Gallatin, TN—Welch College is pleased to report that both its accreditors have approved its proposed Master of Arts in Teaching. The Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on Accreditation notified Welch College of approval in November and The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges notified the college of approval following its December annual meeting.

With these approvals, Welch College has reached a milestone by becoming the first Free Will Baptist college to offer a second regionally accredited credential on the graduate level.

The thirty-three hour Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) features 10-week courses that meet once each week. Courses meet on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6-9:30 p.m. CST and are available on the Gallatin campus as well as live, online via Zoom. According to Dr. Greg Ketteman, Graduate Dean, more than half of the inquiries and applications received to date are from out-of-state students.

The design of the MAT program allows students wishing to complete the program in 18 months to do so by taking two courses at a time, although students may complete the degreebased on the pace that best fits their schedule. Institutionally funded scholarships and federally guaranteed loans are available.

Enrollment in the Master of Arts in Teaching is underway. Information about the Master of Arts in Teaching may be found at and online applications are at For questions or for enrollment information, please email Dr. Greg Ketteman at  The first course begins on January 17.

Ketteman said, “There’s a lot of excitement about this new program. Please be in prayer for us as we initiate this new program and for our graduate students as they seek to advance their professional craft as educators.

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