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People looking for a career change and with an interest in teaching and certification have an opportunity to explore these interests with Reinhardt College's new Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program for Early Childhood Education.
Recently approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC), the MAT marks the third graduate program offered by the College. The Master of Music program was approved by SACS in May and the Master of Business Administration honored its first graduating class in spring 2009.
"With higher starting salaries and increased demand for qualified teachers, the field of education continues to attract people," said Reinhardt College President Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood. "The education market offers an excellent chance for those individuals seeking a new career path. In addition, improved opportunities for advancement in the field of education can be secured through advanced degrees such as the Master of Arts in Teaching, designed for individuals with a degree in a field other than education."
These thoughts were echoed by MAT Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Education Nancy Carter. "The program offers a wonderful opportunity for individuals who have always wanted to teach young children. It is especially attractive to those people who have obtained a degree outside education, pursued another career, and now want to enter the teaching profession."
Designed for adult students, the MAT program leads to a master's degree and recommendation for a Georgia Level 5 Certificate in Early Childhood Education. It will be offered at both the main campus in Waleska and the North Fulton Center in Alpharetta. The program is delivered two nights a week and combines face- to- face and on-line instruction, with students earning a total of 12 credit hours each semester. Students will complete the program in four semesters-three semesters of coursework and one semester of full-time student teaching after all coursework is completed.
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