MAT | Hastings College


Masters Degree in Teaching
Masters of Arts in Teaching

Looking to go further as an educator? Or become an educator after working in another or related field? Then check our our Masters of Arts in Teaching Program!

The aim of this Hastings College graduate program is to prepare you for classroom teaching in elementary and secondary schools. The primary purpose is for initial teacher certification for:

  • People with a baccalaureate degree but no professional education who would like to prepare to teach, or
  • Certified and practicing teachers who seek to enhance their professional skills, add an endorsement area or renew their certificate.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application form (.pdf) and $50 matriculation fee (waived for Hastings College graduates).
  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities.
  • 2.5 overall GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • State of Nebraska required ETS Core Academic Skills Test (or PRAXIS I). Scores showing passage from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) office received in the education department.
  • Two references from school administrators or college professors.
  • Personal interview required at the discretion of the department in which the major area of study is to be taken.

General Degree Requirements

  • 33 semester hours of graduate credit (program may include additional courses that are required for certification).
  • Cumulative GPA  of 3.0.
  • Culminating experience presentation.
  • Completion of a digital portfolio.
  • Completion of all work for the degree within a five-year period. In exceptional circumstances, a one-year extension may be granted.
  • Passing scores on Praxis II Content Test required for teacher certification.


  • View our 2017-18 Master of Arts in Teaching Catalog - Google doc | .pdf.

Earn a BA/MAT in five years

If you have not yet earned your bachelor's degree, Hastings College also offers a five-year BA/MAT program, where you can earn your bachelor's degree and master's of arts in teaching in five years.

When you graduate from our five-year program, you'll have certificates in sought after areas and advanced pay — as an MAT salary averages 16% more than a bachelor's degree alone.

For more, visit our Education page or schedule a visit.