In today's professional landscape, people are more focused than ever on finding careers that offer flexibility, growth, and the opportunity to do work that ignites their personal and professional passions.
If you’re someone who's looking to find deeper fulfillment in your career, enjoys spending time helping others, and wants to bring about real change, then you may want to consider teaching as a career change.
Right now, there is a huge need for licensed teachers all over the country—which means that school districts everywhere are streamlining the requirements to become a teacher in order to usher in more passionate professionals like you.
Here at Southern Adventist University, our MAT program is designed to bring passion, faith, and a mission-minded focus to the classroom. Our graduates enter an in-demand field with the confidence and experience needed to begin their teaching careers.
First, let’s take a look at what opportunities are available for MAT graduates.
We've all had many teachers in our lives, so we each have some idea of how teachers operate and what their day-to-day looks like. But how exactly do they get there, and how did they learn to do it?
Here are a few examples of what you'll learn in the MAT program to help prepare you for becoming a successful teacher.
This is the process by which teachers and schools ensure that their classroom runs smoothly and without disruptive behavior from their students. You'll learn to maintain appropriate conduct from your students by creating a structured learning environment with clear rules that promote learning.
While distinct from each other, evaluation and assessment often go hand-in-hand. Assessment is feedback from the student to the instructor about what and how they're learning. Evaluation, on the other hand, uses methods and measures to judge student learning and understanding of the material for purposes of grading and reporting. You'll feel confident with both.
It's not just about what the students learn, but how they learn it. Through the MAT program, you'll learn strategies for creating effective lesson plans that are both engaging and informational so your students can learn the information and have fun doing it. You'll also learn how to pull meaningful insights from the classroom and adjust your lesson plans for future use.
Whatever your desired area of specialty is, such as elementary ed, mathematics, science, history, or language arts, you'll have the opportunity to learn different methods for teaching the material. In each discipline, there are many different approaches to which you'll be exposed and you'll have the opportunity to determine which one works the best for you and your students.
The Elementary K-5 Job-Embedded Pathway allows students to gain clinical teaching experience while working toward their licensure. With foundational courses in education and classroom management, MAT students will be prepared to thrive in an elementary school setting.
Salary ranges for teachers vary widely based on your location, level of experience, subject matter, whether you teach in a private or public school, and many other factors. You also have the ability to increase your salary by earning additional certifications and taking on leadership responsibilities within the school.
Within the field of education, you'll have the opportunity to pursue career advancement opportunities outside of the classroom as well.
Many teachers go on to pursue administrative roles such as being principal, superintendent, consultant, and other opportunities in education.
Here's a quick snapshot of the salaries you could earn in the education field:
Career changing is becoming increasingly common. If you've been thinking about teaching as a second career, then you should download our eBook: The Career Changer's Guide to Becoming a Teacher.
Inside this interactive experience, you'll find insights into:
As a faith-based education program, we'll help you prepare to bring Christian values such as acceptance, compassion, humility, and servant leadership into your classrooms.
However, our program is open to all backgrounds and beliefs. We believe that our nurturing, relationship-based learning environment will help create the next generation of compassionate, thoughtful, and dedicated teachers.
We practice what we preach, and we live what we teach. Our team of education professionals is passionate about sharing their love for teaching with others. Southern's Education faculty bring decades of experience to the classroom and through the course of the program, you'll have the opportunity to learn from them, build relationships, and sharpen your skills with their support.
Meet our wonderful team below. Don’t hesitate to reach out to them with questions!
Our flexible MAT program has an online component to help you learn how to become a teacher without putting the rest of your life on hold. And, unlike most programs that offer flexible schedules, we don’t require weekend classes.
More flexible. More affordable. More valuable.