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Seven Great Reasons for Teachers to get a MAT

 

Seven Great Reasons for Teachers to get a MAT

The Master of Arts in Teaching is an unusual graduate program in that it was developed to redirect working professionals from within and without the teaching profession. There are MAT degrees for people who have never taught, and MAT programs for teachers that would like to make one of the many professional improvements that the MAT can offer. We have listed a few of the most obvious reasons for a working teacher to consider an MAT below. Perhaps the overriding purpose for any teacher considering additional education in teaching is to make a significant change in a career that they still enjoy. Here are some of the things you can accomplish.

Leadership

Elementary school teachers who enjoy their niche but would like to improve their skills can find an MAT program that offers graduate-level study of teaching technique and much more. A MAT degree in the field will allow a teacher with some initiative to get involved in curriculum planning, in instructional innovation and provide leadership among colleagues within the school itself.

Personal Interests

Teachers who are amateur artists and need to maintain their career at the same time can find a compromise with a MAT specializing in the teaching of art. A general MAT in art is going to include a little of all of the studio arts, a fair amount of art history and a lot of teaching technique. Focusing on your own studio specialty will be one of many educational components, but this career will certainly keep you in the field.

Money

A MAT will earn you more money than a Bachelor of Arts in Education will. The difference between the two can be as little as $2,000 per year or may be as much as $7,000 per year. Chicago Public Schools have an average differential of about $4,000 per year. The variation also widens with seniority; teachers with additional credit hours beyond the MAT are paid more as well. This reflects the additional schooling that may be required for a science or special education focus.

Teaching Career Steps

Teachers who want to move into teaching at the middle school or high school level are going to need a different credential that will have different academic requirements. None of them may require a master's degree, but obtaining that additional academic experience is going to mean returning to school. The most efficient way to do that is through a Master of Arts in Teaching program. If you want to specialize in a topic such as history you may need additional undergraduate courses as well as the master's program.

Moving to Curriculum and Instruction

One of the ways to obtain professional credentials for working in a management role developing curriculum is to get a Master of Arts in Education (MAEd), also known as a Master of Education (M.Ed.). Both degrees require a level of academic commitment well beyond that of a MAT. There are MAT programs that make curriculum an important part of the course of study. An MAT can be a ticket to an administrative role if it's from the right program.

Teaching One Subject

Teachers are familiar with the vast difference between preparing lesson plans for five topics every week and preparing for one. At the secondary school level teachers have an academic specialty that is their sole obligation, moving from class to class throughout the day. Obtaining a teaching license for one of these specialties can be a challenge, particularly for those who graduated with a BA in education. Specialization at the MAT level requires a lot of undergraduate class hours in the specialty field.

Part Time Route to a Better Career

If you're a teacher enrolling in a MAT program you are seeking professional and financial improvement, not a new career. The MAT program is designed to make you a better teacher, provide you with tools to help structure academic improvements in your environment, or to give you the opportunity to move into a more advanced teaching role. In any of these cases you will improve your pay rate. Most MAT programs allow part time students who are working teachers three to five years to finish the program. It's a significant step up your professional ladder that does not require a huge sacrifice of hours and disruption of your personal and professional life and that may be possible through a scholarship or loan forgiveness program.

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Seven Great Reasons for Teachers to get a MAT

The Master of Arts in Teaching is an unusual graduate program in that it was developed to redirect working professionals from within and without the teaching profession. There are MAT degrees for people who have never taught, and MAT programs for teachers that would like to make one of the many professional improvements that the MAT can offer. We have listed a few of the most obvious reasons for a working teacher to consider an MAT below.

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