Master of Arts in Teaching

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.

M.A.T. graduates are immensely well-prepared for their first year of teaching. Besides engaging in rigorous coursework, candidates 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 their supervisor and mentor teacher, candidates gradually gain responsibility in the classroom, eventually assuming a full-time teaching load in the spring semester.

Earlham’s M.A.T. program is an accredited educator preparation program. We are also currently seeking accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

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Our M.A.T. program provides you not only with an education for good, but a teaching license to put the education to use. Learn more about licensure standards and degree requirements.

Courses and admission guidelines



  • ED 510 Foundations of Teaching (3 credits)
  • ED 520 Adolescent Development (3 credits)
  • ED 530 Literacy: Tools for Inquiry (3 credits)
  • ED 560 Practicum I (2 credits)
  • ED 590 Teacher as Researcher I (3 credits)

View our course catalog for a full list of course offerings.



  • ED 522 Learning Theories into Classroom Practice (4 credits)
  • ED 531 Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (3 credits)
  • ED 540, 541, 542, 543, 544 Current Practices in Content Areas (1 credits)
  • ED 561 Practicum II (3 credits)
  • ED 580 The Professional Educator I (2 credits)
  • ED 591 Teacher as Researcher II (2 credits)

View our course catalog for a full list of course offerings.



  • ED 562 Practicum III (10 credits)
  • ED 581 The Professional Educator II (2 credits)
  • ED 592 Teacher as Researcher III (2 credits)

View our course catalog for a full list of course offerings.

The M.A.T. and M.Ed. programs seek to admit individuals who have the competence and commitment to be outstanding educators and who value the principles and practices that inform the programs.

Both programs accept applications from graduates of Earlham and actively seek graduates from other institutions.

A selection committee of G.P.E faculty and admissions officers assess applicants for both programs using the pieces of the application listed below. Before concluding the application process, applicants are invited to campus to participate in an interview.

Candidate fit and readiness for the programs are assessed through:

  • Personal statement (essay)
  • Interview
  • Grade point average (at least 3.0 in either major or overall course work is desired)
  • Standardized test scores (for M.A.T. only) (CASA or other alternatives)
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one from a college professor)
  • Transcript review to assess the breadth and depth of student preparation

Commitment to the cohort and the program’s principles and dispositions for teaching are evaluated mainly through analyses of the application essay, interviews and letters of recommendation. We also seek candidates who have positive experiences in working with youth as one other means of confirming their desire and capacity to become an educator.

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