OU’s Masters of Arts In Teaching Program To Host Open House

It’s that time of the year again, and Oglethorpe’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is opening its doors on Thursday, May 19 to budding education professionals looking to earn a degree in Early Childhood Education (Pre-K to 5th grades). The open house starts at 5:00 p.m. in the Earl Dolive Theater, on the second floor of Weltner Library. 

Dr. Beth Roberts, Chair of the Division of Education at Oglethorpe and the Vera A. Milner Professor of Education, will be on hand, along with admission counselors and financial aid staff, to discuss the program. 

Oglethorpe’s only graduate degree, the Masters of Arts in Teaching program offers an initial Georgia teaching certification in addition to the degree.  Classes are offered during a convenenient evening schedule.

This year, MAT boasted its largest graduating class ever, with 40 graduate students earning their master’s at the 2011 commencement ceremony.  Many Oglethorpe MAT graduates have gone on to successful careers as Pre-K to 5th grade teachers, including City Schools of Decatur’s Teacher of the Year Wanda Nesbitt, who graduated from the program in 2009.

The deadline to apply to Oglethorpe’s MAT program is July 1. Learn more online.

Two Oglethorpe Alumni Named Teachers of the Year

OU alumni Wanda Nesbitt ’09 and Kevin Travis ’02 were named by their school districts as Teachers of the Year for the 2010-2011 school year.

Wanda Nesbitt is City Schools of Decatur's system-wide Teacher of the Year. Photo: oakhurst.csdecatur.net

Wanda Nesbitt, a kindergarten teacher at Oakhurst Elementary School in Decatur, Georgia, earned her Masters of Arts in Teaching at Oglethorpe after receiving her undergrad degree through OU’s Evening Degree Program. Prior to  winning the district-wide honor, she had been named Teacher of the Year at her school as well—a fitting accomplishment for someone who is “a fantastic born teacher,” according to Beth Roberts, Oglethorpe’s Division of Education Chairperson.

Dunwoody High School's Kevin Travis is DeKalb County High School Teacher of the Year. Photo: www.dekalb.k12.ga.us

Over on the north side of town, Kevin Travis was awarded the DeKalb County School System’s High School Teacher of the Year award.  He teaches social studies at Dunwoody High School and also serves as the advisor for the school debate team. In a recent interview with Reporternewspapers.net, Travis is quoted as saying,

“I think on most days, I have more fun than most people do at their jobs…I love what I do.”

Congratulations, Wanda and Kevin!