Master of Arts in Teaching

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Curriculum

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree program is designed for individuals who hold undergraduate degrees in a field outside of education, but would like to obtain teaching certification at the middle school or high school level (5-12).

This program is a minimum of 36 credit hours.

In addition to courses identified to receive your teaching license, you will need to fulfill requirements for at least one endorsement area while attending Drake. Contact the Coordinator of Graduate Admissions to review your undergraduate transcripts.  This transcript review will determine the number of courses needed to complete an endorsement.  All endorsement options can be found on the Endorsement page.  

All required courses for the MAT degree include:  

Core Courses

Core courses create a foundation for the field of education.  

Students take a total of 18 credits of core courses.  This equates to six, 3-credit courses.  

EDUC 203:  Foundations of Education*

Content components include history of education, structure of American education, educational philosophies, legal and ethical issues in teaching, basic learning theory, lesson planning, and use of technology applications. In addition, 40 hours (10-week period) of in-school teaching experience in Des Moines area schools are required. 

EDUC 208:  Student Development and Learning**

This course is focused on human growth and development and learning theory, with special attention paid to motivation, classroom management, human behavior, and mental health, and their implications for curriculum and classroom teaching. 

EDUC 211:  Education Planning and Assessment 

This course contains major components of a professional educator's knowledge base. This course will provide students with opportunities to learn about student diversity, instructional planning, and classroom and large-scale assessment. During the course, students will engage in a variety of activities that will enable them to demonstrate and apply their learning. 

EDUC 261:  Technology Integration in the Classroom

Technology Integration in the Classroom explores the use of instructional technology within K-12 education, including research on effective use of technology in the teaching and learning process, and location and evaluation of grade-and content-specific resources. Hands-on experience in multimedia technology is provided through the laboratory component of the course. Students will gain experience with (1) personal and professional use of technology, (2) production of multimedia and online materials, and (3) recognition of the role of technology in student learning and future success.

EDUC 264:  Perspectives - Race, Ethnicity, Gender

An historical, social, and cultural analysis of the interrelationships among racial, ethnic, class, and gender experiences, in conjunction with an examination of the individual, institutional and social constructs of prejudice discrimination, and stereotyping. The course will, through its comparative approach, aim to increase understanding of race, ethnic, and gender identity, and sensitize students to the subjective experience of marginalized groups. Case studies will augment the course content for direct application to the development of instructional programs. There will be an emphasis on African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, gender, sexual orientation, class structure, and the disabled. A 10-hour service-learning component in a social service organization is required. 

SPED 220:  Introduction to Exceptional Children & Adults

This course orients the learner to the etiology, learning and behavioral characteristics of exceptional children and adults. The history, philosophy, and legal foundations underlying instructional programs and services to accommodate exceptional persons in the schools and community are examined. Techniques appropriate for regular classroom instruction of exceptional children and youth, including individualized instruction, behavior management, and consultative and diagnostic services are described and illustrated.

* Includes 40 practicum hours
**Includes 20 practicum hours

Methods Courses

Methods courses focus on content area specialty.  

Students take a total of 9 credits of methods courses.

EDUC 232:  Secondary Methods* (3 credits)

Methods of Teaching Secondary School is designed for pre-service teachers who plan on teaching in middle or high school. Course components include: a review of educational philosophy and psychological learning theory, curriculum design and instruction, an introduction to classroom management, and other topics associated with teaching and learning at the secondary level. Successful completion of this course includes a 40-hour practicum field experience.  

EDUC 242:  Reading - Secondary Level & Interdisciplinary (3 credits)

The focus of this course will be the integration of reading comprehension strategies and interdisciplinary curriculum into content areas. Through a workshop design, participants will be studying, discussing and sharing teaching and learning strategies with the class. Students will be expected to actively engage in their own learning as they develop a repertoire of strategies to use with secondary students. In addition, activities and assessments will require participants to act as reflective practitioners.

EDUC 2XX:  Content Area Special Methods (2 or 3 credits)

* Includes 40 practicum hours

Student Teaching

Student teaching allows you to apply your learning.  

Students take a total of 10 credits of methods courses.

EDUC 267:  Instruction & Management - Secondary (1 credit)

Secondary school curriculum development and organization, instructional planning, and classroom management. To be taken concurrently with EDUC 268.

EDUC 268:  Student Teaching - Secondary (8 credits)

Supervised teaching experience for students in teacher education programs. To be taken concurrently with EDUC 267.

EDUC 269:  ePortfolio Seminar (1 credit)

 

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