I helped the School of Education host an information session last Wednesday for our initial certification programs. A lot of folks came out for the invitation to teach, especially those who were interested in our graduate-level programs. We have a total of 10 programs including three graduate certificates, four Master of Arts in Teaching degrees, and three Master of Education degrees.
I’m sure some of you might be asking, “What’s the difference in these programs?” Allow me to explain…
A graduate certificate is typically a year-long program that offers fundamental career training in a specialized field. The certificate is made up of four to six courses, and in some cases these can count towards your master’s degree if you decide to continue your course of study.
The master of arts in teaching (MAT) degree is for college graduates who do not have an undergraduate degree in education. Some educators teaching for private schools may need to earn their M.A.T. instead of their master of education.
A master of education (M.Ed.) degree is designed for practicing teachers with an undergraduate degree in education. It broadens the content area knowledge, strengthens teaching skills and satisfies the professional development needs of practicing teachers.
Next question might be, “What programs do you have?”
Certificates: English for Speakers of Other Languages (initial and advanced), and Special Education
Master of Arts in Teaching: Early Education, Elementary Education, Performing Arts, and Special Education
Master of Education: Languages, Science & Math for Teachers, and Teaching, Learning & Advocacy
Okay. So now for the good stuff. Like how can you go to school for free? The School of Education offers at least ten scholarships or fellowships, not to mention the opportunities offered through the federal government. Our financial aid representative spoke of a few including the South Caorlina Teacher Loan.
There are plenty of opportunities to earn a master’s degree, especially if you’re interested in becoming a teacher. You can do more homework online.