Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution? You can earn teaching licensure and the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) at the same time. This program is ideal for college graduates in many fields who believe teaching is their calling. The first of its kind in the Roanoke Valley, the program offers small, interactive classes as well as hybrid instructional options. Our program faculty are seasoned education leaders who can offer career assistance with job connections in Roanoke and the surrounding region. Plus, Hollins’ student teaching grants make our program unique and affordable.
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Licensure and M.A.T.
To earn a graduate degree in education, students are required to have 40 credit hours plus student teaching. Students may complete the degree and student teaching within one and a half to two years of full-time studies. The program also accepts part-time students. Faculty teach courses during evenings at times compatible with the average working person’s schedule. Students have five years to meet degree requirements.
Want to earn licensure to teach in Virginia or other states, but don’t want to pursue an M.A.T.? Hollins’ graduate program in education offers college grads this option. The program’s length depends on the courses needed to meet requirements for a teaching license. The average length of time is three to four semesters, which includes course work and student teaching.
The M.A.T. program offers endorsements in the following areas:
- PK-12: foreign language (French, Latin, Spanish), visual arts
- 6-12: English, history and social sciences, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics
Federal Teach Grant
Hollins is pleased to announce our participation in the Federal TEACH Grant Program which began with the 2014-15 academic year. This non-need based award provides up to $4,000 in grant funding per year to students who plan to become teachers, and meet the requirements.
Hollins Student Teaching Grant
Through the Hollins student teaching grant, students enrolled in the 12-credit student teaching course receive a $4,860 grant to cover the cost of those credits.
Hollins thoroughly prepared me to begin my teaching
“I chose to pursue my Master of Arts in Teaching as well as my licensure. I was pleased Hollins offered an option such as this for students who did not have a previous teaching degree. Each class in the program offered a unique subject matter relevant to teaching, the classroom, and the most popular education topics. The professors demonstrated patience, a love for students, and a mastery of each educational theme. Thanks to the education department faculty, filing licensure paperwork was an effortless process. After my two years at Hollins, graduation day marked a milestone of self-achievement and assuredness that Hollins, in turn, had thoroughly prepared me to begin my teaching.”
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.