Curriculum: M.A. in Teaching (M.A.T.) at Marylhurst

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Teaching Curriculum & M.A.T. Degree Requirements: What You Will Study

To earn your Master of Art in Teaching from Marylhurst, you complete a minimum of 54 credits in a sequence of graduate courses with the option to complete additional credits in an endorsement of your choice:

Core Courses (40 credits)
As a part of your core course requirements, you will study topics including socio-political and social justice issues, child development and learning, ESOL methods and strategies, languge development and culturally proficient curriculum. Experential learning through student teaching and field experience also makeup a portion of the core course requirements.

Receive an introduction to the current social, political and ethical issues surrounding public education. Develop an understanding of the challenges facing students, families and communities in helping all students meet performance expectations.
Benefit from an introduction to linguistic description. Theories of language acquisition and applications to the classroom will be integrated. As a student, you will learn to analyze components of language and first and second language acquisition theories. Attitudes toward dialect variation, approaches to teaching language complexity, and implications for the teaching of reading, writing and spoken language will be explored.
Study how children and adolescents develop over time and how emerging research on learning affects instruction, assessment and the decisions made by teachers.
Explore the development of proficiency in cultural understanding and methods for applying these principles to elementary instruction. Attention to the effects of specific cultural influences will also be discussed. Participate in readings and experiential assignments to expand your understanding of how cultures affect perceptions and learning. Explicit practical methods for incorporating this awareness into instruction will be examined.
Consider teaching curriculum content and literacy skills to elementary English language learners. Learn to choose appropriate instructional strategies and materials to make content learning understandable while expanding the English language learner’s production and comprehension of spoken English. As a student, you will examine the particular needs of students in acquiring early and continued literacy skills, and explore appropriate assessment for students not yet proficient in English.
Review assessment techniques while considering the role of testing and assessment. Emphasis will be placed on using a variety of assessment strategies that inform K-12 instruction. In this course, you will become familiar with state-level student achievement data and discuss how data is used to improve instructional decisions.
Examine the philosophy of inclusion and the techniques of instruction that promote successful learning for all students. Explore classroom organizational patterns, student engagement practices and the role that teacher personality and motivation play in creating a positive learning environment.
Explore dimensions of culture, categories of social diversity, characteristics of the culture of schools, and characteristics of the cultures found within your own individual school-related dilemmas of stigmatized social groups. Readings and experiential assignments will expand your understanding of new cultures and allow you time to examine your own cultures with new eyes. Participate in discussions that consider related implications for classrooms, school environment and school-community relations.
Address your own individual professional experience as an aspiring public school teacher. As a student, you will examine your anticipated entry and socialization into the educational profession and discuss key resume and interview techniques.
For the purpose of developing culturally responsive practice and connecting with communities, explore the unique historical, cultural and social setting of a school context including the community at large, the school district, the school and classrooms. As a student, you will seek multiple perspectives, gather information about the community through interviews, observations and artifacts, discuss your findings in small groups, and engage in reflective practice.
Examine the process used by professional educators to gather data and information about the student’s experience in the classroom and how teachers make changes in instruction based on that data.
Complete a student teaching placement to develop and demonstrate instructional and assessment skills. This experential learning will be supported through a weekly Student Teaching Seminar. If you are pursuing a Master’s in Teaching you will complete part and full time student teaching experiences to fulfill licensure and degree requirements.
Extend your university-based classroom learning as you observe and take part in instructional activities while on assignment in a local school.

Education Specialization (14 credits)
Based on your career goals, you may choose to specialize your degree in either Single Subject or Multiple Subject teaching curriculum.

  • Single Subject, Secondary Degree Requirements
    Complete fundamental coursework focused on secondary education. With a chosen specialization in single subject education, you will accrue hands-on experience through field study and student teaching assignments in a secondary environment.
Examine the writing process as it helps adolescents gain concepts and deeper understanding of subject- area content. Experience writing about subject-area content, the learning process, and unique issues specific to the subject-area discipline. You will also accrue assessment skills by developing writing trait rubrics. The course will include hands-on technology integration.
Study research on adolescent development covering middle school through young adulthood. Topics include cognitive, social, emotional, physical, sexual and psychological aspects of development. Culturally responsive teaching practices that promote development of internal and external assets will be presented.
Employ multiple lenses to examine current social, political, and cultural issues impacting student learning in secondary education. Deepen your understanding of how educators’ beliefs, choices, decisions and interactions impact the educational community.
Complete a review of the skills and techniques for teaching reading comprehension to secondary students. Investigate the current models and trends in reading comprehension, examine your own development as a reader, and explore issues related to reading difficulty experienced by adolescents.
Discuss both teaching and learning in middle and high school classrooms. Topics include the conceptualization, design, planning, organization and assessment of instruction within a specific content area.
  • Multiple Subject, Elementary Degree Requirements
    With a chosen specialization in multiple subject education, earn hands-on experience through field study and student teaching assignments in an elementary environment.
Participate in a comprehensive exploration of the theories and strategies of reading instruction and student reading comprehension. As a student, you will learn the effective use of diverse reading strategies including constructivist and prescriptive reading instructional practices.
Consider the curriculum integration of mathematical literacy and problem solving. Acquire mathematical concepts and practical experiences that assist in scaffolding prior student mathematical knowledge.
Study an integrated approach to building literacy skills through language arts and social studies. Social studies content is the vehicle for developing a broad range of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
Explore music, art, and drama as the integrated content areas for child and adolescent development. The creative arts support and extend traditional content areas and are recognized as essential in an elementary educational experience.
Examine the integration of scientific inquiry into the life of an elementary classroom. Conceptual problem solving using a variety of methodologies and appropriate technology are emphasized.

Teacher Apprenticeship Program

Arbor School Apprenticeship - MarylhurstStudents looking for early entry into the workforce while earning their Master of Art in Teaching may apply to the two-year working apprenticeship program offered exclusively through partnership between Marylhurst University and Arbor School. Learn more.

Additional Endorsements

All Master of Art in Teaching students may choose to add the following endorsements or authorizations to the standard degree plan, which will increase the total credits and time required to complete the program:

ESOL Endorsement
Add an ESOL Endorsement to either a single subject or multiple subject specialization while earning your M.A. in Teaching degree. The ESOL Endorsement was designed for P-12 educators who hold or are earning a master’s degree and are seeking to further develop expertise in language acquisition, cultural considerations, assessment, curriculum development, instruction and program evaluation for English language learners. Learn more.

Reading Endorsement
Add a Reading Endorsement to your single subject or multiple subject specialization while earning your M.A. in Teaching degree. Marylhurst University’s Reading Endorsement program is designed for P-12 educators who hold or are earning a master’s degree, and seek specialized preparation in literacy theory and practice. The endorsement will prepare you to assess, instruct and nurture students with reading difficulties. Learn more.

Single-Subject Content Area Endorsement
If you hold or are earning a master’s degree specializing in single subject education, you may obtain content-area endorsements through Marylhurst’s Department of Education. Core content areas include social studies, math, science and language arts. Learn more.

For more information contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@marylhurst.edu.

Degree Completion

Students admitted into Marylhurst’s M.A. in Teaching program take an average of 2 years to complete the master’s degree program.

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