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Master's Bridge to Teaching (MBT) 

Marian University's Master's Bridge to Teaching (MBT) program is a pathway for adult college graduates who have a bachelor's degree in any field to change careers and and become K-12 teachers.

If you want to be a teacher-leader with the knowledge, skills, and experience to transform the lives of students and families, talk to us. We have a long tradition of excellence in preparing teachers who want to be at the forefront of their craft.

Why choose the MAT?

  • The MBT prepares you to pursue initial teaching licensure in the State of Indiana to teach in elementary schools as well as various secondary subject areas for middle and high school students.
  • A concentration in English as a second language is available.
  • Upon completion, you will graduate with a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree.

As a student in our MBT program, you can choose from two tracks:

  1. A one-year program that requires you to be a full-time student
  2. A two-year program during which you can take classes as a part-time student

​Full-time MBT

Classes for this one-year program begin each summer and culminate with graduation in May.

  • Your classes and student-teaching experience take place Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • You will get hands-on, practical experience working and teaching in local schools during both the fall and spring semesters.

Part-time MBT

Classes for this two-year program begin each summer and fall. 

  • Classes are held on week nights or Saturdays for the first 18 months so that you can continue working full-time. Week night classes are typically held from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday classes are held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • During your final semester, you must become a full-time student in order to complete your student-teaching experience in a local school. Typically, your internship will be held Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hours may vary depending on the school in which you are placed.
  • You may be eligible for a "transition to teaching" permit which will enable you to seek full-time employment as a teacher while you complete the program. Talk with our advisors to learn more.
  • You will graduate after completing six semesters of coursework and student teaching.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for admission to this program, you must be a college graduate with a bachelor's degree and a cumulative college GPA of at least 2.75.

What is the application and admission process?

Quick checklist

​How can you learn more?

We periodically offer workshops for students interested in learning more about Marian University's MBT program. To be added to our notification list about upcoming workshops, contact Dr. Cheryl Hertzer at chertzer@marian.edu or 317.955.6087.

If you're ready to get started now, download and review these materials:

You can also watch and listen to a virtual information session by playing the presentation below.

Need more information?

Please review these course sequences to see which is right for you:

Check out these answers to frequently asked questions.

What is the application and admission process?

Quick checklist

For More Information

Dr. Cheryl A. Hertzer
Graduate Program Director
(317) 955-6087


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