Literacy Education teacher graduate at Hamline

Master of Arts in Teaching for Undergraduate Students

You’re already on your way to earning your master’s degree

When you declare your major or co-major in education, or your major in STEM education, you’re automatically earning credit toward your Master of Arts in Teaching. 

In fact, you’ll be able to:

  • Earn your bachelor’s degree in education, education and a co-major of your choosing, or STEM education
  • Earn your teaching license in an area of your choosing
  • Earn your master’s degree in teaching with only two additional courses
Amy Hewett-Olatunde, MAEd, '02, EdD, 2015 MN teacher of the year

The benefits of getting your master's in teaching

  • You get a master’s degree with just two more courses (8 credits) compared to the typical 34 to 48 credits of most other master’s programs
  • You can start working as a teacher while completing your master’s degree
  • You’ll work alongside other new teachers and share questions, successes, challenges, and ideas
  • Teachers who have earned a master’s degree are paid more
  • It opens up a variety of options to keep growing within the field of education. Once you have your master’s, you can later pursue: 
Josiah Wiest, MA in Teaching, Education at Hamline

One reason I chose Hamline was for the Master of Arts in Teaching program. I am going to graduate as an undergrad this year, and I will only have two courses left to complete my master's. So, I will have my master’s by next fall, which is something you cannot find at most universities.

Josiah Wiest ‘23 education, English and communication studies, ‘24 MA in Teaching

Your checklist for earning two degrees and a license

Any student desiring to make a difference as a teacher can take education courses at any point in their undergraduate journey. Whether you complete a major or not, you can use your coursework toward a master’s in teaching degree as a graduate student.

You will be formally admitted to the Master of Art in Teaching program once you:

1. Complete the following foundational courses:  

  •  EDU 1150: Schools and Society
  •  EDU 1250: Educational Psychology
  •  EDU 3260: Theory to Practice
  •  EDU 3500: Diversity and Education

2.  Declare one of the following majors: 

  • Education 
  • Co-major in education and another major of your choosing
  • STEM Education

3.  Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above in your education courses

The courses you take after the foundational courses will also earn you graduate credit. The two courses you’ll complete after completing your initial licensure and bachelor’s degree are:

  • GED 8400: Research and Design
  • GED 8490: Capstone Project
Shelby Conrad, Education student at Hamline, teaching

As an education major, I have always been interested in getting my master’s, and I have always thought about becoming a principal. The MAT program is a great way to get my bachelor’s and work toward my master’s, so I am better off for my future.

Shelby Conrad ‘24, education with an elementary concentration; Of Elk River, MN

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