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

    You want to teach for a changing world.

    If you want to teach students to be change agents who impact the world, Hamline is for you. With Hamline’s Master of Arts in Teaching/Initial License program, you will enter a profession that makes classrooms, schools, and communities sustainable, innovative, and resilient.

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

    With a Master of Arts in Teaching and initial licensure from Hamline, you will:

    • Get your teaching license in 18 months and your master’s degree in as little as two years, taking classes that fit your schedule.
    • Collaborate with peers, teacher-mentors, and community partners to create innovative classrooms, equitable schools, and sustainable communities.
    • Learn how to create empowering learning environments by focusing on literacy, equity, and cultural and linguistic diversity.
    • Graduate prepared for the first day of class: equipped with professional knowledge, tools of practice, and a rich understanding of systems that affect the education community.

    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 (September), winter/spring (February), and summer (June) 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.
    • Request more information today and be connected with our program advisors, who can help you determine what courses you need and how long it will take to complete.

    Program Details

    For an overview of the required coursework, explore course information and program details.

    Not sure what area to get your license in? Explore the vast array of license areas available through Hamline's program.


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    Students enrolled in the MAT program may be eligible for several scholarships and other tuition discounts.

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    Request information to learn more about pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching. Our admission counselors and program advisors can provide answers to your specific questions and help you with your needs.

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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.