Hollins Online Education
The Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning is a flexible, online graduate program for licensed teachers who want to become extraordinary PK-12 educators. By participating in this challenging and inspiring program, you will take your teaching skills to the next level for the benefit of your students, your school, and your career.
A Rewarding Career Change
“Teaching and completing my M.A.T.L. at the same time was great. The program is so flexible. Being able to take those classes in the evening and take them online fit perfectly with my teaching schedule. I was surprised at how quick it was, it only took about a year and a half. And as I was teaching, I was learning a lot about the fundamentals of classroom management and other things you really need to know.”
Erin Edmonds, who switched from broadcast journalism to teaching 10th and 12th grade English at Roanoke County’s Glenvar High School
Students in the M.A. in Teaching and Learning program must complete seven core courses including a graduate thesis and three program electives for a total of 40 credit hours. All courses are taught online.
Core Requirements (28 credits)
EDUC 507: Psychology Applied to Teaching and Learning
EDUC 541: Education in American Society
EDUC 546: Designing and Assessing Instruction
EDUC 548: Classroom Technology Integration
EDUC 537: Teaching Diverse Learners
EDUC 600: Project/Thesis
SOSCI 500C: Heritage Core – Research Methods in Social Science
Elective Requirements (12 credits)
Three 500-level courses, two of which must be courses offered through the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies graduate program.
The table below shows an example of the sequence of courses to complete the program in two years. Yet, you may opt to fulfill your coursework more quickly or extend the time it takes to complete the program, based on your individual needs.
|Year 1||EDUC 541
|MALS Elective||EDUC 537|
|Year 2||MALS Elective
|MALS Elective||EDUC 600|
Hollins’ M.A. in Teaching and Learning is designed for individuals who have a passion for teaching and want to:
- Learn more about the practice of teaching;
- Acquire and develop new knowledge;
- Develop curriculum in collaborative teams; and
- Assume leadership roles within your school and/or school system.
Men and women admitted to the M.A. in Teaching and Learning program will have the opportunity to work with accomplished faculty in the areas essential in today’s continually changing landscape of PK-12 education: writing, inquiry, instructional design, assessment, leadership, technology and contemporary issues in education. Faculty members encourage collaborative efforts and provide opportunities for students (experienced teachers themselves) to learn from one another.
Program Director Lorraine Lange offers a brief overview of the new graduate program for K-12 teachers.
Students who believe they have been treated unfairly academically are encouraged to meet with the instructor to attempt to resolve the matter informally. The complete process for handling grievances within Hollins can be found in the Graduate Student Handbook (PDF).
Students enrolled in our online graduate programs (Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning or Master of Arts in Liberal Studies) who live outside of Virginia in a SARA state must first file a complaint with the institution by following the above resources. If an issue cannot be resolved by the University’s internal processes, a complaint involving allegations of dishonest or fraudulent activity, including the provision of false or misleading information, may be brought to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). Alternatively, students may submit a complaint about a SACSCOC-accredited institution using the SACSCOC complaint process.
Lorraine S. Lange, director of M.A. in Teaching, B.A., Roanoke College, M.A.L.S., Hollins College, Ed.D., Virginia Tech.
Anna Baynum, associate professor of education; B.A., Guilford College; M.Ed., University of Virginia; Ed.D., University of Virginia.
Rebecca R. Cox, associate professor of education; B.S., Earlham College; M.Ed., Ph.D., Indiana University.
Teri Wagner, assistant professor of education; B.A., Roanoke College, M.A., Ph.D., Virginia Tech.
Meet the Director
Lorraine Lange is the director of the M.A.L.S., M.A.T., and M.A. in Teaching and Learning graduate programs; Ed.D., Virginia Tech; M.A.L.S., Hollins College; B.A., Roanoke College
Lange is the former superintendent of Roanoke County Public Schools and was named the Virginia Superintendent of the Year in 2011 and was selected as one of four finalists for National Superintendent of the Year in 2012. In 2018 Governor Northam re-appointed Lange to a second four-year term to the Board of Trustees of the Roanoke Higher Education Center.