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COE METL program
Effective Teaching & Leadership Program

METL Program FAQs

Do I need to have a teaching background?

While the METL program is designed for classroom teachers, it is not limited to those who are currently teaching or to those who hold a teaching license. There are some candidates in METL who work in education-related fields.

How many graduate non-degree credits can I bring into the program?

After receiving approval through the METL program, only your first 9-12 credit hours of coursework as a graduate non-degree student may count toward a Butler degree in METL.

If I enter as a non-degree student, what do I have to do to become a degree seeking student?

To become a degree-seeking student you will need to apply to the program as a graduate degree-seeking student.

What additional areas are available to add to my teaching license after completing the METL program?

  • English as a New Language (ENL) License
  • Reading Teacher License (valid in initial license grades only)

Are there scholarships available for graduate students in METL?

Yes, scholarships are awarded each June for the following school year to graduate degree-seeking students in the College of Education. Scholarship applications are sent via USPS to admitted students in the spring semester each year. For more information on scholarships, please contact Janet Ayers at

How long does it take to complete the METL program?

The METL program can be completed in two years; however, students can take up to seven years to complete the program if they choose to do so.

When are classes held?

Core I (Summer Cohort) classes are taken in the evenings and on weekends during the summer. Core II & III classes are taken on Wednesday evenings. Core IV is arranged with your thesis advisor. Elective courses are offered at various times, but are typically during the late afternoon and evening hours during the school year and daytime hours during the summer.

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