For Yi Deng, ’15, earning a Meredith Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree proved to be a worthy experience.
Yi, who chose to pursue the MAT with a focus on elementary education, plans to work as an elementary school teacher at a bilingual immersion school after graduation. And she is well prepared for the role. “The MAT program not only provided me with the pedagogical knowledge I need for my career, but also the experiences to work with real teachers and apply what I have learned from the courses,” she said.
Yi took advantage of a number of opportunities available to her as an MAT student. She participated in conferences and seminars, and was selected to teach at a math camp held on campus during the summer of 2014. She was also a two-time recipient of the program’s Martin Marietta scholarship.
She said these experiences have made her strong. “As an international student, I have encountered countless challenges in the past two years,” she said. “However, I was able to tackle them one by one with the help of my professors and classmates.”
Those relationships are some of Yi’s most valuable takeaways from the program. “The faculty has been really helpful and encouraging. They provided guidance and support as I needed it.”