Dickinson State to offer first master’s degree

Dickinson State University announced today approval from the Higher Learning Commission to offer a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT).
The MAT program is designed to prepare highly qualified midcareer professionals and recent graduates of higher education as teachers. The graduate degree program is for individuals without teaching credentials but who have successfully completed a baccalaureate degree in a secondary education field of study and wish to become a teacher in an expeditious fashion.
The program, that will be delivered entirely online, is accepting applications for the spring 2018 semester beginning in January.
“We are delighted to have received approval to offer this important new online graduate degree,” said Dr. Carmen Wilson, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Dickinson State. “It will enable us to better serve the educational needs of Western North Dakota and beyond. Dickinson State University was founded almost 100 years ago as a teacher training institution. This new degree program builds on the tradition of excellence we have established.”
Originally founded in 1918 as a teaching college, Dickinson State has built a reputation of training teachers who are well equipped for the classroom. Offering a Master of Arts in Teaching is a natural extension of the university’s mission.
“Gaining Higher Learning Commission approval for this new degree program is the result of an outstanding collaboration among numerous DSU faculty and staff,” said Wilson. “It is wonderful to see the results of their hard work.”
Upon the completion of this degree program, students will be prepared to enter the classroom to educate students in the region and improve the quality of life for all its inhabitants.
“We believe this program is particularly appealing to those who currently live in rural areas or are employed full time,” said Dr. Thomas Mitzel, president of Dickinson State. “This online program expands access and opens doors for individuals to participate in quality teacher education preparation, delivered where they reside.”
For information about the program and to view admissions requirements, visit www.dickinsonstate. edu/MAT.

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