Linda Swerdlow, Associate Professor of Education

Today, education is at a crossroad. For American students to compete and solve the problems of the global age, they must develop “21st century skills”; 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 to enhance these goals. In Drew’s M.A.T. program, you will engage in challenging graduate coursework in both your academic discipline and the field of education designed to help you prepare your future students for the challenges of the global era.

If your interest is social studies, English or Spanish, you can help your future students develop a broader global perspective, by selecting from graduate courses that investigate the history, literature, and cultures of Asia, Africa and Latin America as well as Europe and the United States. If your goal is to teach biology, chemistry, or mathematics, you can study the history of math and science from a global perspective.

Twenty- first century skills require new approaches to teaching and learning. At the M.A.T. program, you will be part of a small cohort of students who learn to design cutting edge curriculum in a personal seminar setting. We believe that quality teaching is rooted in an understanding of adolescent development, cognitive psychology and recent advances in brain-based research. In seminars, you will learn to develop curriculum that will help your students to synthesize, analyze, and evaluate ideas and transfer what they learn to real life situations through problem-solving, case studies and simulation. You will also learn how to integrate technology and media into the classroom.

At the M.A.T. program, we recognize that the increasing diversity of the country and the classroom means that future teachers need to understand how student identity and classroom interaction are influenced by both the multicultural nature of American society and the impact of heightened immigration. We believe that these trends are best understood through the study of the history of schooling and the role that social inequality plays in educational access and attainment at both the national and global levels. As graduate students, you will learn to develop lessons that address the complex needs of the diverse body of students you will meet in your future classes.

In conjunction with your coursework, you will do fieldwork in our partner school districts in urban, suburban, and inclusive settings. During student teaching you will continue to receive the personal support that is a hallmark of Drew, through seminar and supervision.

If you are interested in educational innovation, advanced study in your academic discipline and promoting global understanding, then come and join us at the M.A.T. Program at Drew.

- Linda Swerdlow, Associate Professor of Education