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Teaching is challenging, rewarding and critically important work. Today’s classrooms need effective teachers who are responsive to the needs of increasingly diverse learners. Sweet Briar’s education program combines rigorous and engaging coursework, individualized mentoring by faculty and extensive field experiences to ensure our graduates are dynamic professionals who make a positive impact on the students they teach.

From the first course in Sweet Briar’s education program, students spend time in K-12 classrooms, think deeply about what it means to teach effectively, and begin developing the skills and dispositions of a successful teacher. Sweet Briar’s classrooms are technology-centered to empower our students to critically assess new technologies and the learning opportunities that come with them. Students also learn what it means to be a teacher-leader and leave with the confidence and skills to assume leadership roles in their profession.

Our faculty members are experienced teachers who are active in the world of educational research, hold leadership roles in regional and national education associations, and work closely with area school divisions. Since 1998, grants totaling more than $700,000 have been awarded to Sweet Briar and its partners — Randolph College, Lynchburg College, and six local school divisions. These grant monies allow Sweet Briar to offer innovative partnership experiences that link coursework with mentor teachers, clinical faculty and K-12 students. These partnerships help ensure that graduates of Sweet Briar’s M.A.T. are designers of engaging, enabling and differentiated curricula and instruction as soon as they enter their own classrooms.

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

Teaching - M.A.T. Program
The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) is a five year program for Sweet Briar undergraduates who are pursuing one of three licensure options.

Men and women with bachelor degrees from other institutions may also apply for a full-time M.A.T. program that prepares candidates for licensure in one calendar (June-May) year.

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Master of Education (M.Ed.)

M.Ed. Program
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) program is designed for men and women who are college graduates with a teaching license and a minimum of three years of teaching experience seeking professional advancement. It is a flexible and personalized part-time or full-time program designed around each candidate’s teaching responsibilities.

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