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An MAT could be good for your marriage!

Posted by Dreu Adams on Aug 2, 2011 4:30:00 AM

Earning an online Master in the Art of Teaching (MAT) degree with Marygrove College is an investment in yourself. But our non-traditional students with families know that it can mean so much more.

Cathy Hinkle (MAT ’11) of Louisville, Ohio decided to go back to school after thirty years to earn her MAT, with the encouragement of her husband Larry. Cathy was Larry’s support when he attended school for his Doctorate in Ministry when their children were small, so he felt it was the least he could do to support his wife in her career goals now. With two of their daughters in college, they knew it would not be easy financially. But Pastor Larry had faith that the benefits would outweigh it all.

Higher education can be a temporary strain on the family pocketbook, not to mention a significant commitment of time and energy. It helps if spouses can support the effort by making meals, driving kids to their activities or just making sure the MAT student has a quiet place to work.

A comprehensive study on spousal support (Lawrence, Univ. of Iowa, 2007) found that when husbands support their wives in tough times—they report higher levels of marital satisfaction. Wives also report higher levels of marital satisfaction when their husbands support them in the way they need to be supported. So, husbands…ask your MAT student wives what you can do for them in this busy time. It could make your marriage stronger!

Reasons to Earn Your MAT Degree at Marygrove:

•Job security
•Build your professional network
•Build your knowledge base in your content area
•Work online at your own pace
•Become a lifelong learner
•Keep abreast of the many changes in education
•Discover the Master Teacher in yourself
Enjoy a better relationship with your spouse. And so much more!


Tags: Success, Spousal Support, Alumni

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