In today’s economy, jobs are hard to come by in almost every profession. But what will the market be like in a few years? According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the education field will soon see an upsurge in its demand for teachers. Drew University’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is prepared to meet that demand by training the next generation of highly qualified educators. Applications for the term beginning in June 2009 are now being accepted.

“Beyond each student’s focus on his or her academic area of interest, the Drew MAT prepares teachers with 21st century skills,” said Linda Swerdlow, director of the program. “These include broader and more sophisticated critical and analytical thinking skills; in depth knowledge and appreciation of world cultures; and the ability to use new media and technology.”

Students pursuing Drew’s MAT may work toward certification in biology, chemistry, English, math, social studies or Spanish. MAT students also take a set of enriching core courses that prepare them to meet the everyday challenges that they’ll face in the classroom. These include “Integrating Technology in the Content Classroom,” “Human Diversity,” “Adolescent Literacy” and “Students with Special Needs.” The MAT program also comprises a six-credit student teaching experience. All this can be completed in as little as one year.

Established in 2006, the MAT operates as part of the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, Drew’s tight-knit, student-centered graduate school. In addition to teaching, Caspersen offers programs in medical humanities; arts and letters; poetry; and history and culture.

For more information about Drew’s MAT or the application process, please contact the office of graduate admissions at (973) 408-3110 or e-mail gradm@drew.edu.

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