Master of Arts in Teaching

Accelerated Pathway, Graduate Degree

School of Education

3-5 Semesters (1-2 years)

Teacher teaching in an elementary school classroom

The Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Westminster University

The Master of Arts in Teaching program is for those who want to go beyond teaching and become a highly qualified, sought-after, and impactful teacher. Our students are certified to teach the moment they graduate, and can specialize to focus on elementary education, secondary education. You will learn from faculty who have spent years in the classroom and gain hands-on skills in a student-teaching environment. When you step into your new career, you’ll already be a step ahead of the competition.

Who the Master of Arts in Teaching Program Is For

This program is designed for students who have recently graduated or those who have completed their undergraduate degrees and may have spent a few years in the workforce already. It’s designed for those who are passionate about teaching, shaping young lives, and ultimately changing the world.

What You'll Learn in the Master of Arts in Teaching Program

  • Gain teaching strategies from practitioners who intimately know the classroom environment.
  • Emerge equipped with the skills and knowledge to have a profound impact on our community's future through our children.

What Are the Benefits of the Master of Arts in Teaching Degree Program?

  • See the whole picture. There's no program quite like this in the state of Utah: you'll gain a holistic, liberal arts-influenced education that has a focus on student learning.
  • Be hands-on. We offer small class sizes, experienced professors, student-teaching assignments in the community, and interactive learning activities. It all adds up to better-prepared educators.

sample courses

  • MAT-600: Culture, Family, and Community
  • MAT-610: Managing the Inclusive Classroom
  • MAT-603: Clinical Student Teaching
  • MAT-611: Curriculum Design and Management

completion time

Students can complete this program in 3–5 semesters, depending on their course load.

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Application Deadline

Complete applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis. Early submission of applications is strongly encouraged.



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Our Faculty

Anneliese Cannon, PhD

Marilee Coles-Ritchie, PhD

Bradley Kahrs, PhD
Associate Professor

Lowell Oswald, PhD



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Accelerated Programs and Partnerships

Several undergraduate programs at Westminster feature an accelerated track or partnership that allows our graduates to earn a graduate degree as quickly as possible.

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Plan of Study for the Master of Arts in Teaching Program

You may pursue a plan of study in accordance with your educational goals. Program requirements and course descriptions are available in the academic catalog.


Graduates can obtain 1 of 2 licenses: elementary education or secondary education.

Licensing and endorsement requirements vary by state. Utah students must apply with the Utah State Board of Education. Westminster has not determined whether it meets the educational requirements for licensure in all other states within the United States, including U.S. territories. Students will need to inquire with additional states for information.

master of arts in teaching to master of education opportunity

Students who complete Westminster's Master of Arts in Teaching program can complete the Master of Education program through a streamlined process to earn a second master's degree. Nine of your Master of Arts in Teaching program credits will count towards the requirements of the Master of Education program. Completing the Master of Arts in Teaching to Master of Education opportunity allows you to deepen your expertise as a teacher by following the TESOL endorsement or Trauma, Resilience, Restorative Justice emphasis within the Master of Education program.

Teaching Career Opportunities

All Master of Arts in Teaching program graduates who have pursued a teaching job have been hired ever since the program's inception. Graduates are well respected and highly sought after in Utah and around the country. You will be able to choose the setting and students you'd like most to work with, whether it's young children in an elementary school setting, teens in their secondary education years, or English language learners.

elementary and secondary education

  • Classroom teacher
  • District coach (math coach, science coach)
  • Curriculum developer
  • Director of after school programs and/or youth organizations
  • School librarian
  • School counselor
  • Administrator

List of Alumni Employers

  • Jordan School District
  • Canyons School District
  • Granite School District
  • Madeleine Choir School
  • Salt Lake Arts Academy
  • Salt Lake City School District 

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Tuition and Fees

At Westminster, we are committed to making your education affordable.


Financial Aid

Westminster works with all students to determine the financial aid opportunities available to them. Federal financial aid is available and will be awarded on an individual basis to students who have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Some federal financial aid programs require students to maintain the equivalent of full- or part-time enrollment. Westminster also offers scholarships for graduate students.


Students who completed an undergraduate degree at Westminster are eligible to receive the Westminster Alumni Scholarship.


Graduate students are eligible for Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Direct (grad) PLUS loans through the U.S. Department of Education’s federal student loan program.


Students in education programs may be eligible for the federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program. Grants are generally need-based and do not need to be repaid. Some grants have requirements upon graduation to ensure repayment is not necessary.

Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study is a federally funded program that provides job opportunities for students to earn money to help pay for college. Westminster employs hundreds of students each year in different areas.