Our Graduates Enjoy High Job Placement Rates upon Graduation 

Master of Arts Degree in Teaching

Our master of arts in teaching degree is designed for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education. College of Saint Mary offers master’s degrees in elementary and secondary education as well as high-demand endorsement areas allowing you to strengthen your ability to serve students.

Master of Arts in Teaching — K-6 Elementary Education and K-12 English as a Second Language 

Master of Arts in Teaching — 4-9 Middle Level or 7-12 Secondary

Master of Arts in Teaching — 7-12 Special Education Subject Endorsement

Required Courses for Your Major

Master of Arts in Teaching core classes required for all endorsements. Additional requirements must be met for an endorsement. Select from the list below to view requirements.

 

Master of Arts in Teaching — All Required

Lifespan Development

You will study physical, cognitive, social and emotional development from conception through old age.

Introduction to Special Education

You will survey various areas of exceptionality — high ability learners, mental disability, behaviorally impaired, visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning disabled, orthopedically impaired, speech language impairments, autistic, Asperger’s, traumatic brain injury, multiple and severely handicapped, physically disabled and health impaired. You will discuss the history, philosophy and future trends of special education as they are relevant to educational implications.

Technology in the Classroom

You will learn strategies for integrating instructional technology in curriculum planning and implementation. After receiving instruction in their use, you will plan learning activities that include instructional media, the Internet, web page construction, production and organizational software and multimedia programs in classrooms. In addition to computers, you will use video equipment, digital cameras and scanners in preparing your lessons.

Educational Psychology and Measurement

You will study teaching and learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

History, Philosophy and Trends in Education

You will compare philosophical foundations of historical and contemporary education and consider current issues using an informed discussion-centered approach. You will also assess political and social trends, laws, proper conduct and penalties for teachers and changes related to contemporary and future educational planning.

Human Relations in a Multicultural Society

You will identify characteristics of various ethnic groups that relate to learning, working and living and develop strategies for assisting people in living jointly in our pluralistic society.

Guidance and Classroom Management

You will learn techniques, models and psychological theories related to managing individual and small and large group learning activities including practical methods that enhance self-control and provide healthy classroom environments. You will learn the common behavior problems for pre-K through grade 12 students and exceptional children, along with assessment techniques.

Student Teaching — Secondary

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom art teacher. 

Student Teaching Seminar

You will have an opportunity to share and discuss problems, success, teaching methods and innovations of mutual interest with fellow student teachers and your college faculty. You will learn strategies for career planning and seeking professional employment with an emphasis on professionalism, organizational skills and ethical behaviors for a successful teaching career. 

 

Required for Middle and Secondary Endorsements

*Must meet all content area course requirements as required by state rule in addition to the following courses.

Reading in the Content Area

This course is designed to provide you with an understanding of developmental processes of reading and study techniques in middle grades and secondary education. Clinical activities focus on learners who struggle within the reading process. Appropriate use of instructional technology is integrated into instruction and pedagogy.

Writing in the Content Area

In this course, you will explore the nature and structure of language and language acquisition. We will discuss the philosophical approaches to teaching listening, speaking and spelling for all levels of learners within the middle and secondary classroom, including those with special needs and gifted learners.

Middle and Secondary Methods

In this course, you will examine an educational response to students between the ages of 10-15 and 15-19 to address the intellectual, emotional, physical and social needs of these students. We will explore teaching methods, learning styles, motivation, planning and presenting techniques, lesson writing and unit development.

  • Endorsements Available for Middle and Secondary Teachers — Business, marketing and  information technology; biology; chemistry; English; English language arts; mathematics; science; social science; special education; and world language — Spanish.
  • Endorsements Available for K-12 Teachers — Art, health and physical education, religious education, English as a Second Language, information technology and coaching.

 

Required for K-6 Elementary Education

*Must meet all content area course requirements as required by state rule in addition to the following courses:

Teaching Reading and Language Arts 

You will study theoretical background and identify Nebraska and National Standards in reading and Language Arts, with an emphasis on the organization of programs, effective teaching methods and varied instructional materials for students in elementary and middle school literacy settings.

Teaching Natural and Social Science 

You will learn about methodology and appropriate materials to effectively present social science in elementary and middle school settings, including integrating technology into instruction of content and pedagogy.

Teaching Mathematics 

You will learn current trends and strategies in teaching elementary and middle level math, including content, methodology and appropriate materials, including integrating technology into instruction of content and pedagogy.

Teaching Health and Physical Education

You will learn how to coordinate and implement an elementary school physical education program, gaining health education and wellness instructional procedures based on the mental, emotional, physical and social characteristics of elementary/middle school children.

Integrating Fine Arts in the Classroom 

This course will provide you with practical implementation strategies to integrate fine arts (visual and performing arts) into your classroom curriculum. We will examine basic concepts and instructional techniques in art, music, drama and dance.

Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading

You will learn assessment procedures and effective instructional and diagnostic techniques in reading. You will participate in formal and informal testing including achievement, criterion references, observational and portfolio strategies. You will implement your knowledge with a directed reading practicum in a partner school.

Children’s Literature

You will interact with a variety of children’s literature representative of ethnic and cultural diversity, emphasizing critical appraisal of significant authors and illustrators, quality of writing and appropriateness of topic to age and/or experience level.

 

Required for 7-12 English as a Second Language 

Linguistics for Teachers

A study of the structure of the English language. Includes units on lexicography, semantics and dialects.

Teaching ESL Students

In this course, you will gain an understanding of first language development and second language acquisition, instructional strategies that promote second language development, methods and strategies for teaching reading and writing to second language learners and assessment tools used to measure second language acquisition. You will also get a brief overview of basic federal and state laws related to limited English proficient students.

Assessment of ESL Students

You will become familiar with assessment instruments and evaluation procedures including language proficiency testing, entry and placement procedures, theories of second language acquisition and selection, development and evaluation of curriculum based on language proficiency.

ESL/K-12 Practicum

You will experience teaching English as a Second Language in an age-appropriate setting under supervision.

 

Required for 7-12 Special Education

Learners with Mildly-Moderately Handicapping Conditions

You will examine learning and analyze strategies used in I.E.P.s of mildly and moderately mentally handicapped students, specifically learning disabled, behaviorally impaired, orthopedically impaired, autistic, other health impairments, speech language impaired and traumatic brain injured, with an emphasis on assisting learners in making healthy transitions between special education and regular classrooms. You will also learn about recent legislation and its impact on the classroom.

Assessment Techniques for Diverse Learners

You will examine techniques and methods of administering formal and informal assessments and analyze learning tasks in visual, auditory, motor, language and behavioral areas. You will examine and practice tying individualized education programs/individualized education service program (I.E.P/I.E.S.P.) process to assessment and will write appropriate instructional strategies, goals and materials to implement I.E.P./I.E.S.P. objectives or gifted program objectives based on analysis of learning tasks and instructional needs.

Legal and Ethical Issues in Special Education

You will examine processes and use skills necessary to identify and verify special needs, the I.E.P./I.E.S.P process, plan for transitions, and organize and maintain student special education records. You will become familiar with state and local resources for improving and strengthening educational programs for special populations with an emphasis on national, state and local laws, policies and procedures affecting special populations.

Critical Issues in Special Education

You will observe and implement effective approaches for remediation through supervised practicum experience in self-contained classrooms, resource rooms or inclusive settings. You will investigate, discuss and present critical issues, including current research and appropriate remediation techniques.

Inclusive Practices

You will examine and practice tying I.E.P/I.E.S.P. process to instruction through modification of curricula, design curricula for various areas of exceptionality for special needs populations, and plan strategies for student transitions and training paraeducators.

Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading

You will learn assessment procedures and effective instructional and diagnostic techniques in reading. You will participate in formal and informal testing including achievement, criterion references, observational and portfolio strategies. You will implement your knowledge with a directed reading practicum in a partner school.

Transitions and Life Skills

This course will provide you with extensive study in preparing students with disabilities to make transitions throughout their educational experience and into adulthood. You will learn strategies that will enable you to prepare students and work with families to provide successful transitions throughout the educational experience to include postsecondary training, employment and independent living.

Critical Issues II in Secondary Alternative Program

You will observe and implement effective approaches for remediation, through supervised practicum experiences in self-contained classrooms, resources rooms or inclusive settings. We will investigate, discuss and present critical issues in special education including topics such as roles of the special education teacher, program design, assessment, legal issues, school reform, transition issues, inclusion placement controversies, bullying and many others. 

 

 

Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

Master of Arts in Teaching — K-6 Elementary Education and K-12 English as a Second Language 

  • 23 credit hours in education program courses
  • 21 credit hours in elementary education for the K-6 elementary edcuation emphasis
  • 12 credit hours for the English as a second language emphasis
  • 4 credit hours of student teaching
  • Content area course work as required by state rule

 

Master of Arts in Teaching — 4-9 Middle Level or 7-12 Secondary

  • 23 credit hours in core education program courses
  • 9 credit hours in middle/secondary education program courses
  • 4 credit hours of student teaching
  • Content area course work as required by state rule

 

Master of Arts in Teaching — 7-12 Special Education Subject Endorsement

  • 17 credit hours in core education program courses
  • 36 credit hours in special education for the 7-12 education requirements
  • 4 credit hours of student teaching
  • Content area course work as required by state rule

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society. College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University is approved to offer work leading to teacher certification in elementary and secondary education by the Nebraska Department of Education, 888-285-2556.

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary

  • Completed College of Saint Mary Graduate Program application form
  • Official transcripts of all previous academic work (with certified translations, for non-English transcripts) from which undergraduate grade point averages can be computed
  • Proof of English competency for international students for whom English is not the first language. Applicants must demonstrate English competency by accomplishing at least one of the following: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) — an Internet based score of 80 or above; Test of Written English (TWE) — a score of 4 or above; or ESL Language Center — completion of Level 9
  • Resumé
  • $30 application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree in a content area for which College Saint Mary has a program (middle and secondary only)
  • Completion of background check prior to both field experiences (practicum and student teaching). If a student has felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions involving abuse, neglect or sexual misconduct as defined in state rule section 005.07A he/she will be rejected for admission to the program
  • Minimum passing scores on Praxis Series Assessment must be completed prior to admission to the program. The student will be admitted and given one semester to take courses while completing the tests. After the first semester the student will not be able to register until passing scores are submitted. There will be support offered by the Achievement Center for;students who have not passed.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Demonstration of required professional dispositions through the application process
  • Approval of program director
  • Proof of liability insurance through SEAN membership for both clinical experiences
  • Effective Sept. 1, 2014: All candidates applying for certification in Nebraska must provide evidence they have taken the required Praxis II content test. Effective Sept.1, 2015: All candidates applying for certification in Nebraska must provide evidence they have taken the required Praxis II content test and received the required passing score

Academic Description

Our Graduates Enjoy High Job Placement Rates upon Graduation 

Master of Arts Degree in Teaching

Our master of arts in teaching degree is designed for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education. College of Saint Mary offers master’s degrees in elementary and secondary education as well as high-demand endorsement areas allowing you to strengthen your ability to serve students.

Master of Arts in Teaching — K-6 Elementary Education and K-12 English as a Second Language 

Master of Arts in Teaching — 4-9 Middle Level or 7-12 Secondary

Master of Arts in Teaching — 7-12 Special Education Subject Endorsement

Accreditation

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society. College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University is approved to offer work leading to teacher certification in elementary and secondary education by the Nebraska Department of Education, 888-285-2556.

Admissions Requirements

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary

  • Completed College of Saint Mary Graduate Program application form
  • Official transcripts of all previous academic work (with certified translations, for non-English transcripts) from which undergraduate grade point averages can be computed
  • Proof of English competency for international students for whom English is not the first language. Applicants must demonstrate English competency by accomplishing at least one of the following: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) — an Internet based score of 80 or above; Test of Written English (TWE) — a score of 4 or above; or ESL Language Center — completion of Level 9
  • Resumé
  • $30 application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree in a content area for which College Saint Mary has a program (middle and secondary only)
  • Completion of background check prior to both field experiences (practicum and student teaching). If a student has felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions involving abuse, neglect or sexual misconduct as defined in state rule section 005.07A he/she will be rejected for admission to the program
  • Minimum passing scores on Praxis Series Assessment must be completed prior to admission to the program. The student will be admitted and given one semester to take courses while completing the tests. After the first semester the student will not be able to register until passing scores are submitted. There will be support offered by the Achievement Center for;students who have not passed.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Demonstration of required professional dispositions through the application process
  • Approval of program director
  • Proof of liability insurance through SEAN membership for both clinical experiences
  • Effective Sept. 1, 2014: All candidates applying for certification in Nebraska must provide evidence they have taken the required Praxis II content test. Effective Sept.1, 2015: All candidates applying for certification in Nebraska must provide evidence they have taken the required Praxis II content test and received the required passing score

Curriculum

Required Courses for Your Major

Master of Arts in Teaching core classes required for all endorsements. Additional requirements must be met for an endorsement. Select from the list below to view requirements.

 

Master of Arts in Teaching — All Required

Lifespan Development

You will study physical, cognitive, social and emotional development from conception through old age.

Introduction to Special Education

You will survey various areas of exceptionality — high ability learners, mental disability, behaviorally impaired, visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning disabled, orthopedically impaired, speech language impairments, autistic, Asperger’s, traumatic brain injury, multiple and severely handicapped, physically disabled and health impaired. You will discuss the history, philosophy and future trends of special education as they are relevant to educational implications.

Technology in the Classroom

You will learn strategies for integrating instructional technology in curriculum planning and implementation. After receiving instruction in their use, you will plan learning activities that include instructional media, the Internet, web page construction, production and organizational software and multimedia programs in classrooms. In addition to computers, you will use video equipment, digital cameras and scanners in preparing your lessons.

Educational Psychology and Measurement

You will study teaching and learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

History, Philosophy and Trends in Education

You will compare philosophical foundations of historical and contemporary education and consider current issues using an informed discussion-centered approach. You will also assess political and social trends, laws, proper conduct and penalties for teachers and changes related to contemporary and future educational planning.

Human Relations in a Multicultural Society

You will identify characteristics of various ethnic groups that relate to learning, working and living and develop strategies for assisting people in living jointly in our pluralistic society.

Guidance and Classroom Management

You will learn techniques, models and psychological theories related to managing individual and small and large group learning activities including practical methods that enhance self-control and provide healthy classroom environments. You will learn the common behavior problems for pre-K through grade 12 students and exceptional children, along with assessment techniques.

Student Teaching — Secondary

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom art teacher. 

Student Teaching Seminar

You will have an opportunity to share and discuss problems, success, teaching methods and innovations of mutual interest with fellow student teachers and your college faculty. You will learn strategies for career planning and seeking professional employment with an emphasis on professionalism, organizational skills and ethical behaviors for a successful teaching career. 

 

Required for Middle and Secondary Endorsements

*Must meet all content area course requirements as required by state rule in addition to the following courses.

Reading in the Content Area

This course is designed to provide you with an understanding of developmental processes of reading and study techniques in middle grades and secondary education. Clinical activities focus on learners who struggle within the reading process. Appropriate use of instructional technology is integrated into instruction and pedagogy.

Writing in the Content Area

In this course, you will explore the nature and structure of language and language acquisition. We will discuss the philosophical approaches to teaching listening, speaking and spelling for all levels of learners within the middle and secondary classroom, including those with special needs and gifted learners.

Middle and Secondary Methods

In this course, you will examine an educational response to students between the ages of 10-15 and 15-19 to address the intellectual, emotional, physical and social needs of these students. We will explore teaching methods, learning styles, motivation, planning and presenting techniques, lesson writing and unit development.

  • Endorsements Available for Middle and Secondary Teachers — Business, marketing and  information technology; biology; chemistry; English; English language arts; mathematics; science; social science; special education; and world language — Spanish.
  • Endorsements Available for K-12 Teachers — Art, health and physical education, religious education, English as a Second Language, information technology and coaching.

 

Required for K-6 Elementary Education

*Must meet all content area course requirements as required by state rule in addition to the following courses:

Teaching Reading and Language Arts 

You will study theoretical background and identify Nebraska and National Standards in reading and Language Arts, with an emphasis on the organization of programs, effective teaching methods and varied instructional materials for students in elementary and middle school literacy settings.

Teaching Natural and Social Science 

You will learn about methodology and appropriate materials to effectively present social science in elementary and middle school settings, including integrating technology into instruction of content and pedagogy.

Teaching Mathematics 

You will learn current trends and strategies in teaching elementary and middle level math, including content, methodology and appropriate materials, including integrating technology into instruction of content and pedagogy.

Teaching Health and Physical Education

You will learn how to coordinate and implement an elementary school physical education program, gaining health education and wellness instructional procedures based on the mental, emotional, physical and social characteristics of elementary/middle school children.

Integrating Fine Arts in the Classroom 

This course will provide you with practical implementation strategies to integrate fine arts (visual and performing arts) into your classroom curriculum. We will examine basic concepts and instructional techniques in art, music, drama and dance.

Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading

You will learn assessment procedures and effective instructional and diagnostic techniques in reading. You will participate in formal and informal testing including achievement, criterion references, observational and portfolio strategies. You will implement your knowledge with a directed reading practicum in a partner school.

Children’s Literature

You will interact with a variety of children’s literature representative of ethnic and cultural diversity, emphasizing critical appraisal of significant authors and illustrators, quality of writing and appropriateness of topic to age and/or experience level.

 

Required for 7-12 English as a Second Language 

Linguistics for Teachers

A study of the structure of the English language. Includes units on lexicography, semantics and dialects.

Teaching ESL Students

In this course, you will gain an understanding of first language development and second language acquisition, instructional strategies that promote second language development, methods and strategies for teaching reading and writing to second language learners and assessment tools used to measure second language acquisition. You will also get a brief overview of basic federal and state laws related to limited English proficient students.

Assessment of ESL Students

You will become familiar with assessment instruments and evaluation procedures including language proficiency testing, entry and placement procedures, theories of second language acquisition and selection, development and evaluation of curriculum based on language proficiency.

ESL/K-12 Practicum

You will experience teaching English as a Second Language in an age-appropriate setting under supervision.

 

Required for 7-12 Special Education

Learners with Mildly-Moderately Handicapping Conditions

You will examine learning and analyze strategies used in I.E.P.s of mildly and moderately mentally handicapped students, specifically learning disabled, behaviorally impaired, orthopedically impaired, autistic, other health impairments, speech language impaired and traumatic brain injured, with an emphasis on assisting learners in making healthy transitions between special education and regular classrooms. You will also learn about recent legislation and its impact on the classroom.

Assessment Techniques for Diverse Learners

You will examine techniques and methods of administering formal and informal assessments and analyze learning tasks in visual, auditory, motor, language and behavioral areas. You will examine and practice tying individualized education programs/individualized education service program (I.E.P/I.E.S.P.) process to assessment and will write appropriate instructional strategies, goals and materials to implement I.E.P./I.E.S.P. objectives or gifted program objectives based on analysis of learning tasks and instructional needs.

Legal and Ethical Issues in Special Education

You will examine processes and use skills necessary to identify and verify special needs, the I.E.P./I.E.S.P process, plan for transitions, and organize and maintain student special education records. You will become familiar with state and local resources for improving and strengthening educational programs for special populations with an emphasis on national, state and local laws, policies and procedures affecting special populations.

Critical Issues in Special Education

You will observe and implement effective approaches for remediation through supervised practicum experience in self-contained classrooms, resource rooms or inclusive settings. You will investigate, discuss and present critical issues, including current research and appropriate remediation techniques.

Inclusive Practices

You will examine and practice tying I.E.P/I.E.S.P. process to instruction through modification of curricula, design curricula for various areas of exceptionality for special needs populations, and plan strategies for student transitions and training paraeducators.

Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading

You will learn assessment procedures and effective instructional and diagnostic techniques in reading. You will participate in formal and informal testing including achievement, criterion references, observational and portfolio strategies. You will implement your knowledge with a directed reading practicum in a partner school.

Transitions and Life Skills

This course will provide you with extensive study in preparing students with disabilities to make transitions throughout their educational experience and into adulthood. You will learn strategies that will enable you to prepare students and work with families to provide successful transitions throughout the educational experience to include postsecondary training, employment and independent living.

Critical Issues II in Secondary Alternative Program

You will observe and implement effective approaches for remediation, through supervised practicum experiences in self-contained classrooms, resources rooms or inclusive settings. We will investigate, discuss and present critical issues in special education including topics such as roles of the special education teacher, program design, assessment, legal issues, school reform, transition issues, inclusion placement controversies, bullying and many others. 

 

 

Degree Requirements

Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

Master of Arts in Teaching — K-6 Elementary Education and K-12 English as a Second Language 

  • 23 credit hours in education program courses
  • 21 credit hours in elementary education for the K-6 elementary edcuation emphasis
  • 12 credit hours for the English as a second language emphasis
  • 4 credit hours of student teaching
  • Content area course work as required by state rule

 

Master of Arts in Teaching — 4-9 Middle Level or 7-12 Secondary

  • 23 credit hours in core education program courses
  • 9 credit hours in middle/secondary education program courses
  • 4 credit hours of student teaching
  • Content area course work as required by state rule

 

Master of Arts in Teaching — 7-12 Special Education Subject Endorsement

  • 17 credit hours in core education program courses
  • 36 credit hours in special education for the 7-12 education requirements
  • 4 credit hours of student teaching
  • Content area course work as required by state rule