2019 Best Online Master’s Degree Programs
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.
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 revere 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.
HLC-NCA: University of Saint Francis is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Indiana Department of Education
CAEP (formerly NCATE): Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
12 months when attending full-time (summer starts only)
18–24 months as a part-time student (spring and fall starts)
Coursework is collaboration-driven, promotes inclusive classrooms, and encourages technological integration.
Secondary School Teacher Occupations
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Education, Training, and Library Occupations
Projected growth from 2016–2026
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“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.’”
In the core 33-credit curriculum, you’ll take the following courses:
*Students on a non-licensure track will take electives in place of these courses.
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.
For more information on professional licensure disclosures, please click here.
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.
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.
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.
“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