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Master of Arts in Teaching: Special Education Concentration


 

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with a concentration in Special Education provides individuals with any non-teaching baccalaureate degree a comprehensive background and state licensure in Special Education. The goal of the MAT is to prepare teachers to make effective decisions in diverse classrooms.  To accomplish this goal, emphasis is placed on producing master teachers who are self-reflective, life-long learners who have an understanding of child development, content, and pedagogy.  MAT licensure candidates must be able to use theory, research, classroom experience, and professional judgment to lead others in collaborative planning, implementation, and evaluation of effective instruction for students.

Master of Arts in Teaching Candidate Requirements


 

Candidates for the Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Special Education must provide evidence of a baccalaureate degree in a non-teaching field.  Undergraduate transcripts from accredited institutions will be evaluated by a MAT advisor to determine appropriate completed coursework for the prerequisites for licensure being sought.  Graduate courses taken at other accredited institutions in the last five years must be evaluated and approved by the graduate coordinator.  A maximum of nine semester hours of transfer credit (with grades of B or better) may be applied toward the MAT degree program. 

MAT licensure candidates will be expected to complete all prerequisite classes to be admitted to the MAT graduate classes (Metro State students may complete these requirements as part of their undergraduate program with a minor in education).  The MAT program includes core classes and specified coursework in each licensure area.

Admission to MAT with Concentration in Special Education Licensure Program


 

Candidates must fulfill the following requirements for formal admission:

·      Official Transcript indicating completion of a degree from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students with a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 might be admitted conditionally for two semesters if they meet the GRE requirement and have passed the Elementary Ed content test. They would have two semesters to secure a 3.0 GPA for work taken during those two semesters at Metro.

·      Copies of all transcripts from institutions of higher education previously attended

·      Minimum score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) of 400 Verbal, 400 Quantitative, and 900 on both combined, and a 3.5 on the Analytical Writing portion of the exam.  Test scores are only valid for 5 years.

·      Copy of vita or resume, including work experience

·      One-to-two page typed personal statement in support of application, explaining decision to become an educator

·      Recommendation form/comments from previous major or education faculty or a current supervisor

·      Completed fingerprint card and processing fee, available though the Teacher Application Center at Metro

Other Considerations

·      Experience with children and youth strongly recommended

·      Interview with program faculty may be required

 

Licensure Requirement


 

·      Provide proof of a passing score on the PLACE or Praxis II Elementary Education Content Area Exam

Standards for Continuing in MAT Program


 

Licensure candidates must maintain the following standards to remain in the MAT program:

·      Maintain a 3.0 GPA each semester with a grade of “B” or better; exceptions will be reviewed on a case by case basis.  No more than two grades of “C” will be accepted toward degree requirements.

Complete student teaching 

Eligibility for MAT Student Teaching


 

MAT candidates begin the student teaching application process by completing the Student Teaching Meeting Part I (online) and attending the Student Teaching Meetings Parts II and III (in person).  The application deadline is the third Friday of September (for spring semester assignments) and the third Friday of February (for fall semester assignments).

Licensure candidates must complete the following to be eligible to student teach:

      Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 GPA in all MAT coursework

      Successfully complete all courses required for MAT licensure

MAT with Concentration in Special Education


 

The MAT licensure program in Special Education provides candidates with a case-based curriculum designed to prepare candidates to meet the needs of children and adolescents with mild to severe disabilities. The professional education sequence for a special education generalist provides content that emphasizes developing effective decision-making in diverse contexts.

Candidates who are interested in the program are required to have completed a baccalaureate degree.  Candidates will meet with a MAT Special Education advisor to determine a program plan of study.

Prerequisites for MAT with Concentration in Special Education


 

COURSES ..…………………………………………………………SEMESTER HOURS

SED 3600            Exceptional Learners in the Classroom (see undergraduate catalog)………....3

Total ……………………………………………………………………………………………..................….3

MAT Licensure (Special Education Concentration) Total Hours .....36


Grand Total for MAT with Concentration in Special Education........46


MAT Elementary Education Licensure


 

Candidates for the Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Elementary Education must provide evidence of a baccalaureate degree in a non-teaching field.  Undergraduate transcripts from accredited institutions will be evaluated by a MAT advisor to determine appropriate completed coursework for the prerequisites for licensure being sought.  Graduate courses taken at other accredited institutions in the last five years must be evaluated and approved by the graduate coordinator.  A maximum of nine semester hours of transfer credit (with grades of B or better) may be applied toward the MAT degree program. 

MAT licensure candidates will be expected to complete all prerequisite classes to be admitted to the MAT graduate classes (Metro State students may complete these requirements as part of their undergraduate program with a minor in education).  The MAT program includes core classes and specified coursework in each licensure area.

Admission to MAT with Concentration in Elementary Education Licensure Program


 

Candidates must fulfill the following requirements for formal admission:

·      Official Transcript indicating completion of a degree from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students with a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 might be admitted conditionally for two semesters if they meet the GRE requirement and have passed the Elementary Ed content test. They  would have two semesters to secure a 3.0 GPA for work  taken during those two semesters at Metro 

·      Copies of all transcripts from institutions of higher education previously attended

·      Minimum score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) of 400 Verbal, 400 Quantitative, and 900 on both combined, and a 3.5 on the Analytical Writing portion of the exam.  Test scores are only valid for 5 years.

·      Copy of vita or resume, including work experience

·      One-to-two page typed personal statement in support of application, explaining decision to become an educator

·      Recommendation form/comments from previous major or education faculty or a current supervisor

·      Completed fingerprint card and processing fee, available though the Teacher Application Center at Metro

Other Considerations

·      Experience with children and youth strongly recommended

·      Interview with program faculty may be required

 

Licensure Requirement

·      Provide proof of a passing score on the PLACE or Praxis II Elementary Education Content Area Exam

 

Standards for Continuing in MAT Program

Licensure candidates must maintain the following standards to remain in the MAT program:

·      Maintain a 3.0 GPA each semester with a grade of “B” or better; exceptions will be reviewed on a case by case basis.  No more than two grades of “C” will be accepted toward degree requirements.

·      Complete student teaching 

Eligibility for MAT Student Teaching

MAT candidates begin the student teaching application process by completing the Student Teaching Meeting Part I (online) and attending the Student Teaching Meetings Parts II and III (in person).  The application deadline is the third Friday of September (for spring semester assignments) and the third Friday of February (for fall semester assignments).

Licensure candidates must complete the following to be eligible to student teach:

      Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 GPA in all MAT coursework

      Successfully complete all courses required for MAT licensure

 


MAT with Concentration in Elementary Education Licensure**


 

(see Undergraduate Catalog for Prerequisite course descriptions)

 

Required Content Prerequisites

COURSES……………………………………….…….……..SEMESTER HOURS

       MTH1610 Integrated Mathematics I………..……….…………………..………..…...3

HPS2130  Health and Physical Education for Elementary Teachers…...............2

ARTH/MUS 3060 Art/Music for Elementary Teachers…….………………..……..…3

 

Required Licensure Prerequisites

COURSES……………………………………….…….……..SEMESTER HOURS

    RDG3110  Foundations of Literacy Instruction in Grades P–6………………….…..3

SED3600 The Exceptional Learner in the Classroom…………..…….....………..3

Total Pre-requisite requirements……………………………………….……..…….14

 

Suggested but not required

SCI 2610            Integrated Natural Science I………………………….……………..………3

SCI 2620            Integrated Natural Science II………………………………………..………3

ENG2460            Introduction to Children’s Literature for Non Majors…………….……….3

** A completed fingerprint card and processing fee are required prior to initation in fieldwork.

Total for licensure...............................................33


Grand Total for MAT with concentration in Elementary Education.....43


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