MAT Coursework

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION - 39 CREDITS

810.606 Human Development and Learning

This course integrates key insights into current theory and practice in human growth and development and educational psychology (learning). Participants analyze a variety of learner characteristics that influence student development and academic achievement. Course content is aligned with the Maryland Common Core Curriculum employed by partnership schools. (3 credits)

810.607 Culturally Responsive Teaching

Candidates will explore the social, organizational, and structural factors influencing educational opportunities, experiences, and outcomes of culturally diverse students. Through personal reflection and analysis, candidates will determine the best way for them to positively impact students, regardless of ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, etc. Course content is aligned with the Maryland Common Core Curriculum employed by partnership schools. (3 credits)

810.602 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in School Settings

Students consider the philosophical, historical, and psychological foundations for elementary and secondary school curriculum and explore the linkages between assessment-based curriculum and instructional strategies. After examining the scope and sequence of the K-12 curriculum, students evaluate options presented in various school reform plans and contemporary research findings in effective schools and effective instruction. Course content is aligned with the Maryland Common Core Curriculum employed by partnership schools. (3 credits)

810.679 Classroom Management

Students consider the practical ways of managing the classroom by examining organizational techniques, procedures and routines, and teaching strategies that help foster appropriate student behavior. Class members investigate management styles and discipline models to develop their own framework for effective classroom management. (3 credits)

871.502 Educational Alternatives for Students with Special Needs

Designed especially for general educators, counselors, supervisors, and administrators, this course examines differentiated instruction for students with special needs in general education classrooms. Students review the legal foundations and requirements of special education and the collaborative role of general and special educators in the implementation of individualized educational programs in general education classrooms. (3 credits)

884.501 Advanced Processes and Acquisition of Reading

This foundation course provides a basis for graduate study of instructional reading strategies, literacy materials, and assessment approaches in K-12 reading education. Students examine scientifically based reading research; linguistic, psychological, and sociocultural theories and factors related to reading acquisition; and how various theories are applied to classroom reading practices. Topics include phonemic awareness, phonics and spelling, vocabulary development, text structure, fluency, and reading comprehension.

884.502 Diagnosis/Assessment for Reading Instruction

Students in this course learn approaches for assessing and addressing the reading abilities and needs of children. Course activities include the examination of learner characteristics and implications for appropriate reading instruction. Students study and analyze a broad selection of formal and informal assessment techniques and instruments, their application to reading instruction and classroom practice, and strategies for effectively communicating relevant information to parents, educators, and other professionals about children’s reading performances.

810.603 Methods of Teaching in the Elementary School: Part I

This course is designed for candidates in the elementary education certification program. Students explore strategies for teaching mathematics, language arts, and the aesthetic areas of music, art, and physical education in the elementary school. Activities, materials, and technology address the varying developmental and learning needs of elementary school children and examine ways of integrating aspects of the curriculum. Participants engage in lesson planning and micro-teaching activities for teaching problem solving and higher order thinking skills. This course includes uses of the Internet to obtain curricular resources. Course content is aligned with the Maryland Common Core Curriculum employed by partnership schools.

810.604 Methods of Teaching in the Elementary School: Part II

This course is designed for candidates in the elementary education certification program. Students explore strategies for teaching SOCIAL STUDIES with an integration of language arts, and the aesthetics areas of music, art, and physical education in the elementary school. Activities, materials, and technology address the varying developmental and learning needs of elementary school children and examine ways of integrating aspects of the curriculum. Participants engage in lesson planning and microteaching activities for teaching problem solving and higher order thinking skills. This course includes uses of the Internet to obtain curricular resources. Course content is aligned with the Maryland Common Core Curriculum employed by partnership schools.

884.505 Materials for Teaching Reading

Students in this class develop ways to evaluate and select appropriate materials for classroom reading instruction. Course activities include reviews of commercially produced reading programs, children’s literature, remedial materials, and the use of appropriate and culturally sensitive instructional approaches for teaching diverse student learners. Materials are evaluated in relation to current research, developmental and cultural appropriateness, and student interest and motivation.

884.507 Instruction for Reading

Students in this course study how reading research is applied to the various methods, strategies, and techniques of elementary classroom reading instruction. Emphasis is placed on developing expert knowledge in teaching phonics, word recognition, vocabulary, reading comprehension strategies, organization, and study skills related with reading and academic achievement. Participants explore strategies for differentiating instruction to address the wide range of reading abilities and cultural experiences found in classrooms.

810.653 MAT Field Experience

This school or community based experience is designed to provide MAT candidates with an opportunity to observe and work with public and private school students in diverse settings. Hosting sites serve as clinical laboratories where students can observe how pupils learn, discover appropriate teaching strategies, implement teaching methods, as well as begin to develop classroom management skills. This course is aligned with the expectations of the Maryland Common Core. This course provides an opportunity to practice clinically while being guided by an experienced master teacher and university faculty. Candidates must complete this experience with a B or better in order to advance to the Clinical Practice I course. (1 Credit)

810.641 MAT Clinical Practice for Elementary Candidates: Part I

This school based experience is designed to provide MAT candidates with an opportunity to work with public and private school students in diverse settings. Hosting sites (PDS and Partnership Schools) serve as clinical laboratories where students begin a minimum 100-day internship where they can observe how pupils learn, discover appropriate teaching strategies, plan lessons, implement teaching methods, as well as develop classroom management skills. This course is aligned with the expectations of the Maryland Common Core. This course provides an opportunity to practice clinically while being guided by an experienced master teacher and university faculty. Candidates must complete this experience with a B or better in order to advance to the Clinical Practice II course. (2 Credits)

810.642 MAT Clinical Practice for Elementary Candidates: Part II

This school based experience is designed to provide MAT candidates with an opportunity to continue working with public and private school students in diverse settings. Hosting sites (PDS and Partnership Schools) serve as clinical laboratories where students complete their minimum 100-day internship observing how pupils learn, practicing appropriate teaching strategies, planning lessons, implementing teaching methods, as well as refining classroom management skills. Students will complete their professional portfolio with evidence acquired in this course. This course is aligned with the expectations of the Maryland Common Core. This course provides an opportunity to practice clinically while being guided by an experienced master teacher and university faculty. Candidates must complete this experience with a B or better in order to be recommended for graduation and state certification. (3 credits)

810.640 Supervised Internship and Seminar in the Elementary Schools

Students spend a minimum of a semester in appropriate elementary school settings under the guidance and direct supervision of a certified teacher and/or a university supervisor, depending upon the program format. A support seminar meets to enable students to discuss and reflect upon their experiences. Emphasis is placed on applying concepts, techniques, and theories learned in courses and other structured learning experiences to classroom settings. Supervisors provide guidance in the application of rigorous content in developmentally appropriate ways. Participants reflect, continue to develop their portfolios, and prepare for portfolio presentations. Course content is aligned with the Maryland Common Core Curriculum employed by partnership schools.

 

SECONDARY EDUCATION - 39 CREDITS

810.602 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in School Settings

Students consider the philosophical, historical, and psychological foundations for elementary and secondary school curriculum and explore the linkages between assessment-based curriculum and instructional strategies. After examining the scope and sequence of the K-12 curriculum, students evaluate options presented in various school reform plans and contemporary research findings in effective schools and effective instruction. Course content is aligned with the Maryland Common Core Curriculum employed by partnership schools. (3 credits)

810.606 Human Development and Learning

This course integrates key insights into current theory and practice in human growth and development and educational psychology (learning). Participants analyze a variety of learner characteristics that influence student development and academic achievement. Course content is aligned with the Maryland Common Core Curriculum employed by partnership schools. (3 credits)

810.607 Culturally Responsive Teaching

Candidates will explore the social, organizational, and structural factors influencing educational opportunities, experiences, and outcomes of culturally diverse students. Through personal reflection and analysis, candidates will determine the best way for them to positively impact students, regardless of ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, etc. Course content is aligned with the Maryland Common Core Curriculum employed by partnership schools. (3 credits)

810.679 Classroom Management

Students consider the practical ways of managing the classroom by examining organizational techniques, procedures and routines, and teaching strategies that help foster appropriate student behavior. Class members investigate management styles and discipline models to develop their own framework for effective classroom management. (3 credits)

810.611 Methods of Teaching in Secondary English: Part I

Students will use their subject area content expertise to design effective lesson and unit plans that apply significant concepts and understandings as defined by local, state, and national curriculum and professional standards. Discipline appropriate pedagogy will be the focus of instructional delivery as course content when taken into the internship classroom. In both Part I and Part II, unit plans will be developed and assessed. Part I will focus on planning and the integration of standards and content and classroom management. Part II will expand upon this focus and will also include an emphasis on instructional technology and differentiation for students with special needs.

810.612 Methods of Teaching in Secondary Mathematics: Part I

Students will use their subject area content expertise to design effective lesson and unit plans that apply significant concepts and understandings as defined by local, state, and national curriculum and professional standards. Discipline appropriate pedagogy will be the focus of instructional delivery as course content when taken into the internship classroom. In both Part I and Part II, unit plans will be developed and assessed. Part I will focus on planning and the integration of standards and content and classroom management. Part II will expand upon this focus and will also include an emphasis on instructional technology and differentiation for students with special needs.

810.613 Methods of Teaching in Secondary Science: Part I

Students will use their subject area content expertise to design effective lesson and unit plans that apply significant concepts and understandings as defined by local, state, and national curriculum and professional standards. Discipline appropriate pedagogy will be the focus of instructional delivery as course content when taken into the internship classroom. In both Part I and Part II, unit plans will be developed and assessed. Part I will focus on planning and the integration of standards and content and classroom management. Part II will expand upon this focus and will also include an emphasis on instructional technology and differentiation for students with special needs.

810.614 Methods of Teaching in Secondary Social Studies: Part I

Students will use their subject area content expertise to design effective lesson and unit plans that apply significant concepts and understandings as defined by local, state, and national curriculum and professional standards. Discipline appropriate pedagogy will be the focus of instructional delivery as course content when taken into the internship classroom. In both Part I and Part II, unit plans will be developed and assessed. Part I will focus on planning and the integration of standards and content and classroom management. Part II will expand upon this focus and will also include an emphasis on instructional technology and differentiation for students with special needs.

810.62X Special Topics in Secondary Education

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to pertinent policy, legal, structural, and other factors that shape secondary education in the current context. Students explore specific topics through seminar discussions, research, projects, and application assignments. Topics may vary each semester based upon current issues and the needs of the students.Course content is aligned with the Common Core Curriculum employed by partnership schools. (3 credits)

  • 810.621 English
  • 810.622 Math
  • 810.623 Science
  • 810.624 Social Studies

810.63x Methods of Teaching in Secondary School: Part II

Students will use their subject area content expertise to design effective lesson and unit plans that apply significant concepts and understandings as defined by local, state, and national curriculum and professional standards. Discipline appropriate pedagogy will be the focus of instructional delivery as course content when taken into the internship classroom. In both Part I and Part II, unit plans will be developed and assessed. Part I will focus on planning and the integration of standards and content and classroom management. Part II will expand upon this focus and will also include an emphasis on instructional technology and differentiation for students with special needs.

  • 810.631 English
  • 810.632 Math
  • 810.633 Science
  • 810.634 Social Studies

871.502 Educational Alternatives for Students with Special Needs

Designed especially for general educators, counselors, supervisors, and administrators, this course examines differentiated instruction for students with special needs in general education classrooms. Students review the legal foundations and requirements of special education and the collaborative role of general and special educators in the implementation of individualized educational programs in general education classrooms. (3 credits)

884.508 Methods of Teaching Reading in the Secondary Content Area, Part I

Students in this course learn methods for developing effective reading skills and strategies that lead to student academic achievement. The course emphasizes teaching reading strategies for secondary students that can be applied across the content areas. Emphasis is placed on advanced vocabulary learning, reading comprehension, study skills, and critical reading. Participants in the class also explore strategies for differentiating instruction to address the wide range of reading abilities and cultural experiences found in classrooms.

884.510 Methods of Teaching Reading in the Secondary Content Area, Part II

Participants extend the methodology learned in Content Reading I to include applications in the classroom, with connections to assessment and informal diagnostic work done by content classroom teachers. Development of a classroom learning community, uniting theoretical, diagnostic, and instructional structures with carefully selected materials, is the goal of this course. Additionally, participants extend skill building related to reading across other language areas, such as writing, speaking, and listening, and throughout content areas. Discussion includes adult literacy, ESOL and reading in content classrooms, and organizational/study skills in preparation for employment and higher education.

810.653 MAT Field Experience

This school or community based experience is designed to provide MAT candidates with an opportunity to observe and work with public and private school students in diverse settings. Hosting sites serve as clinical laboratories where students can observe how pupils learn, discover appropriate teaching strategies, implement teaching methods, as well as begin to develop classroom management skills. This course is aligned with the expectations of the Maryland Common Core. This course provides an opportunity to practice clinically while being guided by an experienced master teacher and university faculty. Candidates must complete this experience with a B or better in order to advance to the Clinical Practice I course. (1 Credit)

810.646 MAT Clinical Practice for Secondary Candidates: Part I

This school-based experience is designed to provide MAT candidates with an opportunity to work with public and private school students in diverse settings. Hosting sites (PDS and Partnership Schools) serve as clinical laboratories where students begin a minimum 100-day internship where they can observe how pupils learn, discover appropriate teaching strategies, plan lessons, implement teaching methods, as well as develop classroom management skills. This course is aligned with the expectations of the Maryland Common Core. This course provides an opportunity to practice clinically while being guided by an experienced master teacher and university faculty. Candidates must complete this experience with a B or better in order to advance to the Clinical Practice II course. (2 Credits)

810.647 MAT Clinical Practice for Secondary Candidates: Part II

This school-based experience is designed to provide MAT candidates with an opportunity to continue working with public and private school students in diverse settings. Hosting sites (PDS and Partnership Schools) serve as clinical laboratories where students complete their minimum 100-day internship observing how pupils learn, practicing appropriate teaching strategies, planning lessons, implementing teaching methods, as well as refining classroom management skills. Students will complete their professional portfolio with evidence acquired in this course. This course is aligned with the expectations of the Maryland Common Core. This course provides an opportunity to practice clinically while being guided by an experienced master teacher and university faculty. Candidates must complete this experience with a B or better in order to be recommended for graduation and state certification. (3 credits)

810.645 Supervised Internship and Seminar in the Secondary Schools

Students spend a minimum of one semester in appropriate secondary school settings under the guidance and direct supervision of a certified teacher and/or a university supervisor, depending upon the program format. A support seminar meets to enable students to discuss and reflect upon their experiences. Emphasis is placed on applying concepts, techniques, and theories learned in courses and other structured learning experiences to secondary classroom settings. Supervisors provide guidance in the application of rigorous content in developmentally appropriate ways. Participants reflect, continue to develop their portfolios, and prepare for portfolio presentations. Course content is aligned with the Maryland Common Core Curriculum employed by partnership schools.

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