2010 - 2011 Master of Arts in Teaching

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Program Director: Shamby Polychronis

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Teaching is an integrated degree program that leads to licensure for students who already have earned a bachelor’s degree. The program combines classroom instruction and extensive experience in diverse K-12 classrooms throughout the program.

Students in the program will study:

  • Learners and their Development
  • Subject Matter and Curriculum Goals
  • Teaching
  • Culture and Society

A unique focus of the program prepares graduates to teach all students using effective, differentiated teaching strategies. Graduates will know how to design curriculum that connects to the knowledge and skills of students and their families. A travel seminar further strengthens graduates’ understanding of another culture and graduates’ skills at learning about new cultures.

Program Options

  • Elementary Education: licensure to teach grades K-6
  • Secondary Education: licensure to teach grades 6-12
  • Special Education: grades K-12
  • Students who complete an Elementary or Secondary license may add a Special Education endorsement by taking additional courses.
  • Students may also add an endorsement in reading, advanced reading, or English as second language to any of these licenses by taking additional courses.

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

Admission to the Program

See the Admission to the College section for admission requirements.

Note: Formal admission to the MAT Program does not guarantee a recommendation for licensure. Recommendation for licensure is made only upon completion of the 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 courses 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 semester or by the first Monday in October to student teach in the Spring semester.
  • Be approved to student teach by the MAT faculty.
  • Obtain a Student Teaching License on the USOE website.
  • Take the appropriate Praxis examination.

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

See the Grading and Academic Standards section for graduate academic probation and suspension policies.

Appeals for Readmission

See the Grading and Academic Standards section for information on appeals for 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.
  • Complete 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.

Elementary Program Requirements (MATELED, Grades K-6)

Students who are seeking their MAT must satisfactorily complete all the requirements of the program. Early Childhood Education and 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 MAT 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 Elementary Education (MATELED)

MAT in Elementary Education Requirements Credit Hours
I. Required Courses  
. MAT 600 Culture, Family and Community
MAT 601 Technology and Teaching
MAT 602 Introduction to Education
MAT 604 Learning Theory
MAT 605 Diversity and Learning
MAT 606 Travel Seminar
MAT 607 Teaching and Research Seminar
MAT 630 ELED Methods & Management
MAT 631 Math for ELED Teachers
MAT 639 Elementary Student Teaching
MAT 640 ELED Methods Seminar
MAT 663 Literacy Foundations, Assessment and Instruction
MAT 664 Teaching Methods: Reading and Language Arts
MAT 665 Teaching Methods: Creative Arts & Social Studies
MAT 667 Teaching Methods: Mathematics and Science
3
2
3
2
3
2
1
2
2
6
1
4
4
5
5
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE MATELED 45
Requires completion of the requisite Praxis Test before candidate is recommended for licensure.

Recommended Plan of Study for MATELED

Full-time MAT students may begin the program in the Summer or Fall semesters. Students who begin in the Summer take foundations courses in the Summer, methods courses in the Fall, and student teach in the Spring semester. Students who begin in the Fall take foundations courses in the Fall, methods courses in the Spring, and then student teach in the following Fall semester.

First Semester
(Summer or Fall)
Second Semester
(Fall or Spring)
Third Semester
(Spring or Second Fall)
MAT 600
MAT 601
MAT 602
MAT 604
MAT 605
MAT 630
MAT 631
MAT 640
MAT 663
MAT 664
MAT 665
MAT 667
MAT 606
MAT 607
MAT 639



Part-time students develop a schedule in consultation with an advisor to take additional semesters to complete the program.

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

This option is available for students who completed the earlier K-3 (ECE) or 1-8 (ELED) licenses and now wish to add the other license.

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 Program Requirements (MATSED, Grades 6-12)

Students who are seeking their MAT must satisfactorily complete all the requirements of the program. 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 MAT 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 604 Learning Theory
MAT 605 Diversity and Learning
MAT 606 Travel Seminar
MAT 607 Teaching and Research Seminar
MAT 610 Managing the Inclusive Classroom
MAT 611 Curriculum Design & Management
MAT 612 Secondary Methods Seminar
MAT 613 Secondary General Methods & Assessment
MAT 614 Reading, Language & Literacy
MAT 615 Secondary Student Teaching
3
2
3
2
3
2
1
3
3
1
4
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 Methods of Teaching Secondary School History/Social Science (3)
MAT 617 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Science (3)
MAT 619 Methods of Teaching Secondary School English (3)
MAT 621 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Art (3)
MAT 622 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Mathematics (3)
MAT 624 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Foreign Languages (3)
MAT 625 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Theatre (3)
.
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE MATSED PROGRAM 39-42
Requires completion of the requisite Praxis Test in the student's major, or major and minor, before candidate is recommended for licensure.

Recommended Plan of Study for MATSED

Full-time MAT students may begin the program in the Summer or Fall semester. Students who begin in the Summer take foundations courses in the Summer, methods courses in the Fall, and student teach in the Spring semester. Students who begin in the Fall take foundations courses in the Fall, methods courses in the Spring, and then student teach in the following Fall semester.

First Semester
(Summer or Fall)
Second Semester
(Fall or Spring)
Third Semester
(Spring or Second Fall)
MAT 600
MAT 601
MAT 602
MAT 604
MAT 605
MAT 611
MAT 610
MAT 612
MAT 613
MAT 614
Subject Methods
(MAT 616-625)
MAT 606
MAT 607
MAT 615

Part-time students develop a schedule in consultation with an advisor to take additional semesters to complete the program.

Accelerated MAT Secondary Education (Grades 6–12)

Program Requirements

The Accelerated MAT Secondary program is open only to graduates of Westminster College who have completed a teaching major and/or teaching minor in a content area and have also completed the following courses as part of their undergraduate studies:

EDUC 303 Teaching with Technology
EDUC 311 English Learners in All Classrooms
EDUC 312 Specialized Education Services
EDUC 315 Learning Theory

Students who are considering applying for the Accelerated MAT Secondary program should meet with the Program Director early in their undergraduate career, preferably before their junior year.

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

Accelerated MATSED Credit Hours
I. Core Courses 29
. MAT 600 Culture, Family and Community
MAT 602 Introduction to Education
MAT 606 Travel Seminar
MAT 607 Teaching and Research Seminar
MAT 610 Managing the Inclusive Classroom
MAT 611 Curriculum Design & Management
MAT 612 Secondary Methods Seminar
MAT 613 Secondary General Methods & Assessment
MAT 614 Reading, Language & Literacy
MAT 615 Secondary Student Teaching
3
3
2
1
3
3
1
4
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 Methods of Teaching Secondary School History/Social Science (3)
MAT 617 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Science (3)
MAT 619 Methods of Teaching Secondary School English (3)
MAT 621 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Art (3)
MAT 622 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Mathematics (3)
MAT 625 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Theatre (3)
.
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACCELERATED MATSED PROGRAM 32–35
Requires completion of the requisite Praxis Test in the student's major, or major and minor, before candidate is recommended for licensure.

Recommended Plan of Study for Accelerated MATSED

Full-time MAT students may begin the program in the Summer or Fall semester. Students who begin in the Summer take foundations courses in the Summer, methods courses in the Fall, and student teach in the Spring semester. Students who begin in the Fall take foundations courses in the Fall, methods courses in the Spring, and then student teach in the following Fall semester.

Undergraduate Years EDUC 303 EDUC 312
EDUC 311 EDUC 315
First Semester
(Summer or Fall)
Second Semester
(Fall or Spring)
Third Semester
(Spring or Second Fall)
MAT 600
MAT 601
MAT 602
MAT 604
MAT 605
MAT 611
MAT 610
MAT 612
MAT 613
MAT 614
Subject Methods
(MAT 616-625)
MAT 606
MAT 607
MAT 615

Part-time students develop a schedule in consultation with an advisor to take additional semesters to complete the program.

Special Education Program Requirements (MATSPED, Grades K–12, Mild/Moderate)

Students who are seeking their MAT in Special Education must satisfactorily complete all the requirements of the program. Students have the option of preparing for a license in Mild/Moderate Special Education or Severe Special Education. The difference in the two programs is the methods courses that students take.

MAT in Special Education (MATSPED) Credit Hours
I. Core Courses 43
. MAT 600 Culture, Family and Community
MAT 601 Technology and Teaching
MAT 602 Introduction to Education
MAT 604 Learning Theory
MAT 605 Diversity and Learning
MAT 606 Travel Seminar
MAT 607 Teaching and Research Seminar
MAT 630 Elementary Methods & Management
MAT 640 Elementary Methods Seminar
MAT 663 Literacy Foundations, Assessment and Instruction
MAT 667 Teaching Methods: Mathematics and Science
MAT 673 Principles & Application of Special Education Assessment
MAT 674 Behavioral Supports in Special Education
MAT 677 Facilitating Services Across Disciplines
MAT 676 Special Education Student Teaching
3
2
3
2
3
2
1
2
1
4
5
3
3
3
6
II. Methods Courses 6
. Students preparing for Mild/Moderate Special Education take:
MAT 671 Methods for K–6 Mild/Moderate Special Education
MAT 672 Methods for 7–12 Mild/Moderate Special Education

Students preparing for Severe Special Education take:

MAT 681 Methods for K–6 Severe Special Education
MAT 682 Methods for 7–12 Severe Special Education
3
3


3
3
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE MATSPED PROGRAM 49
Requires completion of the requisite Praxis Test before candidate is recommended for licensure.

The following class is recommended but not required:

MAT 631 Math for Elementary Teachers (2)

Recommended Plan of Study for MATSPED

Full-time MAT students may begin the program in the Summer or Fall semester. Students who begin in the Summer take foundations courses in the Summer, methods courses in the Fall, and student teach in the Spring semester. Students who begin in the Fall take foundations courses in the Fall, methods courses in the Spring, and then student teach in the following Fall semester.

First Semester
(Summer or Fall)
Second Semester
(Fall or Spring)
Third Semester
(Spring or Second Fall)
MAT 600
MAT 601
MAT 602
MAT 604
MAT 605
MAT 630
MAT 640
MAT 663
MAT 667
MAT 671 or 681
MAT 672 or 682
MAT 673
MAT 674
MAT 677
MAT 606
MAT 607
MAT 676

MAT in Elementary Education (MATELED) with licensure in Special Education (SPED)

MATECE or MATELED with SPED Credit Hours
I. Required Courses 45
. MAT 600 Culture, Family and Community
MAT 601 Technology and Teaching
MAT 602 Introduction to Education
MAT 604 Learning Theory
MAT 605 Diversity and Learning
MAT 606 Travel Seminar
MAT 607 Teaching and Research Seminar
MAT 630 ELED Methods & Management
MAT 631 Math for ELED Teachers
MAT 639 Elementary Student Teaching
MAT 640 ELED Methods Seminar
MAT 663 Literacy Foundations, Assessment and Instruction
MAT 664 Teaching Methods: Reading and Language Arts
MAT 665 Teaching Methods: Creative Arts & Social Studies
MAT 667 Teaching Methods: Mathematics & Science
3
2
3
2
3
2
1
2
2
6
1
4
4
5
5
II. Special Education Core Courses 13
. MAT 673 Special Education Assessment
MAT 674 Special Education Behavioral Supports
MAT 676 Special Education Student Teaching
MAT 677 Facilitating Special Services
3
3
4
3
III. Special Education Methods Courses 6
. Students preparing for Mild/Moderate Special Education take:
MAT 671 Methods for K–6 Mild/Moderate Special Education
MAT 672 Methods for 7–12 Mild/Moderate SPED

Students preparing for Severe Special Education take:
MAT 681 Methods for K–6 Severe Special Education
MAT 682 Methods for 7–12 Severe Special Education
3
3


3
3
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE MATELED WITH SPED ENDORSEMENT 64
Requires completion of the requisite Praxis Test(s) before candidate is recommended for licensure. See Program Director for current requirements.

Recommended Plan of Study for MATELED with SPED

Full-time MAT students may begin the program in the Summer or Fall semester.

First Semester
(Summer or Fall)
Second and Third Semesters
Fourth Semester
(Second Fall or Spring)
MAT 600
MAT 601
MAT 602
MAT 604
MAT 605
MAT 630
MAT 631
MAT 640
MAT 663
MAT 664
MAT 665
MAT 667
MAT 671 or 681
MAT 672 or 682
MAT 673
MAT 674
MAT 677
MAT 606
MAT 607
MAT 639
MAT 676
Students will take half these courses in one semester and half in the next; based on a plan developed in consultation with their advisor.

Part-time students develop a schedule in consultation with an advisor to take additional semesters to complete the program.

MAT in Secondary Education (MATSED) with licensure in Special Education (SPED)

MATSED with SPED Credit Hours
I. Required Courses 36
. MAT 600 Culture, Family and Community
MAT 601 Technology and Teaching
MAT 602 Introduction to Education
MAT 604 Learning Theory
MAT 605 Diversity and Learning
MAT 606 Travel Seminar
MAT 607 Teaching and Research Seminar
MAT 610 Managing the Inclusive Classroom
MAT 611 Curriculum Design & Management
MAT 612 Secondary Methods Seminar
MAT 613 Secondary General Methods & Assessment
MAT 614 Reading, Language & Literacy
MAT 615 Secondary Student Teaching
3
2
3
2
3
2
1
3
3
1
4
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 Methods of Teaching Secondary School History/Social Science (3)
MAT 617 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Science (3)
MAT 619 Methods of Teaching Secondary School English (3)
MAT 621 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Art (3)
MAT 622 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Mathematics (3)
MAT 624 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Foreign Languages (3)
MAT 625 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Theatre (3)
.
III. Special Education Core Courses 13
. MAT 673 Special Education Assessment
MAT 674 Special Education Behavioral Supports
MAT 676 Special Education Student Teaching
MAT 677 Facilitating Special Services
3
3
4
3
IV. Special Education Methods Courses 6
. Students preparing for Mild/Moderate Special Education take:
MAT 671 Methods for K–6 Mild/Moderate Special Education
MAT 672 Methods for 7–12 Mild/Moderate SPED

Students preparing for Severe Special Education take:
MAT 681 Methods for K–6 Severe Special Education
MAT 682 Methods for 7–12 Severe Special Education
3
3


3
3
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE MATSED WITH SPED ENDORSEMENT 58-61
Requires completion of the requisite Praxis Test(s) before candidate is recommended for licensure. See Program Director for current requirements.  

Recommended Plan of Study for MATSED with SPED

Full-time MAT students may begin the program in the Summer or Fall semester.

First Semester
(Summer or Fall)
Second and Third Semesters


Fourth Semester
MAT 600
MAT 601
MAT 602
MAT 604
MAT 605
MAT 611
MAT 610
MAT 612
MAT 613
MAT 614
Subject Methods
(MAT 616–625)
MAT 671 or 681
MAT 672 or 682
MAT 673
MAT 674
MAT 677


MAT 606
MAT 607
MAT 615
MAT 676
Students will take half these courses in one semester and half in the next; based on a plan developed in consultation with their advisor.

Part-time students develop a schedule in consultation with an advisor to take additional semesters to complete the program.

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 Admissions Office:

  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 9
. MAT 600 Culture, Family and Community
MAT 602 Introduction to Education
MAT 606 Travel Seminar
MAT 607 Teaching and Research Seminar
3
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 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 2
. 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 9
. MAT 600 Culture, Family and Community
MAT 602 Introduction to Education
MAT 606 Travel Seminar
MAT 607 Teaching and Research Seminar
3
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 2
. 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 ESL Endorsement and completion of M.Ed.

Requirement Description Credit Hours
I. MAT Required Courses 9
. MAT 600 Culture, Family and Community
MAT 602 Introduction to Education
MAT 606 Travel Seminar
MAT 607 Teaching and Research Seminar
3
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 634 Teaching Adults (3)
MED 651 Learner-Centered Environments (3)
MED 658 Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3)
.
IV. Capstone Course 2
. All students must take MED 608 Special Topics. .
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ESL ENDORSEMENT FOLLOWED BY COMPLETION OF M.E.d. 32