Masters of Arts in Teaching Program at Mount Holyoke College

Why you should consider this program

●    Master of Arts in Teaching:

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) is an accelerated teacher education program for aspiring early childhood, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers. The flexible, year-long program includes an innovative curriculum, a unique collaboration with EL Education, personalized advising, and initial teacher licensure in a wide variety of subject areas including Moderate Disabilities and English Language Learners. Learn more

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 24,516 $ 12,258 $ 12,258
Out of state $ 24,516 $ 12,258 $ 12,258
* 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. The programs have a different number of required credits (36 for the MAT).  Students may also apply for student assistantships that would also help reduce the cost of the program.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 30,000

Application fee waived?



Year-long student teaching placement in an urban school setting is required for the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. Fellows and other members of each cohort complete at least 12 hours per week as student teachers in the Fall, and student-teach full-time from January to the end of the school year (mid-June). 

Jobs for program alumni

Graduates of the Mount Holyoke College MAT, MAMT, and MATL programs are highly sought after teachers, on-site teacher coaches, and instructional specialists.  Our programs provides a broad range of opportunities as is evident in by where our alumni teach: in urban, suburban and rural districts as well as in independent and private schools. While many of our alum teach in the US, we also have alumni who are working abroad.

 For our MAT teacher candidates, many graduate with at least two licenses (their general education license and one additional license) and choose to work in areas of high need or in underserved communities.  They are some of the most sought after teachers in western Massachusetts.

Other details

Program length

1 year

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 financial aid 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 offered in the evenings and online, see program descriptions for more details.

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Amy Nichols, College counselor

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