Online Master's in Teaching & Learning

Elevate the quality of instruction in your classroom

Education is vital to our future. As a teacher, you’re in a unique position to influence the next generation of young minds. By advancing your expertise, you can increase student engagement and enrich the learning environment in your classroom. That’s exactly what Nova Southeastern University’s Online Master of Arts in Teaching & Learning program is designed to help you do.

Ideal for today’s busy teaching professionals, this dynamic program boasts an impressive 90% completion rate—proof that it is possible to successfully balance the demands of work, family, and graduate school.

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NSU's Online Master's in Teaching & Learning
  • 100% online: Earn your degree without having to put your life on hold.
  • Practical application: Make today's coursework tomorrow's lesson plan.
  • 5 Specializations: Tailor your studies to fit your specific needs and classroom challenges.
  • Streamlined: Complete a total of only 5 classes and graduate in about a year.
  • Personalized: Tailor some program content to align with your strengths and goals.
  • Accredited: Study at a SACS-accredited university and NCATE-accredited program.
  • No GRE: Benefit from no entrance exam requirement.
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2. Why are you interested in pursuing this degree?

Why Earn an online teaching degree?


Help Your Students Reach Their Full Potential

As a teacher, you have the unique opportunity to share your knowledge with an eager and captivated audience. You have the power to inspire young learners and bring subjects to life in ways they will always remember. You have the chance to help position all those you teach for lasting success in the classroom and beyond. Now it’s time to put your passion for education to work in ways you never imagined—and we can help.

Our online Master of Arts in Teaching & Learning is designed for talented professionals just like you: licensed, practicing teachers ready to positively impact the lives of their students through high-quality, interactive education.

At NSU, we believe that learning is more than just reading a book, answering questions, or writing a paper. Learning is doing. That’s why our online Master’s in Teaching & Learning program utilizes an action research-based curriculum that encourages you to think about your students, identify their challenges, and explore new ways to overcome them. The program’s coursework can serve as a natural extension of your lesson plans and a constant source of professional development.

Earn an online teaching degree from NSU and you can:
  • Cultivate positive learning environments that help drive student success.
  • Make an immediate difference and focus your area of study to a specific need in your career.
  • Improve classroom performance and test scores.
  • Position yourself for salary and career advancement.
  • Move into the master’s salary schedule for your district.
  • Become a leader and positive force for change in schools in your community and around the world.
Are you ready to elevate student engagement and enrich the learning experience in your classroom?
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Why Choose NSU for your online teaching degree?


Become a Transformative Educator NSU’s renowned Abraham S. Fischler College of Education has been inspiring educators for more than 40 years. In addition to being accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)—the gold standard in the advancement of K-12 educators—NSU is also regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges. We offer a diverse array of some of the most innovative, accessible, and technologically advanced online teaching degrees in the nation, each of which is designed to provide the high-quality instruction and practical experience important for your professional growth.

Even further, as a student in our online Master’s in Teaching & Learning program, you can prepare for advancement while you’re learning how to improve student performance in your classroom. This is especially important if you work in a state or school district that utilizes a pay-for-performance teaching incentive model.

We’ve built a reputation for excellence in teaching and learning.

Now, let us help you build yours.

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Faculty


Our Professors Put Your Teaching Talents to Work As an online student in the Master of Arts in Teaching & Learning program, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from some of the best and brightest educators in the country. Our dedicated faculty of teachers and leaders are doctoral graduates with years of experience working in both public and private academic institutions. Their goal is to engage you through hands-on practice, helping you bridge the gap between theory and real-world application in the classroom. Under their instruction, you can do more than grow as a teaching professional. You can cultivate the advanced skills to contribute to the success of your students and fellow teachers now and into the future.
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Curriculum


Personalized Coursework with Practical Application The curriculum of NSU’s online Master of Arts in Teaching & Learning program utilizes a problem-based approach to learning. As an MATL student, you’ll identify an issue in your classroom that relates to the course content. You’ll then have the opportunity to apply what you’re actively learning to develop, implement, and evaluate an intervention plan. This approach ensures that you receive a rich, personalized learning experience while improving performance in your classroom.

Coursework for the 30-credit hour MATL program—which can be completed in about one year—is delivered sequentially over five, eight-week instructional blocks, allowing you to build upon a framework from one block to the next. You can also tailor your studies to align with your goals by selecting one of five in-demand specializations:

  • Elementary Reading Develop new strategies to build reading comprehension and learn research-based best practices to improve classroom performance.
  • Elementary Math Encourage logical-mathematical thinking and enhance concept development and computation to improve students’ success.
  • Curriculum & Instruction Promote your students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills by building a coherent and connected curriculum.
  • K-12 Technology Integration Teach and integrate technology resources in the classroom to prepare students for the reality of the technological world around them.
  • K-8 STEM Examine the integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to foster inquiry and concept formation in K-8 students.
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Alumni Testimonials


Our Grads Help Shape the Future of K-12 Education

“The MATL program helped raise my awareness of how to research and solve classroom and individual student problems, design a solution, and implement it. That is priceless!”

Christiane W. 

— February 2012, Curriculum and Instruction, Marietta, GA

“I usually devoted at least an hour to my MATL work each night. I also have a family with three small children and I work full time, so I almost always did my classwork in the evening. Since the assignments were self-paced, I could catch up on work during the weekend.”

Amber S. 

— June 2012, Curriculum and Instruction, Fort Lupton, CO

“In using and applying what I had learned, I was able to increase my state standardized math scores at the end of the year by 10% in a year when the test benchmarks and format had been raised higher and other teachers’ scores were dropping.”

Michelle B. 

— June 2012, Elementary Math, Manassas, VA

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FAQ


You've got questions. We've got answers.
Do I need to be actively teaching in a classroom to participate in the MATL program?

Yes, the Master of Arts in Teaching & Learning program is designed for licensed, practicing teachers, with hands-on assignments focused on your classroom. You need to be actively teaching in a classroom to apply the teaching strategies you learn in the MATL program and complete the assignments. If you stop teaching while enrolled in the MATL program, you might need to “stop-out” of the program until you are teaching again. However, with new blocks starting five times a year, you will be able to return to the program quickly. During the summer term, alternative assignments are designed to be implemented when students are not in the classroom.

How will this program help with my specific teaching situation?

The Master of Arts in Teaching & Learning program is based upon an inquiry project framework, so you will select challenges or issues that you specifically want to address in your classroom. Using everything you read and learn in your coursework and from your fellow students, you will develop and implement plans in your classroom, then assess the results. This approach ensures that you receive a rich, personalized learning experience designed to improve your teaching performance.

When is the enrollment deadline?

Enrollment for the MATL program is open, with a new program sequence beginning five times each year in January, March, May, August, and October. Please contact us for the application deadline associated with a specific start.

Are any face-to-face meetings required?

No — because the MATL is an online degree program, there are no required face-to-face meetings. Your instructor will furnish you with a course syllabus and schedule online discussions and assignment dates.

How much work is involved in this program?

In a typical campus-based class, you spend approximately six hours per week in a classroom “attending class” and an additional six hours per week reading and doing homework. In our online MATL program, the amount of time you spend is about the same: 10 – 12 hours per week. The program’s major components are:

  • Reading the assigned texts
  • Reviewing best-practice videos
  • Interacting with your instructor
  • Doing your “homework” (applying what you are learning in your classroom)
  • Conducting research online
  • Talking and interacting online with other students in your cohort
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