The Meredith MAT is for college graduates – both women and men – who are looking to transition into a rewarding teaching career. Graduates of the program enter the classroom with the knowledge and confidence needed to succeed.
In addition to professional studies courses, students complete a specialty concentration – elementary education, English as a second language, or special education – to build their knowledge and expertise in a chosen area of instruction. The result? A master's level (M-level) license in that area.
By focusing on a specific area of instruction, Meredith students gain the ability to understand and teach content in their chosen specialty, use technology effectively in the classroom, and assess each student's progress. Students are prepared to meet the needs of diverse student populations and are proficient in today's best practices for content delivery in the classroom.
Meredith's program is small, meaning students build lasting relationships with each other and expert faculty. Students benefit from the personalized nature of our program – the kind of individual attention that's not offered by larger or online programs. How do they benefit? Graduates of the Meredith MAT have a 100% pass rate on the Praxis exam. And all graduates who seek teaching positions get hired.
During the last semester of study, students complete a semester-long practicum or internship in the public schools. Students also produce a professional reflections portfolio. Before applying for licensure, students must have earned the minimum score on required state licensure tests.
Financial assistance is available for Meredith MAT students. Options include scholarships, grants, and loans.
MAT courses are scheduled in the evening to accommodate working professionals' schedules. For additional convenience, two tracks – full- and part-time – are offered, allowing students to complete their degrees at their own pace. The full-time track takes 17 months to complete. The part-time track requires one additional year.
Larissa Bryant, ’13, earned her MAT at Meredith College. She was well prepared to become a teacher and to have a positive impact on her students’ future. Since graduating, she has received ongoing support from professors, which has only made her a stronger teacher.