Master's Bridge to Teaching (MBT)

Program Overview

The Master's Bridge to Teaching (MBT) program at Marian University provides a pathway for career-changing adults to become elementary, middle school, and high school teachers. If you have a bachelor's degree and want to become a teacher, we invite you to apply for admission.

Our MBT program prepares you for initial licensure in Indiana to teach primary and intermediate grades in elementary schools and various secondary subject areas for middle and high schools. Upon completion, you will graduate with a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree.

The program includes a concentration in English as a second language so you learn how to best include all children, including English learners, in classroom academic and social activities.

Become a Teacher Leader

  • The Educators College at Marian University prepares teacher leaders who want to transform schools, student lives, families, society, and our world. To do this, we equip teacher leaders to be at the forefront of their craft.
  • We are rooted in the belief that every child has the capacity to learn and our mission is to create teacher leaders with an unbridled thirst for success who want to transform student lives.

Programs of Study

As an MBT student, you can choose a full-time, one-year program or a part-time, two-year program. Both infuse graduate coursework with classroom application. Students are organized into cohorts that typically begin in the summer.  

Full-Time MBT

The full-time MBT track begins each summer and culminates with graduation the following May. Classes and in-school internships are held Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. As a teacher candidate, you will work in local schools to gain practical experience in the classroom during both the fall and spring semesters.

Part-Time MBT

You can begin the part-time MBT program in the summer or fall. Classes are held on Saturdays or weeknights for 18 months so you can continue working during the week. Typically, Saturday classes are held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weeknight classes are from 6 to 9 p.m.

  • As a part-time MBT student, your final semester requires a full-time day-time commitment so that you can complete your student-teaching placement. You will graduate after completing six semesters of coursework and internships.
  • Part-time MBT students may be eligible for a Transition to Teaching permit which allows you to seek employment as a teacher while you are completing your studies.

Downloadable Workshop Materials

To be notified about our next workshop, contact Dr. Cheryl A. Hertzer, Graduate Program Director. We encourage interested individuals to download and review these materials:

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.75. Transcripts are reviewed to evaluate academic background in the content area in which the applicant wants to teach.
  • Criminal history check,
  • Work history,
  • Experiences working with children and adults,
  • Reflections on life and learning experiences,
  • Statements of professional goals,
  • Passing scores on Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA) or alternative,
  • Interview with Graduate Program Director,
  • Apply to Marian.

Need more information?

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

Check out these answers to frequently asked questions.

For More Information

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


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