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Earn Your Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Degree Online From the University of Saint Francis

In two years or less, you can earn a degree that strengthens your ability to teach and train both inside and outside of formal educational settings.

  • If you seek a teaching license, this program prepares you for initial Indiana licensure as a middle- or high-school teacher.
  • If you’re already licensed, this program can refresh your proficiencies and prepare you for career advancement.
  • If you don’t seek a teaching license, this program can help you excel as a teacher and trainer in non-school settings. You may also want to consider the M.S.Ed. in Special Education non-licensure program.

Plus, an MAT from the University of Saint Francis puts a premium on quality and affordability. For less than $18,000, you can earn an MAT accredited by the Indiana Department of Education and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP, formerly NCATE).

Founded in 1890, the University of Saint Francis has always been guided by Franciscan Values. We believe our MAT graduates can profoundly impact their classroom as they reverence each student’s unique dignity, encourage a trustful learning community, serve society, and foster peace and justice.

We’ve structured the MAT program to help you balance life and school obligations. USF’s online Virtual Campus has up to six start dates during the year, and courses are offered in short eight-week sessions, with a 16-week practicum and 16-week clinical internship cementing your learnings.

Graduates of the MAT program will master the 10 Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards:

  • Learner Development
  • Learning Differences
  • Learning Environments
  • Content Knowledge
  • Application of Content
  • Instructional Practice
  • Planning for Instruction
  • Instructional Strategies
  • Professional Learning and Ethical Practice
  • Leadership and Collaboration

Next start date:

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Why Choose USF for Your Online MAT?

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Institutionally and Programmatically Accredited

HLC-NCA Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Indiana Department of Education

CAEP (formerly NCATE) Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

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Complete In Two Years Or Less

12 months when attending full-time (summer starts only)

18–24 months as a part-time student (spring and fall starts)

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Values-Based Curriculum

Coursework is collaboration-driven, promotes inclusive classrooms, and encourages technological integration.

$525 per credit

(2018–2019 academic year)

Save time—and money—through transfer credits and financial aid.

Find out what you're eligible for.
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Potential Careers

  • Adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teacher
  • Career and technical education teacher
  • High school teacher
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Middle school teacher

National Median Salary

Education, Training, and Library Occupations

$48,740

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Projected New Jobs

Education, Training, and Library Occupations

888,900

Projected growth from 2016–2026
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018


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Meet Your Program Director

Dr. Dan Torlone
Director of Field Experiences and Director of MAT

“The gulf between the ideal of teaching and the real may be deep. Yet when I recall the words of the eminent philosopher, Dr. John Dewey, the gulf becomes less daunting and even hopeful: ‘Education is not preparation for life. Education is life.’


MAT Program at a Glance

Core Courses

In the core 33-credit curriculum, you’ll take the following courses:

  • Contemporary Learners in Today’s Classroom
  • Collaborative Classrooms and Schools
  • Integrated Classroom Technology
  • Responsive Classroom Management
  • Inclusive Content Assessment
  • Effective and Inclusive Classrooms
  • Diagnosis and Differentiation
  • Methods for Secondary Instruction
  • Literacy in Content Areas
  • Clinical Practicum*
  • Clinical Internship*

*Students on a non-licensure track will take electives in place of these courses.

Clinical Practicum And Internship

If you’re seeking initial licensure, you’ll finish your program by gaining on-site, real-world experience in a school setting. By applying the knowledge you’ve gained during your coursework, you’ll show that you’re ready for every classroom responsibility asked of you.

Licensure Disclosure

  • All education and special education licensure programs at USF meet requirements for Indiana state licensure
  • If you desire a license from a state other than Indiana, please contact your State Department of Education for clarification on obtaining licensure
  • Many states accept licenses from Indiana so we recommend obtaining an Indiana license then transferring your license to the state of choice, as applicable
  • By you receiving this information, USF has completed licensure disclosure concerns, however please contact us with any additional concerns

Support Services at the University of Saint Francis Help Online Students Like You

Dedicated Success Coach

Each online student at the University of Saint Francis is assigned an experienced success coach. Your coach can assist you with resources to complete class projects, help you get in touch with instructors and staff, and connect you with career services.

SmarThinking Tutoring Service

Need a little extra help? SmarThinking is accessible online and offers video tutorials 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Live tutoring or writing sessions are available for any degree program every Sunday through Thursday.

USF Mentoring Program

Find and connect with a USF alumni and receive one-on-one mentoring in your career or program. Create your profile, get matched, schedule meeting times, and attend training workshops. The program is free and completely online.

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“USF allowed me to live and teach in Taiwan while I took courses, and I was able to complete my internship there as well. I didn’t have to fly back to the States for anything.”

—Rachel McCullough, USF MAT Student

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