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Master of Arts in Teaching

Master of Arts in Teaching


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Belmont University's Master of Arts in Teaching program is specially designed for those who are interested in changing careers to teaching. We offer three flexible formats allow you to complete your degree part-time, full-time, or through our one-year residency or internship program. All pathways lead toward teacher certification and Licensure in the State of Tennessee.
  1. Student Teaching: This track typically takes two years to complete. Classes are available at 5 p.m. and after, allowing you to work while attending classes. You must be available full-time during the last semester, however, to complete your student teaching.
  2. Full-time/Teacher Internship: This track typically takes 12-18 months to complete. Once the 12-hour Professional Core is complete, you move into a two-semester internship (fall and spring).
  3. Metro Nashville Urban Teacher Residency: Modeled on the design of medical residencies and offering a direct path into a career in Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS), the Residency is an intensive, year-long co-teaching assignment in an MNPS school, alongside a capable mentor, during which residents learn to teach and complete coursework toward the Master of Arts in Teaching and TN Teacher Certification.

Licensure and Accreditation: When you are admitted to a teacher certification program, you will receive individualized advising to determine the exact number and sequence of courses that will be required for completion of your program and area of licensure.

Licensure Areas:

  • ESL PreK-12
  • Early Childhood Pre K-3 
  • Elementary K-5
  • Secondary 6-12: Licensure available in the following areas: Biology, Chemistry, English, French, German, History, Latin, Mathematics, Physics, Government (Political Science), and Spanish, (or with an undergraduate degree in the subject you want to teach)
  • 9-12: Licensure available in Psychology and Sociology for Job-Embedded or Add-on Endorsement only

Program of Study: All licensure programs are at least 30-33 hours in length, with a minimum of 30 hours completed at Belmont. The State of Tennessee provides specific expectations for general education courses for all teachers. Depending on your undergraduate program, you may be required to complete some general education courses. The education programs at Belmont fulfill the Tennessee state licensure regulations instituted by the Tennessee State Department of Education.