Teaching Licensure and M.A. in Teaching (M.A.T.) Program

M.A., M.A.T.

single-paper-background Online Graduate Program in Teaching and Learning

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 program offers small interactive classes as well as hybrid and online 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.


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.

Licensure Only Program

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.



  • $435 per credit hour
    • Licensed, practicing teachers receive a $100 per course discount.


  • Students must pay a nonrefundable deposit of $100 at the beginning of each semester (credited toward the semester’s tuition charges).
  • Technology fees:
    • $162.50 (part time, fall/spring term)
    • $325 (full time, fall/spring term)
    • $165 (summer)
  • Full-time students are required to pay a health services fee each term ($197.50)

Student scholarships, loans, and grants are available. To apply for these, students must complete the FAFSA annually.

Scholarship Opportunities

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 $5,220 grant to cover the cost of those credits.

Mary Jean Sullivan

“At the conclusion of the program, I was confident and ready to lead a class of my own. Between the caring faculty, staff, and students, you won’t feel isolated at Hollins. Pretty quickly you’ll realize that you are part of a family who is invested in your dream of becoming a top-quality educator.”

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Endorsements Offered

The M.A.T. program offers endorsements in the following areas:
– PK-6
– PK-12: foreign language (French, Latin, Spanish), visual arts
– 6-12: English, history and social sciences, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics

Top 10 Praxis Pass Rate

Hollins University is number eight on PraxisExam.org’s list of the Best Praxis Elementary Education Pass Rates in Virginia. Read about our success!

Hollins’ Commitment

Hollins University is committed to creating opportunities for adult students to join our graduate programs. We recognize that online and hybrid learning options can make it more convenient to enroll in our courses and we are dedicated to enhancing your online learning experiences. If you have questions about your program or need assistance, please contact the Graduate Programs Office. We may be able to help you with questions about teaching licensure or other concerns or complaints.