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Starting in June 2009, college graduates seeking to change careers and become teachers can earn a master’s degree and state certification at WestConn to teach biology, math or Spanish in secondary schools.

The M.A.T. is for candidates already holding a bachelor’s degree who have decided they would like to become teachers. The 42-credit M.A.T. program, which is completed in 15 months, will produce teachers for grades 6-12 in education areas where teachers are in short supply. The university also is seeking approval from the state for an M.A.T. program for primary school teachers.

“The Graduate Studies and Certification offices have had a high level of demand for a M.A.T. program at WestConn,” said Dean of Graduate Studies and External Programs Dr. Ellen Durnin. “Last spring, we received 275 phone inquiries about a program that incorporates a master’s degree with teacher certification. When we hosted our first graduate open house in April, we received more requests for information about the proposed M.A.T. program than for any existing graduate programs.”