Cannon-Clary College of Education
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    Master of Arts in Teaching

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What is the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program?

If you already have a bachelor's degree, Harding's M.A.T. program will grant you a master's degree toward a teaching license at the K-6, 4-8, 7-12 or K-12 grade levels in content areas of your choice. 

The following licensure areas are offered:

Elementary Level: Grades K-6

Middle Level: Grades 4-8 
Language arts, math, science, social science

Secondary Level: Grades 7-12

Grades K-12:
Foreign Language (French, Latin or Spanish)
Music (Instrumental or Vocal)
Speech/Drama combination

For those interested in Special Education, there are two options available. Whichever area you choose, you will be granted a master's degree toward a teaching license. Those areas are:

Special Education K-12
Early Childhood/Special Education Integrated B-K Teachers for early childhood-birth to kindergarten are in demand.

What options do I have for completing the program?

Track I: Professional Licensure Track (35 hours)

You can teach full time while pursuing your degree. You must become eligible for and obtain a provisional license in the area of expertise in which you are seeking licensure before you begin teaching.

Track II: Traditional Student Teaching Track (35 hours)

You can follow a traditional teacher preparation program culminating with a semester of student teaching.
Important Policy Statement: Students who are participating in one of the six-credit hour student teaching classes (ELED 6410, MLED 6420, SEED 6510, SEED 6520, SPEC 6550, SPED 6530) are considered to be full-time students.

Admission Requirements

Beginning Summer 2020, the Harding University College Education will use GradCAS - a common application.


  • Complete the CAS application and submit appropriate fee.
  • Request official transcripts (required) from all colleges attended and have them sent to GradCAS.
    • GradCAS Transcript Processing Center
      PO Box 9217
      Watertown, MA 02471
    • To expedite a review of your application, you may upload unofficial transcripts.
    • Note: An alumnus of Harding University does not need to request an HU transcript; records are on file. You can bypass this requirement in the Academic History quadrant.
  • Request official scores from the appropriate Praxis Subject Assessment(s) and have them sent to Harding University.
  • Request three letters of recommendation and have them sent through the CAS recommender portal.
  • Upload a copy of your Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) record.
  • Upload a resume.


  • Passing score for Praxis Subject Assessment(s) prior to or during your first semester 
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.7 or 2.9 on the last 60 hours

For GradCAS application related questions:
Phone: 857-304-2086 

For program related questions:
Harding University
Department of Graduate Studies in Education
Phone: 501-279-4315 
Fax: 501-279-4083 

Graduation Requirements

1. You must complete the 35-hour program of study, including six hours of internship (supervised teaching).
2. You must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all graduate work with no grade lower than C.
3. You may have a maximum of two C's.
4. You must pass the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching exam for the area in which you are licensing.
5. You must complete a minimum of 29 hours of your graduate work with Harding University.
6. You must complete all requirements within eight years from the time of admission to the graduate program.
7. Complete the Petition for Graduation Form pdf the semester before you expect to graduate.
8. Complete the Online Graduation Application (Pipeline: Student bar/ Student Records/ Graduation Application).

Academic Catalog and Course Schedule

For current course schedules, please see the Semester Course Schedules on the Graduate Programs home page.

For additional information about this program, you may want to consult the Catalog.

Want more information about our programs?

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Or contact us directly:

Master of Arts in Teaching

American Studies, Suite 215

Dr. Darren Mathews
Director of Master of Arts in Teaching


Fax: 501-279-4083

Contact Us

Graduate Studies in Education is part of the College of Education


Fax: 501-279-4083

Mailing address:
Harding University
Graduate Studies in Education
Box 12261
Searcy, AR 72149-5615