Teaching (MAT)

From the start, or for a change.

Maybe you see yourself headed for a teaching career right after graduation, or maybe you’re considering a change in your career path. Either way, you need a flexible path to a graduate degree that lets you live your life while pursuing your passion for education. The master of arts in teaching program at MBU is designed to adapt to you. Full-time or part-time, you’ll be ready on your schedule with teaching licensure in high-demand areas of education.

Time to finish
2 years
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Why Pursue an MAT at Mary Baldwin?

For students with an undergraduate degree, the MAT can be the quickest and most effective path to teaching licensure. MBU’s program of broad liberal arts subject courses, coursework in pedagogy, and practical experience makes for an unstoppable combination, and MBU’s reputation throughout Virginia as one of the finest universities in the state for teacher education makes your degree instantly marketable.


At Mary Baldwin, we offer the following endorsements with the MAT degree:

  • Elementary Education (PK-6)
  • Special Education, General Curriculum (K-12)
  • English as a Second Language (K-12)
  • Middle Education (6-8): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, History & Social Science 
  • Secondary Education (6–12): History & Social Science, English, Mathematics

Flexibility & Convenience

With all courses available online, you can complete coursework on your schedule. Some of our students power through the entire program in just two years, while for others, the MAT program is a part-time pursuit along with their career and home life. We’re here to make a career in teaching work for you.

Note: You must have a bachelor’s degree to apply to the MAT program.

“Although you can never be 100% prepared for your first day of teaching, I felt as though MBU gave me the experience I needed to feel confident and ready.”

 Janell Chavis BA ’19, MAT ’20, kindergarten teacher in Richmond

Practical Preparation with Experienced Educators 

The master of arts in teaching offers lessons for enriched classroom teaching by combining liberal arts and professional studies. Graduate faculty teach alongside classroom teachers who serve as teaching partners, providing MAT students with hands-on experience in the classroom. Students actively assist in classrooms with 140 hours of practicum experience before their final student teaching assignments, to learn the culture and workings of schools and classrooms firsthand.

Outstanding Outcomes and Opportunities

100% of our graduates are employed in their concentration area. You read that right: 100%. That’s because MBU concentrates on filling in the most needed areas in education, with 77% of our students studying in the highest-demand areas of education. MBU’s reputation for producing exceptionally qualified teachers means that an MAT from MBU translates into a career.

Cost & Financial Aid

A great education is worth it. Our mission is to help you level up and bring your aspirations to life.

Some applicants to the MAT program are eligible for the Kitty Green and Hobart Jones Scholarship for Inquiry Teaching and Cooperative Learning, a scholarship for MAT students who are looking to change careers after five years outside the field of education, display a passion for inquiry-based and cooperative learning in public schools, intend to teach in PK-8 grades, and demonstrate financial need.

It’s time to level up your career. Apply today!