Drawing students toward the True, the Good, and the Beautiful through education is our passion at the Templeton Honors College. Deepening our commitment to this vision, we are thrilled to announce the summer 2018 launch of a new graduate degree program, the Master of Arts in Teaching with a Concentration in Classical Education, designed specifically for secondary educators.
Faculty of the Templeton Honors College are drawn from a variety of disciplines–from astronomy and philosophy to sociology and music, among many others. A quick glance at this group might leave one wondering what they have in common, but what unites them is far deeper than differences in expertise and personality. First, they share a love of Christ and desire to serve Him. Second, and flowing out of the first, is a love of both learning and teaching. Given our faculty’s infectious zeal for education, it is no surprise that many of our undergraduate students become teachers at the K-12 or collegiate level, often citing their Great Books education at Templeton as the reason they fell in love with learning and chose to pursue teaching as a vocation.
In the Templeton Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), students will explore important topics in education through a liberal arts curriculum and seminar-style discussions, meet with experienced educators for ancillary presentations, and benefit from one-on-one mentoring with teachers and faculty members in their discipline.
Designed specifically for classical educators, the MAT employs a liberal arts approach in both its methodology and philosophy. The program relies on primary texts and classic works to guide our conversations of human nature, teaching, and learning, based on the fundamental premise that the primary purpose of education is formation of the soul. Students will discuss and reflect on important philosophical questions in education—What are people for? Does assessment motivate learning? How do disabilities influence our understanding of what it means to be human?— and will receive practical training in classical pedagogy.
The degree program is structured to take place over two years, with the majority of coursework focused in the summers in order to accommodate the schedules of working teachers. Students enroll in a five-week session their first summer, followed by one course in both the fall and the spring, a second five-week summer session, one more fall course and an Independent Guided Study taking the place of a Master’s thesis. Working teachers can complete this at their school of employment. More details about the course load, including course descriptions, can be found online here.