Meredith Launches New Master of Arts in Teaching ESL Option

Meredith College will launch a new English as a Second Language (ESL) concentration in its Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program in the Fall 2011 semester. The ESL concentration joins the already-successful Elementary and Special Education options.

The new ESL concentration in the MAT program will prepare college graduates to teach English language learners in K-12 public schools. “School districts across the state serve more than 100,000 English language learners from numerous countries around the world. ESL teachers do not need to be fluent in another language,” said Monica McKinney, Director of Graduate Programs in Education.

The MAT program is open to men and women who have earned bachelor’s degrees but do not hold a teaching license. Students can choose the full-time track, through which the program is completed in 16 months, or a part-time track that requires one additional year. All students begin the program of study in the fall.

For someone who has never taught, the MAT offers the opportunity both to study at the graduate level and to earn a beginning teacher’s license. Earning a relevant Master’s degree qualifies a beginning teacher for a higher pay grade.

“This is a program for people who have finished a bachelor’s degree and are willing to commit to intense study to fill one of the most important roles in our country,” said Mary Kay Delaney, head of Meredith’s Department of Education. “A teacher is charged with challenging and supporting students so that they grow; this is a sacred and awesome task.”

All students in Meredith’s MAT program complete professional studies courses in education and teaching, teaching methods courses, content area courses and a teaching internship supervised by Meredith faculty and a cooperating teacher.

The MAT program builds on Meredith’s long history of excellence in teacher education. In addition to its undergraduate teacher education program, Meredith offers a Master of Education for experienced teachers.

Applications are being accepted now for all three concentrations for the Fall 2011 semester. For more information, call Erin Barrow, graduate program manager, at (919) 760-8316.

Date Submitted: 2011-05-26

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