New Master of Arts in Teaching Degree Paves Way For Mid-Career Professionals Who Want to Teach

January 27, 2004

Professionals who want to make a difference in young lives by teaching now have the opportunity to pursue their dreams.The University of Great Falls in Montana has joined forces with Nebraska’s Bellevue University to form the Teach for A Change Teaching Consortium, offering a Master of Arts in Teaching degree online.

The Master of Arts in Teaching program was designed specifically for mid-career professionals who want to become teachers. The program provides professionals with the tools they need to be successful in the classroom by recognizing and complementing the knowledge and expertise they have earned in their professional lives.

Adults in career transition and in remote rural areas will appreciate the online delivery of this degree program, because they can study when and where it is convenient for them. They can also work at their current jobs while preparing for their new careers as teachers. In order to assist its students throughout the program and in locating internships that are geographically convenient, the Master of Arts in Teaching program provides a qualified mentor to navigate the requirements for certification wherever the graduate wants to teach.

“This is an ideal fit for those who have had longtime dreams of becoming teachers but who have been stymied in their attempts to conveniently complete the steps,” says Sr. Mary Kaye Nealen, Ph.D., provost of the University of Great Falls. “The need for qualified, dedicated teachers nationwide grows greater each year, and the Master of Arts in Teaching program will help to supply a teaching force that is vital and committed.”

“We are proud to bring Bellevue University’s proven Cyber-Active® Learning model to the Teach for A Change Teaching Consortium,” comments Bellevue University Provost Mary Hawkins, Ph.D. “We look forward to a lengthy and meaningful partnership in filling the imminent need for teachers in the mountain northwest, and, very soon, throughout the nation” she adds.

Successful applicants to the Master of Arts in Teaching program must have a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree from an accredited college or university. They must also have a major or minor, with a maintained average of “B” or better, in a subject taught at the secondary level, such as math, science, or English.

Individuals desiring further information on the Teach for a Change Teaching Consortium and the Master of Arts in Teaching degree are invited to call 800-381-5085 toll-free, or access

The University of Great Falls is a private, Catholic, four-year university sponsored by the Sisters of Providence and is open to qualified men and women of every race and creed. Fully accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, the University was founded as the College of Great Falls in 1932 by the Bishop of the Diocese, the Sisters of Providence and the Ursuline Nuns. CGF was elevated to university status in 1995. In addition to its campus offerings in Great Falls, Montana, UGF serves 31 sites elsewhere in the state, and in Southern Alberta and Wyoming through its Telecom Distance Learning Program.

Bellevue University, founded in 1966, is one of the largest private, non-profit online universities, and one of the first to develop a truly interactive, online learning program. Bellevue University’s Cyber-Active® Learning model, which combines tested learning strategies, state-of-the-art software, and excellent service to students, is the standard by which many colleges judge online learning. Bellevue University also offers classroom programs at its main campus in Bellevue, Nebraska, and nine satellite locations throughout the heartland.

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, Bellevue University is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Bellevue University admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.

Mary Hawkins,
Bellevue University,