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Loyola University New Orleans unveils master of arts in teaching degree

Loyola press release - August 8, 2016

Many courses will be online in a skills-based program that places emphasis on internships, work in secondary classrooms and real-world experience.

As students head back to school this semester to advance their educations, Loyola University New Orleans proudly unveils a new Master of Arts in Teaching degree. Teachers who have not yet attained certification, professionals looking for a new career and recent college graduates who have not yet completed a teacher certification program are all eligible to enroll.

“At Loyola, you can take the courses for state teacher certification AND get a Master’s Degree at the same time,” said Dr. Glenda Hembree, assistant professor of education. “And it’s affordable.”

The university has designed this degree program so that individuals can obtain teacher certification at the secondary level (Grades 6-12) and earn a graduate degree at the same time, administrators said this week. The program is designed to accommodate working professionals and approximately 30 to 40 percent of courses will be online. Individuals currently teaching at the secondary level may use their own classrooms as their site for course-related activities.

The MAT degree program is ideal for an individual currently holding a teaching position but has yet to be certified, said Dr. Maria Calzada, dean of the Loyola University New Orleans College of Arts and Sciences. The program is also designed with other working professionals in mind. One class for the new degree program will start this fall, and the remainder of classes should be in full swing by spring. The course offered in fall of 2016 will be online.

“The program places an emphasis on competency-based skills and real-world situations,” said Dr. Jane C. Chauvin, Ph.D., professor emerita of education. “Our first course in Fall 2016 focuses on research in the area of ‘Best Practices in Teaching.’ It will be intellectually stimulating and practical at the same time. All teachers could benefit from this course.”

Tuition for the master’s degree program runs about half of regular graduate tuition. Thirty-six semester hours are required. Loyola is approved to recommend teacher certification for secondary education in the following subjects: English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, French, Spanish and Latin.

Loyola is a Jesuit university and degrees from Jesuit institutions are recognized across the U.S. and all over the world for their academic rigor and quality. The university adheres to the motto, cura personalis, or education of the whole person – mind, body, and spirit – and places special emphasis on values-based education rooted in experiences, professional practice, and service learning.

Students should be able to complete the program in a little more than a year, provided a minimum of 9 hours is carried each semester (including summers), administrators said. “Coaching” of each teacher candidate is integral to the program, which places emphasis on the individual student and his/her particular situation and provides readily-available advising.

Coursework addresses hot topics in education from best practices in teaching to multiculturalism and social justice, a focus on adolescent learners, and instilling literacy and learning in a diverse society. Each graduate will complete an internship worth six credit hours.

This new degree program is approved by the Louisiana State Department of Education, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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