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Master of Arts Degree in Teaching

7-12 Secondary Education

    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, middle and secondary education as well as high-demand endorsement areas allowing you to strengthen your ability to serve students.

    College of Saint Mary students experience fieldwork in schools upon starting their education courses to apply what they are learning and to see their impact on children’s lives. This opportunity, combined with the career-relevant endorsements we offer, prepares you to lead and enjoy a fulfilling, fruitful career in education.

    One of the highest compliments we receive is from school districts that tell us our graduates “hit the classroom” running because they have had excellent preparation in our classrooms and excel through the fieldwork we provide.

    Endorsements for 7-12 Secondary Education

    • Business, marketing and information technology
      • Available for grades 6-12 per state guidelines
    • English language arts
    • mathematics
    • science
    • social science
    • special education
    • world language — Spanish
       

    Reading and Writing 7-12 is offered as a Supplemental endorsement tha can be added to secondary certification.

    Teacher Education - Mission Statement 

    As an inclusive, compassionate, and supportive environment, the CSM Teacher Education Department provides pre-service teachers the opportunity to  acquire knowledge, skills, and dispositions to become highly qualified teacher leaders within a strategic, intentional, rigorous curriculum that promotes lifelong excellence.

    Teacher Education Diversify Statement

    As an inclusive, compassionate, and supportive environment, the CSM Teacher Education Department strives to provide students with,

    • faculty and course materials representing a wide range of perspectives,
    • experiences to develop culturally responsive teaching strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners,
    • and a global understanding with which to work toward equity and social justice inside and outside of the classroom.

     

      Master of Arts Degree in Teaching

      7-12 Secondary Education

      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 — Core Courses

      Lifespan Development

      Study physical, cognitive, social and emotional development from conception through old age.

      Introduction to Special Education

      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

      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

      Study teaching and learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

      History, Philosophy and Trends in Education

      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

      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

      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

      *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.

       

      Required for 7-12 Reading and Writing
       
      Critical Issues in Literacy

      Research current theories, strategies and evaluative techniques included in reading literature. Selected experiences direct students to explore individual needs and areas of interest.

      Linguistics for Teachers

      Study the structure of the English language, including lexicography, semantics, and dialects.

      Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading

      Learn assessment procedures for students on an achievement spectrum from below grade level to above grade level and effective instructional and diagnostic techniques in reading. Instruction is provided in a self-directed portfolio mode featuring acquisition of theory, teaching strategies, and assessment procedures. You will participate in formal and informal testing including achievement, criterion references, observational, and portfolio strategies. Implementation of the teacher's knowledge of this curriculum is achieved within a directed reading practicum in a partnership school.

       Literature for Young Adults for Teachers

      Study traditional and contemporary works written for or about young adults. The works studied will be evaluated for their artistic merit and for their insights into the adolescent development. You will will design strategies to encourage appreciation of literature and motivation for becoming life-long readers. Topics include the nature of teen-age readers, genres and use of young adult literature in the classroom. Students create an extensive teaching unit using young adult literature.

       

      Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

      7-12 Secondary

      • 24 credit hours in core education program courses
      • 12 credit hours in middle/secondary education program courses
      • 3 credit hours of student teaching
      • Content area course work as required by state rule
         

      Teaching Certification

      Completion of the education program does not guarantee certification. Students who successfully meet state required competencies may qualify for a Nebraska Teaching Certificate. Continuous growth in knowledge, pedagogy and professionalism, as well as satisfactory performance during student teaching and completion of Praxis II for each content area as required by Nebraska Rule is in the recommendation for certification. 

      Failure to apply for Nebraska Teacher Certification at the time of program completion/graduation may result in your program not meeting Rule 20 or 24 changes in interim between application and program completion.  Rule changes in effect at the time of application will need to be made up as deficiencies.

      Since certification requirements of various states differ, a student planning to teach in a state other than Nebraska should inquire about specific requirements for that state.

      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.

      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

      Admissions Requirements

      • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.75
      • Official transcripts from previous institutions
      • Resume or curriculum vitae
      • Demonstrate professionalism throughout application process
      • Submit application fee

       

      Additional Requirements for MAT Program

      • 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
      • Completion of the minimum number of field experience hours (at least 100 hours) and a passing score on the practicum portfolio
      • Demonstration of required professional dispositions throughout the course of the program

      Academic Description

      Master of Arts Degree in Teaching

      7-12 Secondary Education

        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, middle and secondary education as well as high-demand endorsement areas allowing you to strengthen your ability to serve students.

        College of Saint Mary students experience fieldwork in schools upon starting their education courses to apply what they are learning and to see their impact on children’s lives. This opportunity, combined with the career-relevant endorsements we offer, prepares you to lead and enjoy a fulfilling, fruitful career in education.

        One of the highest compliments we receive is from school districts that tell us our graduates “hit the classroom” running because they have had excellent preparation in our classrooms and excel through the fieldwork we provide.

        Endorsements for 7-12 Secondary Education

        • Business, marketing and information technology
          • Available for grades 6-12 per state guidelines
        • English language arts
        • mathematics
        • science
        • social science
        • special education
        • world language — Spanish
           

        Reading and Writing 7-12 is offered as a Supplemental endorsement tha can be added to secondary certification.

        Teacher Education - Mission Statement 

        As an inclusive, compassionate, and supportive environment, the CSM Teacher Education Department provides pre-service teachers the opportunity to  acquire knowledge, skills, and dispositions to become highly qualified teacher leaders within a strategic, intentional, rigorous curriculum that promotes lifelong excellence.

        Teacher Education Diversify Statement

        As an inclusive, compassionate, and supportive environment, the CSM Teacher Education Department strives to provide students with,

        • faculty and course materials representing a wide range of perspectives,
        • experiences to develop culturally responsive teaching strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners,
        • and a global understanding with which to work toward equity and social justice inside and outside of the classroom.

         

          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.

          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

          Admissions Requirements

          • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.75
          • Official transcripts from previous institutions
          • Resume or curriculum vitae
          • Demonstrate professionalism throughout application process
          • Submit application fee

           

          Additional Requirements for MAT Program

          • 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
          • Completion of the minimum number of field experience hours (at least 100 hours) and a passing score on the practicum portfolio
          • Demonstration of required professional dispositions throughout the course of the program

          Curriculum

          Master of Arts Degree in Teaching

          7-12 Secondary Education

          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 — Core Courses

          Lifespan Development

          Study physical, cognitive, social and emotional development from conception through old age.

          Introduction to Special Education

          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

          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

          Study teaching and learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

          History, Philosophy and Trends in Education

          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

          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

          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

          *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.

           

          Required for 7-12 Reading and Writing
           
          Critical Issues in Literacy

          Research current theories, strategies and evaluative techniques included in reading literature. Selected experiences direct students to explore individual needs and areas of interest.

          Linguistics for Teachers

          Study the structure of the English language, including lexicography, semantics, and dialects.

          Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading

          Learn assessment procedures for students on an achievement spectrum from below grade level to above grade level and effective instructional and diagnostic techniques in reading. Instruction is provided in a self-directed portfolio mode featuring acquisition of theory, teaching strategies, and assessment procedures. You will participate in formal and informal testing including achievement, criterion references, observational, and portfolio strategies. Implementation of the teacher's knowledge of this curriculum is achieved within a directed reading practicum in a partnership school.

           Literature for Young Adults for Teachers

          Study traditional and contemporary works written for or about young adults. The works studied will be evaluated for their artistic merit and for their insights into the adolescent development. You will will design strategies to encourage appreciation of literature and motivation for becoming life-long readers. Topics include the nature of teen-age readers, genres and use of young adult literature in the classroom. Students create an extensive teaching unit using young adult literature.

           

          Degree Requirements

          Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

          7-12 Secondary

          • 24 credit hours in core education program courses
          • 12 credit hours in middle/secondary education program courses
          • 3 credit hours of student teaching
          • Content area course work as required by state rule
             

          Teaching Certification

          Completion of the education program does not guarantee certification. Students who successfully meet state required competencies may qualify for a Nebraska Teaching Certificate. Continuous growth in knowledge, pedagogy and professionalism, as well as satisfactory performance during student teaching and completion of Praxis II for each content area as required by Nebraska Rule is in the recommendation for certification. 

          Failure to apply for Nebraska Teacher Certification at the time of program completion/graduation may result in your program not meeting Rule 20 or 24 changes in interim between application and program completion.  Rule changes in effect at the time of application will need to be made up as deficiencies.

          Since certification requirements of various states differ, a student planning to teach in a state other than Nebraska should inquire about specific requirements for that state.