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Monroe College to Offer Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Programs

July 25, 2018

Monroe College, a national leader in educating urban and international students, today announced that it will offer Master’s-level programs in Childhood Urban Education and Early Childhood Urban Education starting in the Winter 2019 semester (January). The two programs will allow graduate students to earn dual certification in general education and special education.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs are being offered in response to the need for qualified, classroom-ready teachers, especially in New York’s economically disadvantaged, and racially and ethnically diverse schools and regional districts. The special education concentration is particularly needed in New York City, as the Department of Education has identified it as a “high needs” credential for teachers. The Higher Education Consortium for Special Education (HECSE) has more broadly documented the nationwide need for special education teachers.

Dr. Anne Lillis, Dean of the School of Education at Monroe College, said: “Our new MAT programs will enable aspiring and current teachers to complete the advanced learning and earn credentials that will help them succeed with young learners in today’s diverse classrooms. The programs’ combination of clinically rich special education and the study of urban needs aligns with current research and classroom needs. That will benefit students as they pursue sustainable careers.”

“I look forward to welcoming the first cohort of students to these programs in our Winter 2019 semester staring January 4th,” she added.

Monroe’s new Childhood Urban Education and Early Childhood Urban Education graduate degree programs are designed to develop high-performing, skilled, and passionate educator-practitioners who advocate for their students, particularly those with disabilities. MAT candidates will become well-versed in all aspects of the development of typical and delayed young children, including the myriad challenges and heightened risk factors facing urban families and schools. Monroe’s MAT programs will train teachers to also master non-instructional documentation, including developing and managing IEPs, to be well-equipped to provide effective instruction and intervention for all learners.

Monroe’s School of Education also offers a Bachelor’s (B.S) degree program in Early Childhood Education, as well as a Bilingual Education Certificate Extension program for NY State-certified Early Childhood teachers. Admissions and financial aid information is also available.

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