Master of Arts in Teaching

MAT 510 Research on Teaching Diverse Learners 5
Prereq.: Admission to the M.A.T program. Research-based introduction to teaching, learning theory, classroom implications of developmental and diversity issues, and personal stance. Includes at least 15 hours of school day field experiences in assigned settings. CT law requires fingerprinting and a criminal background check for the field experiences in this class. Fingerprinting must be completed prior to the beginning of class. Summer I.

MAT 511 Introduction to Special Education 1
Prereq.: Admission to M.A.T. program. Introduction to basic concepts, legal issues, and terminology related to teaching special learners in the regular classroom. Satisfactory completion of exit examination is required to pass the course. Summer I.

MAT 520 Design and Delivery of Instruction 4
Prereq.: Admission to the M.A.T. program, and MAT 510 (C or better). Coreq.: MAT 529. Cross disciplinary study of design and delivery of instruction. Includes at least 45 hours of field experience in an assigned public school classroom, delivering lessons and observation by university instructor. Students must pass the field component to pass the course. CT law requires fingerprinting and a criminal background check for the field experiences in this class. Fingerprinting must be completed prior to the beginning of class. Summer II.

MAT 529 Content Pedagogy I in Certification Area: English, Mathematics, Science, Spanish, Special Education, Technology 3
Prereq.: MAT 510 (C or better). Coreq.: MAT 520. Introduction to discipline-specific standards, pedagogy, and assessment strategies. Taught in certification area: English, mathematics, science, Spanish, special education or technology. Summer II.

MAT 530 Meeting the Needs of Special Learners in the Classroom 3
Prereq.: Admission to the M.A.T. program, and MAT 511 (C or better) and MAT 520 (C or better). Coreq.: MAT 533. Study of strategies for meeting the needs of special learners in the regular classroom, emphasizing differentiation of instruction, assessment and management. Fall.

MAT 531 Literacy and Language Issues in the Classroom 3
Prereq.: Admission to the M.A.T. program, and MAT 520 (C or better). Coreq.: MAT 533. Study of research, theory, and practice on developing literacy in content area classroom; differentiation to support struggling readers and writers; and strategies to support English language learners. Fall.

MAT 532 Research I: Reading and Designing Educational Research 3
Prereq.: Admission to the M.A.T program. Coreq.: MAT 533. Develop ability to locate and critically read educational research; review literature; and design action research. This is the first half of the program capstone sequence (Plan E). Fall.

MAT 533 Field Experience in the Certification Area: English, Mathematics, Science, Spanish, Special Education, Technology 3
Prereq.: Admission to the M.A.T program, MAT 520 and MAT 529, both with grades of C or higher. Coreq.: MAT 530, MAT 531, MAT 532, MAT 534, and MAT 539. Two days weekly supervised field experience in assigned public school classroom in certification area: English, mathematics, Science, Spanish, Special Education, or Technology. Focus on lesson planning, delivery, management and analysis of instruction. University supervisor observations and seminar. CT law requires fingerprinting and a criminal background check for the field experiences in this class. Fingerprinting must be completed prior to the beginning of class. Fall.

MAT 534 Creating Productive Learning Environments 3
Prereq.: Admission to the M.A.T. program, and MAT 520 with a grade of C or higher. Coreq.: MAT 533. Develop basic preventive management strategies, a repertoire of approaches to daily management of classroom behavior, skills in addressing chronic disciplinary problems, and a personal discipline plan congruent with school policies. Fall.

MAT 539 Content Pedagogy in the Certification Area II 3
Prereq.: Admission to the M.A.T. program, and MAT 520 with a grade of C or higher. Coreq.: MAT 533. Continuation of study of discipline-specific standards, pedagogy and assessment strategies in the certification area: English, mathematics, science, Spanish, special education, or technology. Taught in the certification area. Fall.

MAT 540 Internship in the Certification Area: English, Mathematics, Science, Spanish, Special Education, or Technology 6
Prereq.: Admission to the M.A.T. program and MAT 530, 531, 532, 533, 534, and 539 (all with grades of C or higher); a minimum GPA of 3.00; and permission of department chair. Coreq.: MAT 541 and MAT 542. Sixteen week, full-time internship in assigned public school classroom, supervised by certified teacher. Gradual assumption of full responsibility for classroom. Some certification areas must complete placements at two levels. CT law requires fingerprinting and a criminal background check for the field experiences in this class. Fingerprinting must be completed prior to the beginning of class. Spring.

MAT 541 Internship Seminar 1
Prereq.: Admission to the M.A.T. program. Coreq.: MAT 540. Cross disciplinary seminar focused on problem solving and reflection to improve student learning and support novice teachers. Attention to progress in action research. Spring.

MAT 542 Assessment of Student Learning 3
Prereq.: Admission to the M.A.T. program. Coreq.: MAT 540. Design, implement, and analyze effective assessments of student learning, utilize state assessment data, make data-based decisions, and document impact on K-12 student learning. Spring.

MAT 550 Research II: Conducting and Reporting Action Research 3
Prereq.: Admission to the M.A.T. program; MAT 532, 540, 541, and 542 (all with grade of C or higher); and minimum GPA of 3.00 in MAT program. Complete the action research cycle by analyzing data and reporting research through paper and presentation. This is the second half of the program capstone (Plan E). CT law requires fingerprinting and a criminal background check for the field experiences in this class. Fingerprinting must be completed prior to the beginning of class. Summer I.

MAT 551 Perspectives on Educational Policy and Practice 3
Prereq.: Admission to the M.A.T. program. Study of the contribution of philosophical, sociological and historical perspectives on American education today. Summer I.

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