College Announces M.A.T. Scholarship Award

Friday, February 17, 2012 - 3:15pm

Applicants to Mount Holyoke's new Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program are being offered the chance to apply for its Promising Teacher Scholarship Award, which has been created to help support talented future teachers in their graduate studies.

The scholarships will be awarded in a range of amounts, and applications may now be submitted online. As with all graduate programs, the M.A.T. and the scholarships will be open to both women and men.

“We want to provide opportunities for students with a wide range of unique backgrounds, talents, and skills," said program director Lenore Reilly Carlisle, a professor of psychology and education at Mount Holyoke. “Our coed M.A.T. program welcomes career-changers with years of work experience and deep insights into their discipline, as well as gifted students who want to serve in high-need school districts, teach math and science, or work in schools with a bold approach to school design and education reform.”

The M.A.T. program, a collaboration with Expeditionary Learning (EL), is being launched this summer for aspiring middle and secondary school teachers. An accelerated and flexible 11-month teacher-education program, Mount Holyoke's M.A.T. includes an innovative curriculum, personalized advising, initial teacher licensure in 19 subject areas, and a strong career network. Students will begin their studies in August, continue through the fall semester, and complete a student teaching practicum in the spring semester. After completing the program, M.A.T. graduates will be able to tap into a wide EL school network for teaching placements as they enter the job market.

Applications will be accepted until April 6, and there will be two informational open house sessions for potential applicants before the deadline: The first is Monday, February 20, from 6:30 to 8 pm, and the second is set for Thursday, March 15, from 12:15 to 1:05 pm. Both sessions will take place in the Rotunda Room at MHC's Blanchard Campus Center.

Mount Holyoke's M.A.T. is the only graduate teaching program in the country created and developed in collaboration with Expeditionary Learning.

"Expeditionary Learning is a nonprofit educational organization that is transforming schools across the country," said Carlisle. "It was developed out of a collaboration between Outward Bound and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and it's an innovative teaching model that challenges students to think critically and take active roles in their schools and communities."

“We are honored to be partnering with Mount Holyoke College,” said Scott Hartl, president and CEO of Expeditionary Learning. "Our nation desperately needs a pipeline of teachers who can walk into classrooms with the skills and expertise to engage kids deeply in challenging content, demand excellence, and give them active roles in the classroom and in their communities. Our partnership with Mount Holyoke College will deliver a new generation of educators ready to meet this challenge.”

M.A.T. students will take EL-designed courses and workshops taught by Mount Holyoke faculty and visiting EL teachers and coaches. There are approximately 160 schools in the Expeditionary Learning network across the United States, including Springfield's Renaissance School—which boasts a 100 percent college acceptance rate among its first two senior classes.

For more information about the open houses or about the M.A.T. program, call 413-538-3497, email mat@mtholyoke.edu, or visit the website.