MAT Secondary Education Subject Field (K-12)

Program Director: Dr. Thomas Fallace
Office: VR 3099
Email: fallacet@wpunj.edu

Degree Offered: Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education Subject Field (K-12)

Campus Location: Valley Road campus

Application Deadline:  April 15, 2016

Program Description: 

The Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education (K-12):  

Art, Biological Science, Chemistry, Chinese, Earth Science, English, French, Japanese, Music, Physical Science, Social Studies, Spanish, is a 30-credit, 13 month program, in which graduate students earn initial certification and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in their subject area.  The coursework begins in June of the first summer and ends in August of the following summer.  The program requires a year-long residency starting in September, during which students will be in area schools full time, Monday through Thursday, with additional coursework on Fridays.  Students will meet and implement their action research projects during the second summer semester. Students will be required to demonstrate effective teaching, research, and dispositions that are aligned with COE, state, and national standards through videos, lesson plans, and a research capstone project.  Literacy and technology are integrated throughout the program and key assessments include a teaching performance assessment, e-portfolio, action research project, and Teacher Work Sample. 


Admission Requirements:

  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with an appropriate academic major in the Subject Field Area.
  2. Minimum undergraduate cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 on a 4.00 scale.
  3. Passing score on PRAXIS Core exam in reading, writing and math.
  4. Passing score on PRAXIS II content exam.
  5. Two letters of recommendation from educational, professional or business sources.
  6. An essay describing applicant's eductional philosophy.
  7. An interview with the Program Director, Dr. Tom Fallace, fallacet@wpunj.edu.

Requiremets to be completed prior to StudentTeaching:

  1. Submission of Residency Application
  2. Pass speech/hearing exam
  3. Pass Hygiene requirement

Program requirements:

  • 30 credits of graduate study
  • Cumulative GPA of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
  • Become a member of ocntent area Specialized Professional Association (SPA)
  • Satisfactory completion of Teacher Work Sample
  • Satisfactory completion of action research project
  • Satisfactory completion of year-long residency 

Initial Certification Secondary Education K-12 Subject Field and Master of Teaching

30 credits

Program Requirements:

 

Foundational Coursework for First Summer

 

SMAT 5000: Knowing Your Adolescent Learner I

3

SMAT 5100: The Art of Teaching in the 21st Century

6

 

9

Residency and Methods Coursework for Fall

 

SMAT 5020 Knowing Your Adolescent Learner II

3

SMAT 5600 Master of Arts in Teaching Residency and Seminar I

3

And one of the following

 

SMAT 5300 Mathematics Content Pedagogy and Colloquium I

3

SMAT 5500 Science Content Pedagogy and Colloquium I

3

SMAT 5700 Social Studies Content Pedagogy and Colloquium I

3

SMAT 5800 English/ Language Arts Content Pedagogy and Colloquium I

3

SMAT 5900 World Languages Content Pedagogy and Colloquium I

3

SMAT 5400 Arts Content Pedagogy and Colloquium I

 

 

9

Residency and Methods Coursework for Spring

 

SMAT 5620 Master of Arts in Teaching Residency and Seminar II

3

SMAT 5200 Knowing Your Profession I

3

And one of the following

 

SMAT 5320, 5520,5720, 5820, 5920, 5420 Content Pedagogy and Colloquium II

3

 

9

MAT Coursework in Second Summer

 

SMAT 5220 Knowing Your Profession II

3

SMAT 5100: The Art of Teaching in the 21st Century (6)
The Art of Teaching in the 21st Century is a 6 credit or 90 hour hybrid graduate course that runs prior to residency.  This course is designed to prepare prospective teachers for a successful induction into teaching.  It is designed to help bridge the perceived gap between theory and practice.  In this course teaching is understood according to the latest Professional Teaching Standards and recommendations of Common Core Curriculum Standards (CCCS). The course will include competence in planning, conducting and assessing learning experiences.  The course places emphasis on issues of equity, working with diverse student population, lesson planning, effective technology infusion, inquiry-based learning, managing classroom procedures, and establishing a culture for learning. Students will explore and analyze critical issues related to education practices.

SMAT 5000 and 5020: Knowing Your Adolescent Learner I and II (3-3)
Knowing Your Adolescent Learner is a 6 credit or 90 hour hybrid graduate course that runs prior to residency.  This course is a comprehensive inquiry into contemporary perspectives and practices as it relates to high school and middle school learning environment - learners, teachers, classrooms, schools and global societies.  Utilizing a modular approach, students will analyze critical issues that inform planning, instruction, learning and teacher-student interactions.  Students will be expected to conduct correlative research in adolescent psychology and its impact on the educational environment.

SMAT 5600 and 5620:  Master of Arts in Teaching Residency and Seminar I and II (3-3)

Master of Arts in Teaching Residency and Seminar is a 6 credit or 90 hour hybrid graduate course that runs concurrently with content pedagogy and colloquium.  This year-long residency in a classroom setting under the supervision of a highly effective and experienced classroom teacher and a university mentor is designed to support teacher candidates as they apply professional knowledge, skills and dispositions in support of student learning. Teacher candidates work in classrooms with students of varied cultural and linguistic backgrounds and exceptionalities.   Teacher candidates keep a daily journal and will be observed a minimum of ten (10) times during the year. Teacher candidates will receive both pre and post lesson feedback from the university supervisor and classroom teacher.  A weekly seminar accompanies the residency experience where teacher candidates reflect on their teaching practice, themselves as lifelong learners, and the current landscape of education in the United States and the world.

SMAT 5300 and 5320: Mathematics Content Pedagogy and Colloquium I and II (3-3)

Mathematics Content Pedagogy and Colloquium is a 6 credit or 90 hour hybrid graduate course that runs concurrently with teacher residency.  The purpose of this course is to prepare teacher candidates with effective pedagogical and assessment techniques for middle school and high school mathematics, as outlined by the National Council of Teaching Mathematics (2000), National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (2002), and the Common Core State Standards (2010). Approaches of integrating technology, collaborating, co-teaching, and various methods of assessment will be looked at in depth throughout the course.  Students will be able to identify, plan and implement strategies for teaching and learning mathematics in middle school and high school.

SMAT 5500 and 5520: Science Content Pedagogy and Colloquium I and II (3-3)
Science Content Pedagogy and Colloquium is a 6 credit or 90 hour hybrid graduate course that runs concurrently with teacher residency.  Emphasis is on developing culturally relevant pedagogy, implementing a coherent, multicultural curriculum, and managing a safe and engaging learning environment with high expectations for diverse learners in middle school and high school. Currently recommended strategies that help learners to construct knowledge and understand science ideas are emphasized along with curriculum recommendations of state and national science education standards and the common core.  Candidates participate as learners in lessons that model current recommendations and they study practices of successful teachers through case studies and school visitations.  Lessons planned in the methods laboratory are taught in the field.  Candidates assess their teaching effectiveness through feedback from a variety of sources including peers, learners in the schools, cooperating teachers, and methods professors.  Candidates work collaboratively to plan curriculum projects, to identify and solve problems associated with teaching science in the schools, and to collect and share resources for teaching and safe management of the learning environment. 

SMAT 5700 and 5720: Social Studies Content Pedagogy and Colloquium I and II (3-3)

Social Studies Content Pedagogy and Colloquium I and II is a 6 credit graduate course that runs concurrently with teacher residency. Students will learn about the history and purpose of the social studies, as well as methods on how to teach the National Council for the Social Studies thematic strands, the NJCCCS standards for social studies, and the Common Core Social Studies-Literacy standards for teaching diverse learners in the middle and high school.

SMAT 5800 and 5820: English/Language Arts Content Pedagogy and Colloquium I and II (3-3)
This 6 credit course that runs concurrently with residency focuses on the preparation of prospective/in-service teachers in becoming knowledgeable about English(es), literature, oral, visual, and written literacy, print and non-print media, technology, and research theory in secondary English Language Arts in today’s diverse schools. The methods of teaching English Language Arts, from the planning and delivery of instruction to assessment, align with the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and the National Council for Teachers of English standards. This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to articulate their philosophies and visions as English teachers, and to engage students in developing critical pedagogical theories and practices that will help them enact their philosophies and visions. This course is predicated on the assumption that all teaching is based on theory - that praxis reveals theory. Along with the notion that English Language Arts content area is a conduit to teach about humanity, cultures, life issues, power and social structures, and change throughout the globe and ages. 

SMAT 5900 and 5920: World Languages Content Pedagogy and Colloquium I and II (3-3)World Languages Content Pedagogy and Colloquium I and II runs concurrently with residency.  The purpose of this 6-credit course is to prepare teacher candidates with effective pedagogy, methods and assessment techniques for teaching World Languages in K- 12 settings, as outlined by the National Standards for Foreign Language Education, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.  Approaches for developing lesson and unit plans, meeting the needs of diverse learners, integrating technology, utilizing various teaching methodologies as well as using and analyzing appropriate assessments will be looked at in-depth throughout the course.  The main goal of this course is for teacher candidates to be able to identify, plan, and implement strategies and techniques for the effective teaching learning, and assessment of world languages in New Jersey K – 12 schools.

SMAT 5400 and 5420: Art Pedagogy and Colloquium I and II (3-3)
The MAT hybrid three credit courses offered over two semesters will fulfill the art content pedagogy and colloquium requirement for teachers to be certified as visual arts teachers at the secondary level. The objective of the course is to introduce, explore and utilize global, aesthetic, and educational resources for graduate students to become enlightened teachers in multifaceted areas of visual arts teaching and learning.  The hybrid courses are designed for future teachers to facilitate visual art lesson planning that fulfills the NJCCCS arts standards, develop instructional platforms, foster creativity in hands-on and museum projects,  provide model assessments , and gain leadership skills in art education to foster collaborative learning within their schools. 

SMAT 5200 and SMAT 5220: Knowing Your Profession I and II (3-3)

 Knowing Your Profession is a 6 credit or 90 hour hybrid graduate course that runs concurrently with teacher residency.  The course synthesizes the methods content course, field experience/residency, and educational foundations by focusing topics such as the context of schools, school reform, advocacy, research about teaching diverse students, school politics, national teaching standards, and content area standards.  Students will be expected to produce: a researched-based teacher work sample that includes a literature review and social justice lesson plan in their content area; a school reform project; and, a professional portfolio.  Students will explore the legal, economic, and institutional constraints on schools, and the intellectual, cultural and social possibilities of schools.  This course will stress the reconstructionist model, and groom teacher candidates to become agents for social justice and change. The assessments are designed to move candidates toward critical reflective practice.