Cannon-Clary College of Education

Master of Arts in Teaching

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

If you already have a bachelor's degree, the 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.  For those interested in Special Education, there is an M.A.T. Special Education K-12 degree program. Teachers for early childhood-birth to kindergarten are in demand, and an M.A.T. Early Childhood/Special Education Integrated (B-K) degree is also available. The following licensure areas are offered:

Birth through Kindergarten:
Early Childhood/Special Education Integrated (B-K)

Elementary Level: Grades K-6

Middle Level: Grades 4-8 (Minimum of 2 areas required)
Language arts, math, science, social science

Secondary Level: Grades 7-12

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

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 641, MLED 642, SEED 651, SEED 652, SPEC 655, SPED 653) are considered to be full-time students.

What courses are required?

The M.A.T. program consists of 35 hours. Please see the curriculum plan for more information.

M.A.T. Curriculum Plan for K-6 

M.A.T Curriculum Plan for 4-8 

M.A.T. Curriculum Plan for 7-12

M.A.T. Curriculum Plan for K-12  

M.A.T. Curriculum Plan for Early Childhood/Special Education Integrated (B-K) 

M.A.T. Curriculum Plan for Special Education K-12 

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.

What are the admission requirements?

1. Complete application with application fee and all official transcripts.

M.A.T. K-6, 4-8, 7-12, and K-12 application pdf

M.A.T. Special Ed K-12 and Early Childhood/Special Education Integrated (B-K) application pdf

2. Hold an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.7, or a GPA of 2.9 on the last 60 hours.

3. Submit passing Praxis® Core (or GRE, ACT, SAT) and Praxis® Subject Assessment (s) scores.

4. Submit three letters of reference from people who are familiar with your professional or academic performance. M.A.T. Letter of Recommendation Form

5. Counsel with the director at one of our campus locations.

What are the 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.


Absentee Policy - Track 2 pdf

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