Designed as a five-year program, the BA/MAT allows residential students to complete a bachelor of arts and a Master of Arts in Teaching and to be eligible for Virginia Teacher Licensure upon graduation. Students combine graduate courses with undergraduate work, leading to an MAT prior to the start of their teaching careers and enriching their pre-service preparation.

Adult Degree Program students who are interested in earning the Master of Arts in Teaching degree should work with their advisors to plan the most effective way to achieve their goal of earning both the BA and MAT degrees along with teacher licensure.


First Year: First-year students work with their advisor to investigate the necessary courses and review requirements. Students begin to fulfill both general education and core requirements.

Second Year: In consultation with their major advisor, students work closely with a member of the Education Department to ensure that their program will satisfy both the requirements of the major or minor area of study, as well as required courses for teacher licensure. Students may apply and be accepted into the BA/MAT program in the spring.

Third Year: Upon acceptance into the program, the student will be assigned both undergraduate and graduate faculty advisors to plan a program of study that includes required coursework, field experience, and student teaching, while continuing to fulfill the menu of undergraduate courses.

Fourth Year: At the end of the fourth year of study, students will have earned the baccalaureate degree, and will then continue building upon their graduate studies.

Fifth Year: Student finishes MAT coursework and student teaching.


  • Praxis I scores or the equivalent SAT/ACT scores
  • 3.0 GPA
  • 3 faculty recommendations
  • Personal statement