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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

MAT degrees are available in the following areas:


The Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education prepares caring, effective educators in the Catholic liberal arts tradition of Bellarmine University to teach and lead in diverse settings. The Master of Arts in Teaching programs offer a best practice, research-based curriculum with a foundation in the liberal arts. Candidates demonstrate proficient to distinguished performance through the following criteria: individual course assessments, field and clinical evaluations, disposition assessments, benchmark assessments, and standardized exams.

"Educator as Reflective Learner"

Bellarmine Teacher Education, with its theme “Educator as Reflective Learner,” places high priority on the development of inquiry about education and the contexts in which learning occurs. Reflective teachers use the world of practice, knowledge of pedagogy, knowledge of the learner, and knowledge of content to personally evaluate their effectiveness. This on-going process provides teachers with a basis for self-evaluation in terms of how well the acquired knowledge base relates to their current practice.

As a vital component of the university, the School of Education is responsible for the preparation of educators with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for becoming effective contributors to the academic profession and society in the complex and diverse world of the 21st century. By weaving together four knowledge bases developed in the teacher education programs (collaboration, field experiences, dispositions and pedagogy) with the reflection required of our programs, we seek to prepare caring, effective educators in this initial certification program.

NCATE Accreditation

All Bellarmine University Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education teacher education programs at the advanced level recognized by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board are fully accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036.

Tuition and Fees

The Master of Arts in Teaching program is billed at a per-semester rate which is locked in for the five program semesters. Students beginning the MAT now and through the Summer 2016 semester will be charged the rate of $4,500 per semester ($22,500 for the five semesters). This includes all fees except the graduation fee, books, and the Alternative Certification mentoring fee (if applicable).

Students who chose to complete the Learning and Behavior Disorders dual certification option will be charged $360 per credit hour for those courses along with a $40 LBD per-course fee for the 2015- 2016 academic year.

Funding Assistance

Students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by visiting The Bellarmine School code is 001954. By completing the FAFSA, you may be eligible for student loans. Individuals working for the Archdiocese of Louisville are encouraged to contact the central office for information on the Professional Educators Incentive Program (PEIP) to see if funding is available. Students interested in the Learning and Behavior Disorders certification should contact the Bellarmine University School of Education (once admitted) for information on funding available through the WHAS Crusade for Children Grant at 502.272.8191 or the Financial Aid Office ( or 502.272.7300).

Bellarmine University participates in the federal TEACH Grant initiative. More details on this program may be found here. Teacher Loan Forgiveness information may be found here.

Contact Information

James Atkinson, Office of Graduate Admission
502.272.8481 or 1.800.274.4723 x8481 or

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