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Master of Education in the Art of Teaching (Alternate Route)

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The Master of Education in the Art of Teaching (MAT) Program, approved by the Mississippi Department of Education, provides an opportunity for non-education graduates to enter the teaching profession and earn a Master of Education degree in the Art of Teaching. The program is designed to lead to full standard alternative licensure within one year and the option of earning a master's degree with one additional year. Because of the unique nature of this program, all work must be completed at William Carey University.

In order to complete the two trimesters of internship, alternate route interns are required to secure full time employment teaching in their licensed areas in approved school districts within a 60-mile radius of William Carey University. Special permission is required if an intern seeks employment in a school district out of the 60-mile radius.

Program Advisors:

Dr. Cassandra Conner, Tradition Campus cconner@wmcarey.edu

Dr. Candice Aycock, Hattiesburg Campus caycock@wmcarey.edu

Dr. Bitsy Browne Miller, Hattiesburg Campus bmiller@wmcarey.edu

 

Steps Toward Standard Licensure

1. Admission to the Alternate Route Program

A candidate having completed the admission requirements must have an undergraduate degree in a non-teaching field with a required Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 on his/her college/university core curriculum.  Also required is a passing score on the PRAXIS CORE or an ACT of 21 with no sub score below 18, and a passing score on a PRAXIS II Specialty Area Examination from an approved program area.

Note:  Mississippi State Department of Education Licensure Guidelines require candidates in Elementary (grades 4-6) Alternate Route Programs to pass the Foundations of Reading assessment with a passing score of 229 for Endorsement Code 117, effective July 1, 2017. This test must be passed before an alternate route elementary track candidate can receive INITIAL licensure. Initial licensure is a prerequisite to enrolling in EDU 635 - Internship.

2. Initial Course Requirements (6 hours)

A candidate must first successfully complete EDU 536 Classroom Management and EDU 650 Tests, Measurements, and Evaluations. These courses must be completed prior to applying for a three-year initial license and to the internship. Students must complete the internship within three years in order to qualify for a standard teaching license.

3. Admission to the Internship (EDU 635 - 6 hours)

After the successful completion of Step 2, a candidate may enroll in EDU 635, which is a two-term internship as a regular classroom teacher. This course will include regularly scheduled seminars on the William Carey campus during this year and additional assignments. Each intern must be employed as a full-time classroom teacher in the area in which PRAXIS II was passed or in an approved subject area in which the intern has a minimum of 21 undergraduate hours and appears on the intern's initial certificate.

Alternate route students will be enrolled in EDU 635 (Internship) in cohort groups. A cohort is defined as a group of students who begin and end EDU 635 at the same time. Interns will move through the two trimesters of internship in consecutive order (fall trimester-3 hours; winter trimester-3 hours).

After completing these three steps, a candidate will apply for a standard Mississippi Educator License in the PRAXIS specialty area that was passed. If the candidate wishes to enter the M.Ed. program, the twelve hours earned in these steps will count toward the Master of Education in the Art of Teaching degree.

NOTE: A student who is completely admitted may continue to take program courses prior to internship; however, the student cannot graduate without successful completing of the internship.

Admission to the Program

A candidate having completed the admission requirements must have an undergraduate degree in a non-teaching field with a required Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 on his/her college/university core curriculum.  Also required is a passing score on the PRAXIS CORE or an ACT of 21 with no sub score below 18.  The candidate must also pass a PRAXIS II Specialty Area Examination from an approved program area.

Note:  Mississippi State Department of Education Licensure Guidelines require candidates in Elementary (grades 4-6) Alternate Route Programs to pass the Foundations of Reading assessment with a passing score of 229 for Endorsement Code 117, effective July 1, 2017. This test must be passed before an alternate route elementary track candidate can receive INITIAL licensure. Initial licensure is a prerequisite to enrolling in EDU 635 - Internship.

The Program

This program is specifically designed with a 12 hour core in all three tracks: Elementary, Secondary, and Special Education – Mild/Moderate Disabilities.  The Elementary track has a total of 33 hours; the Secondary track has a total of 30 hours; the Special Education track has a total of 33 hours.  Because there are 12 hours initially earned for licensure counting toward this degree, there are no electives in this program.

Current Areas Available for Licensure Through the MAT (alternate route):

  • Art
  • Biology*
  • Business
  • Chemistry*
  • Elementary Education (grades 4th-6th only)
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Health
  • Home Economics/Family and Consumer Science
  • Library Media Specialist
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics*
  • Music Education
  • Physical Education
  • Physics*
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish
  • Special Education (Mild/Moderate Disabilities)
  • Speech Communication

*Financial Aid is available through the SMART Grant to candidates who qualify


Elementary Education Track - 33 hours

  • EDU 536 Classroom Management
  • EDU 650 Tests, Measurements, and Evaluations
  • EDU 635 Internship I
  • EDU 635 Internship II
  • EDU 572 Survey of the Exceptional Child and Multicultural Education
  • EDU 620 Teacher as a Researcher
  • EDU 625 Technology in Education
  • EDU 636 MAT Reading and Writing across the Curriculum
  • EDU 602 Children's Literature
  • EDU 606 Integration of Content Curriculum
  • EDU 611 Current Trends in Reading

Secondary Education Track - 30 hours

  • EDU 536 Classroom Management
  • EDU 650 Tests, Measurements, and Evaluations
  • EDU 635 Internship I
  • EDU 635 Internship II
  • EDU 572 Survey of the Exceptional Child and Multicultural Education
  • EDU 620 Teacher as a Reseacher
  • EDU 625 Technology in Education
  • EDU 636 Reading and Writing across the Curriculum
  • EDU 640 Curricula Planning
  • EDU 646 Secondary Methods

Special Education Track - 33 hours

  • EDU 536 Classroom Management
  • EDU 650 Tests, Measurements, and Evaluations
  • EDU 635 Internship I
  • EDU 635 Internship II
  • EDU 572 Survey of the Exceptional Child
  • EDU 660 Organizational Procedures for Special Education
  • EDU 663 Learning Disabilities
  • EDU 664 Teaching Individuals with Learning Disabilities
  • EDU 665 Behavior Management
  • EDU 668 Intellectual Disabilities
  • EDU 669 Teaching Individuals with Mild Intellectual Disabilities

Additional Requirements for all Candidates

Comprehensive Examination

Each candidate must successfully complete a comprehensive examination.  The candidate can apply to take this examination within six hours of graduation.

Graduation Requirements

  • Successfully complete the program with a GPA of at least 3.0. No grade less that a "C" will be accepted toward the degree. No more than two grades below a "B" will be allowed in the program.
  • Successfully complete the required courses and comprehensive examination.
  • Complete the graduation application and comprehensive examination application by October 15 for May graduation and March 1 for August graduation.
  • Complete the program within six years after being admitted.

Course Descriptions

For Elementary, Secondary, and Special Education Tracks

EDU 536 Classroom Management

This course provides information to help students develop pro-active strategies to manage the classroom environment and student behavior. Emphasis is placed on the student's development of a personal and unique classroom management plan.

EDU 650 Tests, Measurements, and Evaluation

The study of the measurement and evaluation of student learning with both criterion and norm-referenced procedures.

EDU 635 Internship (6 hours; Fall-3; Winter-3)

While teaching, the student will attend mandatory seminars which will include research and discussion on current educational issues concerning the classroom teacher and will relate the information to the teaching experience.

EDU 572 Survey of the Exceptional Child and Multicultural Education

A study of the exceptionalities from the gifted to the profoundly disabled. Includes a multicultural component which explores the diverse ethnic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds of students and techniques for providing an effective relevant education.

For Elementary and Secondary Tracks

EDU 625 Technology in Education

The study of technology language, systems, resources, assessments, management, and research, emphasizing hands-on experiences with computers.

EDU 636 Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum

An introduction to specific principles and practices of integrating reading/writing across the curriculum with emphasis placed upon an awareness of balancing the process and the product, strategies for using the approach and assessment.

EDU 620 Teacher As Researcher

The learner explores quantitative and qualitative research methodologies through conducting collaborative field-based research of classroom related programs.

Elementary Track

EDU 602 Children's Literature 

A study of the current literature for children and adolescents. The integration of literature into the elementary and middle school curriculum is emphasized.

EDU 606 Integration of Content

Components from social studies, science and mathematics in the elementary school will be included.  Integrating each of these subjects through discovery, hands-on learning and problem solving is emphasized.  The scope and sequence of the elementary curriculum is examined with an emphasis placed on the development of concepts and generalizations appropriate for the elementary child.

EDU 611 Current Trends in Reading

Current research related to the effective teaching of reading in the elementary school is explored. Using the methods and strategies studied in the student's classroom is emphasized.

Secondary Track

EDU 640 Curricula Planning

A survey of general curriculum development with emphasis upon current practices in curriculum design and organization, evaluation of curriculum materials, and curriculum development including behavioral objectives.

EDU 646 Secondary Methods

An in-depth study of current management, instructional and evaluation processes and practices with secondary schools. Methods and problems related to teaching and learning in the student's major field will be emphasized.

Special Education Track

EDU 660 Organizational Procedures for Special Education

A study of the organizational procedures of special education as required by the Mississippi State Department of Education and the legislative and court decisions associated with special education are covered in this course.

EDU 663 Learning Disabilities

This course is an overview of the field of learning disabilities including historical development, theoretical research bases, and social, emotional, physical and learning characteristics.

EDU 664 Teaching Individuals with Learning Disabilities

This course addresses basic assessment procedures, selection and utilization of instructional methods, materials, and individualized programming for individuals with specific learning disabilities. Prerequisite EDU 663.

EDU 665 Behavior Management

This course will examine the laws, history, and prevalence of behavior disorders. Assessment instruments and procedures will be presented along with extensive coverage of intervention plans, curricula, and classroom management strategies. Field experience may be included.

EDU 668 Intellectual Disabilities

This course is an overview of intellectual disabilities including etiology and syndromes, theoretical research bases, and social emotional, physical, and intellectual characteristics.

EDU 669 Teaching Students with Mild Intellectual Disabilities

This course addresses basic assessment procedures, selection, and utilization of instructional methods, materials, and individualized programming for individuals with mild intellectual disabilities. Prerequisite EDU 668.