Ten months of dedicated, full-time learning allows candidates to complete the MAT in time for Spring and Summer employment opportunities and job interviews. The program itself instills a sense of reflective practice and an in-depth knowledge of current educational practice so that graduates are prepared for their interviews. As one person explained in a thank you note to faculty, “[After my interview while] I was driving home I realized how prepared I was for this. I just want to thank you both so much for that. There wasn’t a question that I didn’t feel ready for. It helped so much to be interviewing fresh out of school, having just shared my philosophy, action research etc. during our exit interviews.”
While a few begin with part-time or temporary placements, the MAT program goal is to help all graduates reach full time employment within one year upon graduation. We have achieved this goal in four out of five years of our program. The employment rate directly after graduation ranges from 82% to 100%, depending upon the year. All those seeking jobs outside of Maine have secured teaching positions immediately. Last year, five graduates took out-of-state positions including two in New York and one each in Virginia, California, and Oregon.