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Muskingum College responds to national teacher shortage with Master of Arts in Teaching program

Muskingum College has announced the introduction of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree to its graduate studies program.

The MAT degree specifically addresses the current national teacher shortage by offering graduate level courses to individuals who wish to enter the teaching field but have never held teaching certification or licensure.

The new degree program differs significantly from Muskingum's current graduate offering, the Master of Arts in Education (MAE). The MAE provides graduate coursework leading to advanced licensure or professional development.

In announcing the MAT, Muskingum's Dean of Graduate and Continuing Studies Dr. Ruthann Fagan said, "The creation of this new master's degree program at Muskingum College addresses a critical need for highly qualified teachers in Ohio and across the country and it enhances Muskingum's unyielding commitment to preparing its students to make vital contributions in the communities they serve."

Dr. Fagan added, "Estimates indicate a national shortage of 500,000 to 2.2 million teachers over the next decade. This shortage is greatest in the inner cities and rural areas, such as the Appalachian counties traditionally served by Muskingum. In addition, data indicates that 25 percent of Muskingum Valley teachers could retire in the next three to five years. The MAT degree, coupled with our existing MAE degree, makes great strides toward solving these critical problems."

For further information on Muskingum's graduate programs, contact the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies at 740-826-8038.