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Graduate Programs in Education

At Earlham, few activities are more esteemed and joyful than teaching—and creating educators. The College’s long-standing commitment to excellence in teaching encourages and develops your passions and potential as an educator. Earlham’s M.A.T. and M.Ed. programs are unique in focusing on the cohort model and developing a culture of collegiality. Earlham intends to do more than provide licensure for teachers. The programs’ purpose is to develop educators to be leaders in their school communities, who model outstanding classroom practices and who prepare them to be socially active and morally conscious citizens.

Earlham’s grounding in Quaker practices offers an excellent vehicle to face the societal challenges reflected in every classroom; these practices include cooperative community, the pursuit of an openness to truth, respect for consciences of others and a commitment to equity. The M.A.T and M.Ed. programs seek to awaken the teacher within through a unique cohort model and four cornerstone principles.

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Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

Earlham’s M.A.T. program is an 11-month program that leads to a master’s degree and an Indiana teaching license (grades 5-12). The program offers licensure in social studies, English/language arts, mathematics, science, modern foreign languages, music, art, physical education, business, computer science, journalism and theatre at the middle and high school levels.

As a M.A.T. graduate, you’ll be immensely well-prepared for your first year of teaching. Besides engaging in rigorous coursework, you will plan and lead a summer enrichment program with middle school students and complete a year-long placement at a local middle or high school. Under the guidance of your supervisor and mentor teacher, you’ll gradually gain responsibility in the classroom, eventually assuming a full-time teaching load in the spring semester.


Students can earn both a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree within nine semesters, to be completed in four years. Learn more about curricular requirements and sample plans.

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Earlham’s M.Ed. program is for college graduates who want to enter or further their career in education. Earlham’s M.Ed. program is for students interested in a variety of careers in education beyond the classroom—like outdoor leadership, community-based organizations, educational technology, coaching, museums and more. This track to a master’s degree is customized to your needs so that you can focus on the skills and experience you need to further the career in education that you envision. The traditional program follows an 11-month sequence (June to May) and offers a two-year option for candidates who prefer a less time-intensive commitment.

The M.Ed. is an individualized and comprehensive program that allows you to apply the theory from your master’s courses directly into your chosen fieldwork. As an M.Ed. candidate, you’ll complete a summer practicum and a year-long practicum, both of which have the option of being job-embedded. Flexibility and individual attention are key features of the M.Ed. program; you’ll work together with faculty to ensure that your coursework and fieldwork are relevant to your career focus and schedule.

Alumni outcomes

When you join the Earlham Graduate Programs in Education, you know you’re on a trajectory for success. Our graduates don’t just find jobs in education—they are leaders in the field.


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