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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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