Teacher Preparation - Office of Teacher Preparation - Christopher Newport University
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Office of Teacher Preparation


Changing a life forever is the daily work of a teacher.

With our five-year plan, you can earn your bachelor’s degree, then in the final year, complete graduate-level professional courses and a 14-week teaching internship leading to the master of arts in teaching (MAT). If you already have a bachelor's degree, you can also complete the MAT in one-and-a-half to two years.

What you’ll learn

  • How to plan, deliver and assess instruction to meet state and district objectives.
  • How to build a nurturing learning environment.
  • How to be a professional through your interaction with students, their families and other educators.

We'll be there with you.
Advisers work closely with you from your first day on campus to map your education studies.

Our partnership with award-winning Newport News Public Schools opens the doors to valuable experiences close to campus. You can tutor in Newport News schools while enrolled in the MAT program and even get paid for substitute teaching. We make overseas teaching experiences possible in Belize and Ireland.

The MAT program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and 48 additional states accept the Virginia teaching license.

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