In June, the School of Education will be implementing a Master of Arts in Teaching program that will provide a more experience-based approach to learning.
Catherine Scott, a professor in the School of Education, said instead of students doing an undergraduate program and then getting a teaching license, they’ll do a MAT program, which is a master’s degree plus a teaching license. This will enable students to have a longer sustained experience in the field.
“The focus of the new program is experiential education, so it’s allowing us to put a lot of those pedagogies into the new program,” Scott said. “The teachers will now get a one-year experience instead of a semester-long experience out in the school setting.”
The MAT program, which includes 40 credits, will allow students to take four of those master’s degree courses as undergraduates. Scott said the School of Education plans on admitting between 35-40 MAT candidates for the opening of the program.