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Drury announces a new Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

For Immediate Release: May 25

Dr. Chris Craig
School of Education and Child Development
(417) 873-7271

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 25, 2010 – Starting in the fall of 2010, Drury University’s School of Education and Child Development will provide a pathway into teaching for professionals who don’t have an undergraduate degree in education by offering a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT).

Individuals who complete the program will also earn initial Missouri certification in middle school (grades 5-9) for one of the key fields: science, social studies, mathematics or language arts.

The degree will play an integral role in addressing high need areas in Missouri schools, such as science and mathematics, and provide qualified teachers for rural areas throughout southern Missouri.

The MAT program will build off of the “Troops to Teachers” middle school teacher certification, a partnership with the U.S. Department of Education currently offered through Drury’s St. Robert campus. Courses will offer students a variety of collaborative experiences ranging from seated to online classes.

Students participating in the program will take part in an initial boot camp on the Springfield campus during the month of July and will ultimately benefit from internships, workshops and networking opportunities throughout the two-year degree program.

For admission requirements or more information, contact Kelly Doel with the School of Education and Child Development by phone (417) 873-7369 or email


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