Partnership for Transition to Teaching (P3T)

The Partnership for Transition to Teaching grant has ended as of 9/30/2017. Please contact Dr. Victoria Groves-Scott, dean of the College of Education, for assistance at

Click here: Partnership School Districts 2016-2017



The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is a 36-hour graduate degree program in the College of Education and is tailored to accommodate most working students’ schedules and can be completed in five semesters, including fall, spring, and summer sessions.

  • Designed for individuals without teaching credentials but who have successfully completed a baccalaureate degree and wish to become a teacher in an expeditious fashion.
  • Intended to assist potential teachers, those having a baccalaureate degree in a content area, to become practicing educators.
  • A 36-hour graduate degree program with two tracks: 4-8 Middle Level and Secondary/P–8 & 7–12.


The Partnership for Transition to Teaching grant provides tuition for candidates who are enrolled in required MAT courses for up to $5000.00 to cover actual costs of the total program. Recent college or university graduates, career changers, and paraprofessionals are specifically targeted to become teachers in critical shortage subject areas, as designated by the Arkansas Department of Education, through this funding opportunity. Candidates and graduates who successfully complete the MAT program with the Partnership for Transition to Teaching grant funds (and are eligible, apply and offered a teaching position) are required to teach for three years in a partnership school district or refund the paid tuition and fees to the grant.

Individual programs may have additional exit requirements. Individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM, including minorities, individuals with disabilities, women, and veterans are highly encouraged to apply.