What is the cost of the program?
Tuition is $707 per credit hour for the 2018-2019 academic year (Fall 2018 – Summer 2019).
The program is 30 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?
The MAT does not currently offer teaching certification, although we hope to provide that in the future. If it does become available it will require extra course work on top of the current requirements.
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 9-12 AM and 1-4 PM Monday through Friday.
During the school year, students take one online class in the fall and one online class in the spring.
What are courses in the MAT like?
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.
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. Students can adjust the pace and sequence of the program as needed.
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.
Is there advanced standing for Templeton alumni?
No, but there is a 30% discount off standard tuition rates.
Can I begin the MAT before I have graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree?
Yes, rising seniors in undergrad can begin the summer before their senior year.
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. The MAT is for aspiring teachers, new teachers, and teachers with years under their belt, who all share a desire to become betters teachers in the classroom and leaders in their schools.