Shephard Appointed Bethany College Director of Master of Arts in Teaching Program

 BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Darin E. Fields announces that Edward Shephard, assistant professor of education, has been appointed the new director of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program.

“I am delighted that Dr. Shephard has assumed leadership of the MAT program,” Fields said. “His experience at East Tennessee State with Cohort programs and alternative delivery will be an important benefit to our students in the program.”

Shephard came to Bethany from East Tennessee State University, where he also served as assistant professor. He received his Doctor of Education in curriculum and instruction from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) in 2007. He earned his B.A. in history from California University of Pennsylvania in 1993 and a master’s in history from IUP in social science secondary education.

Bethany’s MAT program is endorsed by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and builds upon the College’s existing high-impact education curriculum. It is a progressive program created to serve individuals who have earned their baccalaureate degree in education and teaching certification and wish to further their professional development through graduate work in pedagogy.

In addition, the MAT program provides a pathway into teaching for those who hold a baccalaureate degree outside of education, allowing them to pursue graduate-level studies while completing the requirements for initial teacher certifications in elementary (grades K-6) or middle school education (grades 5-9). 

Bethany’s MAT program provides an option for Bethany undergraduates entering their senior year to seek provisional admission to the program and begin coursework. This plan enables students to graduate in five years with a baccalaureate degree, initial licensure and an MAT degree.

The MAT program is designed to be a part-time program lasting approximately two years. Graduate classes are held on evenings and weekends during regular semesters, along with January and summer term coursework. The program culminates with a full-time, semester-long internship in a public school.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.