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WCE Expands MAT Offerings; Launches Ad Campaign to Promote MAT, MIT Programs

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs provide a pathway to teaching for career changers, lateral entry teachers and students who hold a bachelor’s degree but have little or no experience in education.

The Watson College currently offers MAT programs in Elementary, Middle Grades and Secondary Education. It also offers programs in English as a Second Language and Spanish.

WCE has offered a MAT in secondary education since 2008. The college introduced a new distance-learning MAT in the high-needs areas of secondary math and science in fall 2015. The program will be expanded to include high school history and English in fall 2016.

“WCE’s MAT programs have all been very successful, but the secondary MAT was designed as an intensive one-year on-campus program, and that’s not always a viable option for working professionals,” said Ginger Rhodes, associate professor of mathematics and statistics and secondary MAT program coordinator at the Watson College. “By offering a two-year distance-learning program, we have been able to attract working professionals across the state who would like to teach but need more flexibility in the program structure. We look forward to expanding the online MAT to include history and English as well as math and science in the fall.”

The Watson College will also introduce an MAT in physical education and health in fall 2016. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will earn both a master’s degree and an M-level license to teach PE and health in grades K-12 in North Carolina.

WCE To Promote MAT, MIT Programs on WECT in April and May

An advertising campaign promoting Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs offered by the college will run on WECT's homepage and mobile apps in April and May. A second campaign promoting the Master of Science in Instructional Technology (MIT) program is also planned.

WCE has offered an MIT program since 1998. The program has been very successful, and the field of instructional technology continues to grow.

“There’s high demand for our MIT graduates from employers in virtually all sectors, including corporate, government, health care, K-12 education and higher education,” said Ray Pastore, assistant professor of instructional technology and WCE’s MIT program coordinator. WCE hopes to meet that demand by raising awareness of the many career opportunities available to UNCW’s MIT graduates.

“We have a very strong MIT program,” Pastore said. “It’s a project-based program. Courses are rigorous and students work directly with clients in each of their classes. When our students graduate, many have three to four job offers with high starting salaries.”

Anyone with a bachelor’s degree in any field can apply for the MIT program, Pastore said. “We’re looking for motivated, hard-working students who want a challenging career ahead of them.”

The Deadline to Apply for 2016 Graduate Programs is May 15

UNCW’s Graduate School is currently accepting applications for all graduate programs offered by the Watson College. The deadline to apply for programs beginning in summer 2016 is April 15. The deadline to apply for fall 2016 programs is May 15.

For information on programs offered by the Watson College visit www.uncw.edu/ed/learn.

To apply for WCE’s MAT, MIT or other graduate programs visit the UNCW Graduate School website at http://www.uncw.edu/gradschool.