Master of Arts in Teaching

Earn your Teaching License and Master's in One Year!

The Saint Michael’s College Master of Arts in Teaching program (MAT) provides an innovative and intensive program that attracts bright and passionate candidates from diverse backgrounds to be agents of change in the field of education. The MAT is an accelerated one- or two-year program that is competitively-priced and leads to a master’s degree and initial licensure or an additional endorsement. Candidates interested in completing the program in one year will begin coursework in mid-May and graduate the following May.

Program Features

  • Multiple field placements with expert Vermont teachers
  • Diverse opportunities to explore the progressive educational practices for which the state is known
  • A rigorous and comprehensive course sequence
  • Collaborative cohort model culminating in a transformative capstone experience

The MAT is designed as a fifth year initial licensure option for undergraduates as well as a stand-alone licensure and master’s degree program for those seeking a career change.

The MAT offers initial licensure tracks in art, elementary, middle, secondary, and special education with the option of pursuing additional endorsements (in early childhood education, for example). Already a licensed teacher? Earn your master’s degree and additional endorsement in special education or English language learners (ELL) through the MAT.

Initial Licensure Tracks

See Art Concentration Map for course sequence and other information.

Saint Michael’s College Graduate Programs in Education have a state-approved program that leads to teacher licensure in visual arts (PK-12).

Prerequisites for Admission to Art Education Licensure Program include:

  • A bachelor’s degree with a major in visual arts, supporting liberal arts general education courses, and fulfillment of the Vermont Agency of Education guidelines for an endorsement in art
  • Evidence of enrollment or audit of subject area within the last five years.
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0, and GPA of 3.0 in subject area.
  • Portfolio of 10 pieces showing range of artistic literacy to be presented at interview.
  • Successful completion of the entrance interview with Coordinator of Arts in Education.
  • Evidence of successful work experience with children.

All initial licensure applicants must also apply to the MAT. We now offer an additional endorsement (different content area or level) for students if requirements have been met. Please consult with your advisor.

Required Courses:
(3 credits each unless otherwise noted)

Course requirements for licensure, as listed in our Graduate Catalog, are subject to change according to State regulation.


License reciprocity

Vermont is part of the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement, a collection of over 50 individual agreements by states and Canadian provinces. Each individual “agreement” outlines which other states’ educator certificates will be accepted by the state. This means that in earning a recommendation for Vermont licensure candidates will fulfill most, if not all, requirements for licensure in many other states. Candidates are encouraged to check the Department/Agency of Education website for any other states in which they are planning to teach to determine if any additional requirements will need to be met. For updated information on the State of Vermont Board of Education Licensing Information, visit their website.

See Elementary Education Concentration Map for course sequence and other information.

Saint Michael’s College Graduate Programs in Education have a state-approved program that leads to licensure as an elementary teacher in grades K-6.

Early Childhood Education Endorsement

Prerequisites for Admission to the Elementary Licensure Program include:

  • A bachelor’s degree with successful completion of a liberal arts or science major or equivalent as defined in the Vermont Licensing Rules
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher, and a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the major
  • Successful completion of the entrance interview
  • Evidence of successful work experience with children

All initial licensure applicants will apply to the MAT. Candidates may be eligible for an additional endorsement (different content area or level, for example, early childhood education) if requirements have been met.  Interested candidates should consult with their advisor.

Saint Michael’s College also offers an Early Childhood Education Endorsment, click here to learn more.

A Two-Year Course Sequence is also available. For more information, click here.

Required Courses:
(3 credits unless otherwise noted)

License reciprocity

Vermont is part of the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement, a collection of over 50 individual agreements by states and Canadian provinces. Each individual “agreement” outlines which other states’ educator certificates will be accepted by the state. This means that in earning a recommendation for Vermont licensure candidates will fulfill most, if not all, requirements for licensure in many other states. Candidates are encouraged to check the Department/Agency of Education website for any other states in which they are planning to teach to determine if any additional requirements will need to be met. For updated information on the State of Vermont Board of Education Licensing Information, visit their website.

See Middle Level Concentration Map for course sequence and other information.

Saint Michael’s College Graduate Programs in Education have a state-approved program that leads to licensure as a middle level teacher in grades 5-9 in English, social studies, science, or math.

Prerequisites for Admission to the Middle Level Licensure Program include:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Eighteen credits in the content area of licensure with at least six of those credits at the advanced undergraduate level or higher as defined in the Vermont Licensing Rules
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0, and a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the content area
  • Successful completion of the entrance interview
  • Evidence of successful work experience with children

All initial licensure applicants will apply to the MAT. Candidates may be eligible for an additional endorsement (different content area or level) if requirements have been met. Interested candidates should consult with their advisor.

A Two-Year Course Sequence is also available. For more information, click here.

Required Courses:
(3 credits each unless otherwise noted)

License reciprocity

Vermont is part of the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement, a collection of over 50 individual agreements by states and Canadian provinces. Each individual “agreement” outlines which other states’ educator certificates will be accepted by the state. This means that in earning a recommendation for Vermont licensure candidates will fulfill most, if not all, requirements for licensure in many other states. Candidates are encouraged to check the Department/Agency of Education website for any other states in which they are planning to teach to determine if any additional requirements will need to be met. For updated information on the State of Vermont Board of Education Licensing Information, visit their website.

See Secondary Concentration Map for course sequence and other information.

Saint Michael’s College Graduate Programs in Education have a state-approved program that leads to licensure as a secondary teacher in grades 7-12 in in the following subject areas: English, Modern and Classical Languages, Mathematics, General Science, and Social Studies.

Prerequisites for Admission to the Secondary Licensure Program include:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • A thirty-credit major (or equivalent) in the content area of licensure with at least nine of those credits at the advanced undergraduate level or higher as defined in the Vermont Licensing Rules
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher, and a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the content area
  • Successful completion of the entrance interview
  • Evidence of successful work experience with children

All initial licensure applicants will apply to the MAT. Candidates may be eligible for an additional endorsement (different content area or level, for example, middle level) if requirements have been met. Interested candidates should consult with their advisor.

A Two-Year Course Sequence is also available. For more information, click here.

Required Courses:
(3 credits each unless otherwise noted)

Course requirements for licensure, as listed in our Graduate Catalog, are subject to change according to State regulation. Please contact Amy Saks Pavese, the Licensure Coordinator, with licensure questions.


License reciprocity

Vermont is part of the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement, a collection of over 50 individual agreements by states and Canadian provinces. Each individual “agreement” outlines which other states’ educator certificates will be accepted by the state. This means that in earning a recommendation for Vermont licensure candidates will fulfill most, if not all, requirements for licensure in many other states. Candidates are encouraged to check the Department/Agency of Education website for any other states in which they are planning to teach to determine if any additional requirements will need to be met. For updated information on the State of Vermont Board of Education Licensing Information, visit their website.

See Special Education Concentration Map for course sequence and other information.

Saint Michael’s College Graduate Programs in Education have a state-approved program that leads to licensure as special educator in grades K-8, grade 7-age 21, or K-age 21.

Prerequisites for Admission to the Special Education Licensure Program include:

  • A bachelor’s degree with successful completion of a liberal arts or science major or equivalent as defined in the Vermont Licensing Rules
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher, and a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the major
  • Successful completion of the entrance interview
  • Evidence of successful work experience with children

All initial licensure applicants will apply to the MAT. Candidates may be eligible for an additional endorsement (different content area or level) if requirements have been met. Interested candidates should consult with their advisor.

A Two-Year Course Sequence is also available. For more information, click here.

Required Courses:
(3 credits each unless otherwise noted)

Special Educator Grades K-8 Initial License

Special Educator Grade 7- Age 21 Initial License

Special Educator Grade K- Age 21 Initial License


License reciprocity

Vermont is part of the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement, a collection of over 50 individual agreements by states and Canadian provinces. Each individual “agreement” outlines which other states’ educator certificates will be accepted by the state. This means that in earning a recommendation for Vermont licensure candidates will fulfill most, if not all, requirements for licensure in many other states. Candidates are encouraged to check the Department/Agency of Education website for any other states in which they are planning to teach to determine if any additional requirements will need to be met. For updated information on the State of Vermont Board of Education Licensing Information, visit their website.

See Special Education Additional Endorsement Concentration Map for course sequence and other information.

Saint Michael’s College Graduate Programs in Education have a state-approved program that leads to initial licensure or an additional endorsement as a special educator in grades K-8, grade 7-age 21, or K-age 21.

Prerequisites for Admission to the Special Education Additional Endorsement Program include:

  • A bachelor’s degree with successful completion of a liberal arts or science major or equivalent as defined in the Vermont Licensing Rules
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher, and a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the major
  • An initial Vermont teaching license
  • Successful completion of the entrance interview
  • Evidence of successful work experience with children

Required Courses:
(3 credits each unless otherwise noted)

Course requirements for licensure and additional endorsements, as listed in our Graduate Catalog, are subject to change according to State regulation.


License reciprocity

Vermont is part of the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement, a collection of over 50 individual agreements by states and Canadian provinces. Each individual “agreement” outlines which other states’ educator certificates will be accepted by the state. This means that in earning a recommendation for Vermont licensure candidates will fulfill most, if not all, requirements for licensure in many other states. Candidates are encouraged to check the Department/Agency of Education website for any other states in which they are planning to teach to determine if any additional requirements will need to be met. For updated information on the State of Vermont Board of Education Licensing Information, visit their website.

See English Language Learners Additional Endorsement Concentration Map for course sequence and other information.

Saint Michael’s College Graduate Programs in Education have a state-approved program that leads to initial licensure or an additional endorsement in ELL.

Prerequisites for Admission to ELL Additional Endorsement Program include:

  • A bachelor’s degree with successful completion of a liberal arts or science major or equivalent as defined in the Vermont Licensing Rules
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher, and a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the major
  • An initial Vermont teaching license
  • Successful completion of the entrance interview
  • Evidence of successful work experience with children

Required Courses:
(3 credits each unless otherwise noted)

Course requirements for licensure and additional endorsements, as listed in our Graduate Catalog, are subject to change according to State regulation.


License reciprocity

Vermont is part of the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement, a collection of over 50 individual agreements by states and Canadian provinces. Each individual “agreement” outlines which other states’ educator certificates will be accepted by the state. This means that in earning a recommendation for Vermont licensure candidates will fulfill most, if not all, requirements for licensure in many other states. Candidates are encouraged to check the Department/Agency of Education website for any other states in which they are planning to teach to determine if any additional requirements will need to be met. For updated information on the State of Vermont Board of Education Licensing Information, visit their website.