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Engage in critical and creative thinking about education
This dynamic program models effective teaching and encourages students to engage in active learning, problem solving, interactive dialogue and constant exploration of what is and what could be. While mastery of subject matter is important for successful instruction, this degree focuses on how teachers engage students across content areas.
Students explore various aspects of teaching and learning with their peers and with faculty, developing as professionals who value individualism and diversity. They use reflection and research to hone decision-making skills and strengthen their commitment to lifelong learning within the ever-changing field of education.
The education faculty has adopted core proposals of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as program goals. Under this, teachers:
- Are committed to students and their learning
- Know their subjects and how to teach those subject areas
- Are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning
- Think systemically about their practice and learn from experience and
- Are members of learning communities
MAT students benefit from a flexible program that allows them to work around class and school responsibilities.
Enhance your career within the classroom
Students in the MAT program will document their professional growth and accomplishments through an integrated project portfolio which they present orally to a committee. Completion of this degree is about more than accumulated course hours – it is a testimony to graduates’ commitment to fostering children’s growth and development.
Earning a master’s degree through this flexible program can help you advance on your school’s salary schedule and establish you as a leader within your educational community.
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Columbia College Global offers traditional classroom instruction for many courses at nationwide locations. Students at nationwide locations are expected to engage with multiple learning methods, including online and virtual while completing their degree. Columbia College offers on-campus programs with traditional classroom instruction at the Residential Campus in Columbia, Missouri.
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- Core requirements 15 credit hours
- Total degree requirements 36 credit hours
Some courses you may take
The study of diversity as it pertains to cultural differences. Issues examined include the impact of economic, social, cultural, political, religious, ethnic, racial, and gender influences. Diversity in the classroom is addressed, including the role of the classroom teacher. Prerequisite: graduate standing; and admission to the Teacher Certification Program or full MAT or M.Ed. status.
The application of portfolio research skills needed to document the accomplishments of program goals. The integrative project must meet quality standards for graduate research, and requires acceptance by the graduate faculty, following a satisfactory oral presentation and defense. Students must participate in a final review which includes the portfolio presentation, self-evaluation and program evaluation. All must demonstrate, in an exit interview, reflective analysis, analytic and creative skills. Students should consult their advisor in the semester prior to enrollment to begin planning this experience. Completion may require more than one enrollment session, but capped at three extensions. Prerequisites: EDUC 500; an approved plan of completion; full MAT Status.
The study of educational research from a comprehensive perspective. Included are: techniques and concepts of social and behavioral research; writing in the APA format; ethical standards governing educational research; experiences in the use of internal and external critique methods; readings in curriculum, assessment, philosophical and psychological research products; experiences accessing and using archival and web-based data sources; evaluation of descriptive, true-experimental and quasi-experimental research designs; identification and use of appropriate parametric and nonparametric statistical analyses; computation and interpretation of effect size tests of practical significance; conducting primary and secondary source literature reviews; demonstration of research designing; and use of portfolio research. Prerequisite: Graduate standing; full MAT or M.Ed status.
The study of psychological principles in educational environments. Emphasis is on the major learning theories including those proposed by Pavlov, Skinner, Bandura, Piaget, Vygotsky, and others. Classroom instruction and assessment, child and adolescent development, memory, and motivation are also among the topics addressed. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
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*The MAT and M.Ed. degree programs are approved in the State of Missouri by the Missouri Department of Higher Education. State approval does not guarantee licensure eligibility in any state for the MAT, M.Ed. or any specialty emphasis areas within these degree programs. (Certification programs within some M.Ed. emphasis areas are for Missouri certification only.) For all states other than Missouri, there has been no determination of licensure eligibility. Students residing outside of Missouri must email EducatorPrep@ccis.edu to determine eligibility in their state.
Alabama disclaimer: 'Educator Preparation programs: State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate. Applicants who complete an educator preparation program at an institution outside of Alabama must apply for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate through the Alabama Certificate Reciprocity Approach. Current requirements may be found at www.alabamaachieves.org '
Washington disclaimer: 'Eligibility for initial educator certification in Washington is based on completion of a state approved educator preparation program. This program is approved in Missouri. Even though you may be residing in Washington while in this program, your application for educator certification in Washington will be processed as an out-of-state application. Go to http://pathway.pesb.wa.gov/archive/outofstate for more information. Educators are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.' â€“ Washington Student Achievement Council