Master in the Art of Teaching


The Master in the Art of Teaching program is designed to empower teachers by focusing on the knowledge and skills required to deliver effective instruction to diverse learners from preschool through high school, including those with special needs.


  • Work with experienced and caring instructors who are invested in your professional development
  • Enhance your classroom with forward-thinking curriculum ideas you can use right away
  • Complete your coursework online—at your pace and on your schedule
  • Have access to video case studies featuring renowned education experts
  • Invest in your own professional development and augment your current pay scale


  • Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment, K-12
  • Elementary Reading & Literacy, K-6
  • Elementary Mathematics, K-5
  • Middle Level Mathematics, 6-8
  • Effective Teaching for the 21st Century
  • Special Education


The Master in the Art of Teaching program is a 30-credit program; students must successfully complete six core courses, four specialty courses, and a capstone project.


Students applying to the Master in the Art of Teaching program must have completed an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited higher education institution. Marygrove requires a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (“B”) in all previous college work for full admission. Students whose qualifications cannot be assessed via traditional means may be considered for admission with Probationary Student Status.

Master in the Art of Teaching applicants must also:

  • Submit a graduate application
  • Send official transcripts for the bachelor degree-awarding institution directly to Marygrove College: Office of Admissions
  • Hold a teaching position or have regular and consistent access to a classroom
  • Have access to a video camera and a computer with Internet access
  • Provide a current teaching certificate, official transcript from bachelor’s degree-awarding institution and official transcripts from all graduate schools attended after the bachelor’s degree was awarded

Please note: We will accept applications if the certificate expiration date is within one year of the application date. Also, a photocopy or scan of your transcripts will be accepted for the admissions decision; official, sealed transcripts must follow.


Candidates with at least two years of teaching experience are preferred, but Marygrove also considers teachers who have recently received their bachelor's degree and started teaching.

Student Requirements

To successfully complete this degree program, you must:

  • Collaborate with other students in the program by participating as a member of an online discussion cohort
  • Teach in a K-12 classroom
  • Desire to be a master teacher 
  • You will need access to:
    • Camcorder in order to record yourself in a teaching situation to fulfill selected Capstone Project requirements
    • Computer with Internet access 

Transfer Credit

Most courses that are eligible for transfer are courses that are offered through Marygrove College. You may be eligible to transfer up to two (2) Marygrove individual graduate courses (or 6 credits) into the online Master in the Art of Teaching (MAT) program.

Because the program is offered in a lock-step format without electives, the potential to transfer courses from another institution is highly unlikely. You may request transfer credit for a course from another institution as part of the application process. To be considered, courses would need to have been taken within six (6) years of your anticipated graduation date. All requests for transfer must include 1) an official transcript; and 2) course description and syllabus from the credit-granting college or university. Requests must be made in writing at time of application.


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Marygrove’s MAT degree provides teachers with the opportunity to link the latest developments in educational research to their own teaching practice. The program is designed to empower teachers by focusing on the knowledge and skills required to deliver effective instruction to diverse learners from preschool through high school, including those with special needs.

The structure of the MAT program allows working professionals to obtain their master’s degree in less than two years.

Meaningful Course Work - Convenient and Online


The first time you log on, you will see your virtual desk where every class is clearly organized. All textbooks are delivered to your door. Your collaboration group has a shared online discussion space, and you have frequent contact with your mentor through conference calls and email. You will be able to stay on track and complete your assignments with the help of rubrics, checklists and timelines.


We provide robust learning experiences that hold your attention, activate your creativity, and accommodate your personal learning style. Textbooks, articles and subject matter experts bring you the latest information available. You choose how to sequence through a session, which consists of an overview, reading assignments, classroom strategies in action, expert commentary, collaboration and practical assignments.


The visual medium brings theory to life as you watch unscripted, unrehearsed video strategies in action from classrooms just like yours. Expert commentary and teacher reflections demonstrate how to manage challenges and implement effective strategies.


You will gain deep understanding of course materials through collaboration with other professionals in online discussion boards.


You will have a close relationship with several instructors; experienced K-12 practitioners who not only offer you help on your assignments, but are also able to relate their experiences implementing these strategies in their own classrooms. Instructors are kind, creative guides on your path to your degree.

The Five Core Propositions

The MAT program as a whole incorporates the Five Core Propositions as described by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). It is an expectation that upon completion of this degree, teachers actively apply these principles:

  1. Teachers are committed to students and their learning.
  2. Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
  3. Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
  4. Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.
  5. Teachers are members of learning communities.


Each of the MAT degrees consists of 10 courses. Six core courses focus on content that all teachers need to know regardless of grade level and/or subject area and four specialty courses focus on the content specific to each program. Each course is seven weeks.

Core Courses

EDU 568 Teacher as Leader
EDU 622 Meeting the Needs of All Students
EDU 570 Instructional Design
EDU 618 Effective Assessment
EDU 501 Teacher as Researcher
EDU 5604 Evidence-Based Intervention

Courses by Specialty
Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment, K-12

CIA 601 Instructional Strategies For Successful Learning
CIA 605 Student-Directed Learning to Foster Motivation and Engagement
CIA 610 Classroom Assessment for Today’s Teacher
CIA 615 Teacher as Everyday Hero

Elementary Reading & Literacy, K-6

RDG 500 Foundations of Reading & Literacy
RDG 510 Reading Diagnosis & Differentiated Instruction For Diverse Learners
RDG 610 Reading in the Content Areas
RDG 615 The Reading & Writing Connection

Elementary Mathematics, K-5

MTH 505 Problem Solving and Number & Operations, K-5
MTH 515 Measurement & Geometry, K-5
MTH 525 Algebra, K-5
MTH 535 Data Analysis & Probability, K-5

Capstone Projects

I. Capstone A - Video & Self-Analysis
II. Capstone B - Action Research Project
III. Capstone C - Reflection of the Entire Program

Middle Level Mathematics, 6-8

MTH 506 Problem Solving and Number & Operations, 6-8
MTH 516 Measurement and Geometry, 6-8
MTH 526 Algebra, 6-8
MTH 536 Data Analysis & Probability, 6-8

Effective Teaching for the 21st Century Technology Track

TFE 600 Classroom Technology Tools
TFE 620 Digital Literacy
TFE 640 Online Teaching and Learning
TFE 660 Technology Issues/Curriculum Planning Classroom Track
TFE 600 Classroom Technology Tools
TFE 620 Digital Literacy
AIE 630 Creativity and Innovation
LLE 610 Cultural Literacy

Special Education

SED 570 Students With Disabilities: School, Family, and Community Interaction
SED 573 Assistive Technology in Special Education
SED 575 IEP Development
SED 565 Teaching Students With Disabilities

Financial Aid Available

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