Cannon-Clary College of Education

Master of Arts in Teaching with Licensure

What is the Master of Arts in Teaching with Licensure (MATL) program?

If you already have a bachelor's degree, the MATL program will grant you a master's degree and 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 a MAT Special Education K-12 degree program. Teachers for early childhood, birth to kindergarten, are in demand and a MAT B-K Integrated with Special Education B-K degree is available. The following licensure areas are offered:

Birth through Kindergarten:
Birth through Kindergarten Integrated with Special Education Birth through Kindergarten

Elementary Level: Grades K-6

Middle Level: Grades 4-8 (Minimum of 2 areas)
Language arts, math, science and 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 (ECED 641, MLED 642, SEED 651, SEED 652, SPEC 655, SPED 653) are considered to be full-time students.

What courses are required?

MATL Curriculum Plan for K-6, 4-8, 7-12, and K-12  pdf

MATL Curriculum Plan for Birth-K Integrated with Special Education Birth-K pdf

MATL Curriculum Plan for Special Education K-12 pdf

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.

MATL K-6, 4-8, 7-12, and K-12 application pdf

MATL Special Ed K-12 and B-K Integrated with SPED B-K application pdf

2. Hold an undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.7.

3. Submit passing Praxis® Core (or GRE) and Praxis® Subject Assessment (s) scores. MAT: SPED K-12 and MAT: Birth through Kindergarten Integrated with Special Education Birth through Kindergarten students must submit passing Praxis® Subject Assessments scores after satisfactorily completing six credit hours of the following courses:  SPED 606 and one additional approved Special Education course.

4. Submit three letters of reference from people who are familiar with your professional or academic performance.

5. Counsel with one of the directors at 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 3.00 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