Master of Arts in Teaching

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OBU offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) designed to propel and advance your teaching career. You will receive instruction in courses such as advanced pedagogy, educational research, theory, and implementation to sharpen your level of expertise. Plans of study are personalized to your specific area(s) of interest and you are able to choose two certificate options to complete your degree.

Benefits of the OBU MAT Program

Quality and Value

In the MAT program, you will be equipped with current, research-based content and skills that provide you with expertise to meet the unique needs of your learners. Our courses are designed to prepare you to be a master teacher. By offering competitive pricing, you can earn a high-quality graduate degree at an affordable price.


The MAT program features fully-online, asynchronous graduate course work. Our program offers you the opportunity to conveniently complete one or two courses every eight weeks, with graduates finishing the program in one to two years. If you are working or teaching full-time, we recognize those demands, and have structured the program to allow you to complete it in a flexible format.

Faculty Experts

As a participant in the program, you will learn first-hand from our outstanding faculty who have decades of experience in teaching and leading in public and private schools. They are committed to your success and helping you reach your professional and personal goals!

Program Information

Tuition and Fees

  • Price per credit hour: $375
  • Credit Hours: 30–36
  • Total Cost: $11,250–13,500

Certificate Options

Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate: 18 hours

OBU’s graduate certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to support English language learners in diverse classroom settings. The curriculum covers linguistics, language acquisition, and practical strategies tailored to the English language development of P-12 learners.

Behavior and Trauma Certificate: 18 hours

OBU's Behavior and Trauma graduate certificate focuses on the impact of behavior and trauma on students' development and academic success. The courses emphasize behavior and trauma identification, assessment, and intervention for classroom teachers.

Alternative Teaching Certificate (ACCESS): 18 hours

OBU’s Alternative Teaching Certificate program, also known as ACCESS (Alternative Certification and Credentialing for Elementary and Secondary Schools) offers courses that academically prepare you as an educator in your pursuit of alternative certification.

Advanced Teaching Certificate (Integrated program): 18 hours

OBU's Advanced Teaching graduate certificate offers undergraduate education majors the option to take courses at an advanced level. The courses help future educators cultivate an expertise in developing, analyzing, implementing, and evaluating instructional strategies in a variety of educational settings.

Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission
  • Official Academic Transcript
    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the U.S. or foreign equivalent as approved by a specific program with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Official transcript(s) must reflect work from all colleges or universities contributing to your degree. Please send an electronic copy of your official transcript to
  • Statement of Purpose—Please type a writing sample using the prompts below in your student portal or upload the completed statement. (Each part should be approximately 150 words in length.)
    • How did you learn about the Master of Arts in Teaching program?
    • Explain why you are seeking a master’s degree in teaching.
    • Describe your experience(s) working with P-12 students inside or outside classroom settings.
    • What do you hope to achieve in your career in 5-10 years, and how do you think this program will help you achieve these goals?
  • One Recommendation Form (must be from your principal if you’re currently working at a K-12 school)

Financial aid is available. Fill out the FAFSA to discover your options.

Integrated MAT

The 4+1 M.A.T. offers education majors the opportunity to take 12 hours of integrated courses for undergraduate and master’s credit, with the option to continue on and complete two master’s level certificates resulting in a Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

The 4+1 offers non-education undergraduate students at OBU the opportunity to earn a baccalaureate degree, including 12 hours of integrated education courses as electives, and then continue on to complete a master’s degree with the ACCESS certificate and one additional education certificate.

Admissions Policy for Integrated Program

Students may apply to the integrated program upon completion of their first semester at OBU. They must have a 3.0 GPA and one positive faculty recommendation to be considered for the integrated program. To continue in the program, students must maintain As and Bs grade levels in the integrated courses.

Incredible Education, Affordable Cost.

As you pursue your Master of Arts in Teaching, we recommend you apply for FAFSA to assist with the cost of your education. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with how affordable an OBU education really is. If you have further questions, our team of financial counselors are happy to assist you.

Start Dates

As you consider earning your Master of Arts in Teaching, you can plan ahead and choose the start date that works best for you. We offer classes starting every Spring, Summer, and Fall semester.

Summer 2024: May 20 or July 15
Fall 2024: August 23

World-Class Faculty

OBU faculty are experts in their fields and will be with you every step of the way.

Dr. Elizabeth Justice

Dr. Elizabeth Justice

Chair, School of Education
Lawrence C. and Marion Harris Chair of Education
Associate Professor of Education
Co-Director, ACCESS Program

Annie Keehn

Annie Keehn

Assistant Professor of Education
Co-Director, ACCESS Program

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Phone: 405.585.4601