What is the advantage of an M.A.T. over Teach for America or lateral entry programs?

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What is the advantage of an M.A.T. over Teach for America or lateral entry programs?

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The M.A.T. includes extensive hands-on practice and prepares candidates for work with students before they enter the classroom. Students who obtain an M.A.T. degree are not teaching and taking licensure coursework simultaneously. Therefore, they can focus completely on developing their expertise as a teacher and on students’ learning. Additionally, M.A.T. graduates begin their career with licensure at the master’s level, which elevates their salary from the outset.