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MAT Master of Arts in Teaching

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Master of teaching program

Hamline’s Master of Arts in Teaching program provides you with the education, skills, and knowledge to ensure that you can make classrooms, schools, and communities sustainable, innovative, and resilient.

We prepare you as a practitioner, researcher, and leader-advocate—to shape what the classroom can do for students and what students can do for the world.

*The total number of courses and credits varies by licensure area and the number of credits you transfer to the program. Additional courses and credits may be required. 

What will it take?

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August 26, 2024

Prepare your students to change the world

When you pursue your MAT degree at Hamline, you will:

  • Collaborate with peers, mentors, and community partners to create nurturing classrooms, equitable schools, and sustainable communities
  • Create empowering learning environments with a focus on literacy, equity, and cultural and linguistic diversity
  • Arrive at your first day of teaching equipped with professional knowledge, tools of practice, and a rich understanding of systems that affect the education community

MAT degree program details

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Start dates and application deadlines

We review applications on a rolling basis, meaning that you can apply and start your MAT degree at three separate times throughout the year. We recommend applying at least 6 weeks before the beginning of your term, in order to ensure your spot.

How to apply

Fall 2024 term starts
Spring 2025 term starts
Summer 2025 term starts

Master’s in Teaching format

Elementary education, ESL, and special education licenses (ABS, ASD):

If you start in the fall term, these licenses can be completed fully online. If you start in the spring or summer terms, you will take online and on-campus courses.

All other licenses:

For all the other MAT licenses, we offer a hybrid format, including online and on-campus courses.

  • Online courses meet synchronously on weeknights from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
  • On-campus courses are held on weeknights from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
  • You can expect to take 2 to 4 classes on campus, and field experiences occur in person during the school day or, for the ABE license, in various adult learning settings

Time to complete MAT degree

Start summer term: If you start the program in summer term, you can finish your initial licensure in 18 months. You can complete your master's degree in one more term, while teaching.

Start fall or spring terms: If you begin in fall or spring terms, you can complete your initial licensure in approximately two years and your master’s with one additional term.

Want to get a better idea of how many courses you'll have to complete? 

Your exact completion time may be shorter or longer depending on what courses you transfer to Hamline. Our advisors will work with you and do an initial review of your transcripts.

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Masters in Teaching with initial licensure courses

We prepare you as a practitioner, researcher, and leader-advocate—to shape what the classroom can do for students and what students can do for the world.

No prerequisites

Hamline doesn’t require you to complete any coursework before starting the program. Instead, our advisors will develop a specific course plan that considers your previous undergraduate and graduate coursework and work experience to better tailor it to your chosen licensure area.

MAT Degree coursework

Your master’s in teaching degree is made up of three areas:

1. Foundational coursework (18 credits):

  • GED 7801: Introduction to Advanced Teacher Thinking (0 credits)
  • GED 7815: Schools and Society (4 credits)
  • GED 7825 - Educational Psychology (4 credits)
  • GED 7862 - Education and Cultural Diversity (4 credits)
  • GED 7867 - Theory to Practice (4 credits)
  • GED 7872 - Exceptionality (2 credits)

If you’ve already completed some of the above courses, you may be able to transfer up to 50% of them as long as they meet the required approval.

2. License-specific coursework (credits vary):

The number of courses you need for your chosen licensure area will vary depending on:

  • Your licensure area
  • Any courses you transfer to Hamline that satisfy your licensure course requirements. Work with our admission counselor to review your transcripts to learn more. 

3. Culminating coursework:

  • Student teaching (credits vary by license)
  • Capstone (credits vary)

Find your licensure courses

Masters in Teaching Minnesota licenses

At Hamline, you can get your first teaching license in one of 12 licensure areas:

  • Adult Basic Education
  • Chemistry 9–12
  • Communication Arts and Literature 5–12
  • Elementary Education K–6
  • English as a Second Language K–12
  • General Science 5–8
  • Life Sciences 9–12
  • Mathematics 5–12
  • Physics 9–12
  • Social Studies 5–12
  • Special Education - Academic Behavioral Strategist
  • Special Education - Autism Spectrum Disorder
Carlos Stewart testimonial

At Hamline, I had the opportunity to watch some really amazing teachers work. I learned that teaching isn't a 'one size fits all' profession; you can be exactly who you are and bring that into the classroom.

Carlos Stewart '18, Master of Arts in Teaching ; literacy educator at Hamline Elementary

How we help make your MAT degree affordable

Competitive tuition

When you invest in a MAT from Hamline, you benefit from a prestigious degree from Minnesota's first university. We work hard to ensure our tuition, accompanied by scholarships, tuition discounts, and other financial aid, is a worthwhile investment for all students.


Generous financial aid

In addition to the scholarships and tuition discounts listed below, additional financial aid is also available, and many graduate students use low-interest loans to finance their education.

  • Community Impact Award
  • Service scholarship
  • Learning partnership discount
  • Alumni discount
  • TEACH grant
  • Minnesota Teacher Candidate grant


Financial aid

90% of MAT students receive Hamline scholarships or discounts.

Get a degree and with professional network of thousands


When you get your initial license from Hamline, you'll join a network of nearly 1,300 alumni who have earned their initial license from Hamline since 2002. 

And that doesn't include the hundreds of superintendents, principals, directors, teachers, and other K-12 educators with additional licenses, master's degrees, and doctorates throughout Minnesota.  

Map of where graduates of Hamline's MAT program are currently teaching
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Hamline made getting my teaching license in English so convenient and easy. They laid out a whole plan for how long it would take and all of the classes were at night, so I didn't have to quit my job. The convenience of everything was really what I needed.

Egypt Kosloski '22, Master of Arts in Teaching; Edgewood Middle School in Mounds View, MN

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