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Plans of Study

Students may begin the Elementary MAT program in the Summer or Fall semester.We recommend that students consider completing the Elementary MAT program in four semesters. Students who have few outside commitments and wish to take an accelerated schedule can complete the program in three semesters.

Four-Semester Elementary MAT Program

Students on a four-semester plan who begin in the Summer take foundations courses in the Summer, methods courses in the Fall and Spring, and student teach in the following Fall semester. Students on a four-semester plan who begin in the Fall take foundations courses in the Fall, methods courses in the Spring and Fall, and then student teach in the following Spring semester. Students may meet with an advisor to develop a plan to complete the Elementary MAT in more than four semesters.

First Semester
Course Number Course Name Credits
MAT 600 Culture, Family and Community 3
MAT 601 Technology and Teaching 1
MAT 602 Introduction to Education 3
MAT 605 Diversity and Learning 3
MAT 630 ELED Methods and Management 2
MAT 631 Math for ELED Teachers 2
Second Semester
Course Number Course Name Credits
MAT 604 Learning Theory 2
MAT 640 Elementary Methods Seminar 1
MAT 663 Literacy Foundations 3
MAT 664 Reading and Language Arts 3
MAT 669 Literacy Assessment & Intervention 1
Third Semester
Course Number Course Name Credits
MAT 632 Science Methods 3
MAT 633 Math methods 3
MAT 636 Social Studies Methods 3
MAT 637 Creative Arts Methods 3
Fourth Semester
Course Number Course Name Credits
MAT 607 Teaching and Research Seminar 1
MAT 639 Elementary Student Teaching 6
MAT 606 Travel Seminar  

Travel Seminar is taken in May, either after a spring-semester student teaching experience or before a fall-semester student teaching experience.

Three-Semester Elementary MAT Program

Students on a three-semester plan who begin in the Summer take foundations courses in the Summer, methods courses in the Fall, and student teach in the Spring semester. Students on a three-semester plan 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
Course Number Course Name Credits
MAT 600 Culture, Family and Community 3
MAT 601 Technology and Teaching 1
MAT 602 Introduction to Education 3
MAT 604 Learning Theory 2
MAT 605 Diversity and Learning 3
MAT 630 ELED Methods and Management 2
MAT 631 Math for ELED Teachers 2
MAT 640 Elementary Methods Seminar 1
Second Semester
Course Number Course Name Credits
MAT 632 Science Methods 3
MAT 633 Math methods 3
MAT 636 Social Studies Methods 3
MAT 637 Creative Arts Methods 3
MAT 663 Literacy Foundations 3
MAT 664 Reading and Language Arts 3
MAT 669 Literacy Assessment & Intervention 1
Third Semester
Course Number Course Name Credits
MAT 607 Teaching and Research Seminar 1
MAT 639 Elementary Student Teaching 6
MAT 606 Travel Seminar  

Travel Seminar is taken in May, either after a spring-semester student teaching experience or before a fall-semester student teaching experience.

Full-time MAT students may begin the program in the summer or fall semester.

First Semester

Summer or fall.

Course Number Course Name Credits
MAT 600 Culture, Family and Community 3
MAT 601 Technology and Teaching 1
MAT 602 Introduction to Education 2
MAT 604 Learning Theory 3
MAT 605 Diversity and Learning 2
MAT 630 ELED Methods and Management 2
MAT 631 Math for ELED Teachers 2
Second and Third Semesters
Course Number Course Name Credits
MAT 632 Science Methods 3
MAT 633 Math Methods 3
MAT 636 Social Studies Methods 3
MAT 637 Creative Arts Methods 3
MAT 640 ELED Seminar 1
MAT 663 Literacy Foundations 3
MAT 664 Reading and Language Arts 4
MAT 669 Literacy Assessment and Intervention 1
MAT 673 Special Education Assessment 3
MAT 674 Special Education Behavioral Supports 3
MAT 677 Facilitating Special Services 3
Students Preparing for a Mild/Moderate License Take
Course Number Course Name Credits
MAT 671 Methods for K–6 Mild/Moderate SPED 3
MAT 672 Methods for 7–12 Mild/Moderate SPED 3
Students Preparing for a Severe License Take
Course Number Course Name Credits
MAT 681 Methods for K–6 Severe SPED 3
MAT 682 Methods for 7–12 Severe SPED 3
Fourth Semester

13 credit hours.

Course Number Course Name Credits
MAT 606 Travel Seminar 2
MAT 607 Teaching and Research Seminar 1
MAT 676 Special Education Student Teaching 4
MAT 639 Elementary Student Teaching 6

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

Full-time students may begin the MAT program in either the summer or fall semesters. They complete the program in three semesters (summer-fall-spring or fall-spring-fall).

First Semester

Summer or fall.

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
MAT 600*Culture, Family and Community3
MAT 601Technology and Teaching1
MAT 602*Introduction to Education3
MAT 604Learning Theory2
MAT 605Diversity and Learning3
MAT 611*Curriculum Design and Management3

*At least these three courses must be taken in the first term by part-time students.

Second Semester

Fall or spring.

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
MAT 610Managing the Inclusive Classroom3
MAT 612Secondary Methods Seminar2
MAT 613Secondary Methods and Assessment4
MAT 614Reading, Language, and Literacy3
MAT 616-625Subject Methods Course3

Students will complete 30 hours of observation and teaching in schools arranged by Westminster's School of Education for each of two methods courses (60 hours total).

Third Semester

Spring or second fall.

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
MAT 606Travel Seminar2
MAT 607Teaching and Research Seminar1
MAT 615Secondary Student Teaching6

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

Full-time MAT students may begin the program in the summer or fall semester.

First Semester

Summer or fall.

Course Number Course Name Credits
MAT 600 Culture, Family and Community 3
MAT 601 Technology and Teaching 1
MAT 602 Introduction to Education 2
MAT 604 Learning Theory 3
MAT 605 Diversity and Learning 2
MAT 611 Curriculum Design and Assessment 3
Second and Third Semesters
Course Number Course Name Credits
MAT 612 Secondary Methods Seminar 2
MAT 613 Secondary General Methods and Assessment 4
MAT 614 Reading, Language and Literacy 3
MAT 616-625 Subject Methods 3
MAT 673 Special Education Assessment 3
MAT 674 Special Education Behavioral Supports 3
MAT 677 Facilitating Special Services 3
Students Preparing for a Mild/Moderate License Take
Course Number Course Name Credits
MAT 671 Methods for Kandndash;6 Mild/Moderate SPED 3
MAT 672 Methods for 7andndash;12 Mild/Moderate SPED 3
Students Preparing for a Severe License Take
Course Number Course Name Credits
MAT 681 Methods for Kandndash;6 Severe SPED 3
MAT 682 Methods for 7andndash;12 Severe SPED 3

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

Fourth Semester

Second fall or spring.

Course Number Course Name Credits
MAT 606 Travel Seminar 2
MAT 607 Teaching and Research Seminar 1
MAT 639 Secondary Student Teaching 6
MAT 676 Special Education Student Teaching 4

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

Full-time MAT students may begin the program in the summer or fall semester.

First Semester

Summer or fall.

Course Number Course Name Credits
MAT 600 Culture, Family and Community 3
MAT 601 Technology and Teaching 1
MAT 602 Introduction to Education 2
MAT 604 Learning Theory 3
MAT 605 Diversity and Learning 2
MAT 630 ELED Methods and Management 2
MAT 631 Math for Teachers 2
Second and Third Semesters
Course Number Course Name Credits
MAT 633 Math Methods 3
MAT 640 Seminar 1
MAT 663 Literacy Foundations 3
MAT 669 Literacy Assessment 1
MAT 673 Special Education Assessment 3
MAT 674 Special Education Behavioral Supports 3
MAT 677 Facilitating Special Services 3
Students Preparing for a Mild/Moderate License Take
Course Number Course Name Credits
MAT 671 Methods for Kandndash;6 Mild/Moderate SPED 3
MAT 672 Methods for 7andndash;12 Mild/Moderate SPED 3
Students Preparing for a Severe License Take
Course Number Course Name Credits
MAT 681 Methods for Kandndash;6 Severe SPED 3
MAT 682 Methods for 7andndash;12 Severe SPED 3
Fourth Semester
Course Number Course Name Credits
MAT 606 Travel Seminar 2
MAT 607 Teaching and Research Seminar 1
MAT 676 Special Education Student Teaching 4

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