School of Education Marks 50 Years of Shaping Educators

| November 11, 2014
Master of Arts in Teaching

The first graduate program in Webster’s history, the Master of Arts in Teaching was launched 50 years ago.

Throughout Webster University’s 100-year history, the school has responded to the needs of the St. Louis community in a variety of ways, such as offering scholarships, providing volunteers to local charities, and turning to the community for new program ideas.

The Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics is one such example; the program began 50 years ago at the request of local leaders.

In 1963, superintendents from the Ladue, Parkway and Clayton school districts asked Webster College’s vice president at the time (who later became president), Sister Jacqueline Grennan, to offer graduate programs in mathematics and science for elementary school teachers.

The superintendents said their teachers already had strong pedagogical skills, but lacked an adequate understanding of the mathematics and science content they taught. With the aid of a 1964 grant from the Ford Foundation, MAT programs in science and math were launched. The science program has been discontinued, but the math program is still part of Webster’s graduate offerings.

Andrea Rothbart has taught in the graduate math program for 44 years.

“Initially, the MAT programs were offered primarily during the summer.  Hundreds of teachers from around the country would come to Webster College to study math or science,” Rothbart said. “During a six week summer session, faculty and students interacted all day, Monday through Friday, through a variety of experiences…”

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Event: Celebrating 50 Years of Graduate Education

In association with the Webster University Centennial, the School of Education faculty and staff invite you to a celebration of 50 years of graduate education programs at Webster University.

The event will be Wednesday, Nov. 12, with a reception from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Webster Groves Room of Webster Hall. Following the reception, the celebration and presentation Beacons of Change: 50 Years of Educational Transformation will take place in the Winifred Moore Auditorium from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Webster alumni, students and faculty are encouraged to come and share their Webster experiences, through the decades. Centennial door prizes will be awarded for attendees!.

Register for the event here.

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