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Master of Arts in Teaching


Explore MBU’s Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary licensure program.

If you’re already teaching but looking for state certification, or if you’re interested in entering the elementary classroom for the first time—our Wisconsin state-approved MAT-Elementary license provides you with a perfect solution. This graduate degree will prepare you to teach at the elementary level—building on your present capabilities with intensive coursework, personalized faculty mentorship, and hands-on classroom experience.


EDUC 520 Student Learning and Motivation (3)
EDUC 525 Classroom Management and Positive Behavior Practices (3)
EDSP 530 Reading Diagnosis and Assessment (3)
EDUC 530 Curriculum Theory and Practice (3)
EDUC 535 Instructional Improvement through Assessment (3)
EDUC 540 Biblical Perspectives in Human Relations and Counseling (3)
EDUC 541 Human Relations Clinical (1)
EDUC 545 Exceptionality in Student Learning (3)
EDUC 546 Exceptionality in Student Learning Clinical (1)
EDUC 555 Technology for Teaching and Learning (3)
EDUC 522 Meeting the Needs of the Adolescent Learner with Clinical (3)
EDUC 551 Elementary Curriculum 1: Reading and Social Studies with Clinical (3)
EDUC 552 Elementary Curriculum 2: Math and Science with Clinical (3)
EDUC 571 Student Teaching 1 (3)
EDUC 572 Student Teaching 2 (3)

**Student teaching and some clinicals may be satisfied with 3 or more years of teaching experience.

TOTAL: 33 – 41 credits


Earn a Wisconsin DPI approved Elementary (grades K-9) teaching license – check with a program advisor about license transferability to your state
Online classes are offered year-round with six start dates per year
Clinical requirements may be satisfied by 3 or more years of teaching experience
Our competitive pricing makes the program feasible and affordable
Our graduate programs are regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
Complete your master’s in two years or less — entirely online
Graduate Assistantships are available




Prior Education and Admission Requirements
  • A bachelor’s degree.
  • A grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • (conditional acceptance may be granted)

  • A background check and fingerprinting
CAEP Content Knowledge Requirements

(Undergraduate level courses from previous institutions may be used to satisfy these content knowledge requirements.)

  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Biological Science
  • Physical Science
  • World History
  • U.S. History
  • Government

Qualifying composite scores on the Praxis CORE Assessment or a qualifying composite score on the Praxis 1, SAT or ACT


Testing Requirement

Testing Requirement for WI Elementary (K-9) license: Foundations of Reading Test (score of 240+).




Step One

Complete this FREE application.

Step Two

Email your unofficial transcripts to The initial evaluation may be done using un-official transcripts. Applicants who are admitted to the MAT program, however, will need to submit an official transcript to document courses taken and grades earned prior to admission. Official transcripts from your undergraduate institution should be mailed to the following address:

Maranatha Baptist University

Attention: Admissions

745 W. Main St.

Watertown, WI 53094

Step Three

An Admissions counselor will review your bachelor’s degree to determine if you have met program entrance requirements.

Step Four

After prerequisite requirements have been satisfied, a background check and fingerprinting must be completed.

Step Five

When all prerequisites have been satisfied and a clean background check has been completed, applicants will be notified of their status for admissions by email.

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