• Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) - Initial Teaching License

    You want a sense of purpose, a vocation.

    You want to inspire, ignite, and make an impact. You want to love your job and create change – the kind of change that being a caring adult in a child’s life can make in the world. You want to be a teacher.

    Hamline has been preparing teachers for more than 150 years with one of the most established and reputable teacher preparation programs in Minnesota. Join those who share your passion.

    With a Master of Arts in Teaching from Hamline, you will be part of an exceptional program that:

    • Meets the needs of working adults with evening courses, as well as daytime course offerings.
    • Is committed to social justice, equity, and access for teacher candidates and the students they will teach. 
    • Instills in its students the importance of reflective practice in teaching all learners.
    • Prepares graduates who consistently achieve a high job placement rate. 

    Program Overview

    Program Format

    • Classes are held on campus with weekly evening (and some Saturday) courses and daytime field experiences.
    • Flexible scheduling allows you to continue current employment as you transition toward leading tomorrow’s classrooms.

    Program Begins

    • Fall, spring, and summer terms

    Time to complete

    • Many students are able to finish their initial licensure in 18 months with a summer term start (June).
    • If you start in fall or spring terms, completion of coursework for the initial licensure can be done in approximately two years.

    Program Details


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    Federal TEACH Grant for Master's Students
    The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants to graduate students who intend to teach full-time in high-need subject areas for at least four years at schools that serve students from low-income families. Students enrolled in TEACH Grant-approved programs may receive up to $8,000 for graduate study. You can visit the Federal Student Aid TEACH Grant website for more information about the TEACH Grant Program. You may also contact Hamline's Financial Aid office for more information.


    Students admitted to the MAT program may be eligible for the scholarship for aspiring teachers who are People of Color or American Indian.

    Two options for completing your MAT degree

    Once you've completed student teaching and seminar, choose the option that best fits your needs for degree completion.


    Build your understanding of educational policy and enhance your skills as an action researcher.

    Features: 12 credits, 3 four-credit courses, capstone project completed within one-year

    • GED 8025A & B: Public Policy: Design and Action  (2+2 credits, taken in same term)
    • GED 8023: Capstone Practicum (4 credits)
    • GED 8495:  Capstone (4 credits)


    Enhance your understanding in one of four content areas through critical reflection.

    Features: 12 credits, 3 four-credit courses, 3 consecutive terms

    You choose from four content cohorts, starting in spring or fall:

    • Culture & Diversity Cohort :  Spring, Summer, Fall semesters (on hold pending curriculum review)
    • Literacy Cohort:   Spring, Summer, Fall semesters
    • English as a Second Language Cohort:  Fall, Spring, Summer semesters
    • Science & Inquiry Cohort:  Fall, Spring, Summer semesters
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    Contact a Graduate Admission counselor and request information to learn more about pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching.

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    About the MAT

    You want to be a teacher and Hamline’s MAT program is ready help prepare you to be one of the best.

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