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Meet Marygrove's Director of Online Education, Dr. Mitali Chaudhery

Posted by Marygrove MAT on May 20, 2015 2:48:48 PM

online Master of Arts in TeachingWe recently sat down for a conversation with Dr. Mitali Chaudhery, the Director of Online Education at Marygrove College. We wanted to learn more about her background, find out what brought her to Marygrove, and gain some general insight into the distinguishing features of Marygrove’s online Masters of Arts in Teaching program.

Dr. Chaudhery, could you tell us a bit about your background?
Prior to coming to Marygrove, I served at Baker College as Associate Dean for the General Education Online division. I also worked at Schoolcraft College as an online curriculum developer, faculty trainer, and instructor in the traditional, hybrid, and online environments. I have experience with primary and secondary education as well, but I have also worked in information technology in the heath and financial industries.

What drew you to your current position at Marygrove College?
Marygrove gave me the opportunity to bring some of my prior experience to the college and use it to help develop new programs in the online environment, which was exciting to me.

Why should teachers consider pursuing a Masters of Art in Teaching online degree?
An MAT degree empowers teachers. It also gives them the tools and expertise necessary in the field today by enhancing their knowledge in areas like curriculum and instruction, educational technology, reading, and effective teaching. The program enriches the teacher with more in-depth content and research knowledge that is then applied to the classroom in meaningful ways. This preparation enables the teacher to offer more integral skills and expertise in a variety of ways that increases their contribution and value, which is critical to the job market and education field today.

Could you talk a bit about some of the exciting changes that are in development for the MAT program?
We are going to be offering a Secondary Math endorsement as well as a Special Education specialty track to the MAT program.

There are many online MAT programs out there. What distinguishes Marygrove’s MAT program from all of the others?
Our tuition is competitive, but much cheaper than most colleges. In addition to this, our classes are small to medium-sized, which enables instructors to provide more individualized attention. Another distinguishing feature of our program is that teachers can earn their degree in two years, even if they only take one course per 7-week session at a time. This enables students to manage family, work, and their education at the same time. I should also mention that students have up to six years to finish the program.

Many MAT graduates make teaching a life-long career—but what have other MAT graduates done? Does an MAT degree ever lead to a career outside of teaching?
Yes it can. This degree can empower students to increase their job market value in the field of education. It also enables students to apply their current work experience with the increased expertise of this degree to areas of curriculum and instruction, education technology, instructional design, special education, teacher training, and more. By gaining this graduate degree, they can also venture into the administration area to become directors, program coordinators, or leaders in other education-based environments in and outside of the school.

What should prospective students know about the instructors they will work with in the MAT program?
Our instructors all have master’s or Ph.D. degrees in the field that they are teaching. Most instructors also have a teaching certification and current educational work experience to share with students.

Marygrove’s mission is guided by “the three C’s”—competence, commitment, compassion. How does this tradition and mission come into play in the MAT program?
Through the rigor and expectations of the MAT program, students will learn that they are being prepared to be competent; that commitment to their education means a commitment to empowering themselves; that our commitment to providing them with an excellent program enables them to increase their job prospects and job security; and that compassion is not only a necessary attribute to better themselves and contribute to their society at large, but also an integral part of their experience here at Marygrove. Marygrove upholds this compassion for all students who wish to learn, who wish to improve themselves, who wish to grow, and who desire to develop the integrity and respect that comes with a graduate degree.  

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Part III: Before Choosing an Online Master of Arts in Teaching Program, Ask Yourself...

Posted by Marygrove MAT on May 15, 2015 1:57:03 PM

Online_Masters_of_Arts_in_Teaching_2In our last blog, we suggested that teachers ask themselves couple of questions before choosing an online Master of Arts in Teaching program. Looking back, we felt that we might have missed a few questions. So without further ado, here they are!

Is the Master of Arts in Teaching Online Program Priced Competitively?
We enjoy surprises—but not when it comes to tuition bills. At Marygrove, we believe in being up front about exactly how much earning an online Master of Arts in Teaching degree will cost you. For our 30-credit program, you will pay $16,355 in tuition. No hidden costs, no surprises. We also have convenient payment plan options you can learn about by clicking here.

Does the State in Which I Teach Reward Teachers for Earing Advanced Degrees?
There are a variety of reasons teachers choose to pursue a Masters of Art in Teaching Online degree. Some do it because they value the camaraderie they build with likeminded peers and professors in the program; others because they are seeking professional development and want access to teaching materials they can use right away in their own classrooms.

These are all valid reasons to pursue an advanced degree. We are realists, however, and believe that an advanced degree should also be a financial investment for teachers. Most states still value advanced degrees and reward teachers for earning them, but before you matriculate, determine whether or not the state in which you teach still compensates teachers for earning an MAT degree.

What is the college’s admissions process like?
Most students are looking for a college with high standards and a good reputation, but they want to know what the admissions process is like and whether or not it is overly demanding.

At Marygrove, we do not like to place unnecessary obstacles in front of prospective students. That’s why we do not require applicants to take the GRE test. We also do not require students to submit letters of recommendation.

To find out if you are eligible for our MAT program, answer the following questions:

  • Are you a certified teacher with a current teaching certificate? If not, do you currently teach at a private institution?
  • Are you currently teaching full time? If not, do you have access to a classroom so that you can complete the assignments you will receive in our Masters of Art in Teaching Online program?
  • Do you have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher? If not, you can still meet our requirements by submitting two letters of recommendation.
  • Can you submit official transcripts from your undergraduate college or university?
  • Do you have a computer and Internet access?

If you answered yes to these questions, you are eligible!

Who Are the Professors Behind the Online Master of Arts in Teaching Program?
Professors at big universities and research institutions often have a different set of priorities than professors at smaller colleges and universities. At a research institution, classes are often taught by graduate students. Why? Because tenured faculty must, as the old saying goes, “publish or perish.”

At Marygrove, Masters of Art in Teaching Online instructors choose to teach at our college not so they can publish, lecture, or research (although many do), but because they are passionate about teaching.

If you are interested in taking your career to the next level, check out Marygrove College’s Master in the Art of Teaching online degree!


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Part II: Before Choosing an Online Master of Arts in Teaching Program, Ask Yourself…

Posted by Marygrove MAT on May 15, 2015 1:38:41 PM

Online_Masters_of_Arts_in_TeachingIn our last post, we listed a couple of questions teachers should ask themselves before choosing a Master of Arts in Teaching online program. Since then, we’ve added to the list. This is part II of an ongoing series, so stay tuned.

What is the College or University’s Mission Statement?
Taking a close look at an institution’s mission statement is one of the first things you should do before applying. And if the institution doesn’t have a mission statement—run! A mission statement is essentially an institution’s moral compass. It guides the institution’s decision making and gives students insight into its primary purpose.

At Marygrove, we are proud of our mission and believe that it is one thing—amongst many others—that continues to distinguish us from other institutions offering online Master of Arts in Teaching programs.

The Marygrove mission is this: We are an independent Catholic liberal arts college sponsored by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We are committed to fostering Christian values, to educating students from diverse backgrounds, and to serving the people of Metropolitan Detroit and beyond.

The fundamental purpose of Marygrove College is to educate each student toward intellectual and professional competence; toward career flexibility through grounding in the liberal arts; and toward active compassion and commitment. To this end, Marygrove provides a personalized learning environment which, through excellent teaching in its undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs, sets for its students these goals:

Competence, the ability to understand and participate effectively in the promise of our evolving world.

Compassion, the capacity to care about and respect the worth and dignity of people.

Commitment, the will to act responsibly based upon one’s beliefs and to contribute to the building of a more just and humane world.

Does the Program Allow You to Specialize or Choose a Specific Focus of Study?
You will want to select a program that gives you a strong pedagogical foundation, a program that offers core courses in leadership, instruction, classroom management, and the like. But chances are that you will be drawn to a specific area of study and want to hone your skills in it. Before you choose an online Master of Arts in Teaching program, find out if the program allows you to specialize.

If you are considering Marygrove’s MAT program, you should know that we allow teachers to choose from five areas of focus:

Each of the MAT degrees consists of 10 courses. Six core courses focus on content that all teachers need to know regardless of grade level and/or subject area and four specialty courses focus on the content specific to each program.

If you are interested in taking your career to the next level, check out Marygrove College’s Master in the Art of Teaching online degree!

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Part I: Before Choosing an Online Master of Arts in Teaching Program, Ask Yourself…

Posted by Marygrove MAT on May 14, 2015 1:41:00 PM

Master of Arts in TeachingThere are plenty of colleges and universities offering Master of Arts in Teaching online programs—but before you commit yourself to the time-consuming application process, you may want to take a step back and ask yourself the following questions. This is part I of an ongoing series, so stay tuned.

Is this Online Masters of Arts in Teaching Program Accredited?
Never underestimate the importance of accreditation. While earning your degree from an accredited Masters of Art in Teaching program does not necessarily guarantee that you will find that pie-in-the-sky teaching gig, it will certainly help get you there. Accreditation means that a college or university meets an established set of educational standards. It speaks volumes about the quality of the institution and the programs it offers students. As a result, a degree from an accredited institution will be more valued by current and prospective employers.

If you are considering Marygrove College’s MAT program, you should know that we are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Is this Online Masters of Arts in Teaching Program Backed by Brick and Mortar?
“Diploma Mill” is a pejorative term for cyber companies parading as legitimate online colleges or universities. These sorts of institutions usually offer unaccredited degrees for a fee.

Always do your homework. Investigate the history of the institution. How long has the college or university been educating teachers? Can you visit the campus? Do you know the credentials of the institution’s professors?

If you are considering Marygrove’s online Master of Arts in Teaching program, we want you to know a few things about us:

  • We have a rich history that began with our founding in 1905 by our sponsors, the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
  • You can visit our campus in Detroit, meet our professors, and speak to our students.
  • We were one of the first colleges to offer the convenience and flexibility of a Masters of Art in Teaching Online degree and were at forefront of the online education movement that began in the 1990s.
  • Our classes are taught by professors—not graduate students or instructors who would rather research than teach.

If you are interested in taking your career to the next level, check out Marygrove College’s Master in the Art of Teaching online degree!

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5 Reasons a Masters of Art in Teaching Online is a Worthy Investment

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Apr 23, 2015 1:19:00 PM

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A Master of Arts in Teaching Online Degree Often Leads to a “Pay Bump”
There are a few states—Florida, Indiana, and Louisiana to name a few—that have dispensed with the automatic “pay bump” for teachers who have earned their MAT degree. That’s true. However, most states still value advanced degrees and reward teachers for earning them.

Take the state of Michigan, for example. According to a 2013 study by the National Center for Education Statistics, Michigan teachers with five or less years of teaching experience who have earned an online Masters of Arts in Teaching degree earn $16,000 a year more than teachers who only have a bachelor’s degree.

An Online Masters of Arts in Teaching Degree Earns You Respect
The fact that you, of your own volition, decided to devote yourself to at least two additional years of schooling and took on the costs of an advanced degree says a lot about you: Not only are you devoted to your students, your profession, and to the pursuit of knowledge, you are someone who enjoys taking on challenges and succeeding at them.

An Online Masters of Art in Teaching Can Expand Your Career
While an advanced degree will certainly enrich your experience in the classroom, it can also lead to a variety of exciting career possibilities for those who see their career in education extending beyond the classroom.

Twenty years ago, a bachelor’s degree was the minimum degree requirement for counselors, academic advisers, and a variety of other positions in the field of education. But ladies and gentlemen, as Bob Dylan famously put it, “the times, they are a changin’.”

These days, applicants for these same positions must hold, at minimum, a master’s degree. If you would like to teach at the college level, become an academic adviser, become an educational technology specialist, or a curriculum developer for example, you will have to pony up and earn a master’s degree.

Earning an Online Master of Arts in Teaching Degree is Incredibly Satisfying
While an advanced degree certainly has a professional and monetary payoff, we find it hard to put a price tag on the rewards of being a graduate student.

As a graduate student, you will engage with experts in your field; you will have the opportunity to learn from your peers—that is, other teachers who know what it’s like to be “in the trenches” every day; you will also be exposed to current research, teaching practices and methodologies that you can use in your own classroom right away. If that isn’t valuable…if that’s not something to be satisfied with, we don’t know what is.

Earning a Masters of Art in Teaching Online is a Transformative Experience
This point is really an extension of the previous one. Graduate school often has a transformative effect on students. Graduate school has the capacity to alter the way teachers see themselves, the world, their classrooms, and their own students. If you go into the program with humility, an open mind, and an appetite for a good challenge, you will reap the benefits and, very likely, see yourself transformed.

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4 Careers Requiring a Master of Arts in Teaching Online Degree

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Dec 15, 2014 11:03:00 AM

Master of Arts in Teaching Online DegreeEducators choose to pursue a graduate degree for a variety of reasons. Some pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching Online Degree because they value the professional development and camaraderie they build with likeminded peers and professors in the program; others continue their education because it is a long-term financial investment.

Just as important to educators, though, is the fact that Masters of Art in Teaching Online Degrees often lead to even more satisfaction, more interesting work, more responsibility, and career possibilities that extend beyond the classroom.

If you are interested in continuing your career in education, there are a variety of vocations that will be available to you if you have successfully completed a graduate degree.

Community Colleges Hire Professors Who Have Successfully Completed Their Master of Arts in Teaching Online Degree
While most four-year colleges and universities require professors to have a Ph.D., community colleges only require professors to have a master’s degree.

Educational Consultants and Curriculum Developers Must Have a
Masters of Art in Teaching Online Degree
If you are interested in extending your career beyond the classroom, you should know that many online schools, curriculum developers, and educational consulting companies hire teachers with a master’s degree.

Universities Often Hire Those Who Have Successfully Completed Their Master of Arts in Teaching Online Degree
Your teaching experience, coupled with a master’s degree, ensure that you are qualified and well-equipped for many positions in colleges and universities. These positions may include support services, registration and admissions, new student recruitment, campus career centers, and international programs offices.

Textbook Companies Often Hire Those Who Have Successfully Completed Their Graduate Degree
Textbook companies and a variety of non-profit educational organizations that produce education content often require their employees to have a master’s degree. Why? Because they rely on their educators’ expertise, experience, and ability to research as they develop educational content.

If you are interested in taking your career to the next level, check out Marygrove College’s Master in the Art of Teaching online degree!

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Am I Eligible for Marygrove’s Master of Arts in Teaching Online Degree?

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Dec 12, 2014 1:20:00 PM

online_masters_degree_programs_in_mathematicsTake a moment and imagine the trajectory of your teaching career. Where do you see yourself? Is your place in the classroom? Perhaps you have aspirations to teach at the college or university level. Maybe you have ambitions that reach beyond the classroom and you see yourself as a curriculum specialist, a developer, or a consultant for an educational non-profit organization.

Whatever you aspire to do, whoever you aspire to become, Marygrove’s Master of Arts in Teaching Online Program can help you get there.

Unlike many other institutions which offer Masters of Art in Teaching Online Degrees, Marygrove College’s admissions process is easy and straightforward. To find out if you are eligible to pursue our program, answer the following questions:

Do you have what it takes to pursue a Master in the Art of Teaching Degree at Marygrove?

  • Are you a certified teacher with a current teaching certificate? If not, do you currently teach at a private institution?
  • Are you currently teaching full time? If not, do you have access to a classroom so that you can complete the assignments you will receive in our Masters of Art in Teaching Online program?
  • Do you have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher? If not, you can still meet our requirements by submitting two letters of recommendation.
  • Can you submit official transcripts from your undergraduate college or university?
  • Do you have a computer and Internet access?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, you are eligible to apply for our Master of Arts in Teaching Online program!

To apply to our program, click here or on the image below.

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Our Master of Arts in Teaching Online Program and Why Graduates Continue to Choose Marygrove College

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Dec 12, 2014 10:37:00 AM

Master of Arts in Teaching Online ProgramIf you Google “Master of Arts in Teaching Online programs,” you’ll find that there are plenty of colleges and universities to choose from.

Yet out of all the institutions offering Master in the Art of Teaching degrees, Marygrove College continues to distinguish itself.

So why have over 28,000 master teachers earned degrees from our Master of Arts in Teaching Online Program since 1990?

We have been leaders in teacher education since 1905
We are proud of the fact that Marygrove was one of the first colleges to offer the convenience and flexibility of a Masters of Art in Teaching Online degree; we’re also proud to say that we were at forefront of the online education movement that began in the 1990s.

But we’re also proud of the fact that that our institution has a rich history and a reputation that began over a hundred years ago, right here in the city of Detroit.

At Marygrove College, we do not ask our students to choose convenience over reputation.

We do not require applicants to take the GRE test
The GRE is a standardized test taken by most students who are applying for admission (or a fellowship) to study at the graduate level. It’s only offered three times a year, it takes several hours to complete, requires extensive preparation time, is stress-inducing for most students, and costs test takers $160!

Taking all of that into consideration, we’re fairly certain that you’ll be happy to know that Marygrove’s Master of Arts in Teaching Online Program does not require applicants to take the GRE test!

We do not require graduates to write a master’s thesis
Writing a thesis is an easy task for some (a few is probably more accurate). These students have known what they wanted to study from the time they entered graduate school, and perhaps even before, but for the majority of students, selecting and then writing a master’s thesis is one of the most intimidating and challenging tasks they face in their MAT degree.  

So what’s the good news? Unlike most Master of Arts in Teaching Online Programs, Marygrove’s does not require graduates to write a master’s thesis.

In lieu of the master’s thesis, students will complete a Capstone Project which documents their growth throughout the program. The Capstone Project includes entries such as: a video and analysis of the student's teaching, an action research project, and a final compilation of assignments from the courses; samples of your students' work completed in your classroom; and reflection/journal entries.

Our reputation speaks for itself
We could tell you lots more about our Master of Arts in Teaching Online program, but we think it might be more beneficial for you to hear—and see—what our graduates have to say about our program.

Online Masters in Mathematics Education

To learn more about our Master in the Art of Teaching online program, click here.

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Why Teachers Choose Marygrove’s Master of Arts in Teaching Online Program

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Dec 11, 2014 3:10:00 PM

online_masters_in_mathematics_education_onlineThere is no shortage of Master of Arts in Teaching Online Programs. So why do students continue to choose Marygrove College? What distinguishes our program from the others? And why have over 28,000 students graduated from our Master in the Art of Teaching degree program since 1990?

Our classes are taught by teaching faculty, not graduate students or teaching assistants
There are a couple things we’d like to point out about our professors: First, our classes are taught by teaching faculty, not teaching assistants or graduate students. Second, our Masters of Art in Teaching Online instructors choose to teach at our college not so they can publish, lecture, or research (although many do), but because they are passionate about teaching.

While many of our instructors are researchers and published scholars who are dedicated to advancing their field of study, their priority, first and foremost, will always be you.

Our program is designed around you
Our instructors understand the demands that are placed on teachers and working adults just like you. They understand the challenges students face while trying to balance relationships, parenthood, a career, and their Master of Arts in Teaching Online Program at the same time.

That’s why our program is entirely online. Unlike many “online” graduate programs, ours does not require face-to-face meetings or on-campus conferences. As a result, you can live in any time zone, in any part of the country or world, and still complete your master’s degree. 

We allow students to learn at their own pace
At Marygrove, we believe that every student is unique. Some students prefer to move through our program quickly and complete their course of study in less than two years. Others need more time or require breaks in study. At Marygrove, you have up to six years to complete the program.

Marygrove’s Master of Arts in Teaching Online Program is affordable
We pride ourselves on being completely transparent about the cost of our program. You can expect to pay roughly $13,200 in tuition for our 30-credit program. That’s $440 per credit hour, which, by comparison is very reasonable for an advanced degree. We also have convenient payment plan options and offer a five percent group discount for applying with at least four other students!

We do not require students to submit letters of recommendation
Most graduate programs require applicants to submit several letters of recommendation along with their application. This can be challenging for applicants who haven’t seen former undergraduate professors in years, maybe even decades!

We don’t like to place unnecessary obstacles in front of those who apply to our online masters in mathematics education program. That’s why we do not require applicants to submit letters of recommendation as long as they have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.

To learn more about our Master in the Art of Teaching Program, click here.

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5 Things Every Master Reading Teacher Should Know

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Dec 4, 2014 2:15:00 PM

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A master reading teacher knows that books come in all shapes and sizes

Many of us are attached to an antiquated idea about what “real” books look and read like. Master teachers, however, know that books come in all shapes and sizes. Some books are long, some are short, some are printed on glossy paper, some may have more pictures than text; heck, some books may not even have complete sentences in them.  

Call us crazy, but we would argue that “real” books can be anything from old road maps and glossy sales catalogues to newspapers, blogs, comic books, picture books, atlases, and cookbooks.

Like it or not, if we want to nurture a love of reading in our students, we must acknowledge that all books—no matter the shape and size—are legitimate forms of reading.

A master reading teacher knows that the length of a text is unimportant

This next point is really an extension of the previous one. Often we make the mistake of pushing struggling readers to read long, text-heavy books that only overwhelm them.

A master reading teaching knows that books can still be deep without being long. Take Ezra Pound’s poem, “In a Station of the Metro.” It may be two lines, but it might as well be a novel. Dissect it. Play with it. Put it back together. Rinse and repeat.

A master reading teacher knows the importance of silent reading time

Most of us would agree that silent and sustained reading time is a critical piece of the reading instruction puzzle. Finding time for silent reading may seem challenging, but take a closer look at how you are using your time. You may be surprised by how much of the day is taken up by interruptions—you know, special deliveries, messages, forgotten lunches, notes, or quick questions from other teachers.

Train your students to always have a book out on their desk. When an interruption occurs, students should immediately begin reading.

A master teacher knows what not to say to struggling readers

We certainly have good intentions when we stop our struggling readers mid-sentence and have them repeat mispronounced words, but when we do this, we are actually doing more harm than good.

A master reading teacher knows not only what to say to struggling readers, but just as important, what not to say.

As you work with your struggling readers, you may want to avoid saying the following:

  • “Stop. Reread that line”: If the error does not interfere with the meaning, let the mistake go and come back to it later.
  • “Speed up” or “slow down!”: Instead, model appropriate pacing.
  • “You know this word; you just read it with me earlier!”: No one intentionally makes mistakes. If the child knew the word he or she would have read it.

A master teacher uses reading exercises that mimic real-world reading practices

Have you ever had to read a scripture or poem at a wedding ceremony? If you have, chances are that you asked to review the piece before you got in front of a crowd and read it aloud. Why? Because you didn’t want to bungle it up by mispronouncing words or making silly mistakes!

Whether it be on the train, on a plane, in an airport, at a funeral, or in a coffee shop, most real-world reading happens silently. Like us, our students appreciate the opportunity to silently read a text before reading it aloud in front of their peers.

You may also be interested in one of our most popular reading resources for teachers, an infographic called Click and Clunk. It's a simple reading strategy that will teach your students to monitor and take charge of their own understanding. download click and clunk

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