Master's Bridge
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 Applications for the 2020-21 academic year will open September 15, 2019.

Master of Arts Bridge to Teaching (MBT) program

Marian University’s Master of Arts Bridge to Teaching program is designed to give college graduates who have a bachelor's degree in any field the chance to change careers and become K-12 teachers. If you’re looking to earn an education degree and gain the knowledge, skills, and experience to transform the lives of students and families, talk to us! Marian University has a tradition of excellence in preparing teachers who, through internships and a proven curriculum, are prepared for teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

This MBT program prepares students to pursue initial Indiana teaching licensure for elementary school teaching or secondary licensure in one or more subject areas. A concentration in English as a second language (ESL) is also available. Upon completion, you will graduate with a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. Students in the MBT program can choose from two tracks: a full-time one-year program or a part-time two-year program.

One-year program for full-time students

Classes for the full-time program begin each summer and culminate with graduation in May.

  • Students receive hands-on, practical experience working and teaching in local schools during both the fall and spring semesters.
  • Classes and internships are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Semester Application Deadline Courses Begin
Fall 2019 August 1, 2019 August 26, 2019

Two-year program for part-time students

For part-time students, classes begin each summer and fall.

  • For the first 18 months, you can continue working full-time. Classes are typically held in the evening from 6-9 p.m. throughout the week with Saturday classes from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • During the final semester, students must enroll full-time to complete the teaching internship, which will be held Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. (hours may vary based on the school in which you are placed).
  • In some cases, you may be eligible for a "Transition to Teaching" permit from the Indiana Department of Education. This permit will enable you to seek full-time employment as a teacher while you complete the MBT program.
  • Students graduate after completing six semesters of coursework and student teaching.
Semester Application Deadline Courses Begin
Fall 2019 August 1, 2019 August 26, 2019

Check out these answers to answers to frequently asked questions about Marian's MBT program.


As part of the Master of Arts Bridge to Teaching program, you'll complete a number of required education and elective courses, including subjects like:

  • Second language learning
  • Principles and problems of education
  • Best practices in reading, language arts, and social studies
  • Child development and observation
  • Exceptional needs
  • Assessment of learning

For complete course descriptions and more details, consult the current Marian University graduate course catalog.

Applying to the Master of Arts Bridge to Teaching program

The requirements for Marian’s MBT program are:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75
  • criminal history check through the Indiana State Police 

To apply, visit our application page and choose “graduate student.” The documents you will need include:

  • Complete our online application. Choose "Graduate students."
  • Official transcripts from every college or university that you have attended
  • Current resume
  • Recommendation forms from two professional references
  • Personal statement

A background check may also be administered. There is a $40 non-refundable application fee. We ask that applicants take the online readiness self-assessment and reflection test and read the Marian University Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Some students may also be interviewed by the program director.

​How can you learn more?

We periodically offer workshops for students interested in learning more about Marian University's MBT program. To be added to our notification list, email or (317) 955-6128. You can also download and review these materials:

You can also review important information about the program by playing this presentation from 2017.

Learn more about Marian's Master of Arts Bridge to Teaching program!

Marian University’s Master’s Bridge to Teaching program is perfect for both recent graduates and working professionals looking to pursue careers in teaching. To learn more about the MBT program, request more information today or contact our director of online and graduate programs, Erika Wise, at

For admissions information:

College of Graduate and Online Programs
(317) 955-6128

For program specifics:

Ixchel (Chelly) Venegas
Coordinator of Graduate Student Support
Klipsch Educators College
(317) 955-6698

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