Why Teaching? Why Belmont?
Many communities across the nation are facing a major educational challenge of a growing shortage of qualified teachers. The latest estimates for the Federal Department of Education suggest that America needs as many as 2.5 million new teachers over the next five years. Because of this, jobs for people with a background in teaching are expected to rise significantly in the coming years.
In addition, teaching is a profession that people with a passion for learning and a desire to share their knowledge and energy with others, find very fulfilling. A career in teaching can offer meaningful, important work.
Why Study Teaching at Belmont?
The programs at Belmont University's School of Education have been developed to carefully guide and support a community of teachers and learners. These flow from a framework that emphasizes collaboration between all components of the educational community and the need for teachers to continually build their intellectual understanding and teaching skills. Belmont teacher education programs were created to develop prospective teachers for kindergarten, elementary, middle and secondary schools.
Each program is based on three fundamental components. All candidates complete a fifteen-hour professional core, made up of courses in Foundations, Educational Psychology, Child Development and Special Education that include at least 75 hours of practicum. Candidates then move into their methods courses that are school-based, and, in the case of Early Childhood and Middle School licensure, require an entire semester in schools. Methods are followed by student teaching that covers an entire semester.
For more information on teaching as a career visit the link below.
From our Students:
"I selected the MAT program at Belmont University because I wanted a rigorous curriculum, many opportunities to interact with students, and the opportunity to work with the wonderful practitioners that make up the faculty. I was not disappointed…it truly made a difference in my life and in the lives of my students now and in the future."
-Lauren Binkley (MAT '10) , Glencliff Elementary School
"Belmont's Master of Arts in Teaching program goes beyond the mechanics of teaching, combining a challenging curriculum with real classroom experience and lessons that no textbook can teach. In particular, I believe the program's focus on the development and psychology of students will make me a compassionate, astute, and more effective educator."
- Patrick Salcedo, MAT student
"I feel so well-prepared for my job! I understand the new trends in education, and I am so grateful that I had a mentor to guide me through my first year of teaching. Belmont has provided me with a great understanding of how teaching works."
- Robyn Bradley, intern graduate and math teacher at Gallatin High School