MAT Secondary Education Subject Field (K-12)

Program Director: Dr. Thomas Fallace
Office: VR 3099
Phone: 973-720-3942
Email: fallacet@wpunj.edu


Admission to the Program
  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with an appropriate academic major in liberal arts or science OR a min. of 60 credits in liberal arts and a min. of 15 credits in a subject area.
  2. Minimum undergraduate cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 2.75 or higher on a 4.00 scale.
  3. Passing score on the appropriate PRAXIS II Exam (s).
  4. A minimal verbal score of 450 on the Graduate Record Examination, or a minimum score of 388 on the Miller Analogies Test.
  5. Two letters of recommendation from educational, professional or business sources.
  6.  An essay that requires the candidate to describe her/his reasons for wishing to complete the program
  7. An interview with the Program director.
     

Curriculum

Program requirements
PHASE I

Semester I
CIEE 5110 Educational and Psychological Theories and Applications ............................3
CISE 5200 Educational Psychology and Classroom Management .................................3
CIRL 5220 Literacy and Technology Across the Curriculum ...........................................3

Semester II

CIEE 5220 Inclusion, Second Language Learners and Differentiated Instruction..................................................................................................................2
CIEE 5300 Secondary Education Practicum Internship (candidate must possess a substitute teaching license prior to practicum semester).................................... ...........................1
Plus one of the following (depending on Subject Field) 
CISE 5310 Social Studies Methods for Secondary Schools ...........................................3
CISE 5320 Mathematics Methods in Secondary Schools...............................................3
CISE 5330 Creative Arts Methods in Secondary Schools ..............................................3
CISE 5340 English/Language Arts Methods in Secondary Schools ................................3
CISE 5350 Science Methods in Secondary Schools .....................................................3
CISE 5360 World Language Methods in Secondary Schools .........................................3

Semester III
EDUC 5400 – Student Teaching Internship  (5 days per week) ..............................10
CISE 5500 Reckoning with the Past & Preparing for a Future in Education.............2


PHASE II

Graduate Level Elective in Content Area (Approved by Advisor)............................3
Graduate Level Elective in (Approved by Advisor) .................................................3
Graduate Level Elective in (Approved by Advisor) .................................................3
CMAT 681 Research in Education (Pre-req:9 credits upper level electives) ..........3
CMAT 682 Research in Education II (Pre-req: 681) ...............................................3
Total Credits Phase I, Initial Teacher Licensure Coursework..................................30
Total Credits Phase II, Upper Level Coursework ....................................................15
Total Credits for M.A.T. Program ...........................................................................45

*K-12 certification courses open to non-degree students. Students may take up to 9 credits as a non-degree student. Candidates must then successfully matriculate into the MAT Secondary program to continue beyond the 9 credits.


Courses
Unless otherwise noted, all courses are three (3) credits

CIEE 5110 Educational Psychological Theories and Applications
This course examines the historical and philosophical foundations of education, including introductory knowledge of lesson planning, classroom management, teaching methods, special education, learning styles, child development, legal issues, a code of ethics, multicultural education, and the role of reflection in teaching. Current issues are discussed such as vouchers, charter schools, and the rolesof local, state, and federal governments in funding public education. Students conduct 10 hours of observations in K-5 (elementary) or 5-8 (middle school) classrooms and assess their own abilities in relation to professional teaching standards. Students are introduced to e-portfolios, assess their dispositions, and develop an educational philosophy. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and admission into the M.A.T. program

CISE 5200 Educational Psychology and Classroom Management
This graduate level course addresses the issues currently affecting secondary learning environments in both regular and special education. The ever shortening attention spans of adolescents combined with the increased pressure to meet and maintain academic standards has created unique classroom management challenges. Now more than ever teachers require an understanding of the factors that contribute to a well-organized, peaceful, productive classroom environment. This requires creativity, resourcefulness and reflection on the part of the teacher. Prospective teachers will reflectively evaluate the history of classroom management techniques and their own styles and philosophies of classroom management in both a seminar and clinical setting.

CIRL 5220 Literacy, Technology Across the Curriculum
This course is offered as a required course for students seeking secondary certification. The course is designed to help prospective teachers construct a theoretical knowledge base and a practical conceptual understanding of content area reading instruction. Specifically, students will learn different teaching and learning strategies in the content areas and will select, plan, and design materials for content area instruction. Candidates will develop their teaching skills, and particularly their ability to identify and address the educational needs of individual students, by tutoring a K-12 student during a supervised field experience. ART, PE, and Music students can complete the tutoring in K-12 classrooms. All other subject areas must complete the field work in 6-12 classrooms.

CIEE 5220 Inclusion, Second Language Learners and Differentiated

This course focuses on developmentally appropriate methods of differentiating instruction for all students. It presents theory and strategies to teach students who are English language learners, as well as presenting theory and strategies to identify and teach preschool and elementary students who may have mild to moderate disabilities. Connections are made between various instructional models and individual student needs. Topics include core content curriculum methodology, second language acquisition, using the curriculum to facilitate second language learning, adaptation and modification strategies to address academic, behavioral, and emotional needs, methods to incorporate assessment results in IEP goals and objectives, and ways to develop and implement evaluation procedures to assess student progress. Prerequisite: CMAT 511 or CIEE 511 (2 credits) 


CIEE 5300 Seconday Education Practicum Internship
This course is designed to focus on the practicum (one day a week) field experience. Students are expected initially to observe the classroom and work one-on-one with students, then to work with the classroom teacher and gradually take on whole-class responsibilities. Students are required to develop an interdisciplinary lesson plan, participate in a teacher dispositions self-evaluation, and continue to link e-portfolio artifacts to appropriate standards. Students must take this course concurrently with one of our subject-specific methods courses (CISE 531-536). This course will provide students in the secondary (K-12) education certification program with the knowledge required to translate theories into practice; to reflect upon how past educational practices continue to affect current teaching methods; to effectively manage classrooms; and to select, administer, and assess appropriate evaluation instruments. It is recommended that students take the PRAXIS exam during this semester. 

Plus ONE of the following courses based on subject field major:

CISE 5310 Social Studies Methods for Secondary Schools
This course is an introduction for post-baccalaureate students to methods and materials of teaching middle school and high school social studies. The course defines social studies as an interdisciplinary field which includes history, geography, sociology, psychology, anthropology, political science and economics, and which examines social problems over time and in different times and places. Social studies are presented as a means of understanding the unity and diversity of peoples and societies worldwide. In the course, students examine the history of social studies, various opinions of the goals and methods of social studies, and various approaches to planning and teaching lessons. Prerequisites: CISE 5050; CISE 5100; CISE 5102; CISE 5140. Co-requisites: CISE 5200; CIRL 5220; CISE 5300.

CISE 5320 Mathematics Methods in Secondary Schools
Learning and assessment of mathematics at the high school and middle school levels is understood and applied according to the recommendations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the guidelines of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. Strategies of teaching whole class and small groups, hands-on problem solving and posing experiences, integrating mathematics across and within the curriculum, technology applications and applications of mathematics in the real world experiences are explored in depth. This course is coordinated with a second level practicum experience in a 7-12 mathematics classroom. Prerequisites: CISE 5050; CISE 5100; CISE 5120; CISE 5140. Co-requisites: CISE 5200; CIRL 5220; CISE 5300.

CISE 5330 Creative Arts Methods in Secondary Schools
This course is designed to further teachers of creative and visual arts. The course is established to provide opportunities for college students to understand teaching and learning obligations of K-12 educational environments, to provide teaching skills in the area of the arts, to develop instructional platform skills, and, to prepare for assignments as student interns, classroom teachers, and ultimately for leadership roles in art education. Prerequisites: CISE 5050; CISE 5100; CISE 5120; CISE 5140. Co-requisites: CISE 5200; CIRL 5220; CISE 5300.

CISE 5340 English/Language Arts Methods in Secondary Schools
This course focuses on the preparation of teachers who are knowledgeable about language, literature, oral, visual, and written literacy, print and non-print media, technology, and research theory. Instructional engagements are intended to develop within preservice teachers the dispositions and capacities necessary to teach a variety of discourses including thinking, feeling, acting, believing, valuing, reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Current issues and trends in teaching the English language arts in middle and secondary schools and national and regional standards are addressed. Prerequisites: CISE 5050; CISE 5100; CISE 5120; CISE 5140.  Co-requisites: CISE 5200; CIRL 5220; CISE 5300.

CISE 5350 Science Methods in Secondary Schools
The emerging professional will organize experiences that include inquiry processes and knowledge construction fundamental to learning science. Developing concepts through concrete experience, and appreciation for relationships among science, technology, and society, and issues of equity and diversity are stressed. Students are required to demonstrate competence in planning and applying learning cycles, authentic assessment, thematic integration, the use of technology to teach and assess resources, and the maintenance of a safe, effective classroom. Focus is on the middle and high school years with attention to formal and informal science education throughout life. Curriculum coherence across the grades will be emphasized with references to elementary science experiences on which the middle school curriculum builds. Emerging professionals will be prepared to enter a community of collaborators (science teachers, scientists, university science educators, parents, and community members). Prerequisites: CISE 5050; CISE 5100; CISE 5120; CISE 5140. Co-requisites: CISE 5200; CIRL 5220; CISE 5300.

CISE 5360 World Language Methods in Secondary Schools
This course is designed to inform subject field K-12 preservice teachers of current theories and practices of teaching a world language in secondary schools. Students will gain in-depth pedagogical knowledge and understanding of language acquisition and literacy development in a second language. Specifically, students will apply their theoretical understanding and pedagogical knowledge to classroom situations. They will analyze and critique curricula, engaging in inquiry driven discussions about theory and methodology and plan innovative instruction. Prerequisites: CISE 5050; CISE 5100; CISE 5120; CISE 5140. Co-requisites: CISE 5200; CIRL 5202; CISE 5300

EDUC 5400 Student Teaching Internship (5 days/week)
This seminar is designed to apply learning about professional knowledge, humanistic practices, and reflective thinking to classroom situations on a full-time basis for one semester. Students are observed eight times by a University supervisor who regularly reviews student journals. A seminar accompanies the internship and meets on a weekly basis for discussion and reflection of the students’ teaching experience. Students brainstorm solutions to classroom problems. Career development information is also made available (e.g., resume writing, interviewing skills, and organizing credential files). Each student develops a portfolio demonstrating his/her teaching abilities. Prerequisites: Completion of all courses and practicum in program.

CMAT - 6810 - METHODS OF RESEARCH I
This course prepares students to develop, implement, and write up an original educational research project within their field of specialization in the M.A.T. program. This course is the first of two capstone empirical research experiences in the program. Students are required to select a research topic, review the existing literature related to that topic, and formulate a specific re-searchable question(s) within that topic. As a final paper, students write the first three chapters of their master's thesis. This course follows 22 credits of graduate education courses, student teaching, and receipt of an elementary teaching certificate. Prerequisite: EDUC 5180 or 5140

CMAT - 6820 - METHODS OF RESEARCH II
This course is a continuation of CMAT 6810 (Research in Education I), and focuses on students' experiences in carrying out and writing up their original education research projects within their field of specialization in the M.A.T. program. The draft of the first three chapters is revised during this course, and a full five-chapter paper, including a report of results and a discussion of findings, is submitted at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: EDUC 5180 or 5140