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Teaching (Graduate)

Forge a new career path to elementary or secondary education in this program designed to support the needs for fully licensed teachers in Montana’s rural communities.

Teaching – Master of Arts (M.A.)

Candidates in the online Master of Arts in Teaching program at Montana State study to become a teacher with a cohort in a dynamic, hands-on learning environment over the course of 12-14 months. Designed specifically to support the need for fully-licensed teachers in Montana’s rural communities, qualified individuals will spend one year engaged in full-time graduate study through both coursework and hands-on classroom experience that is completed in the student’s rural home communities. As such, please note that the MAT program cannot place candidates within 50 miles of Bozeman, Montana. At the end of the program, students have the opportunity to be licensed in either Elementary or Secondary Education, with Secondary Education endorsements in English, Science, Math and Social Studies available.






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Montana Rural Teaching Project
Made possible through a Teacher Quality Partnership grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the Montana Rural Teacher Project provides a living stipend and professional development opportunities for well-qualified applicants.

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Carnegie Classified
The prestigious Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education® ranks Montana State University among the Top 5 public, 4-year universities for Very High Research Activity with a STEM-dominant research doctoral program.

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Rural Focused
The MAT program at Montana State is specifically geared for future educators in rural populations, with a culminating capstone course that specifically focuses on the unique skills and challenges of the small rural classroom.




Fund Your Education

The Graduate School at Montana State is dedicated to helping students secure funding during their time at MSU. Some resources the Department of Education and the Graduate School offer includes:

Additionally, the Department of Education is pleased to offer the Montana Rural Teaching Project initiative within the MAT program. For more information, please reach out to the Department of Education for details.

Distance Education

Montana State’s M.A. program in Teaching is designed to accommodate individuals in rural communities who wish to undergo a career change to become an elementary or secondary school teacher. Specifically designed to accelerate the learning process while also allowing the future teachers to learn within their home communities, the MAT program offers a majority online educational experience while gaining field-based learning experiences in rural communities. Aside from one seven-day residency in the summer on our MSU – Bozeman campus, the entirety of the MAT program is conducted online.




Admissions Requirements

Each program within the Graduate School at Montana State has its own particular requirements for admission, and the Master of Arts in Teaching program is not different. To ensure that you start your application on the right foot, please review the admissions requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching program. This includes any additional deadlines that the Department of Education may have aside from the Graduate School, which does practice rolling admissions.