Every member of the Master of Arts in Teaching faculty has substantial K-12 teaching experience. Students are successful, in part, because they receive extensive mentorship and support from master teachers who bring advanced teaching skills and extensive classroom experience to the MAT program. As a result, our graduating students are among the most qualified and sought-after teachers in the field.
Prerequisites (No Credits):
- Field Experience - Four days of structured observations in secondary schools. The Department of Education can help organize this.
- The equivalent of an undergraduate major in the foreign language the candidate would like to teach.
- Undergraduate liberal arts core including courses in humanities/arts, writing/communication, social sciences, STEM and one semester of foreign language.
- Educational Psychology (an undergraduate course, or independent study with Clarkson's CRC Department of Education exam).
Required Core Courses (16 Courses/42 credits):
- ED 540 Psychology of Teaching - Lecture and Lab (3 credits)
- ED 541 Essential Reading Literacy (3 credits)
- ED 550 Effective Teaching for All Learners (3 credits)
- ED 560 The Modern Teacher (3 credits)
- ED 551 Secondary Residency I (4 credits)
- ED 501 Practicum (1 credit)
- ED 503 Professionalism in Teaching I (1 credit)
- ED 552 Secondary Residency II (4 credits)
- ED 504 Professionalism in Teaching II (1 credit)
- ED 514 Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Languages (3 credits)
- ED 572 Foreign Lang in the Elem School (3 credits)
- TE 530 English Grammar for the ENL Teacher (3 credits)
- TE 531 TESOL English Linguistics (3 credits)
- TE 542 TESOL Literacy (3 credits)
- TE 501 CAS Residency (1 credit)
- TE 517 TESOL Teaching and Assessment Methods (3 credits)
Research Project (3 Credits):
- ED 580 MAT Project
World Language Content Courses (6 Credits):
- Students complete two electives in the foreign language are they have selected (six credits). Language areas include: Chinese, French, German, Greek, Latin, Russian, and Spanish.
The Clarkson Teaching Residency
MAT graduate candidates complete a half-day, year-long residency in a secondary school, taking full responsibility for at least two classes. Students will be interviewed at the site(s) where they expect to complete their residency. Entrance into the teaching residency portion of the program is contingent upon completion of Psychology of Teaching and the appropriate Curriculum and Methods course with minimum grades of “B” and with permission of the Chair.