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COE Update: A New Program

fast-track-purple-train-1200x628To give you a glimpse of what the College of Education has been up to since you received your diploma, we’re excited to share that we’re now providing a unique path for college graduates nationwide who want to become elementary teachers.

The┬áMaster of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is an intensive, one-year online degree specifically designed for people who have already earned a bachelor’s degree but want to pursue their dream of teaching. This pathway enables qualified Kansans and residents of other states to earn the degree in 12 months and be recommended for Kansas’ initial teacher licensure in grades K-6. The rigorous curriculum is delivered by online coursework, and field experiences are arranged in accredited elementary schools convenient to students in the program. Once out-of-state students pass the Kansas licensure exam, they can seek licensure in their home state. The first group started the program in May.

Debbie Mercer, dean of the College of Education, believes this innovative program can help address the state’s and nation’s projected teacher needs while maintaining high professional standards.┬áThomas Vontz, professor of curriculum and instruction, led the development of this program.