• School of Education

  • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

    Career Opportunities

    The State of Minnesota has declared teacher shortages in the following areas:

    5-12 Math »
    5-12 Science »
    5-12 Chemistry »
    9-12 Physics »
    K-12 Dance and Theatre »
    K-12 ESL »
    K-12 World Languages and Cultures (German or Spanish)

    With a record number of teachers nearing retirement, a historic turnover in the teaching profession is imminent.

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job openings for Kindergarten, elementary, and middle-school teachers are expected to grow by 17% between 2010 and 2020.

    That's where you come in. If teaching is your passion, pursue the MAT with initial license in one of the most hard-hit fields. Ensure the future of education while enhancing your career opportunities.  

    Initial Licensure Program

    Hamline’s innovative MAT/Initial Licensure Program has an exceptional academic reputation and is fully accredited. The program prepares you for your initial teaching license; qualified students are also eligible to earn the Master of Arts in Teaching degree upon obtaining licensure. This program is ideal for working adults who want to enter a meaningful profession, or for students who have completed undergraduate degrees and have decided they want to teach in the K-12 schools.

    Why Choose the Hamline MAT Program?

    Reputation: Hamline has long been a leader in teacher education in Minnesota and is known for thoughtful, high quality MAT programs taught by experienced and passionate teachers. Hamline offers an interactive, engaging, authentic, and personalized educational experience. 

    Commitment: Hamline is committed to developing teacher-leaders who promote equity in schools and society, build communities of teachers and learners, construct knowledge, and practice thoughtful inquiry and reflection.

    The Hamline MAT Program at-a-glance

    Time to Complete MAT:

    Varies according to license. Flexible scheduling allows you to continue current employment as you transition toward leading tomorrow’s classrooms once you finish Hamline's MAT Program.

    MAT Program Structure:

    Weekly evening (and some Saturday) courses and daytime field experiences offered all year around in fall, winter, spring, and summer. The final semester is spent student teaching to develop the skills, content, and confidence to be a highly qualified teaching professional.

    MAT Curriculum:

    Varies according to license »Candidates may bring in up to 1/2 of their pedagogy courses. For the different license areas, this would look like (contact one of the license advisors for more information): 

    • Secondary and K-12 (excluding ESL) candidates may bring in up to 4 classes

    • K-6 candidates may bring in up to 5 classes

    • ESL candidates may bring in up to 7 classes (3 of those pedagogy)


    MAT Degree Completion:

    After receiving their teaching license students can complete their degree for just an additional 12 credits!

    Cost for MAT:

    View current tuition rates


    MAT Programs Begin:

    Every term: fall, spring and summer

    Meet our students

    Meet some of our MAT students and see how the program has affected their lives:

    Michael Deppe '02 »
    Mike LeMier '10 »
    Carmen Higueros »


    Mike Hand: 651-523-2900 or gradprog@hamline.edu
    Request more information »
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    Meet a Student

    Carmen Higueros believes she’s making a difference in her students’ lives, she said, thanks in part to the education she’s receiving at Hamline.

  • Meet an MAT Graduate who made a career change

    MAT Program

    Meet Michael Deppe, a graduate of Hamline's MAT program who made a mid-career switch.

  • Austin Wellman


    View MAT student Austin Wellman's YouTube channel, AustinInKuwait, about his experience teaching abroad.