Education: MA in Teaching & Certification in Secondary/K-12 Education

MAT

  • Certification in secondary/K-12 subjects
  • General & specific teaching methodologies
  • In-depth learning experience

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The MAT program in Secondary Education is designed for the teaching professional whose goals include initial certification in Secondary Education/K-12, as well as an MAT degree.

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Accomplished Education Faculty


Kerri J. Tobin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education

Michelle R. Gonzalez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Special Education

Patricia S. Arter, Ed.D.
Associate Professor
Director of Students On-Campus Achieving Results (SOAR) program

Tammy B.H. Brown, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Graduate Reading Department and ESL Program
Part-time lecturer

The McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies includes a broad range of teaching, clinical and research equipment in support of its graduate training mission. The facility includes multimedia classrooms and a curriculum lab with excellent resources for students, including an Ellison machine, a laminator, and computer facilities.

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

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Master of Arts in Teaching and Certification in Secondary/K-12 Education

37-40 semester hours (Variable)

Prior to admission to the M.A.T. program with certification in Secondary/K-12 Education all applicants must meet with the Chair of Education Department or designated department faculty member and the Director of Professional Field Experience.

The M.A.T. program in Secondary/K-12 Education is designed for the teaching candidate whose goals include initial certification in Secondary/K-12 Education and an M.A.T. degree. This program consists of a minimum of 34 hours of graduate work. Candidates with no education courses may need to take up to 49 semester hours. Credit totals do not include any work needed in the content area. The courses include:

  • Nine credits hours of coursework that give candidates an understanding of foundation of education, of human development and the psychology of the teaching/ learning process.
  • Seven credit hours that focus on general and specific teaching methodologies, practicum, and the reading process.
  • Twelve credit hours that focus on developing candidates' understanding of working with learners with special needs.
  • Student teaching
  • Six credit hours in core courses, providing the candidate with the opportunity to integrate theory and practice in both research and learning theory.

These courses are certification requirements for those students seeking both the degree and Pennsylvania Instructional I certification. Eligibility for certification is determined by fulfillment of state requirements, including Pennsylvania Education Certification Tests (PECT) taken upon completion of the program. Courses in the M.A.T. in Secondary/K-12 education program fulfill these requirements.

All candidates are required to fulfill field experience and student teaching requirements.

Field Experience – Education certification candidates in all programs must maintain continuous registration for field experience and sign up each semester in the Office of Professional Educational Field Experience. Clearances (Criminal Background, Child Abuse Clearance; FBI Fingerprints, Mantoux test, and others required locally) must be active and on file in the Field Experience Office throughout field placement and student teaching semesters.

Level I – A three-hour block of time each week is required at the assigned school. In the early field experience placements, the candidate performs tasks that are considered legally permissible for the teacher’s aide. (Minimum 20 hours required)

Level II – Candidates at this level are enrolled in supervised practicum courses. Second level field experience students are to engage in specific activities such as developing learning activities and participating in team teaching. Activities completed in this placement level are related to the objectives of the upper level methods courses in which they are currently enrolled. (Minimum 150 hours)

Candidates are required to spend seven weeks, three hours per week, in each of two pre-student teaching placements during the semester prior to student teaching. With a successful placement and teacher and district approval, the cooperating teachers would be the same for the pre-student teaching and student teaching placement.

Student Teaching – Candidates are assigned as full-time student teachers for one semester, usually during the last year of their program. This typically will include two placements representative of all content and levels of the certificate involved. Placements are made by the director of professional education field experience and are within an established radius from the University. Candidates seeking Secondary/K-12 certification are required to take SPED 511: Curriculum Adaptations for Special Needs Learners during the student teaching semester. No additional coursework may be taken during student teaching.

I. PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION AND CORE COURSES

22 semester hours

*EDUC 000 Field Experience (minimum of 190 clock hours of observation and participation)
0
EDUC 500 First Semester Certification Seminar
0
EDUC 501 Research Theory
3
*EDUC 502 Multidisciplinary Foundations of Education
3
*EDUC 523 Seminar: Psychology of Education
3
EDUC 554 Learning Theories
3
*PSYC 514 Human Development
3
*EDUC 591 Student Teaching
6
*EDUC 005D Practicum
1

II. CONCENTRATION

18 semester hours

*EDUC 411A

Effective Instruction Secondary/K-12

3
*R ED 526 Teaching Content Area Reading
3
*SPED 507 Characteristics of Students with Disabilities
3
*SPED 511 Curriculum for Special Needs Learners
3
*SPED 539 Behavior Management Management
3
*EDUC 561 Methods, Materials and Assessment ESL
3
*Courses leading to certification.

III. CONTENT AREA SPECIALTY

Semester hours vary by teacher certification program area (see following section).

NOTE: The requirements discussed in this section are subject to change based on guidelines established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.