Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

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Online Master of Arts in Teaching

Bringing Value to the Classroom

Wherever you are in your teaching career, Saint Francis is here to help you take the next step. Our online Master of Arts in Teaching programs offer an accredited education degree infused with core Franciscan values to help you affirm the unique worth of your students. As an online program, Saint Francis provides the flexibility to help you balance school, work, and family.

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Career Outlook & Success


National Median Salary for High School Teachers (U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics)


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Why Study Teaching at Saint Francis?

Whether you’re seeking a teaching license, looking to refresh your proficiencies and advance your career, or improve your skills as a teacher and trainer in non-school settings, the Saint Francis Masters of Arts in Teaching is a flexible, affordable option to achieve your degree.The university offers an elementary education MAT program and a secondary education MAT program.  Both licensure and non-licensure pathways are available. 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.

Saint Francis offers fully-online courses, taught asynchronously so you can do the work on your time, with structured deadlines to keep you on track to graduate quickly. Classes are taught in short eight-week sessions, with some 16-week sessions, including a 16-week practicum and 16-week clinical internship which serve as capstones for your degree. We provide the support of experienced online instructors, and a network of alumni mentors, to help you through graduation and beyond.

Saint Francis draws on decades of excellence and experience in business education, and Franciscan traditions and values that stretch back centuries but remain vitally relevant in today’s complex ethical landscape.

The Value of Saint Francis

Furthering your education is an investment in yourself and your future. Saint Francis promises a return on that investment, and makes it easy to get an advanced degree at a cost that makes sense. Our programs are streamlined to help you achieve your degree with the fewest possible credit hours, to save you time and money.

  • 30 Credit Hours
  • $535 per credit hour

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Faculty and Teaching Style

A Saint Francis degree begins with foundation in Franciscan values and ethics and their application to issues in education. Our ethical focus underpins and informs every aspect of Saint Francis education. Our faculty are experts in their field who are driven by their values, making for a unique graduate program that aligns with your beliefs and empowers you to foster peace and justice in your schools and your community.


Potential Careers as:

  • Adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teacher
  • Career and technical education teacher
  • Elementary school teacher
  • High school teacher
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Literacy/Reading instructor
  • Middle school teacher

Teaching is more than a responsibility to teach content; rather, it is an opportunity to mentor young minds as they learn about themselves and continuously grow into contributing members of society. It is an important calling and a blessing to serve others, society and God through education. At Saint Francis, teacher candidates learn the necessary skills to educate and empower students.

Brittany Straub
Director of Master of Arts in Teaching for Secondary Licensure

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