A new program will offer the opportunity for education students at
Hobart and William Smith to continue their graduate studies on campus.
October 2, 2002 Geneva, N.Y. – Hobart and William Smith Colleges recently received word from the New York State Department of Education that the institution’s request to offer a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) has been approved. In the spring of 2003, the first students will be recruited into the program from the current student body, and the program will begin operating the following spring. Only students enrolled at the Colleges can be considered for admission to this program, and admission will be highly competitive.
The MAT program was presented to the HWS faculty in 1998 and passed by a large majority. The Colleges’ Board of Trustees ratified the plan in February, 1999, and application was made to the state at that time.
Students apply for admission to education program at the Colleges late in their first year, through a competitive application procedure. During their sophomore and junior years they complete teacher education seminars and gain field experience in area schools. Now, in January of their junior year these students may apply to continue at HWS for their MAT and permanent teaching certification.
In order to be considered for the program students will need a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above, an outstanding record of performance in the teacher education program, and strong faculty recommendations. Those who are admitted will do research/thesis preparation in the spring of their senior year. Student teaching and two education seminars will make up the first half of the post-graduate year, and four graduate courses in the spring will complete the year’s training.
“It is an exciting time for the Colleges and for the education department in particular,” said Charles Temple, chair of the education department. “We are extremely proud of our program and we are eager to offer this opportunity to our top students. We currently graduate some of the finest teachers working in our schools, and now we will be able to extend their time within our program to provide them with even more training and experience.”
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