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TWU Launching Brand New Master of Arts in Teaching

Tennessee Wesleyan University will be launching the school’s third graduate program this coming May, a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree.

The education graduate degree is a unique program designed largely for “career changers.” The program welcomes applicants with undergraduate degrees in several education and non-education fields who would like to earn teaching credentials and enter the classroom.

“Now, more than ever, Tennessee and adjoining states need outstanding teachers to educate our elementary and high school students,” said TWU Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Grant Willhite. “The TWU MAT program offers a unique path to licensure for individuals who have been successful in a career or have completed a bachelor’s in a specialty area but have heard the calling to teach.”

The MAT program offers three licensure areas: Special Education Interventionist (K-8), Secondary Biology, Chemistry, or Mathematics (6-12), and Elementary Education (K-5).

The program is geared toward working professionals and teachers, as it is offered in a hybrid format. Students complete the majority of their coursework online, with one meeting on the TWU Athens campus each month, the “Second Saturday.”

“We are thrilled to offer a flexible program that accommodates the working student through a Second Saturday hybrid approach,” added Dr. Willhite. “Students will experience the faculty connection TWU is known for the second Saturday of each month while progressing through much of the program content on their own schedule in an online environment.”

The hybrid format allows for students all over the region to commit a small amount of time to travel, outside of the normal working schedule, while completing online coursework no matter their location.

Candidates currently teaching are also eligible for a job-embedded program track, which eliminates the student teaching requirement, thus shortening the program by 3-6 months.

“The Education Department at TWU is proud of our long history of producing high quality, classroom-ready teachers, and we are excited to now offer another route to licensure for future teachers in the region,” concluded Dr. Willhite.

For more information on the MAT program, or to apply, visit www.tnwesleyan.edu/MAT.

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