Master of Arts in Teaching

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


A Master of Arts in Teaching is a degree that focuses on educating graduates on teaching methods and skills, preparing them for their future careers as instructors. This degree allows students to focus on subject area knowledge and, as a result, specialize in the area they want to pursue.

Who It's For

The MAT program attracts a range of first- and second-career students. All are treated respectfully and supported in their studies. Services on campus such as the Writing Center and math tutoring programs are also available for those who want to sharpen their academic skills.

Key Benefits

  • 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.
  • We champion small class sizes and active teaching methods.

How Long it Takes

  • Students who are able to study full-time can complete the program in three 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 four 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 on 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 5 different plans of study you can choose from:
  • Elementary Education (K–6): Students may begin the Elementary Education MAT program in the Summer or Fall semester.e recommend that students consider completing the Elementary MAT program in four semesters. Students who have few outside commitments and wish to take an accelerated schedule can complete the program in three semesters.
  • Elementary Education with Licensure in Special Education: Full-time Elementary Education with Licensure in Special Education MAT students may begin the program in the summer or fall semester.
  • Secondary Education (6–12): Full-time students may begin the Secondary Education MAT program in either the summer or fall semesters. They complete the program in three semesters (summer-fall-spring or fall-spring-fall).
  • Secondary Education with Licensure in Special Education: Full-time Secondary Education with Licensure in Special Education MAT students may begin the program in the summer or fall semester.
  • Special Education: Full-time Special Education MAT students may begin the program in the summer or fall semester.

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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

45 credits at $695/credit

$31,275 total tuition

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

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.

Application Priority Deadlines

Fall 2017: June 1, 2017

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