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3+1 Education Program

Two Degrees in Four Years

The Earlham College faculty approved the creation of a distinctive 3+1 Education program on October 18, 2017. Students can earn both Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degrees within nine semesters, to be completed in four years.

Curricular Requirements

  • Students must complete their major and all general education requirements by the end of their junior year.
  • Students must earn 102 (of the regularly required 120) undergraduate credits. 18 M.A.T. credits will apply toward both the B.A. and the M.A.T.
  • Students must earn at least 26 of the required 36 upper-level credits by the end of their junior year. 10 of the 18 M.A.T. credits applied toward the undergraduate degree will fulfill the remaining 10 upper-level credits required.
  • Students must have a grade point of 3.0 or higher at the end of the fall semester of their junior year in order to be eligible for the 3+1 Program.
  • Students must pass the Indiana CORE exam for teacher educators for their major, which is the area they intend to teach. Departments may choose to accept a passing score on this exam as part of the student’s comprehensive examination.

During the Fourth Year

  • Students will be billed at the lower tuition rate for the M.A.T. (currently $28,200 for three semesters compared to $44,820 for two semesters).
  • Students will be considered graduate students and will be eligible to live off campus thus saving on the cost of room and board.
  • Students will not be eligible for undergraduate financial aid.
  • Students will fill out their FAFSA as an independent student instead of their parents filling out the FAFSA. They will receive financial aid as a graduate student including Stafford loans which can cover both tuition and living expenses. There will also be limited scholarships offered through the Earlham College Graduate Programs in Education.
  • Students will be eligible to participate in co-curricular activities including athletic teams. Students doing a 4 plus 1 have always been eligible to participate in co-curricular activities including athletic teams if they have a year of eligibility left.

Sample 4-Year Plans

The following academic departments have developed 4-year plans for students in their major wishing to pursue the 3+1 Education Program:

Our Faculty

Rebekah Dimick Eastman
Director of Graduate Programs in Education

Cammi Fulvi
Assistant Director of Graduate Programs in Education

Randy Wisehart
Emeritus Faculty of Graduate Programs in Education

For more information, please call 765-983-1846, email gpe@earlham.edu or visit the Graduate Programs in Education website.

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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Richmond, Indiana
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Earlham admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.