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4+1 Program

4+1 Teacher Education Program (Undergraduate Degree + Master of Arts in Teaching)

Belmont’s 4+1 teacher education program is designed for students who wish to pursue an undergraduate degree and major in a discipline outside of education, complete an undergraduate minor in education (18 credit hours), and complete their teacher preparation program at the graduate level through a Master of Arts in Teacher (M.A.T.) program. For example, a student preparing to be a high school chemistry teacher would complete an undergraduate degree with a major in chemistry and a minor in education, then in one additional year, complete the M.A.T. which prepares them for secondary chemistry teacher certification. This route is available to students who desire to pursue teacher certification in early childhood education, elementary education, or secondary education.

In the one-year M.A.T. program, students complete the education courses necessary for teacher certification. Students complete education coursework in the evenings while serving as teaching interns during the day during the fall and spring semesters. As interns, teacher candidates receive a full-year of mentoring and support from their mentor teacher as well as Belmont faculty and clinical teaching supervisors. In addition to the opportunity to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in 5 years, one of the biggest draws of the program is the full-year of classroom mentoring and support before taking on the full responsibility of serving as the teacher of record.