Fast track to teaching

Kenyon students now have special access to an MAT program at Earlham

Kenyon students interested in teaching as a career can now take advantage of a new opportunity. A recently approved arrangement with Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, allows qualified Kenyon graduates to spend a year earning the certification needed to teach in public schools, along with a master of arts degree in teaching (MAT).

Under the agreement, Earlham will give Kenyon students special consideration for admission, including waiving the application fee and guaranteeing an interview for all students with a grade-point average of 3.0 or better.

Earlham's MAT program begins in June and leads to licensure the following May. Then, while teaching in a school, students take one more course designed to help support them as new teachers. Completion of that course leads to the MAT. The program offers licensure in social studies, English/language arts, mathematics, science, and modern foreign languages, all at the middle and high school level.

"Kenyon has always had a high percentage of students interested in teaching," says Stewart Peckham, director of the Career Development Center. The Earlham program is a practical choice for those who wish to teach in public schools, he says, because the students can earn their degree and certification in a relatively short span of time.

Aspiring teachers at the College can also take advantage of the 5-STEP Program, leading to a master of science degree in education at the Bank Street College of Education in New York.