Program Outline: Alternative Routes to
Certification/Master of Arts in Teaching (ARC/MAT)
The Certification Component
The 45-credit ARC certification component is known for its intensity. You will progress through this component as a cohort and begin by taking 11 credits during the Summer Sessions. The coursework includes classes in general teaching methods and classroom management.
You'll continue throughout the year with 10–13 credits of coursework per quarter. These incorporate field-based, online, and traditional courses. The program curriculum addresses foundational knowledge in the field of education, educational issues, assessment, diversity, and other courses in curriculum and instruction.
The Internship is a vital, integrative experience in which you are paired with mentor teachers and conduct supervised teaching in a school setting over the course of an entire school year (three quarters, September–June, five days a week).
Typically, the Internship begins with an extended period of observation, including one-on-one and small-group work. This leads to individual lesson and unit instruction. Throughout the school year, interns take on additional teaching responsibilities so that by either Winter or Spring quarters, you will have assumed responsibility for your mentor teacher's instructional loads. Interns are also expected to help out after school hours just as any new teacher would.
MAT Degree Component
Five non-certification classes (15 credits) comprise the master's degree component of the program. It may be done concurrent with the certification component.
Many students prefer to complete the master's degree component during Spring Quarter and Summer Sessions following their internships. It includes classes such as Moral Issues in Education, American Education: Past and Present, and Survey of Instructional Strategies.
|EDU 6918||Introduction to Teaching (2)|
|EDU 6130||Classroom Management (3)|
|EDU 6132||Learners in Context (3)|
|EDU 6133||Diversity in America (3)|
|EDU 6134||Professional Issues: Child Abuse and Others (2)|
|EDU 6150||General Inquiry, Teaching, and Assessment (3)|
|EDU 6160||Applied Inquiry, Teaching, and Assessment (3)|
|EDU 6136||Content Area Methods (3)|
|EDU 6139||Leadership in Teaching (3)|
|EDTC||A 6000-level educational technology course (3)|
|For Special Education students, EDSP 6657 Behavior Management (3) replaces EDU 6130 Classroom Management (3)|
For those candidates desiring to teach in a general elementary (K–8) classroom, the following additional classes are required:
|EDRD 6529||Teaching Reading: Strategies of Instruction (3)|
|EDMA 6432||Elementary Mathematics Methods (3)|
For those candidates interested in becoming a Special Education teacher, the following additional classes are required:
|EDSP 6651||Special Education Assessment (3)|
|EDSP 6642||Individual Education Programs (3)|
|EDSP 6658||Issues in Special Education (3)|
The ARC/MAT program begins in the summer with 11 credits. On-campus classes meet one or two nights a week each quarter, usually 4:30–9 p.m.