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.

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.


Fall semester 2021
August 15M.A.T. and M.Ed. classes begin
December 17M.A.T. and M.Ed. fall semester ends
Spring semester 2022
January 3M.A.T. and M.Ed. classes begin
May 6M.A.T. and M.Ed. spring semester ends
May 21Commencement


The M.A.T. (Master of Arts in Teaching) program leads to a master’s degree and a teaching license. It is geared toward those who want to become a secondary classroom teacher. The M.Ed. (Master of Arts in Education) program leads to a master’s degree. It is geared toward those who want to enter or further their experience in a field of education other than the public classroom.

Both programs begin in early June.

For the 2021-22 academic year, tuition will be the following:

  • M.A.T. program: $29,000
  • M.Ed. program: $22,500.

No, all students in the cohort begin at the same time in the summer.

Cohort numbers vary by year. They range from 10-25, with the average size being around 11 students.

M.A.T. and M.Ed. candidates complete a two-week practicum in the summer. In August, candidates begin a year-long practicum (for M.A.T. candidates, this is student teaching) that usually concludes in mid-April. By January, candidates are at their placement every day.

Students usually live close to campus in rented houses and apartments. It is not uncommon for groups of M.A.T. and M.Ed. students to live together. We can help you find housing options.

While you do not need a car, we strongly recommend having one as it will make travel between campus and your placement much easier.

No, there is no GPA requirement. Our review process considers all aspects of the application. Read more about admissions guidelines.

M.A.T. students may have a part-time job; however, it may be challenging, given the demands of coursework and clinical work. M.Ed. candidates have more flexibility with jobs and, in most cases, their pre-existing job becomes their clinical placement. It is even possible to work full-time while doing the M.Ed. program.

The M.A.T. and M.Ed. are 11-month programs.* Admitted students will begin the program in early June and will continue for three semesters: summer semester, fall semester and spring semester. Graduation occurs in May. For more details, view the graduate academic calendar.

*Students pursuing the two-year M.Ed. graduate 23 months after beginning the program.

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