AU student teacher with children in class.

Designed for individuals with a bachelor's degree and interest in a teaching license, the Master's in Teaching (MAT) program:

  • offers an online option with secondary and elementary education tracks and on-campus option with additional tracks in Early Childhood Education and ESOL
  • does not require previous training or experience in education
  • offers Scholarships & Partnerships including City Year / AISGW, Career Switcher, and TEACH Grants
  • prepares graduates in 5 semesters for direct entry into positions as classroom teachers and related careers

Faculty Spotlight

I am an early childhood educator and counselor at heart.

Holcomb-McCoy, AU's School of Education Dean, comes to AU from Johns Hopkins University, where she was recognized nationally for her research, excellence in teaching, and exemplary service. At AU, she is developing new curricula and building bridges to school districts and education industries around the globe.

Meet the teaching program Faculty & Staff.

Frequently Asked Questions

To receive financial aid students must take at least a part-time class schedule, which consists of 6 credits (2 classes) in the Fall and Spring semester, and 3 credits (1 class) in the Summer semester.

Yes! Many students continue to teach full-time throughout their MAT program. Students employed as full-time teachers in their area of certification can use their job to fulfill the practicum and student teaching requirements.

Practicum takes place in the second-to-last semester of the MAT program, and student teaching takes place the semester after practicum. Depending on your planned graduation date, this could be either the fall or the spring semester.

It may be possible to maintain employment during the teaching practicum, which requires two weekdays of your time. Student teaching is a full-time commitment for 14 weeks. Many of our student teachers will continue at a school in a long-term substitute position until the summer.

The MAT program offers a Spring, Summer, and Fall start. The classes are conveniently offered in the evening, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m., Monday – Thursday.

Still have questions? Send us an email: teachered@american.edu

Look inside the MAT

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See what MAT alums, faculty, and students say sets this program apart.