Master of Arts in Teaching

Master of Arts in Teaching


The MAT program is the Master of Arts
and Teaching program here at Kent State University and it involves getting your
licensure at the same time that you’re actually getting your degree for
teaching as well. The MAT program was a whirlwind but it was amazing and I
learned so much. I got so many different field experiences in different areas and
different styles of schools and whether it was an economically poor area or more
wealthy areas, we taught in the juvenile detention center and it was just a lot
of diverse experiences. The best part about the program is that it’s very
hands-on and there’s a lot of real-life teaching experiences for us which is the
best way I think to really teach future teachers how to teach is to put them
into a classroom setting. Truly it was a life-changing experience. It was cool to
just finally like be able to teach and like experiment. Like you hear all these
ideas and strategies and methods and then you’re like “I get to do it! And I
get to try new things and it’s so much fun!” The professor’s were also really
amazing. Once you get through the program and you’re looking for a job they were
such a unique resource. They were able to connect you with different schools help
you through the interview process and give you guidance on how to go about
doing that. The professors that work in the MAT program are awesome. The reason I
have the job that I have now is because of the professors in the MAT program.
They referred me to the administrator and I applied for the job and I
attribute a lot of that to having them have my back and represent the students
in the program It really taught me to be prepared and have backups planned and be
ready to just kind of be flexible because that’s what teaching is. Every
day is a new experience you never know what your class will be like on a given
day so I think that the MAT program did a great job of preparing me to be a
flexible and well-rounded teacher. The MAT program really helped to prepare
me for my classroom. Everything that we did in our classes, I’ve been able to use.
The program embraces new strategies it’s more about here’s what’s best for the
students, here’s the research that we have and how we know why it’s best for
the students, and here’s how to do it. I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing today
without the MAT. It really was the best course for me to take to get into the
classroom. You came in, you talked about things that matter, you took the
courses that mattered and you got hands-on experience. I was able to get a
Master’s degree in three semesters and then get a job before I even
graduated. So it’s a fast track to getting where you want to be. You’re
going to gain so much from it. So if you know that you are truly called to be a
teacher, like do the MAT, jump in with both feet because you will gain a lot
from it.

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