Master of Arts in Teaching with Licensure



Mary Baldwin University has been educating teachers for America’s schools for more than 165 years. But it is not enough just to cite our history. Our MAT program with licensure is distinctive, in several important ways:

It is grounded in the liberal arts. In an ever-changing global community, it is the liberal arts that weave the common threads of the humanities, arts, sciences, and mathematics throughout the diverse tapestry of our cultural differences.

Inquiry- and Reflection-Based
We use the inquiry method of learning, guiding students through their own educational journeys, facilitating a deep understanding of old and new knowledge through a reflective process. This bold approach to learning engages students in ways that encourage life-long learning.

Team Taught
Every course is taught by a team of teaching partners — a practicing K-12 classroom teacher and a Mary Baldwin professor. This partnership helps students learn how to apply new skills and knowledge to the classroom.

Fast-track options: Learn more about how to earn your undergraduate and graduate degrees more quickly through our 4-year Education Leaders Program or 5-year BA/MAT.


Education courses vary in format — some are completely online, some meet in-person a few times throughout a semester with coursework online (hybrid), and others meet on a regular basis. You and your advisor will work together to craft a plan that meets your needs.

Mary Baldwin University education courses are available on-site in five locations:

  • Main campus in Staunton
  • Charlottesville
  • Richmond
  • Roanoke
  • South Boston


Complete an online application.
Deadlines for applications are as follows: Fall – July 31, Spring – November 15, Summer – April 15.

Prospective students are encouraged to meet with an education advisor and/or attend an orientation session in the most convenient regional location to review admission requirements and determine the best plan of study. 

You will need:

  • Passing scores on  the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) reading and writing exam plus Praxis Core math OR exemption from admissions testing with qualifying SAT or ACT scores
  • A personal statement telling us why you are interested in teaching
  • Official college transcripts (Please note: a minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required)
  • Two reference forms (a part of the online application)


  • Special Education K-12
  • Gifted Education K-12
  • Elementary Education PK-6
  • Middle Education 6-8
  • Secondary Education 6-12
    • English, math, history and social science
  • English as a Second Language (available as an “add-on” endorsement or concurrently with another endorsement of the student’s choice)