On September 12 the Welch Graduate Admissions Committee voted to admit the first students to its new Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree, according to Dr. Greg Ketteman, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Graduate Dean at Welch College. College officials anticipate program approval from college accreditors in December 2018 and courses for the 33-hour master’s program will begin on January 19.
“Our alumni and denominational supporters have long sensed the need for a Welch College graduate program in education,” Ketteman said. “Admission of these MAT students is a truly historic moment that demonstrates God’s provision for our needs. There has never been a greater need for teachers who have a biblical worldview and who pursue their calling with excellence. Our vision for the Welch MAT is to foster excellence in teaching from a distinctively Christian perspective.”
The Welch MAT offers tracks in teaching, special education, and higher education pedagogy. The MAT is designed so that all ten-week courses, offered both on campus and live online, may be completed in 18 months. Scholarships and financial aid are available for qualifying students.
Provost Matthew McAffee said, “I commend Dr. Ketteman for his hard work in getting this program off the ground. We are thankful for the Lord’s blessing in bringing the MAT to fruition.”