Application Deadline Approaches for January Start of Education Program that Prepares Students for Teaching Career in Oregon

Newberg, Ore. (PRWEB) November 30, 2011

An information session about George Fox University?s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is scheduled as the application deadline approaches for the January start of the university?s Full-Time MAT Plus program.

The application deadline for MAT Plus ? a four-semester format that offers two additional endorsements to the MAT degree ? is Thursday, Dec. 15.

An information meeting on the masters in teaching degree in Portland will be held at the university?s Portland Center near Tigard at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The Portland Center is located at 12753 S.W. 68th Ave., in Portland.

George Fox?s Master of Arts in Teaching program offers initial licensure at all four levels of authorization ? early childhood, elementary, middle school and secondary. MAT candidates earn two authorizations at adjacent levels and choose between early childhood/elementary, elementary/middle school or high school/middle level.

In the Portland area, both full-time and part-time MAT programs are offered, with full-time classes meeting on the university?s Newberg, Ore., campus and part-time cohorts meeting at the school?s Portland Center and Salem site.

The MAT Plus ESOL degree combines the core MAT initial license degree (36 credit hours) with 11 semester credits of instruction in English for Speakers for Other Languages (ESOL), leading to the ESOL Specialist endorsement. The MAT Plus Reading Specialist degree, which combines the core MAT degree with 11 semester credits of instruction in reading, leads to the Reading Specialist endorsement.

Candidates entering the MAT program are expected to have developed breadth and depth of content knowledge by completing an appropriate bachelor?s degree, providing the foundation for professional education courses and field experiences in schools.

For details on cost, the admissions process or program information, visit or contact Beth Molzahn, MAT admissions counselor, at 800-631-0921, ext. 2264.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes and Kiplinger?s among the top Christian colleges in the country and is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first tier regional university and a ?Best Value? school. More than 3,500 students attend classes on the university?s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor?s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 11 master?s and doctoral degrees.


Beth Molzahn

Admissions, Master of Arts in Teaching

800-631-0921, ext. 2264

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Teaching Hatha Yoga: Religion and Western Culture

When you teach Hatha Yoga, you are asked many questions. Although public awareness of Yoga, and its teachings, has increased, many people are just discovering some of the benefits within the many styles of Yoga. Therefore, you have to be prepared for the unexpected questions that arise about the mysteries of Yoga.

Once in a while, the question of religion does come up. Many times, Yoga teachers are asked if they are a Hindu, Sikh, or Buddhist. To the public’s amazement, many Yoga teachers come from all of the major religions in the world. There is no single religion that all Yoga teachers participate in.

How can this be? Some Gurus preach that Yoga should be founded within a particular religion. Some Yoga teachers read the Rig Veda, Bhagavad Gita, and speak Sanskrit words, so they must be covertly teaching Hinduism, or some other religion, right? Wrong – some Yoga teachers do teach religion in their classes, and some do not.

If your Yoga teacher has the Vedas, Torah, New Testament, Holy Quran, and the Gnostic Gospels, in his or her library, what does that mean? It means that your Yoga teacher likes to read, study, and does not have a closed mind. That is all it means, unless your Yoga teacher preaches religion as part of his or her practice.

If a Yoga teacher does preach religion within Yoga classes, this should be easy enough to see and hear. In Yoga studios that reside in the Americas and Europe, this may not be what most Hatha Yoga students are seeking. Each student has the right to leave, but the public should be made aware that a Yoga studio is conducting religious classes.

Many of these potential Yoga students are not seeking religious conversion, religious instruction, and live in a culture with a strict separation of religion from government. This means that religion in the West is often compartmentalized.

For example: If a concerned doctor recommends Yoga to a patient with back problems – the patient is not being referred to a Yoga studio for religious instruction.

Therefore, if you teach a form of religious Yoga in the West, be honest about it. Most students, from western cultures, are in Hatha Yoga classes for the physical and mental aspects.

If you want to teach Yoga as spiritual health, get the proper training first, and give the public “fair warning.” Teaching good virtues is one thing, but teaching religion to your Yoga students is quite another. This is the “line in the sand” that some Yoga teachers should never forget.

The answers to spiritual enlightenment are within all religions, but it is up to Yoga students to pursue their own religion and find the answers to their spiritual health. There is no single “man made path” to spiritual health, enlightenment, or union. This is a myth that, as a species, we never seem to learn.

Throughout our history, Holy wars are always justified by both sides. Of course, the other side is always less human, less understanding, evil, and ignorant of the true path. “The world would be a better pace without the unbelievers;” is always a good battle cry.

Religion is too volatile a subject to discuss within a multi-cultural Hatha Yoga class. Therefore, if you are going to mix any religion with Yoga practice, it should be taught within a sectarian atmosphere.

© Copyright 2006 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

Paul Jerard is director of Yoga teacher training at Aura in RI. He’s a master instructor of martial arts and Yoga. He teaches that along with fitness. He wrote: Is Running a Yoga Business Right for You? For Yoga students who want to be a teacher.

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