RG_1113_DrewMAT_0760Madison, N.J. – A national education accreditation organization has given Drew’s MAT program a lengthy review and awarded it a five-year initial accreditation, which is the longest duration given by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for newly accredited programs.

The accreditation from TEAC, which was announced last month, is the culmination of a three-year application process that evaluated everything from Drew’s MAT curriculum to the hiring rate of its graduates.

“This is the crowning moment for this program since its inception,” said Stephanie Koprowski-McGowan, MAT program director. “It further demonstrates Drew’s commitment to the outstanding preparation of teachers for private and public schools in New Jersey and in other states.”

One thing that sets Drew apart from other MAT programs is that Drew’s students take an additional nine credits of intensive graduate-level study in their individual subject areas—something not required in other programs. That makes Drew’s future teachers more knowledgeable and better prepared than their peers, said Robert Ready, dean of the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies.

“They are valued in the marketplace because of this,” he said. “It goes beyond the state’s expectation.”

Drew’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is so exceptional, its administrators say, that for three years in a row, a graduate of the MAT program was selected as an outstanding student-teacher in the state of New Jersey.

Drew currently offers a Master of Arts in Teaching in 10 subject areas—biology, chemistry, English, French, Italian, mathematics, physics, social studies, Spanish   and theatre arts—for students who want to teach at the secondary school level. Future plans include expanding the program to the elementary school level and  offering special education certification at both the elementary and secondary school levels.

“We’re holding the program to the highest standard in the preparation of teachers,” said Koprowski-McGowan. “It produces passionate teachers who really do live the vocation,” said Ready. “It already has an extraordinary success rate.”

Starting this fall, undergraduate students can earn both a bachelor’s and MAT degree in five years. Students who enroll in the program take four graduate courses toward the MAT while still undergraduates.

Ready said Drew’s MAT program is customized for all academic stages. “It prepares younger students pursuing their first teaching jobs, mid-career students looking to change professions and graduate students who want to go on and pursue a PhD.”

For more information about Drew’s MAT program, visit drew.edu/graduate/academics/mat.