Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
Our students believe in the possibilities for all children and the role of the teacher in realizing and expanding these possibilities. Teacher candidates in our M.A.T. programs learn and practice both the science and the art of teaching. Our graduate students apply the theories and strategies of teaching and learning in activities with their instructors and peers as well as through school-based field experiences and student teaching. Our graduates are thus prepared to empower learners, families and communities across a variety of settings, context and curricula.
We offer the M.A.T. in a number of areas, including Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Secondary English, Secondary Social Studies and Special Education. Our programs provide a core of knowledge, skills and field-based experiences with performance assessments designed to develop the teacher’s ability to impact student learning.
All of our M.A.T. programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (N.C.A.T.E.), and each program is further approved or recognized by state or other national agencies or organizations.
Featured CoursesEDTE 610 Early Childhood Development in Family and CultureExplores the ecology of child development, which focuses on the influences of the culture, community, and the family on the developing child, topics discussed include parental involvement in schools and the roles schools play in the community. The field component and infusion of technology are an integral part of the course. A grade of B or higher is required to advance.
Prerequisites: EDCC 510 and EDCC 541 EDTE 624 Children's LiteratureSurveys children's literature with emphasis on works by major authors and illustrators. Topics include criteria for evaluating literature, sexism and multicultural aspects of literature for children, and integrating literature into the curriculum. Genres covered in the course include picture books, folktales, fables, myths, modern fantasy, poetry, and modern and historical fiction. A field component may be required. Formerly EDU 514 Childrens Literature. A grade of B or higher is required to advance.
Prerequisites: EDCC 510, EDCC 530, and EDCC 541 EDTE 641 Adolescent Culture in LiteratureOffers prospective teachers of adolescents the opportunity to examine their particular life view and development patterns as seen in both classic and contemporary stories about adolescents. Students relate previous learning about this particular group from the perspectives of authors, filmmakers, and journalists and contrast these presentations of youth with their own views on adolescence from personal experience. Students are expected to maintain a journal. This course contains a field experience component. A grade of B or higher is required to advance.
Prerequisites: EDCC 510, EDCC 530, and EDCC 541 EDTE 629 Teaching Students with High Incidence DisabilitiesParticular attention will be paid to the role of educators/individuals working with children identified as having learning disabilities, emotional or behavioral d isabilit ies, speech and language disabilities, mild intellectual disabilities, autism, and those presenting with learning/emotional difficulties. Educational approaches developed to meet the special needs of these students will be discussed. Field observations/visits are an integral component of the course. Formerly EDTE 629, Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities and Emotional Disturbances. A grade of B or higher is required to advance.
Prerequisites: EDCC 510, EDCC 530, and EDCC 541 EDCI 607 Cultural DiversityExplores the issues related to diversity and equality in education. Stereotypes, biases, and prejudices in relation to power will be examined. Cultural attitudes, values, customs, worldview, spirituality, and learning styles will be addressed. Concrete activities for developing an appreciation of self and sensitivity to others will be introduced. Curriculum and pedagogy for diverse groups will be addressed. A grade of B or higher is required to advance. Formerly EDCI 607 - Cultural Diversity and Global Concerns.
- Preschool Teacher
- Head Start Teacher
- Classroom Teacher (K-6)
- Secondary English Teacher (7-12)
- Secondary Social Studies Teacher (7-12)
- Special Education Teacher (K-12)
- Resource Teacher
Dr. Beth Kara Dawkins, Assistant Professor of Education
Dr. Deborah Litt, Associate Professor of Education, Program Chair for Reading
Dr. Bweikia Steen, Associate Professor of Education and Director of Early Childhood Programs