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5 Great Reasons to Earn Your Master of Arts in Teaching Degree

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Apr 11, 2016 3:54:24 PM

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Our Master of Arts in Teaching Program Allows You to Specialize

As an undergraduate, you were given the tools to build a strong pedagogical foundation—but chances are that you weren’t given the opportunity to truly hone in on a specific area of study and specialize. This is one reason Marygrove students continue to choose our Master of Arts in Teaching program. Each of the MAT degrees at Marygrove College 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 five specialty courses focus on the content specific to each program. If you’re interested in technology, you can take courses that focus on it. The same goes with curriculum, instruction, assessment, not to mention reading, literacy, and mathematics!

An Online Masters of Arts in Teaching Program Gives You a Competitive Edge
While there are many ways that you can distinguish yourself from other applicants, adding an MAT degree to your CV is certainly one of the most effective. As a teacher with a Master of Arts in Teaching degree, you have proof that you have initiative, that you have immersed yourself in your field of study, that you are committed to your profession, and that you have the tools—and the degree—to prove it!

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.

Earning an Online Master of Arts in Teaching Degree is Personally Rewarding
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.

You Already Need to Take Continuing Education Courses; Why Not Simply Earn Your MAT Degree?
No matter where you teach, one thing is certain: You will have to take continuing education courses to maintain your education. Sure, you can fulfill your state’s requirement by taking a couple of courses—but instead of doing things piecemeal, why not make a long-term financial and professional investment by earning your MAT Degree? It’s easy at Marygrove – and much more affordable!

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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!

Download our free guide, 10 Good Reasons to Pursue a Master of Art in Teaching Online, to discover what earning an MAT degree can do for you and your career.

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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.

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To learn more about our Master in the Art of Teaching online program, click here. Or download our Program Brochure for an in-depth look at courses and specialties.

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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.

Watch our video, Marygrove Helps Teachers Change Lives, to see the impact that earning an MAT degree has had on the lives and careers of other teachers.

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A Quick Guide to Marygrove’s Masters of Art in Teaching Online

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Dec 3, 2014 4:17:00 PM

Masters of Art in Teaching OnlineAlthough Marygrove College’s Masters of Art in Teaching Online has been around for more than two decades, many students still have questions about how an online graduate program works and, more specifically, how an online program compares to the experience of being in a traditional, on-campus graduate program.

If you are considering pursuing your Master of Arts in Teaching Online, you may find the following program outline helpful. In it, we’ll give you a better sense of what our program is all about, how it works, and what you can expect from your experience in our Masters of Art in Teaching Online program.

Logging on
After you apply and are accepted into our Master of Arts in Teaching Online, you’ll be assigned a username and password. After that, you’ll be able to log on to Blackboard, a virtual desk where every class and all of your course content is clearly organized.

Class Discussions
As in the traditional classroom, you’ll also engage in classroom discussions in our masters program. The only difference is that you’ll use a discussion board platform inside Blackboard to share your ideas.

We find that this model not only mimics the traditional classroom dynamic, but is in fact superior to it in that instructorsinstructors and students exchange ideas at their leisure and pace—which means that thinking and speaking is less impulsive and more reflective. Additionally, many students find that a discussion board helps ensure that they are not lost in the discussion or afraid to share their ideas.

Group Work
Each module includes at least one group collaboration. Since your presentations, reflections and lesson plans are all uploaded to Blackboard, you will have the advantage of being able to review and critique your peers’ work.

Masters of Art in Teaching OnlineReadings & Videos
When you log on to Blackboard, you’ll find a course calendar that offers a detailed outline of every week from the beginning of the semester until the end. This means you’ll always know which chapters to read, which videos to watch and where to find them since all you have to do is follow the links your mentor has provided.

Our students, most of whom are working teachers, find this to be advantageous for several reasons:

  • First, you’ll never have to worry about misplacing your syllabus or course schedule.
  • Second, you can work at your own pace, or even work ahead if you are so inclined. Need to go out of town for the week? Not a problem. In fact, you don’t even have to tell anyone. Take your laptop with you—or better yet, get your work done the week before your vacation and leave your laptop at home.

Lecture
Like most classrooms, we supplement our activities with lectures—but unlike the traditional classroom, these lectures are delivered through video. Like all of the videos you’ll be watching, the lecture videos are asynchronous, which means that you can watch (and re-watch) them whenever and wherever you are. An added bonus is that each lecture is delivered by a different mentor, so our teachers are constantly exposed to a wide variety of perspectives from experts in the field.

Learning Experiences
It is important to us that our teachers are exposed to a variety of pedagogical theories, but also that we give them the hands-on experiences that allow them to put theory into practice. In our Masters of Art in Teaching Online program, you’ll never learn something you can’t use in your own classroom!

Assignments
In your courses, you’ll typically encounter three kinds of assignments:

  • Collaboration: Group work
  • Application: Learning experiences
  • Reflection: Although reflection is necessary for professional growth and development, we know that most teachers are not given the necessary time and space to reflect on their practices. That’s why we’ve build reflective assignments directly into the coursework.

Feedback
Not only are students given a course schedule that outlines the entire semester, they are also given a detailed rubric for each major assignment, so there is never a mystery about how they are being evaluated. Most of our students are also relieved that there are absolutely no tests in any of the courses. Although some of our instructorsinstructors give quizzes, these are meant to be a source of information so that they can act in a supportive way to ensure that you understand the content and can put it into practice.

Earning a masters degree is a life-changing accomplishment. It is also one that many Marygrove graduates, working adults and parents just like you, never thought possible.

We’ve been saying it since 1905 and we’re still saying it: You can earn a Master of Arts in Teaching Onlineand we’re here to ensure that you do. We understand the needs of working teachers and parents; that’s why we’ve custom-tailored our program to fit your schedule and your needs.

Take a look at our Online Education Infographic to get a better idea of what to expect from the Marygrove online experience. 

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