Master of Arts in Teaching

Master of Arts
Graduate Degree
School of Education
3 to 4 Semesters


A Master of Arts in Teaching degree prepares students to become effective secondary, elementary and special education educators. The program focuses on the methods and skills necessary to work with diverse learners in today’s classrooms.

Who It's For

The MAT program is for students who currently have a Bachelor’s degree and would like to become classroom teachers. While previous work in schools or with children is good preparation, it is not required.

Key Benefits

  • Our students have an excellent job placement rate in the teaching field.
  • Starting salaries for teachers with a Master's Degree in the Salt Lake City area are about $4,000 higher than for teachers with a bachelor's degree.
  • You will have early and frequent hands-on experience in public school classrooms prior to student teaching.
  • Small class sizes and active teaching methods give you the dedicated attention you need.
  • Our faculty have considerable public school experience.

How Long it Takes

  • Students who are able to study full-time can complete the program in 3 semesters, starting in either May/Summer or Fall semester. Student-teaching and the travel seminar require a full-time, day-time commitment during the final semester of the program.
  • Students who study part-time can usually complete the program in 4 or 5 semesters.

"The most rewarding moments are those when you make connections with the students. The little white bulb that everybody talks about, it's real. We, as a class, have created this culture where we can feel safe and where they can share their opinions, because that is how they learn. You have to work really hard to be a successful teacher, but, without a doubt, it is totally worth it."

Daisy Espinoza

About the Program

What You'll Learn

Classes are very engaging and our outstanding education faculty models a wide variety of teaching strategies. Students participate actively in discussions, group activities, presentations, and projects. We encourage participants to share their experiences in public schools and incorporate them into class discussions.

Plan of Study

A Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) prepares you with the skills and knowledge to meet the challenges of today's classrooms. There are three different licenses you can choose from in the MAT program: Elementary, Secondary, and Special Education. One of the unique elements of our programs is the ability to earn dual licensure in general and special education, or even pair your license with a TESL endorsement or Montessori certificate.

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Career Opportunities

Student Success

Recruiters from many local school districts come to Westminster's campus to interview our students before graduation. We assist students in preparing for these interviews and provide instruction on how to apply to districts here in Utah and in other states. MAT students can make use of the wide range of services provided by the Career Center, including mock interviews, credential file services, and career counseling.

"I was able to start teaching—and get paid for it—while studying teaching. I have been extremely successful thus far in my teaching career. My evaluations have all been superior and I feel like I owe that success to the education I received at Westminster."

Susan Abney ('12)

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Tuition and Fees

Tuition includes all program costs, including a trip and access to all program functions.

Elementary MAT

45 credits at $695/credit

$31,275 total tuition

Secondary MAT

39 credits at $695/credit

$27,105 total tuition

Special Education MAT

48 credits at $695/credit

$33,360 total tuition

Financial Aid

The federal government offers graduate student loans. In addition, there are some forgivable loans available through the Stafford Loan program and grants through the TEACH grant program. Please contact Westminster's Financial Aid Office for more specific information regarding tuition and loans.

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Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis.

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