Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

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[1] Graduate Courses: Master of Arts in Teaching

5303 THE MIDDLE SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY, PHILOSOPHY, AND ORGANIZATION This course is designed to help elementary and secondary teachers to develop and understanding of the middle school concept with particular attention given to pupil characteristics, curriculum design and delivery, history, philosophy, and adaptive strategies for working successfully with middle school students. Candidates will study the history as well as current trends in middle level education.

5310 ANALYSIS AND PRACTICE OF TEACHING This course prepares licensure candidates to develop instructional plans by applying their knowledge of learners and the learning process. Lecture, presentations, case discussions, and microteaching.

5320 THEORY AND PRACTICE OF CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT This course provides a foundation in the theory and practice of classroom management. Licensure candidates will study various models of discipline, issues in management, and effective ways to create a productive learning environment. Lecture, role playing, case discussions, and microteaching.

5332 CONTEMPORARY PRACTICES OF TEACHING This course focuses on investigating contemporary issues in education. Students will examine evidence-based practices in technology integration with teaching and learning, whole person teaching, and strategies for navigating and flourishing in the teaching profession.

5390 PRACTICUM MAT This course involves a minimum of 75 hours in a school setting. Field projects, field seminars, and supervised teaching are conducted to help candidates gain knowledge in pedagogical theory and gain experience in organizing instruction, in creating a productive learning environment, and in achieving professional behaviors. Prerequisite: MAT Level I admission requirements.

6302 MODELS OF TEACHING Candidates will expand their repertoire of teaching strategies for secondary grades. Further, candidates will gain the skills necessary to analyze teaching and learning and will engage in reflective practices through the use of instructional improvement tools.

6310 PEDAGOGY FOR DIVERSE STUDENT POPULATIONS This course examines the dimensions of diverse populations in schools and implications for educational programming and instruction. Specifically, the course focuses on methods, curriculum models, strategies, modifications, and skills necessary for teaching diverse students. Lectures, speakers, discussions, and large and small group activities will be utilized. Prerequisite(s): MAT 5310 and 5320.

6311 CLASSROOM ASSESSMENT Advanced study through discussion and experiential exercises of assessment in the classroom including teacher-developed and externally developed instruments. Prerequisite(s): MAT 5310 and 5320.

6312 PRINCIPLES OF CHILD AND ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING Focuses on principles of child and adolescent development and learning theories involving expectations, motivation, reinforcement, modeling, and constructivism; addresses the analyses of childhood strategies for children and adolescents, including Piaget, Skinner, Montessori, responsive environments, contingency management, social dramatic play, and didactic teaching.

6314 DIAGNOSIS AND CORRECTION OF READING DIFFICULTIES Theory, demonstration, and practice in group and individual procedures and techniques of diagnosis and correction of reading difficulties.

6320 LITERACY SEMINAR FOR TEACHERS This course is designed to provide a framework for effective professional development of literacy among teachers, thus allowing them to serve as models for their own students. To this end, the course will allow teachers to examine their own literacy through exploration of research on best practice.

6338 ADVANCED STRATEGIES IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION This course focuses on planning, implementing, and evaluating activities and strategies designed to facilitate cognitive and content learning among children from diverse populations; addresses essential concepts, inquiry tools, and structure of content areas including academic subjects, e.g., language arts, science, social studies, and mathematics; and addresses professional ethical issues regarding the education profession. Prerequisite: Admission to the graduate program.

6342 ADVANCED STRATEGIES IN THE SECONDARY CLASSROOM This course aims to prepare middle and secondary teacher candidates to better meet the needs of upper-adolescent students, particularly through the promotion of socio-emotional safety and an active approach to teaching students how to manage their behavior, and how to address conflict, apathy, and stress with which some adolescents struggle.

6374 INTEGRATED CURRICULUM IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of various theories, research, and practices in elementary curriculum development, which will lay the framework for efficacy and educational reflective decision making. This course is required for all graduate students seeking a license in elementary education in the Master of Arts in Teaching program.

6388 STEM METHODS FOR THE SECONDARY CLASSROOM The purpose of this course is to equip teachers with the pedagogical skills necessary to effectively teach mathematics and science in the secondary classroom. Different methodologies and philosophies regarding mathematics and science teaching will be examined, discussed, and modeled. The integration of technology in a mathematics and science classroom and laboratory setting will be addressed.

6699 INTERNSHIP MAT This course requires a semester of full-day participation in public schools sites at grade levels appropriate to the desired licensure level. Candidates work under the supervision of public school and university professionals. For candidates currently teaching, the placement will be their classroom. For candidates without a teaching position, the placement will be made in the public school by UCA. Prerequisite: Admission to Internship.