R.I. Department of Education approves Bryant MAT program

SMITHFIELD, R.I. -- The Office of Educator Quality and Certification of the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (RIDE) approved the Bryant University Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) secondary education certification last week, according to Donald Holder, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and coordinator of the MAT program. The approval allows MAT students to apply for RIDE secondary education (grades 7-12) subject area certification in English, social studies, biology, general science, mathematics, business education, Chinese, Spanish and French after completing the program.

The Bryant MAT and secondary education certificate program is a 30-credit-hour graduate program with candidates taking 21 credit hours in education and 9 credit hours in their subject area. Included in the graduate education course are 60 hours of field experience in area public schools and a 12-week student teaching practicum.

The introductory MAT class, "Education 601: Foundations in Education," is offered this semester on Wednesdays from 5 to 7:40 p.m. on campus. According to Holder, there are still openings in Education 601 until Sept. 19 for interested candidates who meet the MAT admission requirements.