Mount Holyoke College - Masters of Arts in Teaching Program

Why you should consider this program

Master of Arts in Teaching:

You have confidence and courage. You are a changemaker who blazes trails and breaks through barriers. You are going to leave the world better than you found it. You are an educator. At Mount Holyoke College, you will take flight and take your career to a whole new level.

Our graduate students are teaching and learning across the country. We will help you grow and thrive throughout your career. Whether you are entering your own classroom for the first time, or ready to reinvigorate your practice, we are here for you. Ready to lead? Mount Holyoke will help you hone your vision and build your skills as a mentor to your colleagues and an advocate for your community. Our alum are coaches, writers, speakers, policymakers and leaders.

Join our community of kindred spirits. We are educators who are dedicated to social justice and promoting equity and belonging through our work. You can tailor your program to address local needs and teacher shortages. You can promote equity and opportunity as a teacher. You can choose a course of study that allows you to do all these things. Our specialties include: special education, mathematics teaching (preK-8), English language learners (ESL), and social-emotional learning. Whether you are seeking your initial teacher licensure, support in applying for National Board certification, or want to renew your teaching practice, we can help you achieve your goals.

Through the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program, Mount Holyoke College Graduate Programs selects up to two Return Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) for each Masters program who will receive a 50% tuition scholarship. All students do either a student teaching placement or work on a capstone project. Students work with underserved, impoverished and/or disadvantaged communities and will work closely with a mentor throughout the process.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 28,160 $ 14,080 $ 14,080
Out of state $ 28,160 $ 14,080 $ 14,080
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

Scholarship equal to 50% of tuition (only) for the selected program. Based on your area of focus your program may be 32-38 credits Students may also apply for student assistantships that would also help reduce the cost of the program.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)

Up to 6

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 17,820

Application fee waived?



All Coverdell Fellows do an internship in the form of either a student teaching placement or a capstone project. They work with their program directors to identify projects and settings that will help them develop their knowledge, skills, and practice as educators. With the guidance and support of professional mentors throughout the process, they are able to explore a range of opportunities to serve impoverished and disadvantaged youth and communities.

Jobs for program alumni

Graduates are highly sought after teachers, on-site teacher coaches, and instructional specialists. They have also:

  • Transformed their classroom practice and improved student learning
  • Advocated to support children and teachers
  • Won teaching awards at the local, state, and national levels
  • Published articles in professional journals and magazines
  • Given keynote addresses at regional and national conferences
  • Started their own businesses to support the professional learning of teachers
  • Become thought leaders and are shaping the future of education.

Our alumni work in both public and private schools, in urban, suburban and rural settings. Our students work in settings across the United States. Massachusetts has teacher license reciprocity agreements with 49 states and abroad through NASDTEC. While many of our alum teach in the US, we also have alumni who are working abroad.

Other details

Program length

1-2 years

Application requirements

Bachelors degree, college transcript, two letters of recommendation, a personal essay, and a confirmation letter from Peace Corps indicating your service. MAT students will also need to pass the MTEL Certification Test: Communications and Literacy.

Admissions process

Please visit here. Complete a program application as well as a scholarship application to receive your Peace Corps Coverdell Scholarship

Program begins

Summer, Fall, Spring

Non-traditional options

  • Option to pursue degree part time while receiving the Coverdell Fellowship

Classes are designed for working professionals, with courses offered online, in the evenings, and over the summer. See program descriptions for more details.

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Amy Asadoorian, Assistant Director of Communication, Outreach and Admission

Professional and Graduate Education/Mount Holyoke College
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075