Cannon-Clary College of Education

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. 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 6410, MLED 6420, SEED 6510, SEED 6520, SPEC 6550, SPED 6530) are considered to be full-time students.

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Admission Requirements & Part B Checklist

Application (Part A)

  • Apply: Fill out the application form which can be submitted online or print the pdf which can be faxed (501-279-4315) or emailed (

Checklist of Requirements (Part B)

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.

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Master of Arts in Teaching

Thornton Education Center, Suite 126

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
Box 12261
Searcy, AR 72149-5615