FAQs

What is the cost of the program?

Tuition is $675 per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year (Fall 2017 – Summer 2018).

The program is 36 credits in total. More details about tuition and fees at Eastern University can be found here.

Financial aid is available, and more information can be found on Eastern’s website.

What sort of scholarship opportunities are there for the program?

Eastern University alumni are eligible for a 20% discount.

All students are able to apply for financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). There may also be a few spaces in the MAT cohort for Eastern University employees and family members receiving tuition remission.

What do I need to do to apply?

All information about the application can be found here.

What certifications are available?

We offer six secondary subject-area certifications through the state of Pennsylvania: Biology, Chemistry, Communications, English, Mathematics, and Social Studies. The Pennsylvania Secondary Certification is for 7th-12th grade teachers.

Does Pennsylvania teacher certification transfer to other states?

Yes! Pennsylvania has reciprocity with 45 other states, excluding Alaska, Indiana, Iowa, and Minnesota.

Do all students who complete the MAT also receive state certification?

Not necessarily. The MAT is designed to fulfill requirements for secondary teacher certifications, but there are a few extra steps in order to receive certification, including passing the Praxis II Exam in the subject area that you’re seeking certification. Depending on your undergraduate background, you may need to take a few additional courses in a subject area to meet certification requirements, but we will work with interested students to find the simplest path to certification.

What is the structure of the program?

This cohort-model program consists of two, five-week residential summer terms in which students enroll in four classes each summer. Due to the compact nature of the program, these summer residencies are quite intensive, with classes meeting almost every day of the week. A typical summer schedule includes classes from 9-11 AM and 1-3 PM Monday through Saturday, with evening sessions several days of the week and two or three all-day field trips.

During the school year, students take one online class in the fall and one online class in the spring. During the final year, students complete a 6-credit student teaching experience which can be done at the the student’s school of employment.

How will student teaching (EDUC610C) be fulfilled by students who are not full-time teachers?

Students who are not full-time teachers will fulfill the EDUC610 requirement through a 12-week full-time teaching internship at an approved classroom with guidance and evaluation.

What are courses in the MAT like?

All the courses will be taught primarily through reading classic texts and through Socratic seminars, providing students with familiarity with the Great Books and discussion-based classrooms. In the first summer, students will take two courses in the History of Education, reading great works regarding education from ancient to modern times (Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Rousseau, Locke, Dewey, etc.) and discussing them. This gives students a chance to take part in a Socratic classroom themselves.

In the Classroom Management course (also taken the first summer), you will read and discuss Great Books with your classmates to develop a classical understanding of classroom management (e.g. the role of habit formation, the relationship of management and virtue), but students will also have the opportunity to work in a classical classroom under the guidance of Templeton faculty through the Summer Scholars Program, a Great Books course that we offer for high school students.

We’ve designed the program understanding that teachers come from a diversity of backgrounds. Some have limited experience with classical education and the Great Books, but have a background in education, while others are unfamiliar with the practicalities of teaching but have a classical background. The program was created to meet the needs of both, which is why almost all of our classes are taught through reading the Great Books and Socratic seminars, with ample mentoring opportunities so that teachers can improve in whatever areas they need.

More information about the curriculum can be found here.

I teach elementary school, am I eligible for the MAT?

Yes. The MAT is designed for 7th-12th grade teachers, but most of the program will be transferable to a younger setting as well. Teachers of all grade levels are welcome to apply, as are those who are not currently teaching.

Do I need to teach at a classical school in order to enroll in the MAT? What if I’m not teaching at all but am interested in doing it one day?

No, you do not need to teach at a classical school to participate, nor do you need to be a teacher. The program is open to both teachers at private and public schools, as well as to non-teachers.

Would I receive credit for classes that I am currently teaching?

Yes and no. You won’t receive credit just because you’re teaching, but your work as a teacher will count as part of the credit for certain classes. For instance, there is a 6-credit student-teaching requirement, for which you can teach your current classes, but you receive the academic credit through being coached by a faculty member while you’re teaching those classes. A list of the required courses and their descriptions can be found here.

If necessary, could I take a semester off?

If you need to take a semester off, it is possible to pick up again and take a class with a different cohort. However, if would be difficult to take only two or three of the four classes during the summer, as they are designed to be taken together.

Is there a residency requirement for the MAT?

The majority of MAT courses take place during a five-week summer residency in St. Davids. These courses are not offered online, and so must be taken on campus. In that sense the residency is required, but it is not required that students stay on campus.

Do I need a bachelor’s degree in a specific field or subject to qualify as a candidate for MAT?

No, you do not need to have specific undergraduate degree. We will accept students with a variety of bachelor’s degrees, however, if you wanted to pursue state certification, there may be additional courses depending on your undergraduate background and desired certification.

Is there advanced standing for Templeton alumni?

No.

Is there advanced standing for someone with an undergraduate degree in education?

This decision will be made on a case-by-case basis, but in most situations, no.

Can graduate students at other institutions transfer into the MAT?

Yes, but most courses from other institutions will not fulfill MAT course requirements. Subject-area courses may fulfill certification requirements.

Is the program only for recent college graduates?

The MAT is not specifically for recent college graduates. Much of the program structure is designed for current teachers, as most of the coursework falls in the summer, but we anticipate having a handful of individuals who are interested in changing careers as well.