FAQ

Q) Which online master's degree programs does Marygrove offer?

A) Marygrove College offers four online Master in the Art of Teaching programs with a focus on:

  • Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment, K-12
  • Elementary Reading & Literacy, K-6
  • Elementary Mathematics, K-5
  • Middle Level Mathematics, 6-8

Q) Are there deadlines?

A) Yes. Students can complete their coursework when and where they wish, but must complete course assignments by deadlines in the term. Courses are paced so that each week students will complete assignments that include discussion questions and a practical application assignment.

Q) Are there materials fees?

A) Yes. The materials fee for each course is $75.* Course text(s), journal articles and any other materials you need to complete the course will be sent to your home or school address.

Q) Can I transfer courses into the MAT degree program?

A) Yes. Most courses that are eligible for transfer are courses that are offered through Marygrove College. You may be eligible to transfer up to two (2) Marygrove individual graduate courses (or 6 credits) into the online Master in the Art of Teaching (MAT) program. 

Because the program is offered in a lock-step format without electives, the potential to transfer courses from another institution is highly unlikely. You may request transfer credit for a course from another institution as part of the application process. To be considered, courses would need to have been taken within six (6) years of your projected graduation date. And all requests for transfer must include: 1) an official transcript; and 2) course description and syllabus from the credit-granting college or university. Requests must be made in writing at time of application.

Q) Do I need to take the GRE or GMAT to apply?

A) No.

Q) Do you have any assistance to help me better afford the program?

A) Marygrove College is now offering a great and hassle-free way for you to plan and pay for your education. Tuition Management Systems (TMS) is an interest-free payment plan where you can make monthly payments each semester.

  • TMS is a monthly payment plan that lasts for up to (12) months or (3) semesters each year.
  • It is optimal to enroll for the first (3) semesters and re-enroll for the final (2) semesters of the program.
  • There is a nonrefundable fee to enroll. Amount of fee varies based on the plan you choose.
  • You pay the same amount each month, except for your first payment which must include the enrollment fee.
  • All payments are due by the 15th of every month.
  • Late payments are subject to a $30 late fee.
  • To sign-up for the plan, go to www.afford.com.

Q) Does the program require that I write a thesis?

A) No. As an alternative to a thesis, teachers complete a Capstone Project which documents their growth throughout the program. The Capstone Project includes entries such as: a video and analysis of the student's teaching, an action research project, and a final compilation of assignments from the courses; samples of your students' work completed in your classroom; and reflection/journal entries. The Capstone Project is submitted for review in the final term of the program.

Q) How do I buy textbooks?

Consistent with graduate coursework, you will be required to complete textbook readings as part of your course assignments. As part of new regulations in the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act, as of July 1, 2010, colleges and universities are required to publish the ISBN numbers and retail prices for required textbooks and related course materials. The International Standard Book Numbers (ISBN) and retail price information of all required or recommended textbooks and supplemental materials may be found on the Marygrove Campus Bookstore website.

Q) How long does each course take to complete?

A) Each course is 7 weeks long. Students will take 2 courses per semester, completing one course at a time. Courses are completed in sequence, so before a student starts work on the next course, he/she must complete the previous course in the sequence.

Q) How long does the program take to complete?

A) Each program takes 5 semesters; less than two years to complete.

Q) How many courses and credits are in the programs?

A) There are 10 courses in each of the programs. Each course is 3 credits. Therefore each program is 30 credits.

Q) How much does the program cost?

A) For all cost inquires please call toll-free

855-MATMARYGROVE or email mat@marygrove.edu.

Q) Is Marygrove College accredited?

A) Marygrove College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC-NCA) and is approved by the Michigan State Department of Education. Higher Learning Commission is located at 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602. Phone: 312-263-0456, Fax: 312-263-7462,www.ncahlc.org

Q) Is there a group discount?

A) Yes. If you apply with at least 4 other students, you can receive a 5 percent discount. For more information, call 855-MATMARYGROVE or email: mat@marygrove.edu

Q) Is there an application fee?

A) No.

Q) What hardware/software do I need to complete the program?

A) All you need is a computer and Internet access. The delivery platform is designed for educators with any level of technology experience and expertise.

Q) How do the MAT degree programs work?

A) Courses are delivered online with multimedia coursework that includes a wide variety of teaching resources, media and activities. Each course includes videos of best classroom practice, available on your desktop, showing effective strategies in action. You’ll also see expert commentary focusing on both the theory and practice of real teachers in real classrooms, student work samples illustrating the effectiveness of strategies and practical activities to implement in your own classroom right away.

Course assignments require that you collaborate with other teachers. You will complete the program in an online discussion format. All course assignments are submitted online.

You will be assigned to an online group of 12-15 teachers. You will complete the collaboration assignments via online discussion boards that you can access at your convenience throughout each week. You will have deadlines during the week to post and respond to the online discussion board. The online format provides the opportunity to interact with educators from across the country and a variety of grade levels.

Q) What do I need to apply to the MAT degree program?

A) You must complete the application form and submit a copy of your current teaching certificate. You must also request transcripts from any universities or colleges you attended. Applicants may provide a student copy of transcripts to start the application process.

NOTE: If your cumulative GPA is below 3.0, you must submit two (2) letters of recommendation on school letterhead, signed by administrators.

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