Complete our Master's Bridge to Teaching program

Master's Bridge to Teaching (MBT) 

Our MBT program is a pathway for adult college graduates who have a bachelor's degree in any field to change careers and and become K-12 teachers.

Why choose the MBT at Marian?

If you want to be a teacher-leader with 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 want to be at the forefront of their craft.

Our MBT prepares you to pursue initial Indiana teaching licensure for elementary school teaching or secondary licensure in one or more subject areas for middle and high school students. A concentration in English as a second language is also available. Upon completion you will graduate with a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. 

As a student in the MBT program, you can choose from two tracks: a one-year program or a two-year program.

One-year program for full-time students

Classes for this one-year program begin each summer and culminate with graduation in May.

  • You will get hands-on, practical experience working and teaching in local schools during both the fall and spring semesters.
  • Your classes and internship are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Two-year program 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 from 6 to 9 p.m. through the week with Saturday classes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • During your final semester, you must be a full-time student to complete your teaching internship, which will be held Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (hours may vary depending 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 program. 
  • You will graduate after completing six semesters of coursework and student teaching.

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

What will you study?

You'll complete a number of required 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.

Admission criteria

To be eligible for admission, you should:

To apply for admission:

​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, contact Cheryl Hertzer at or 317.955.6087. You can also download and review these materials:

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

For general admission information

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

For program specifics

Dr. Cheryl A. Hertzer
Graduate Program Director
(317) 955-6087


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