2007–2008 Master of Arts in Teaching

Program Description | Standards | Admission | Student Teaching | Probation | Graduation | MATECE, MATELED, or MATECE & MATELED | MATSED | MAT Followed by MED | Course Descriptions

Program Director: Timothy Carr

Philosophy Statement

The Master of Arts (MAT) degree program at Westminster College is committed to improving teacher education through meaningful inquiry and innovative exploration of the connections between teaching practice, beliefs and reflectivity. We balance field work with mentor teachers in the schools with that of experienced college faculty as a means to transform teacher candidates into beginning teacher professionals ready to serve their constituents.

Mission Statement

The MAT teacher education programs take a practical, multifaceted, student centered approach to preparing teachers. Content knowledge and pedagogy are developed to prepare teacher education students for teaching all learners. Professionalism in diverse school contexts is modeled and practiced through courses and related field experience. Teacher education students create a portfolio focused on self-reflection to document growth toward program goals as part of their action research projects.

Program Description

The goals of the program are accomplished through courses, seminars and research opportunities evolving within the MAT format. As the program leads to teacher licensure, students learn in an environment where they gain a thorough understanding of the philosophical foundations of education, cognitive development, issues of racial, ethnic, and economic diversity, and research on how to better their own professional skills and knowledge for a future in K–12 teaching. The MAT is a cohort program where teacher candidates share their experiences with their peers through a concentrated program designed to challenge their teaching skills while enhancing their critical thinking.

Note: Applicants should be aware that current federal regulations require a criminal background check and fingerprint assessment be passed before they can be recommended for licensure. Should the Utah State Board of Education change its requirements for teaching licensure, the MAT Program will change accordingly.

Program Standards

Knowledge of Learners and their Development
Knowledge of Subject Matter and Curriculum Goals
Knowledge of Teaching
Knowledge of Culture and Society

Admission to the Program

Following are the requirements for admission:

  1. A completed Application for Graduate Admission form.
  2. Evidence of a completed baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university or a recognized international college or university.
  3. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education indicating a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  4. Completed Declaration of Intent.
  5. Two professional recommendations.
  6. A personal résumé detailing professional work experience to include relevant job titles, work experiences, responsibilities, and related activities.

Upon completion of these steps, the individual’s application materials are submitted to the Graduate Education Committee. Once accepted to the MAT Program, applicants must submit a $250 deposit which guarantees a place in the entering class.

Note: Formal admission to the MAT Program does not guarantee a recommendation for licensure. Recommendation for licensure is made only upon completion of MAT degree requirements. Therefore, a teaching license will not be recommended without full completion of the MAT and the MAT will not be awarded without recommendation for a teaching license.

Student Teaching

Students must successfully complete all classes taken in the MAT before they are eligible to Student Teach. Student teaching is a full time 10 week experience.

  • Submit the completed Request for Student Teaching form by the first Monday in March to student teach in the fall or by the first Monday in October to student teach in the spring.
  • Submit the Major/Minor/Education Advisor Recommendation and audit forms.
  • Be approved to student teach by the MAT faculty.

Appeal Process: A student has the right to appeal a decision denying admission to the MAT program or denying the opportunity to student teach. The student has fifteen days after receiving a denial letter to petition the Dean, in writing, for reconsideration.

Retention in the Program

The student must:

  1. Maintain a grade point average of 3.00. Courses in which a grade of B- or lower is awarded do not count toward graduation requirements.
  2. Complete the program within six years, or begin to lose credit for courses older than six years.

Academic Probation and Suspension Policy

Students in the Master of Arts in Teaching program are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. Students whose cumulative grade point average falls below a 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. Students placed on academic probation must earn a semester grade point average of at least 3.0 the next semester in which they enroll. Probationary students who fail to earn a semester grade point average of at least 3.0 that semester will be suspended from the MAT program.

Probationary students whose semester grade point average is 3.0 or higher but whose cumulative grade point average still remains below 3.0 will continue on academic probation. Probationary students whose cumulative grade point average reaches 3.0 or higher will be returned to good academic standing. To qualify for graduation, students must earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Probationary students are required to meet with the Graduate Programs Director prior to enrolling for the upcoming semester.

Appeals for Readmission

Suspended students may petition the School of Education Graduate Committee for readmission at any time prior to the beginning of the semester in which they wish to enroll; however, unless extenuating circumstances exist, suspended students are required to remain out of the college for at least one semester before appealing for readmission. Students who feel extenuating circumstances contributed to their failure to meet minimum grade point requirements may choose to appeal for readmission immediately following the suspension.

To appeal for readmission, students must submit a letter to the Director of Graduate Programs, School of Education, giving evidence that supports the request for readmission. Petitioning students will be notified of the graduate committee meeting and will be given the opportunity to present their cases in person. Decisions of the Graduate Committee are final. Students readmitted through the appeals procedure are placed on continued probation and must meet the minimum 3.0 grade point average requirement that semester.

Students who have been out of the college for more than two semesters must also submit an application for readmission to the Admissions Office. Students readmitted after more than two semesters will be required to meet program requirements for the catalog in effect at the time of readmission.

Graduation Requirements

Candidates for graduation should apply to the Registrar’s Office approximately two regular semesters prior to planned completion of graduation requirements. Applications for December graduation are due in September and applications for May and August graduation are due in October. Please see the Academic Calendar for more specific dates. Candidates are notified of remaining degree requirements within four weeks after applying for graduation.

To be eligible for a MAT degree, students must satisfy the following conditions:

  • Meet all credit hour and other course requirements.
  • Maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 or above.
  • Be enrolled at Westminster College during the semester in which they wish to graduate.
  • Maintain good academic standing.
  • Earn a grade of B or higher in all graduate courses.
  • Must have completed the Praxis II test.

Note: Only graduate-level coursework may be applied toward degree requirements.

The final responsibility for being informed about, and adhering to, graduation requirements rests with the student.

Early Childhood (MATECE, Grades K–3) or Elementary (MATELED, Grades 1–8), or Early Childhood and Elementary (MATECE & MATELED, Grades K–8) Program Requirements

Students who are seeking their MAT must satisfactorily complete all the requirements of the program. As the program is cohort based this means that students who fail to complete a portion of the MAT must discontinue the program until they can join a later cohort at the place they left off. Early Childhood Education and/or Elementary Education candidates must have a major or minor in their baccalaureate degree from the list below. If they do not have such a major or minor they may consult the Graduate Program Director for guidance.

Art Music
Communication Physical Science
Computer Science Psychology
English Social Science
Fine Arts Spanish
French Special Education
History Speech
Mathematics Theatre

MAT in Early Childhood Education (MATECE) or in
Elementary Education (MATELED)

MATECE OR MATELED

Credit Hours

I.

Required Courses

 

MAT 600 Culture, Family and Community
MAT 601 Technology and Teaching
MAT 602 Introduction to Education
MAT 603A Foundations Seminar
MAT 603B Foundations Seminar
MAT 604 Learning Theory
MAT 605 Diversity and Learning
MAT 606 Content Immersion Travel Seminar
MAT 607 Teaching and Research Seminar
MAT 630 ECE/ELED Methods & Management
MAT 631 Math for ECE/ELED Teachers
MAT 632 Science Methods
MAT 633 Mathematics Methods
MAT 634 Language Arts Methods
MAT 635 Reading Methods
MAT 636 Social Studies Methods
MAT 637 Creative Arts Methods

MAT 638 ECE Student Teaching (6)
or
MAT 639 Elementary Student Teaching (6)

MAT 640 ECE/ELED Methods Seminar 1

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3
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2
1
3
3
3
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3



6

1

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE MATECE OR MATELED

45

Requires completion of the requisite Praxis Test before candidate is recommended for licensure.  

Combined MAT in Early Childhood Education (MATECE) and in Elementary Education (MATELED) upon completion of either MATECE or MATELED

MATECE OR MATELED

Credit Hours

I.

Prerequisite Courses

45

Completion of MATECE or MATELED

II.

Required Courses

7

For MATECE candidates who have completed their MATELED:
MED 636 Early Literacy Instruction
MAT 638 ECE Student Teaching

For MATELED candidates who have completed their MATECE:
MED 658 Reading & Writing in the Content Area
MAT 639 Elementary Student Teaching


3
4


3
4

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE COMBINED MATECE AND MATELED

52

Requires completion of the requisite Praxis Test before candidate is recommended for licensure.  

Secondary Education (MATSED, Grades 6–12) Program Requirements

Students who are seeking their MAT must satisfactorily complete all the requirements of the program. As the program is cohort based this means that students who fail to complete a portion of the MAT must discontinue the program until they can join a later cohort at the place they left off. Secondary Education candidates must have a major or minor in their baccalaureate degree from the list below. If they do not have such a major or minor they may consult the Graduate Program Director for guidance.

Art Mathematics
Biology Physical Science
Chemistry Physics
Computer Science Social Science
English Spanish
French Special Education
History Theatre

Completion of the MAT in Secondary Education (MATSED) requires admission to the program, and the following coursework.

MATSED

Credit Hours

I.

Core Courses

36

MAT 600 Culture, Family and Community
MAT 601 Technology and Teaching
MAT 602 Introduction to Education
MAT 603 Foundations Seminar
MAT 604 Learning Theory
MAT 605 Diversity and Learning
MAT 606 Content Immersion Travel Seminar
MAT 607 Teaching and Research Seminar
MAT 610 Managing the Inclusive Classroom
MAT 611 Secondary Methods & Procedures
MAT 612 Secondary Methods Seminar
MAT 613 Cognitive Development
MAT 614 Reading, Language & Literacy
MAT 615 Secondary Student Teaching
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3
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3
3
6

II.

Content Methods Courses

3–6

Students must register for the content methods course chosen from the following that reflects their expected area of licensure. Students seeking licensure in a second content area must take a second methods course that reflects the area of licensure for their second content area of interest.
MAT 616 History/Social Science Methods (3)
MAT 617 Biology Methods (3)
MAT 618 Chemistry Methods (3)
MAT 619 English Methods (3)
MAT 620 French Methods (3)
MAT 621 Secondary Art Methods (3)
MAT 622 Mathematics Methods (3)
MAT 623 Physics Methods (3)
MAT 624 Spanish Methods (3)
MAT 625 Theatre Methods (3)

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE MATSED

39–42

Requires completion of the requisite Praxis Test in the student's major, or major and minor, before candidate is recommended for licensure.  

MAT Followed by MED Degree Program

This program is designed for graduates of Westminster’s Master of Arts in Teaching Program to pursue an endorsement and an MED degree or a general MED degree. The following admissions policies apply to these MAT graduates only. All other MED policies apply to these students.

Admission to the Program

The requirement for admission is completion of Westminster College’s Master of Arts in Teaching degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

A candidate for admission must submit the following materials to the Office of Admissions:

  1. A completed Application for Graduate Admission form with a $40 application fee.
  2. Westminster transcript showing successful completion of the Westminster College Master of Arts in Teaching degree with an overall GPA of 3.0.

Upon completion of these steps, the individual’s application materials are submitted to the Graduate Education Admissions Committee.

MAT followed by Traditional M.Ed.

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

MAT Required Courses

8

All students must take:

MAT 600 Culture, Family and Community
MAT 602 Introduction to Education
MAT 603 Foundations Seminar
MAT 607 Teaching and Research Seminar


2
3
2
1

II.

Elective Courses

21

Students may choose classes from the following:

MED 602 Teaching and Learning Theory (3)
MED 605 Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
MED 610 Diversity in Education (3)
MED 613 Theories of Adult Learning and Development (3)
MED 615 Education, Schools and Politics (3)
MED 616 Information Technology (3)
MED 617 Instructional Design with Technology (3)
MED 621 Foundations of ESL Instruction (3)
MED 622 Language Acquisition and Assessment (3)
MED 634 Teaching Adults (3)
MED 635 Adult Ed Program Planning & Evaluation (3)
MED 651 Learner-Centered Environments (3)
MED 658 Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3)
MED 660 Directed Studies (1–3)

III.

Capstone Course

3

All students must take MED 608 Special Topics.

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE TRADITIONAL M.E.d.

32

MAT followed by Basic Reading Endorsement and completion of M.Ed.

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

MAT Required Courses

8

All students must take:

MAT 600 Culture, Family and Community
MAT 602 Introduction to Education
MAT 603 Foundations Seminar
MAT 607 Teaching and Research Seminar


2
3
2
1

II.

Basic Reading Endorsement (RDG)

21

This program is designed for students who already hold a teaching license and are seeking to become qualified to be a reading teacher at the elementary or secondary level. Students must be admitted to the M.Ed. program.

MED 612 Models and Processes of Literacy (3)
MED 630 Children’s/Adolescent Literature (3)
MED 631 Writing in the Classroom (3)
MED 632 Assessment of Reading Processes (3)
MED 633 Diagnostic Teaching for Reading Comprehension (3)
MED 636 Early Literacy Instruction (3)
MED 658 Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3)

III.

Capstone Course

3

All students must take MED 608 Special Topics.

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE RDG ENDORSEMENT FOLLOWED BY COMPLETION OF M.E.d.

32

MAT followed by Distance Learning Endorsement and completion of M.Ed.

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

MAT Required Courses

8

All students must take:

MAT 600 Culture, Family and Community
MAT 602 Introduction to Education
MAT 603 Foundations Seminar
MAT 607 Teaching and Research Seminar


2
3
2
1

II.

Educational Technology/Distance Learning
Endorsement (DLE)

16

This program is designed for students who already hold a teaching license and are seeking to gain a strong background for teaching and learning through technology, exploring the online environment as a teaching medium, and teaching through the EDNET system. This endorsement is largely conducted during the summer. Students seeking admission need to contact the M.Ed. Program Director for details on the admissions process.

Students complete the following classes to gain the endorsement:

MED 610 Diversity in Education (3)
MED 616 Information Technology (3)
MED 617 Instructional Design with Technology (3)
MED 618 Online Education: Teaching & Learning at a
Distance (3)
MED 619 Distance Learning Field Experience (1)
MED 672 Instructional Technology (3)

III.

Elective Courses

5

Students may choose classes from the following:

MED 602 Teaching and Learning Theory (3)
MED 605 Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
MED 613 Theories of Adult Learning and Development (3)
MED 615 Education, Schools and Politics (3)
MED 622 Language Acquisition and Assessment (3)
MED 634 Teaching Adults (3)
MED 651 Learner-Centered Environments (3)
MED 658 Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3)

IV.

Capstone Course

3

All students must take MED 608 Special Topics.

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE DLE ENDORSEMENT FOLLOWED BY COMPLETION OF M.E.d.

32

MAT followed by ESL Endorsement and completion of M.Ed.

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

MAT Required Courses

8

All students must take:

MAT 600 Culture, Family and Community
MAT 602 Introduction to Education
MAT 603 Foundations Seminar
MAT 607 Teaching and Research Seminar


2
3
2
1

II.

English as a Second Language Endorsement (ESL)

18

This program is designed for students who already hold a teaching license and a bachelor’s degree, and are seeking to become qualified to be an ESL teacher at the elementary or secondary level. Students must be admitted to the M.Ed. program.

MED 620 ESL, Family and Community
MED 621 Foundations of ESL Instruction
MED 622 Language Acquisition and Assessment
MED 623 ESL Methods I
MED 624 ESL Methods II: Content and Assessment
MED 625 Assessment for ELL in Content Areas





3
3
3
3
3
3

III.

Elective Courses

3

Students are encouraged to take:
MED 615 Education, Schools and Politics (3)

but may choose an elective class from the following:
MED 602 Teaching and Learning Theory (3)
MED 605 Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
MED 613 Theories of Adult Learning and Development (3)
MED 616 Information Technology (3)
MED 617 Instructional Design with Technology (3)
MED 634 Teaching Adults (3)
MED 651 Learner-Centered Environments (3)
MED 658 Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3)

IV.

Capstone Course

3

All students must take MED 608 Special Topics.

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ESL ENDORSEMENT FOLLOWED BY COMPLETION OF M.E.d.

32

MAT followed by Special Education Endorsement and completion of M.Ed

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

MAT Required Courses

8

All students must take:

MAT 600 Culture, Family and Community
MAT 602 Introduction to Education
MAT 603 Foundations Seminar
MAT 607 Teaching and Research Seminar


2
3
2
1

II.

Special Education Endorsement (SPED)

24

This program is designed for students who already hold a teaching license and a bachelor’s degree, and are seeking to become qualified to teach students with Mild/moderate disabilities. Students must be admitted to the M.Ed. program.

SPED 503 Roles of the Special Educator
SPED 508 Principles and Application of Special Education Assessment
SPED 535 Methods of Instruction and Curriculum for K–6 Special Education I
SPED 540 Methods of Instruction and Curriculum for 7–12 Special Education II
SPED 585 Behavioral Supports in Special Education
SPED 590 Student Teaching in Special Education






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4
4
4
4
4

III.

Capstone Course

3

All students must take MED 608 Special Topics.

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE SPED ENDORSEMENT FOLLOWED BY COMPLETION OF M.E.d.

35