School of Education

Master of Arts for Teachers in History-Online Collaboration

The IU Online Master of Arts for Teachers in History combines coursework in education and history to prepare you to be a dual-credit instructor at the high school and community college levels.

The educational component of the program teaches you how to apply the science and art of teaching to college-level instruction. Coursework covers instruction and curriculum, assessment, diversity and inclusive teaching, and research.

As a student in the history component of the program, you focus on the historiographic trends and historical context necessary to properly analyze current events. You gain a depth of knowledge in a variety of historical subjects while learning the most effective methods to teach those subjects to an undergraduate audience. You learn to perform historical research and construct original arguments while assessing the validity of the historical sources you use.

Areas of focus include:

  • Historical methodology
  • Early America
  • The 19th century
  • Modern US history
  • Comparative history

Many online support services are available to assist you as you progress through the program.

Of Special Interest for Teachers/Instructors Needing to Meet HLC Dual-Credit Standards

The stackable structure of the MAT in History is ideal for those who want to teach dual-credit courses and who need to meet Higher Learning Commission dual-credit qualification standards. These standards require teachers wanting to teach dual-credit courses in history to hold either a master's degree in history or a master's degree in another discipline (such as education), plus at least 18 credit hours of discipline-specific graduate coursework.

  • If you need both discipline-specific coursework and a master's degree, the MAT in History meets HLC standards.
  • If you already hold a master's degree in a discipline other than history, you can meet HLC standards by completing the Graduate Certificate in History.

This 100 percent online, consortial program is taught by IU Bloomington, IU East, IUPUI, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast. This consortial model allows you to take coursework from several campuses and learn from a wide range of faculty.

MAT Requirements

To earn the MAT in History, you must complete 30 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Core course (3 credit hours)
  • Electives (15 credit hours)
  • Education component (12 credit hours)

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To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

You must have completed two courses from the Graduate Certificate in History with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.


Sample courses for the MAT in History include the following:

  • EDUC-H 520 Social Issues in Education (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-J 500 Instruction in the Context of Curriculum (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-Y 520 Strategies for Educational Inquiry (3 cr.)
  • HIST-T 510 Historical Methodology (3 cr.)
  • HIST-T 520 Teaching College History (3 cr.)
  • HIST-T 560 US and the World – Comparative History (3 cr.)
  • HIST-T 590 Historical Seminar (3 cr.)

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