In 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:
- Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment, K-12
- Elementary Reading & Literacy, K-6
- Elementary Mathematics, K-5
- Middle Level Mathematics, 6-8
- Effective Teaching for the 21st Century
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!