Master of Arts in Teaching

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is a progressive program designed for the continuing education of teachers who have previously competed initial preparation and licensure and want to advance their current educational status for promotion or professional development in the educational field. The program is also suitable for individuals working in education and related fields seeking advanced study in and understanding of pedagogy. The MAT program, by its very nature, is a strong match for Bethany College's mission focusing on teaching and learning.

The MAT program is designed to be available as a full or part-time program, with graduate coursework offered evenings and weekends during regular semesters along with “J-term” and summer term. Some courses are also offered partially online in a hybrid format. 

Program Goals

  • To enable a career change for professionals in fields other than education.
  • To provide professionals in education a path to enhance their certification and teaching credentials.
  • To provide comprehensive curricular and field experiences.
  • To provide an integrated, sequenced program with a collaborative cohort of peers.
  • To emphasize interdisciplinary, problem-solving curriculum approaches to learning.
  • To integrate current technology applications in all areas of teaching and learning.
  • To provide/enable/ prepare candidates to utilize recognized best practices for 21st century educators founded on national and state standards.
  • To prepare future leaders for the field of education.
  • To prepare program candidates to become reflective practitioners in the field of education.

Admission Procedures

An applicant for admission to the Bethany College M.A.T. graduate program must possess a baccalaureate degree from an American college or university accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting associations, or the equivalent from an international college or university.

The ordinary standard for regular admission to the M.A.T. program is an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale). Students falling below this level may submit other evidence of their ability to successfully complete a graduate program.

Applicants may be admitted to the Bethany College M.A.T. graduate program in one of the following categories:

  • Regular Admission: Applicants are admitted under this category when they have satisfied the admissions criteria detailed above.
  • Conditional Admission: Applicants are admitted under this category when they have a marginal undergraduate record. Applicants will be permitted to take a maximum of six graduate credits in this admission category. Upon completion of six graduate credits, a conditionally admitted student will either be admitted or denied admission into the M.A.T. program based on his/her performance.
  • Provisional Admission: Applicants who do not meet all of the criteria for Regular Admission, but show reasonable promise for success in the MAT program, may be admitted provisionally. Students will be permitted to begin graduate studies while completing admissions deficiencies.