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The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is designed for candidates who have a bachelor’s degree, have worked in the career for which they received that degree and are now interested in making a career change into the teaching profession. The program begins with participation in the Bethel College Transition to Teaching program, which leads to an Indiana teaching license. Upon completion of the Transition to Teaching program, students become eligible to complete the Master of Arts in Teaching with a total of 36 credit hours of graduate study. Bethel College’s Master of Arts in Teaching program is grounded in specific philosophical beliefs about what constitutes effective teaching and how to prepare teachers for the complex classroom environment. As a graduate of the program, students will have a body of theoretical and experience-based knowledge that can be reflected upon when called to make informed decisions as a teacher.
Bethel College helps teachers build a strong foundation for wise decision making through five knowledge bases:
- Content and subject matter knowledge
- The nature of learning
- The nature of teaching
- Character and core values
The first 18 to 24 credit hours of the Master of Arts in Teaching program is the Transition to Teaching component. In the Transition to Teaching component, students will take basic education foundation courses as well as instructional methods for their particular area within a cohort environment that lasts from May to May. Students will also participate in 80-120 hours of fieldwork and a full-time, 15-week student teaching experience. Successful completion of this component will allow students to obtain a teaching license from the State of Indiana.
Upon successful completion of the Transition to Teaching component, students will be eligible to enroll in additional courses to complete the 36 credit hours required for the Master of Arts in Teaching degree.
Regular program courses are offered in the evenings during the fall and spring semesters as well as during the summer, so that a candidate can complete the entire master's program in 12 to 24 months after finishing the Transition to Teaching component.