Master of Arts in Teaching

Looking to become an educator after working in another or related field? Our Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) graduate program at Hastings College is a perfect way to prepare you for classroom teaching in elementary and secondary schools! 

Our MAT program is perfect for initial teacher certification for those with a baccalaureate degree but no professional education who would like to prepare to teach.

Admission Requirements
  • Completed application form 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
  • 2.75 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
  • 36 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 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 2022-24 Master of Arts in Teaching Catalog: Google doc
  • View our 2021-22 Master of Arts in Teaching Catalog: Google doc
  • View our 2019-21 Master of Arts in Teaching Catalog: Google doc

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


Contact Graduate Studies Coordinator Dr. Darci Karr at


Dr. Darci Karr
Associate Professor of Teacher Education, Certification Officer and Chair of the Department