn at or (317) 955-6325.

For more information

Office of Graduate and Online Admission
(317) 955-6​400

For program specific information

Marlon Llewellyn 

Coordinator of the Academy for Teaching and Learning Leadership
(317) 955-6325

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