The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Welch College’s primary institutional accreditor, notified the college in November that its request to add English Language Learning and Instructional Leadership tracks to its existing Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program had been approved. These two new tracks join existing M.A.T. tracks in Teaching, Special Education, and Higher Education Pedagogy.

The two new tracks were developed by the School of Education to meet the needs of educators seeking additional credentials or continuing education. Instructional Leadership is a high-demand area for continuing education and many school systems are beginning to require endorsements in English Language Learning.

The Instructional Leadership track is designed for school leaders and aspiring school leaders. The English Language Learning track is designed for teachers who work with multilingual student groups and English language learners.

Dr. Greg Ketteman, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Graduate Dean of Education said, “The English Language Learning track is based on Welch’s existing, state-approved English Language learner endorsement,” In addition, he added, “Welch College and Sumner County Schools leaders have established a collaborative agreement to make the English Language endorsement available to Sumner County teachers.”

The college is currently taking applications for the new M.A.T. tracks. You can find the application for the M.A.T. at https://welch.edu/admissions/apply/ma-teaching-apply/. Contact Dr. Greg Ketteman at gketteman@welch.edu or 615-675-5312 for more information.

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