Build Upon Your Transition to Teaching Degree

Earn a M.A. Teaching degree that lets you follow your passion for helping others.
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is designed for students who have completed our Transition to Teaching program. Transition to Teaching credits contribute toward the Master of Arts in Teaching degree, making it an easy next step to advancing your education.

After completing the Transition to Teaching program (18-24 credit hours), whether at Bethel or another institution, receiving your Indiana teaching license, and then passing all the necessary tests, you can proceed for your MAT degree by taking an additional 12-18 credit hours. This puts you at a total of 36 credit hours of graduate study.

If you are inspired to take the leap into the next level in education, an MAT degree can help prepare you for various administrative positions within P-12 schools and school districts. Our faculty members are experienced professionals who provide expertise and mentorship to help you grow as a student and a person. By the time you graduate, you will have built a network of contacts you need to take your education career to the next level.

Elementary Education completers who have completed 24 hours in their Transition to Teaching program will take an additional 12 credit hours to complete the MAT degree.

Secondary Education completers who have completed 18 hours in their Transition to Teaching program will take an additional 18 credit hours to complete the MAT degree.

Bethel is committed to providing a flexible education. Due to the master’s in education degree being fully online, you can schedule your classes according to your schedule. Furthermore, all courses are offered in an accelerated format of seven weeks each year, with six start dates.


Bethel University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to grant bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The Higher Learning Commission is one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States. Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire.

Obtaining a License in Another State

The State of Indiana has a compact agreement with most states. That means that if you hold a valid Indiana license, it should be relatively easy to obtain a license in most states. It is important to obtain your Indiana license first. Other states may have different requirements than Indiana regarding coursework, testing or GPA.

To obtain information for out-of-state licensing, please contact the Department of Education within the state you are seeking licensure. Please visit the United States Department of Education website and select the particular state of interest for license requirements and application procedures.

For current information regarding out-of-state licensing, please visit the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) website.

Have questions? Please contact the Bethel University Education Department, Licensing Advisor.

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Program Details

Next Start Date: 08/25/2024
Credit Hours: 36
Cost/Credit: 480
Transfer Credits: 18-24*
Est. Completion Time: 1-2 Years
Accreditation: NCATE/CAEP

Course Requirements

Bethel’s Master of Teaching degree continues to build upon the Transition to Teaching degree, allowing students to earn a Master's degree with only 12-18 additional credits. Prepare yourself for the next level of teaching in the classroom or leadership outside the classroom with this degree.

  • Required Core - 6 credit hours

    • EDUC 500: Professional Development & Leadership – Intro (1)
    • EDUC 555: Educational Research (3)
    • EDUC 690: Professional Development & Leadership – Capstone (2)
  • Electives to complete the degree selected from the following:

    • EDUC 521: Curriculum Development & School Improvement (3)
    • EDUC 531: Effective Instruction & Assessment (3)
    • EDUC 541: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners (3)
    • EDUC XXX: Approved Seminars or other courses (1-3)
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Admission Requirements

Candidates for Bethel’s Master of Teaching degree will need to submit the following:
  • Free online application
  • Candidate Self-Evaluation
  • Official transcripts
  • An updated résumé*
  • Two professional references. A form is sent electronically for candidates to share.
  • Candidates must also schedule an interview prior to admission with the Program Director (Advisor will assist you).
  • Current Indiana teacher license or the ability to attain one.

Tuition and Fees

Bethel has long been touted for its value. We were ranked No. 2 on Washington Monthly’s Best Bang for the Buck-Midwest list, listed as one of the 50 Best Value Christian Colleges, and have made it to the top tier of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Regional Universities-Midwest” list for fifteen consecutive years.

*Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. Depending on transfer credits, the number of semesters required for completion will affect total cost.

*Transferring any graduate-level credits must be petitioned with the department for approval.

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Payment Plan

Bethel University has a monthly installment plan available through Nelnet Campus Commerce. Enrollment can be completed online by accessing the student billing link through MyBethel or by calling 800.609.8056. Students will be charged an enrollment fee of $40.

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Financial Aid

Bethel University is committed to ensuring that all our students receive an affordable education.
We offer financial aid based on need, and military benefits and are proud to offer extraordinarily competitive tuition rates.
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To learn more about your financial aid options or submit a FAFSA, please see our Financial Aid page.
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Bethel is committed to helping you make the most of your previous educational experiences. Visit our Transfer Credits page to learn more.
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Career Outcomes

The Master of Teaching degree provides graduates with fulfilling career opportunities. Information taken from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • School Principal

    Elementary, middle, and high school principals oversee all school operations, including daily school activities. They coordinate curriculums, manage staff, and provide a safe and productive learning environment for students.

    In public schools, principals also implement standards and programs set by the school district, state, and federal regulations. They evaluate and prepare reports based on these standards by assessing student achievement and teacher performance at their school.

    Employment of elementary, middle, and high school principals is projected to grow 8 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

    The median annual wage for elementary, middle, and high school principals was $98,420 in May 2021.

  • Instructional Coordinators

    Instructional coordinators oversee school curriculums and teaching standards. They develop educational material, implement it with teachers and principals, and assess its effectiveness. Most instructional coordinators work in elementary and secondary schools, colleges, professional schools, or educational support services or for state and local governments. They typically work year round. Instructional coordinators, also known as curriculum specialists, evaluate the effectiveness of curriculums and teaching techniques established by school boards, states, or federal regulations. They observe teachers in the classroom, review student test data, and discuss the curriculum with the school staff. Based on their research, they may recommend changes in curriculums to the school board. Employment of instructional coordinators is projected to grow 10 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for instructional coordinators was $63,740 in May 2021.

  • Librarian/Media Specialist

    Librarians and library media specialists help people find information and conduct research for personal and professional use. School librarians, sometimes called school library media specialists, typically work in elementary, middle, and high school libraries. They teach students how to use library resources, including technology. They also help teachers develop lesson plans and find materials for classroom instruction. Employment of librarians and library media specialists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for librarians and library media specialists was $61,190 in May 2021.

  • Training and Development Specialist

    Training and development specialists plan and administer programs that improve the skills and knowledge of their employees. Training and development specialists help create, plan, and run training programs for businesses and organizations. Employment of training and development specialists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for training and development specialists was $61,570 in May 2021.

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