What You Need to Know about the MAT
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
There’s a lot to consider when choosing to pursue an MAT. Samantha McClain, a Graduate Education Representative here at JBU, has helped many students decide whether they’re ready to take the next step toward becoming a teacher. We asked her to answer some common questions students have about the MAT program at JBU.
Does JBU’s MAT program prepare me for licensure?
The MAT program at JBU will prepare you to file for a teaching license at the secondary level (7-12) in Social Studies, Math or English.
How long does the program take?
The MAT takes about 2 years to complete. That includes classes and your internship at the end of the program.
How does the hybrid class structure work?
“Hybrid” means that we meet one week online and one week face-to-face. This cuts down on the amount of seat time needed to complete the program, which our students find to be extremely convenient. When students are in class together, they discuss the material as an open forum and get feedback or help with the content.
How much time do I put in each week?
Classes meet in person from 4:30 to 9:45pm, once every other week. You can expect to spend about 5 additional hours per week on homework.
How often am I actually in a school for observation?
Placement occurs in the Fall and Spring semesters. You can expect to be in the schools at least 8-16 hours per semester, not counting your final internship, which is full-time.
Can I work while I get my master’s?
Yes! Most of our students work full-time while in the MAT program. There are observation hours attached to some of the classes, but no more than 16 hours per semester. Our students work with their employers to plan observation times.
How does internship placement work?
Students find internship placement with the help of our placement coordinator, Nena Houston. Each semester, Nena works with local schools to assign students to a specific teacher. At the beginning of each semester, you’ll be asked about preferences for placement, and Nena will do the best she can to honor those requests.
Where can I get placed?
John Brown University has working relationships with most districts in the area.
How do working people handle the final semester?
Most of our students save up the money to live for that 16 week period, or they find help from family and friends. Some of our students also work nights to help pay for living expenses. It is definitely an all-in experience, but when that is complete, you have an MAT and are ready for licensure!
How do people handle the cost?
Most of our students work full-time and take advantage of financial aid. We also have a few scholarships available such as the Diversity Scholarship and Single Parent Scholarship. You can find more information about financial aid by clicking here.
What if I still have questions?
Fill out an information request form here, and we will get in touch with you shortly! You can also call us at (800) 528-4723.