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Hollins University
Graduate Programs

(General Information)
Graduate Studies Office
Hollins University
Roanoke, VA 24020
(540) 362-6575


Director of Educational Programs
Kristi Fowler
(540) 362-6249

Master of Arts in Teaching

Track 1: for Licensed Teachers


Since 1994, Hollins has offered the master of arts in teaching, Track 1. Participants in the program work with others who:

  • have a long-term commitment to teaching;
  • want to learn more about the practice of teaching;
  • want to acquire and generate new knowledge;
  • want to develop curriculum in collaborative teams; and
  • have an interest in assuming leadership roles within their schools.

Men and women joining the program will have the opportunity to work with Hollins faculty in the areas of learning, writing, inquiry, instructional design, leadership, and contemporary issues in education. Faculty members encourage collaborative efforts and provide opportunities for students to learn from one another. An essential part of the program includes studies in the liberal arts.


To apply

Students seeking admission to Track 1 must submit a personal statement, three letters of recommendation (one from a current supervisor), all transcripts from undergraduate and graduate studies, an application form, a copy of their current teaching license, and $40 processing fee.

Click here for our online application.


Requirements for the degree

This M.A.T. degree consists of 40 credit hours offered over a two- to three-year period. Courses are taught during summer, fall, and spring semesters. Courses are taught during evenings at times compatible with a teacher's schedule. Students have five years in which to meet degree requirements.


Fees and financial aid

Fees are $340 per credit hour (licensed, practicing teachers receive a $10 per credit discount). Hollins is pleased to offer a grant up to the cost of a credit hour ($340) toward a 4-credit course to students whose employer (Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Salem, Botetourt, etc.) provides matching funds. Students must pay a nonrefundable deposit of $100 at the beginning of each semester. All deposits will be credited toward the semester's tuition charges. Student loans and other types of financial aid may be available through the financial aid office. Questions regarding financial assistance may be addressed to that office at (540) 362-6332. The technology fee is $75 per semester for up through eight credits and $150 per semester for nine credits or more.


Schedule of studies

The director of education programs will meet with each student to define educational goals and to outline an individualized plan of study. Students are required to take EDUC 506, EDUC 507, EDUC 530, EDUC 546, EDUC 548, and EDUC 600 plus SOCSCI 500C: Research Methods, and three other courses (two of which must be from the liberal arts offerings) for a total of 40 credits. The equivalent of two graduate courses may be transferred to the M.A.T. degree with approval by the director of the program.