The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Program is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and by the state of Indiana. An 11-month program for liberal arts and sciences graduates who want to become licensed teachers, this full-time program begins each year in early June and leads to teacher licensure the following May. After licensure and while teaching in a school, students take one more course designed to help support them in the first full year of teaching.
After successfully concluding that final course, students are awarded the master's degree. Earlham's M.A.T. offers licensure in social studies, English/language arts, mathematics, science and modern foreign languages, all at the middle and high school levels.
At Earlham, few activities are more esteemed and joyful than teaching — and creating teachers. The College's long-standing commitment to excellence in teaching encourages and develops students' passion and potential as teachers. Earlham's M.A.T. Program is unique in focusing on the cohort model and developing a culture of collegiality. The cohort is an entering class of students who work together throughout the program.
The College intends to do more than provide licensure for teachers. The program's purpose is to develop teachers who are leaders in their school communities, who model outstanding classroom practices, and who prepare their own students to be socially active and morally conscious citizens in this new century.
The Earlham M.A.T. Program also emphasizes the teacher as researcher, one who is able to locate the most recent social science and educational research on teaching and learning. Students become competent users of the Socratic seminar method of instruction as a means of helping their own students develop critical thinking and communication skills.
Licensure Standards and Completion of the Degree
The Earlham College Graduate Programs in Education Department makes recommendations for licensure to the state of Indiana only upon a candidate's:
successful completion of the course work with a 3.0 G.P.A.
successful completion of supervised teaching with a rating of Proficient or Distinguished
faculty satisfaction that Indiana Developmental Standards for Educators have been met at a level of Proficient or Distinguished and with sufficient documentation
achieving the minimum score required by the state of Indiana on the Praxis II exam in the candidate's area of specialization
M.A.T. degree candidates complete 43 semester credits of course work as a cohort. The courses are sequentially ordered over 11 months, with the final course being taken during the first semester of full-time teaching.
State and National Requirements
Candidates for the M.A.T. degree at Earlham College must meet the standards for P-12 teacher licensure of the state of Indiana and by the U.S. Department of Education. These standards are available in the Graduate Programs in Education Office or online at this location:
Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium principles (INTASC)