Cannon-Clary College of Education

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    Master of Arts in Teaching

    Are you looking to change professions? Become a teacher with any undergraduate degree!

If you already have a bachelor's degree, Harding's MAT 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 
English 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: Provisional Licensure Track (33 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 (33 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. 

Educator Licensing Disclosure Statement

Harding University’s Cannon-Clary College of Education provides state-approved educator programs of study that, along with other qualifying criteria, allow candidates to apply for respective educator licenses in the state of Arkansas. If a candidate qualifies for and receives an educator license from the state of Arkansas, he or she may then be eligible for license reciprocity with other states. It will be the responsibility of the candidate to determine what requirements may be in place in the state they choose to apply for a license. The programs of study may not, however, necessarily meet other states’ requirements for licensing in those states. It will be the responsibility of the candidate to ascertain what program and state requirements will be necessary in the state they choose to apply for an educator license. Each jurisdiction has its own criteria and procedures for licensure and requirements vary.

Admission Requirements


  • Complete the online application.
  • Request official transcripts* be sent directly from previous institutions to
  • Request professional/academic recommendations from three individuals.
  • Upload a copy of your Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) immunization record.
  • Request official scores from the appropriate Praxis Subject Assessment(s) be sent to Harding University.

*Note: Harding alumni and current students do not need to request Harding transcripts as they are on file.


  • Bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or 2.9 on the last 60 hours
  • Passing score for Praxis Subject Assessment(s) prior to or during your first semester
  • Background check
  • MAT Canvas Course
  • GRIT Scale Survey
  • Provide documentation of Science of Reading Awareness (Phase I) in the Prescribed Pathway Credentials. Those who have not completed this at admission must provide documentation of completion prior to finishing their program at Harding University.

Please direct questions to:

Harding University
Department of Graduate Studies in Education
Phone: 501-279-5726
Fax: 501-279-4083

Graduation Requirements

1. You must complete the 33-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 complete a minimum of 27 hours of your graduate work with Harding University.
5. You must complete all requirements within eight years from the time of admission to the graduate program.
6. Complete the Petition for Graduation the semester before you expect to graduate.
7. Complete the Online Graduation Application (Pipeline: Student bar/ Student Records/ Graduation Application).

Academic Catalog and Course Schedule

The MAT program consists of 33 hours. For additional information about this program, you may want to consult the catalog and its curriculum plans.

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

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

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Graduate Studies in Education is part of the College of Education


Fax: 501-279-4083

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