MATG (Master of Arts in Teaching)

MATG (Master of Arts in Teaching) Course Descriptions

MATG 501 The Professional Educator
1 hours. This course focuses on the historical foundations and purpose of education, educational law, policy, and ethics.  Foundational knowledge necessary to understanding exceptionalities of all kinds is built.  Reflection upon professional identity and dispositional development will be facilitated.

MATG 503 Diverse Populations
3 hours. This course introduces a multiplicity of student needs.  It provides a framework steeped in cultural humility for approaching diverse students and communities.  Specific skills for facilitating learning for all students from an asset based perspective is foundational.  Issues surrounding race, ethnicity, culture, and qualities needed for cultural competency, and inclusion are explored. IEP’s and 504 information as well as ELL foundations and supports will be foundational in this course.

MATG 506 Curriculum and Instruction
2 hours. This course prepares candidates to meet the curricular and instructional needs of all students including exceptional learners.  Candidates learn lesson design and instructional planning.  Differentiated curriculum and instructional strategies are explored.  Accomodations and modifications are made operational in unit and less design. 

MATG 507 Assessment Design and Implementations
2 hours. Issues surrounding race, ethnicity, culture, qualities needed for cultural competency, and inclusion. IEP’s and 504 information will be founded in this course.

MATG 510 Human Development with Developmental Psychology and Learning Theory
3 hours. This course examines human development with developmental psychology, learning theory, and theoretical and practical aspects of human development-birth through adolescence. Foundations in learning theory and their connections to developmental psychology and learning theory are explored. Foundational knowledge of exceptionalities is built.

MATG 521 Action Research for Teachers I
1 hour. This course incorporates the design and implementation of an action research project for the practicum(s) using a variety of data collection and analysis methods.  Designing, teaching, assessing, and interpreting results in an effort to enhance instruction are analyzed.

MATG 522 Action Research for Teachers II
2 hours. This course incorporates the design and implementation of an action research project for the practicum(s) using a variety of data collection and analysis methods.  Designing, teaching, assessing, and interpreting results in an effort to enhance instruction are analyzed.

Authorization and Content-Specific Courses

MATG 550 Elementary Pedagogy in Science and STEAM Education
1 hour. This course focuses on the pedagogies of science and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) education at the EC/EL and EL/MS levels. The science pedagogy assists teacher candidates in how to navigate the three-dimensional, inquiry-based learning aspect of the Next Generation Science Standards and implement strategies and assessments for fostering student centered learning and inclusive classroom environments. The STEAM pedagogy equips teacher candidates in developing content and pedagogical content knowledge, integrative STEAM strategies, and efficacy to plan, apply, and evaluate STEAM challenges using project-based learning.

MATG 551 Multiple Subjects Level Pedagogy in Language Arts
2 hours. This course is a study of instructional strategies and the design, implementation, and evaluation of language arts curriculum for multiple subjects/elementary classrooms. The pattern of course topics presented is the nature of content knowledge, general pedagogical methods, subject-specific pedagogical methods, and integrated pedagogical methods. Emphasis will be placed on ELL, Dyslexia, RTI and Inclusion.

MATG 553 Multiple Subjects Level Pedagogy in Mathematical Thinking
2 hours. This course seeks to integrate effective mathematics teaching and learning pedagogies within the framework of the common core state standards. The development of personal understanding of mathematical concepts and processes is emphasized; this process requires the student to expand his/her own learning beyond the course assignments to examine the relationships between mathematical concepts and the real world. Teaching mathematics effectively to diverse learners is emphasized. The course is interactive and dependent upon student participation.

MATG 555 Content Area Pedagogy
2 hours. A study of instructional strategies and the design, implementation, and evaluation of curriculum for content-specific secondary classrooms. The pattern of course topics presented includes the nature of content knowledge, general pedagogical methods, subject-specific pedagogical methods, and integrated pedagogical methods. Inclusion emphasis. For single subject endorsement candidates, this course offers an intensive exploration of pedagogical practices within the content area

MATG 558 Teaching in the Middle
1 hour. A study of structures, strategies, issues, designs, and possibilities for the organization of middle schools and implementation of curriculum to meet the specific needs of mid-level students. Inclusion emphasis.

MATG 560 Foundations of Language and Literacy
3 hours. This course is designed to introduce the concepts of literacy as defined by the integrated processes of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and interacting with oneself and others. An emphasis on ELL, language acquisition, assessment, RTI, and Sped with emphasis on high incidence disabilities in language development are explored.

MATG 576 Practicum I: Classroom Organization in Practice
5 hours. This practicum will be completed at either multiple subject or single subjects endorsement area.  Candidate demonstrates success in multiple performance assessments.

MATG 577 Practicum II: Classroom Teaching
5 hours. This practicum will be completed at either multiple subject or single subjects endorsement area.  Candidate demonstrates success in multiple performance assessments.

MATG 580 Classroom Management:  Classroom Culture
2 hours. This course studies positive learning environment strategies including procedures, routines, and clear expectations that allow educators to shape context with students in the clinical practice.  Problem-solving simulations are grounded in both observations and educational theory.

MATG 581 Classroom Management Seminar
1 hourThis course studies positive learning environment strategies including procedures, routines, and clear expectations that allow educators to shape context with students in the clinical practice.  Problem-solving simulations are grounded in both observations and educational theory.

MATG 585 Selected Topics
1-3 hours. Occasional special courses chosen to fit the interests and needs of students and faculty.

MATG 590 Professional Seminar
1 hour. A seminar focusing on issues related to current trends and questions in education, classroom organization and management, and ethics/values in teaching.  Classroom observations in minority, cross-cultural, and alternative school settings.  Professional induction topics will include resume writing, job-search strategies, interviewing skills, and  PLC’s.

MATG 595 Special Study
1-3 hours. Individualized study or supervised research in an area of special interest to the student which is outside the regular offerings of the program.