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Alternative Teacher Certification Program Accepting Applications

If you've ever wanted to become a teacher, Missouri State University is accepting applications for a program designed to help people interested in switching careers and becoming a teacher. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Some education advocates have long bemoaned the difficulties that non-teaching professionals encounter when they decide to become teachers.

David Hough is the Dean of the College of Education at Missouri State University.

The Master of Arts in Teaching or MAT program at Missouri State is designed for individuals who already have a bachelor's degree but not the specific teacher training required by state law.

Hough says the goal of the program is to make the transition to the classroom faster and easier for individuals interested in teaching.

But that's not the end of the learning process for the new teacher.

Hough says the program continues for another two years and culminates in the awarding of a Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

He says the idea is to help new teachers learn how to be good teachers, good classroom managers on the job...the eight-week summer program gives them just enough training to get started.

Hough says the program has grown since its inception.

Hough says the program is popular with school districts too.

But he says it took some time for district administrators to warm up to the program.

Information on the Master of Arts in Teaching program is available by calling 417-836-5254.