Colgate University and the Little MAT Program that Could
Colgate University is a liberal arts school in Hamilton, New York that is mostly geared towards undergraduates, but it does offer a graduate degree: The Master of Arts in Teaching degree. If you’re looking for a private and personal experience then this could be it for you.
- According to the U.S. News & World Report, there were four graduates from the MAT program in 2011.
- The program offers MAT degrees in English, mathematics, social studies, and natural science.
- Annual tuition for the program comes to $39,275.
- The average national salary for 1st year teachers with a master’s degree is $56,069.
- Almost all graduates find work upon graduation.
- Graduates either go straight into teaching positions or continue for further education.
- To enroll in the program, you have to be a liberal arts graduate, have a consistently strong GPA and GRE score, and have completed two semesters of a foreign language.
As Intimate as Intimate Gets
Sufferers of demophobia, rejoice! At Colgate University, you’re in one of the most tightly knit programs in the country. As listed above, in 2011 there was a total of four students who graduated, and that’s not because the program is impossibly difficult. This graduate program enrolls less than a handful of students each year, and the curriculum guides them towards secondary school teaching certification by integrating interdepartmental cooperation and classroom observations into lessons. There are also special circumstances where you can get an MA degree in your specialty, as well.
Life Outside of the Classroom
When you get tired of the campus, which is a ridiculous notion in the first place considering how beautiful it is, you’ll find plenty of distractions to refresh you in the surrounding town of Hamilton. Donovan’s Pub is a rustic bar with great food and classic drinks, as well as comedy night. Not only do local performers get a chance to strut their stuff, but famous comedians like Josh Sneed have been known to stop by. If you’ve got an angling affliction, you’ll be glad to know Woodman Pond and Lake Moraine are both just a short car ride-or a sorta long walk-away from campus. Likewise, you’ve also got access to a couple of museums, like the Dockyard Ship Model Gallery and the Evergreen Gallery. But we understand if you get a hunger for the large campus experience from time-to-time, considering Colgate University is a smaller school, but you’re in luck because Syracuse University is located just a few miles northwest, and there you can soak up all the big schoolness you need.
A Cool Campus
Saying Colgate Unviersity has a beautiful campus is an understatement. It’s like stumbling into Narnia, complete with a large pond, old, but air conditioned, stone buildings, and forest for as far as the eye can see. And unlike most other places, it looks even nicer in the winter. But the cold doesn’t stick around for too long, and the Spring and Summer months bring with them a welcome warmth that rarely gets uncomfortable hot. Either way, you’ve still got that pond to help you cool off, as well as the aforementioned old, air conditioned buildings. There is also no shortage of activities on campus, from club sports to the Trudy Fitness Center, environmentally sustainable dining halls to the Picker Art Gallery. Honestly, if you ever find yourself bored here, it’s probably your own fault.
Applying to Schools as a Teacher
Colgate University, aside from having general career placement and planning services for all students, has a special place in its heart for the MAT program participants. The educational department keeps in touch with schools both near and far, keeping its ear to the ground searching for the perfect post for each of its students, and considering that there’s very few of you that means you each get a lot of personal attention. And how about this, in a recent report done on the school it was stated that “employment prospects for students who complete the Master of Arts in Teaching Program continue to be strong.” Not only are they strong now, but they’ve always been strong, meaning the school is not only good at finding jobs for graduates, but it’s always been good at finding jobs for graduates. That sounds fairly promising to us.
While it doesn’t have over a thousand students in the program, there’s something to be said about how intimacy and community affect the learning experience, and Colgate University says it loud and clear. Are you listening?