1. What are M.A.T.'s prepared to teach?
M.A.T's are licensed in Secondary Earth Sciences, Integrated Language Arts, Integrated Mathematics, Integrated Science, Integrated Social Studies, Foreign Language, Life Sciences, Life Science/Chemistry, Physical Sciences, Dance, Health, Music, and Visual Arts.
2. How long does your program last and what does it cost?
The program lasts 11 months and is very intense in both time and effort required. For Ohio residents, the program will cost about $19,000 including tuition, fees, and books based on estimates from the 2010-2011 catalog. This does not include extra coursework which may need to be completed in the content area. (See bursar's office website for details.)
3. Can any college graduate get into the M.A.T. program? What are your basic requirements for an M.A.T. applicant?
To answer the first part of the question, NO. Our admissions process is very selective.
To answer the second part, we require a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and the completion of any necessary prerequisite content courses, acceptable GRE scores, at least two letters of reference, a thousand word essay on "Why I want to be a teacher," and appropriate work and/or volunteer experiences. Applicants must also have a GPA of 3.0. Applications must be completed and submitted before February 15 in order for a candidate to be considered for a place in the cohort starting in mid-June of that year.
4. What do I do to get started into Kent State University's Secondary MAT program?
The most important first step is to request a content evaluation of your undergraduate transcripts.
Before applying to the MAT program, depending on the coursework taken for completion of your initial degree, you may have to take one or more prerequisite courses, in addition to the required MAT course sequence. Many of these content courses must be taken prior to beginning the program. You must submit your complete undergraduate transcript(s) for review. If you have completed any graduate coursework, you should submit those transcripts as well. Once your transcripts have been reviewed, we will let you know if there are any prerequisite courses you must take. Transcript reviews may take up to four weeks to complete.
5. How many M.A.T graduates has Kent State University had since 1987?
There have been 870 Secondary-certified graduates from 1987 to 2011 inclusive.
6. Do all M.A.T. graduates find teaching positions?
More than 80% of M.A.T. graduates have been working as teachers for one to 10 years.
7. How large are the M.A.T. cohorts?
We typically have 1 or 2 cohorts of 15 to 20 students each year. These cohorts help establish a more cohesive and collegial program.
8. How do potential employers view MAT graduates?
What distinguishes MAT candidates is their maturity, a demonstrated work ethic, and, on average, even greater altruism than measured in our pool of baccalaureate candidates (using Douglas Heath's model). Most of the schools who hire our MAT graduates do so because of these characteristics.