Mount Holyoke College - Masters of Arts in Teaching Program

Why you should consider this program

Master of Arts in Teaching:

Mount Holyoke College graduates have been pioneers in education, the sciences, the arts, and public service for the past 181 years. The graduate programs in education continue this tradition.

Good teachers are always in demand.

Our goal is to support you at every stage of your career. Whether you are an aspiring or experienced teacher, we can help you take the next step. You will learn from practitioners who are on the front lines of education everyday. You will learn about the latest research and trends in teaching and learning. You will be ready to make a difference right away.

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, English language learners (ESL), and arts integration.

Our fellowships help you begin building your professional portfolio from day one.

Our students can live anywhere in the world. We provide flexibility through on-campus and online courses. Our evening and summer classes are designed to help you balance school with life.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 24,800 $ 12,400 $ 12,400
Out of state $ 24,800 $ 12,400 $ 12,400
* 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)

$ 13,788

Application fee waived?



All students do either a student teaching placement or work on a capstone project. Students work with underserved, impoverished and/or disadvantaged communities. You will work closely with a mentor throughout the process.

Jobs for program alumni

Graduates are they 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


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, Admissions Coordinator

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