Master of Arts in Teaching
Q. As an alumna of Drew’s College of Liberal Arts, you were able to make a very informed choice about your graduate program. Why stay at Drew?
A. As a senior I was having trouble deciding which graduate program I wanted to pursue, and then I learned about the new M.A.T. program—its comprehensive classes, teaching opportunities and experienced staff. I knew it was the right place for me to continue to study, learn and grow.
Q. What do you think of the cohort learning environment, which is such a large part of the new M.A.T. program?
A. This program has allowed me to meet 13 individuals with common goals and interests. The cooperative assignments in our first classes helped us forge a strong connection that grows with each new class. Staying close as a unit will help us succeed in the program and become more sensitive, qualified and effective teachers, more connected to our students and their needs.
Q. Can you give an example of the cohort working together?
A. In one course, we were divided into small groups comprised of students from different content areas. My group created an interdisciplinary lesson on the Industrial Revolution in relation to chemistry, social studies and English. It challenged us to think creatively, combine our subject areas and work together. It also was great practice in the design and presentation of our own lesson plans.
Q. A one-year program is rather intensive. How are you managing?
A. It is intensive, but also extremely rewarding. I know that the hard work and time I am putting in now will prepare me to be the best teacher that I can be. I find it extremely satisfying to work really hard, even struggle, and then succeed.
Q. The upside is you don’t have to look too far down the road to see your future.
A. Yes, just knowing I will have a master’s degree in May motivates me to keep working diligently. We are currently preparing to student teach next semester. Keeping in contact with the other members of the cohort really helps me to get through the stressful weeks.
Q. The M.A.T. program is relatively new—you’re in the first class. Thoughts?
A. I feel privileged to be a part of this significant moment in the history of Drew. I think the program will continue to expand as teachers and students revise and improve the curriculum. The faculty is genuinely concerned for each student’s success in the program. Its emphasis on life-long learning is one of its most attractive qualities.
Q. After five years in the Forest, are you ready for the road ahead?
A. My time at Drew has been a period of meaningful learning, creating and discovering that will guide me as I take the next step forward. I only hope I will be able to utilize all I’ve learned at Drew to instill the same love for learning in my students.