Teaching Licensure & M.A.T. Program
Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution? You can earn teaching licensure and the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) at the same time. This program is ideal for college graduates in many fields who believe teaching is their calling. The first of its kind in the Roanoke Valley, the program offers small, interactive classes as well as hybrid instructional options. Our program faculty are seasoned education leaders who can offer career assistance with job connections in Roanoke and the surrounding region. Plus, Hollins’ student teaching grants make our program unique and affordable.
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Licensure and M.A.T.
To earn a graduate degree in education, students are required to have 40 credit hours plus student teaching. Students may complete the degree and student teaching within one and a half to two years of full-time studies. The program also accepts part-time students. Faculty teach courses during evenings at times compatible with the average working person’s schedule. Students have five years to meet degree requirements.
Want to earn licensure to teach in Virginia or other states, but don’t want to pursue an M.A.T.? Hollins’ graduate program in education offers college grads this option. The program’s length depends on the courses needed to meet requirements for a teaching license. The average length of time is three to four semesters, which includes course work and student teaching.
The M.A.T. program offers endorsements in the following areas:
- PK-12: foreign language (French, Latin, Spanish), visual arts
- 6-12: English, history and social sciences, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics
Federal Teach Grant
Hollins is pleased to announce our participation in the Federal TEACH Grant Program which began with the 2014-15 academic year. This non-need based award provides up to $4,000 in grant funding per year to students who plan to become teachers, and meet the requirements.
Hollins Student Teaching Grant
Through the Hollins student teaching grant, students enrolled in the 12-credit student teaching course receive a $5,100 grant to cover the cost of those credits.
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Hollins University is committed to creating opportunities for adult students to join our graduate programs. We recognize that online and hybrid learning options can make it more convenient to enroll in our courses and we are dedicated to enhancing your online learning experiences. If you have questions about your program or need assistance, please contact the Graduate Programs Office. We may be able to help you with questions about teaching licensure or other concerns or complaints.
At the conclusion of the program, I was confident and ready to lead a class of my own.
“Hollins University’s M.A.T. program is a perfect fit for aspiring teachers who are looking for a supportive community of education professionals. The professors and administrators in the education department provide excellent advice, helpful guidance, and authentic classroom preparation activities. Daily, I make good use of the instructional and classroom management strategies I was taught. At the conclusion of the program, I was confident and ready to lead a class of my own.
What makes the M.A.T. experience so special is the family atmosphere that imbues our campus. My student teaching cohort organically worked together to offer encouragement and solutions to one another. Between the caring faculty, staff, and students, you won’t feel isolated at Hollins. Pretty quickly you’ll realize that you are part of a family who is invested in your dream of becoming a top-quality educator.”
Mary Jean C. Sullivan
Meet the Director
Lorraine Lange is the director of the M.A.L.S., M.A.T., and M.A. in Teaching and Learning graduate programs; Ed.D., Virginia Tech; M.A.L.S., Hollins College; B.A., Roanoke College
Lange is the former superintendent of Roanoke County Public Schools. Lange was named the Virginia Superintendent of the Year in 2011 and was selected as one of four finalists for National Superintendent in 2012. She was a named a “Tech-Savvy Superintendent” by E-News. She also received the Virginia Excellence in Education Award from AdvancED. Locally, Lange was named Citizen of the Year by the Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce and was given the Art Venture Award at the Taubman Museum of Art.