M.A. Teaching (Initial License) Hybrid/Online Option
MAT Initial Licensure curriculum overview:
The MAT is a 56-57 credit, cohort program. Students complete 39 credits of MAT program coursework, 15 credits of practicum and student teaching, and either 2 or 3 credits of Computer Science Education coursework.
Students also have the option to pursue the ESOL or ESOL/Bilingual endorsement as a secondary endorsement while enrolled in certain MAT cohorts (both online cohorts and the March campus-based cohort are eligible).
University courses are closely linked to classroom experience so teacher candidates can explore theories and practices learned in their studies. Cohorts allow candidates to work together to complete the program. Teaching proficiencies that define what teachers should know and be able to do upon completion of the program are threaded through each course. Assessment of the proficiencies occurs through classroom activities, course assignments, teaching evaluations, and production of two work samples.
Your plan of study:
Once admitted to Master of Arts in Teaching, you will work with an advisor to plan the courses you will take and how you will complete the academic requirements of the program. By filing this Program Plan (PDF form), you have a road map for completing your degree and clarity on what to expect.
► Courses for the MAT Initial Licensure program
MAT Program Courses (39 credits):
- ED 534 Content Pedagogy I
- ED 536 Content Pedagogy II
- ED 581 Introduction to ESOL and Bilingual Education
- ED 615 Critical Inquiry into the Foundational Narratives of Schooling
- ED 618 Teaching for Equity, Justice, and Agency
- ED 622 Curriculum, Assessment, and Management I
- ED 623 Curriculum, Assessment, and Management II
- ED 624 Rethinking Special Education
- ED 643 The Whole Child: Metaphors of Learning and Development
- ED 651 Content Area Literacy
- ED 656 Professional Seminar
- ED 657 Professional Seminar II
- ED 658 Professional Seminar III
- ED 659 Professional Seminar IV
Computer Science Education Courses (2-3 credits)
- Students choose either one 3-credit or two 1-credit CSE courses.
Student Teaching Experience (15 credits)
- ED 609 MAT Field-Based Practicum (3 credits)
- ED 616 MAT Clinical Experience II (3 credits)
- ED 697 MAT Clinical Experience III (9 credits)
spread over 3 terms for campus-based, 4 terms for online/hybrid
► Course Descriptions
- ED 534 Content Pedagogy I (3 credits) Course is designed to introduce experimentation with teaching strategies within specific academic disciplines and to promote interaction among students, discussions regarding methodology, professionalism and research in their academic disciplines.
- ED 536 Content Pedagogy II (3 credits) Course focuses on continued application and practice of teaching strategies within academic disciplines with an increasing emphasis on integration across content areas. Throughout the course, there will be an attempt to keep teacher’s formal presentations to a minimum.
- ED 581 Introduction to ESOL and Bilingual Education (3 credits) Introduction to the field of ESOL and bilingual education. Provides an overview of the principles of second language acquisition, and explores classroom practices that allow English language learners at different proficiency levels to access grade-level content while developing skills in academic and social language.
- ED 609 MAT: Field-Based Practicum (3 credits) Allows students the opportunity to observe the workings of a public school by interviewing school personnel, attending faculty meetings and extracurricular activities and participating in the mentor’s assigned duties.
- ED 615 Critical Inquiry into the Foundational Narratives of Schooling (3 credits) A study of the historical, philosophical and societal foundations of education. Current legal, financial and governing aspects as they relate to education are also explored from a historical and philosophical perspective.
- ED 616 MAT: Clinical Experience II (3 credits) Students will continue their field work from the previous term. During this extended student teaching practicum, a work sample will be produced.
- ED 618 Teaching for Equity, Justice, and Agency (3 credits) Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences paradigm will be used as a foundation for studying multicultural issues in public schools. Students will study the impact of changing demographics and how that impacts curriculum and the classroom.
- ED 622 Curriculum, Assessment, and Management I (3 credits) Course will help students to develop assessment, instructional, and management strategies in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of instruction in various classroom settings using the framework of teacher work sampling. The basics of lesson planning, differentiation, and classroom management will be covered.
- ED 623 Curriculum, Assessment, and Management II (3 credits) Course will help students to develop assessment, instructional, and management strategies in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of instruction in various classroom settings using the framework of teacher work sampling. The basics of lesson planning, instructional methods, assessment planning, differentiation, and classroom management will be covered.
- ED 624 Rethinking Special Education (3 credits) In-depth study of the diverse student body in today’s secondary classrooms including students identified as Talented and Gifted (TAG), students who are yet learning English (ELL), and students who have identified disabilities.
- ED 643 The Whole Child: Metaphors of Learning and Development (3 credits) Graduate course in educational psychology that focuses on learning. The various attributes of society, the classroom and the child that influence the child’s learning will be examined.
- ED 651 Content Area Literacy (3 credits) A research-based course on the use of language for thinking, problem solving and communicating across subject areas. Includes best-practice teaching strategies that will enable all students to become independent learners.
- ED 656 Professional Seminar I (1 credit) Students will begin their engagement in developing a learning community that will span their four terms in the MAT program.
- ED 657 Professional Seminar II (2 credits) Students will work within the learning community of their MAT cohort, engaging at an emerging level in the Action Research process that will lead eventually to a professional project and capstone experience.
- ED 658 Professional Seminar III (3 credits) Students will design and carry out an Action Research project that will culminate in a professional project and capstone experience.
- ED 659 Professional Seminar IV (3 credits) Students will design and present the action research project, this presentation making up the capstone experience. Students will prepare to enter the teaching profession by interacting with professionals already in the educational field and by studying special topics such as TSPC requirements.
- ED 697 MAT: Clinical Experience III (9 credits) An extended preservice teaching experience within a public school setting in the student’s primary level of authorization.
- Computer Science Education (2 or 3 credits) Students choose one 3-credit course or two 1-credit courses to meet the CSE requirement of the MAT program.