Master of Arts in Teaching

Ready to impact more lives? Turn your current bachelor’s degree into something more.

When you enroll in one of Carroll University’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs not only will you be prepared to become a licensed educator, you will also possess the in-demand skills school districts are looking for so you are job-ready after graduation. Our programs provide dual certification in either elementary and special education, or secondary and English as a second language education. Whether you’re looking to change professions, are a recent graduate whose professional ambitions have shifted, or a teaching assistant looking to become a fully-licensed educator, you’ll be equipped to immediately transition into a rewarding career in your own classroom.

Come to Our Next Graduate Open House!

Visit campus to learn about the program from faculty and students.

A Program that Fits

You will complete your online coursework (approximately 9 hours a week) on the days and times that are convenient for you. You’ll meet face-to-face just one weekend a month (Friday, 5-9 p.m. , and Saturday 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.), allowing you to continue in your current career until your final semester.

Our program recognizes that educators occupy a central and critical role in our many diverse, vibrant communities. At Carroll, you’ll benefit from a truly deep and experiential approach to this ever-changing field. We have the resources and partnerships to get your career off to a running start and the commitment to keep it moving forward.

An Investment with Impact

We designed the MAT program to directly address the immediate needs of our school district partners. That means you’ll graduate with critical skills and qualifications in areas that are in high demand.

Carroll has a rich tradition of teaching excellence, and the exceptional quality of our teacher education program is recognized by teachers and administrators in area schools. MAT program candidates develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions to create learner-centered, inclusive environments. Small class sizes and a variety of classroom observational and student teaching experiences prepare teachers in their chosen licensure area.

Program Options

Elementary and Special Education

You'll graduate prepared to teach grades K-9 (general education) or grades K-12 (special education).

Secondary and English as a Second Language (ESL)

Carroll offers licensure categories in seven secondary content areas (grades 4-12). If you hold a bachelor's degree in one of these or a related area, you'll graduate prepared to teach the specific subject and also be licensed as a K-12 ESL teacher:

  • Art
  • English and Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish
*Subject Assessment required prior to admission
*Licensure can only be obtained by completing the graduate level program. Carroll does not offer additional licensure in these areas for teachers who already hold a teaching license.

Program Details


Carroll University's cost per credit is one of the most competitive in our area. Carroll is committed to providing quality, competitively priced programs. We offer incentives to help you complete your Master of Arts in Teaching degree economically—with additional tuition awards available for current employees in school settings.

Upon confirming program enrollment, the tuition cost for candidates will be locked in at the semester rate of the first semester of enrollment, with equal, per-semester costs. That means once you’re enrolled, you won’t experience the annual tuition increase typical at most institutions—and you’ll know exactly what to expect and budget for as you complete your degree.

2023-24 Master of Arts in Teaching Tuition

$550 credit | 36 credits | $4,948 semester | $19,790 total program cost
Upon graduation, a $100 completion fee is also billed.

Candidates currently employed in a school setting are eligible for a tuition award equal to 10% of the first semester’s tuition.

The program is designed to be completed in four consecutive semesters. To maintain the locked-in tuition, a student may delay registration for a maximum of one year.

About the Program

You have a goal. Our convenient, accelerated program will get you there.

  • Fast track to a new career in just 17 months
  • Added value includes master’s degree and dual licensure
  • Locked-in, per semester tuition rates
  • Only one weekend a month required in class
  • Flexible combination of in-class and online learning
  • Cohort model builds a supportive, close-knit learning community
  • Potential to get paid for valuable, real world student teaching experience

In Carroll University’s MAT program, you’ll study the role of education and schooling in society, learn about developmental psychology and gain the tools needed to be an effective and culturally relevant teacher who is capable of teaching multiple subjects. As a dually-certified candidate, you’ll gain a broader awareness and understanding of school structures, processes and community organizations that support each and every student. You’ll learn innovative, inclusive and equitable approaches, including effective practices that align with research-based models to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of all learners.

Interested in learning more about the Master of Arts in Teaching Program?
Attend the next Virtual Open House on Thursday, December 8 at 5:00 p.m.
Or schedule a One-On-One Virtual Meeting with the Program Director, Kerry Kretchmar.

Cohort Meeting Dates

Face-to-face meeting times for the 2023-2024 Cohort: Friday: 5–9 p.m.; Saturday: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
All classes meet at Education Hall on Carroll’s Main Campus.
Synchronous Zoom Sessions on the first Tuesday of the month from 6-8 p.m.

Orientation, Tuesday, August 29 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Fall 2023
Sept 15-16
Oct 20-21
Nov 17-18
Dec 8-9

Spring 2024
Jan 19-20
Feb 17-18
March 15-16
April 19-20

Summer 2024
May 17-18
June 14-15
July 19-20
August 9-10

Fall 2024
Sept 13-14
Oct 18-19
Nov 15-16
Dec 13-14

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