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Master of Arts in Teaching

Your dream of teaching is closer than you think.

Complete coursework and begin student teaching in as few as 18 months.

Enjoy convenient evening and online classes

Earn a highly-respected, highly affordable degree to help you succeed in education.

Be Driven

At Simpson College, we want to help you turn your dream of teaching into a reality. Our graduate program is specifically designed for working adults wanting to become educators. Candidates who complete our master of arts in teaching or transition to teaching coursework will earn a secondary teaching license for the state of Iowa, setting them on the path for success.

Why choose Simpson College?

  • Quick completion — Coursework can be completed in as few as 18 months followed by a semester of student teaching.
  • Convenient course options — Evening and online classes available.
  • Quality and affordable — Simpson is nationally ranked for its return on investment and excellence in online instruction.
  • One-on-one assistance — With concierge-like service, you have one academic advisor dedicated to your success

Ready to start your journey? Complete the inquiry form today!



"I HAVE to recommend the MAT program for anyone who is looking into switching their career path to teaching and already holds a degree.

I cannot say enough about how great the staff is. They have honestly changed my life for the better and I’m so grateful to all of them!” – Jenna Karpuk, ’18 MAT

  • Evening classes in Indianola and West Des Moines
  • Two years to complete the Masters of Arts in teaching
  • Classes taught by professors with real-world experience
  • Earn a licensure to teach 5th to 12th grades

Both programs are highly respected and offer candidates a 5th-12th grade licensure upon completion of the required coursework. There are, however, two key differences:

  1. In addition to the licensure, those who complete the MAT program will also earn a master’s degree. Candidates in the Transition-to-Teaching program will simply receive the licensure.
  2. MAT candidates must complete a Master’s Project, worth an additional 4 credits, after student teaching to finish their program.

Additional information about the MAT and Transition-to-Teaching programs can be found in the drop boxes below.



“At this point, I’ll only take Simpson students. Others are not as prepared.” – Local administrator

“Joining the Simpson MAT program was one the best decisions I’ve ever made. Without [it], I probably would have never pursued my true career passion of teaching and coaching.” – Kristin Meyer, ’07 MAT


  • Tuition: $555/credit hour
  • Technology: $7/credit hour
  • Matriculation fee: $125 (one time)

Did you know graduate students are eligible for federal aid? 

Our financial aid experts can guide you through the financial aid process.

EDUC 500: Foundations of Education
An introduction to public education and to the profession of teaching. By examining the historical, philosophical, and sociological aspects of American public education, the course leads graduate students through a reflective critique of our current educational system and its significance to our society. In addition, the course focuses on the needs and problems of pubescents and adolescents within the school setting. Students are introduced to the use of student data and professional research to guide instructional decision-making. There is a ten-hour field experience requirement. Orientations to the Teacher Education Program and the ePortfolio are included in this course. Candidates are required to pay for, and pass, a State DCI background check prior to beginning field experience in the schools. Candidates who plan to continue in the Graduate Teacher Education Program are required to apply for, and be admitted to Level II of the program before taking additional education coursework. Level II requires the purchase of a Chalk and Wire account (for the creation of the electronic portfolio), and they must take the C-BASE test (there is a fee for the C-BASE test). Please see the Graduate Teacher Education Program page on the Education Department’s website for a complete list of requirements for Level II admission. 4 credits

EDUC 506: Adolescent Growth and Development
Explores typical and atypical growth of pubescent and adolescent youth. Relevant research and learning theory are examined and especially as they relate to a teacher’s ability to provided learning opportunities that support the physical, cognitive, emotional and social development of adolescents. An emphasis is placed on individual and group behavior and motivation, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation. Educ 506 must be taken after, or concurrent with, Educ 500. 2 credits