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Graduate Catalog 2019-20 
    
Graduate Catalog 2019-20 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Arts in Teaching


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Concentration: Secondary Science Teacher Education Admission to this program is suspended.
Concentration: Secondary Mathematics Teacher Education Admission to this program is suspended.

Advisor: Amy Bentz

Contact Person:
Emily Morrison
4121 Sangren Hall
(269) 387-3465
e-mail: emily.morrison@wmich.edu

The Master of Arts in Teaching is a post-baccalaureate program for initial teacher certification in the areas of mathematics and science. This program is based on the reflexive practitioner model, which emphasizes reflection on active learning to develop content expertise and effective approaches to leadership. The aim of this program is to create scholars, who embrace diversity, actively engage in inquiry and critical thinking, and who are willing to act as change agents and advocates for youth.

The Master of Arts in Teaching program requires applicants to hold a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics-related field. Upon admission, teacher candidates undertake an intensive program of study, including coursework in both Summer I and II sessions. During the fall semester, teacher candidates begin their field placements when the public schools begin and spend a minimum of three days a week in the classroom and one day a week on campus. Candidates will complete a full time (5 days/week) internship from January through mid-June, following the school district’s schedule. Most candidates can complete all requirements for certification within 15 months of starting coursework. To complete the Master of Arts in Teaching, three additional courses are required after certification.

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in an appropriate secondary education discipline. Transcript evaluation will determine what additional discipline area coursework will be required.
  2. An overall grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 = A) in the last two years of undergraduate work. Applicants with a GPA of less than 3.0 may be granted a Conditional Admission. This will b converted to a regular admission if students receive a grade of “B” or better in the first two graduate courses (six credit hours) taken.
  3. A concise written “statement of purpose” (250 words or less) indicating the applicant’s reasons for seeking admission to the program and what the applicant hopes to accomplish during the program of study.
  4. Congruence of applicant’s written “statement of purpose” with the parameters of this degree program.
  5. Three written recommendations.
  6. Acceptable scores on the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) - Professional Readiness Exam (PRE), and at least one secondary education content area (i.e., biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, or mathematics).

Applications for this program are accepted June 15 through March 15 of each year with selection and admission determined by April 15. Coursework begins during summer I session.

Upon admission, each student will be assigned an advisor who will assist in the preparation of a program of study. The program of study should be completed during the first semester of enrollment.

Program Requirements


35-45 hours depending on content discipline.

Year 1


Summer Coursework (taken across summer I and summer II)

Candidates may also be participating in additional seminars and workshops, and field experiences during the summer, and should plan to be on campus a minimum of four days a week from mid-May through mid-August.

Fall Coursework


Candidates will spend a minimum of three days/week in the classroom and one day/week on campus.

Spring Coursework


Candidates will spend five days/week in the classroom. The internship follows district calendars and do not conclude at the end of the WMU semester, but when districts close for the summer.

Note:


Teacher candidates can qualify for certification at conclusion of these courses in early/mid-June.

Year 2


To complete the Master of Arts in Teaching degree, teacher candidates must complete the following courses:

Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Education


This post-baccalaureate program leads to a Michigan Teaching Certificate in the areas of English, foreign language, mathematics, integrated science, or social studies. It is based on the reflective practitioner model, which emphasizes reflection on active learning to develop content expertise and effective approaches to leadership. The aim of this program is to create scholars, who embrace diversity, actively engage in inquiry and critical thinking, and who are willing to act as change agents and advocates for youth.

Western Michigan University offers a highly competitive and personalized educational experience. Through this program, teacher candidates will earn a content degree, engage in a variety of field experiences and earn a teaching certification. Field experiences include tutoring, a set of clinical rotations, and a full-year internship.

Upon admission, teacher candidates undertake an intensive program of study, including coursework in both Summer I and II sessions. During the fall semester, teacher candidates begin their field placements when the public schools begin, spending a minimum of three days a week in the classroom and completing two to three courses on campus. During the Spring/Summer I semesters, candidates will complete a full time (5 days/week) internship from January through mid-June following the school districts schedules. Most candidates can complete all requirements for certification within 13 months of starting coursework.

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in an appropriate secondary education discipline.
  2. Transcript evaluation to determine what additional discipline area coursework will be required.
  3. Passing score on the Content Area Test (MTTC) for the appropriate secondary education discipline.
  4. An overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.o = A)
  5. A concise written “statement of purpose” (500 words or less) indicating the applicant’s reasons for seeking admission to the program and what the applicant hopes to accomplish during the program of study.
  6. Interview
  7. 30+ hours of student contact in a public school setting
  8. 7+ hours of teacher contact in a public school setting

Program Requirements


38-42 hours depending on content discipline.

Summer II Coursework


Fall Coursework


Candidates will spend a minimum of three days/week in the classroom and one day/week on campus.

Spring Coursework


Candidates will spend five days/week in the classroom. The internship follows district calendars and do not conclude at the end of the WMU semester, but when districts close for the summer.

Summer I Coursework


Michigan Teaching Certificate


Teacher candidates can qualify for a Michigan Teaching Certificate at the conclusion of these courses in early/mid-June.

Additional courses required to earn the master’s degree:


In addition to the courses listed above, teacher candidates must complete the following two additional courses in order to attain a master’s degree.

Concentration: Teaching Chinese as a Second Language


Coordinator: Moi Mooi Lew
4121 Sangren
(269) 387-3496
moimooi.lew@wmich.edu

Contact Person: Emily Morrison
4121 Sangren Hall
(269) 387-3465
e-mail: emily.morrison@wmich.edu

The Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language is a post baccalaureate initial teacher certification program designed for teacher candidates with Chinese language proficiency. This cohorted program, which requires a bachelor’s degree in Chinese International Education (or equivalent) from a Chinese university, will result in Michigan certification to teach Chinese language and culture in K-12 settings.

The 20-month program includes four school-based field experiences designed to familiarize teacher candidates with the culture and contexts of American education. The first field experience consists of a series of focused observations in American elementary, middle and high schools, examining issues such as school structure and governance, curriculum, pedagogy, and classroom organization. During the second field experience, a supervised pre-internship, the teacher candidate will spend one semester (i.e., at least 75 hours) in a Chinese language classroom in which American students are learning Chinese as a second language. The third field experience involves teaching within the context of a multi-week summer camp for local K-8 children who are interested in learning about Chinese language and culture. The final field experience is a semester-long internship in which teacher candidates will either be placed with a mentor who teaches Chinese language and culture at all grade levels, or they will split their internship between two settings: one elementary and the other secondary.

Embedded within the pre-internship and internship experiences is a weekly seminar that addresses such issues as curriculum, assessment, pedagogy, organization of learning environments, leadership, and child and adolescent development.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Chinese International Education (or equivalent).
  2. Undergraduate transcript.
  3. An overall grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 = A).
  4. Three letters of recommendation.
  5. A concise written “statement of purpose” (250 words or less) indicating the applicant’s reasons for seeking admission to the program and what the applicant hopes to accomplish during the program of study.
  6. A passing score on the SAT exam, which is required by the Michigan Department of Education.
  7. A minimum TOEFL score of 80 or IELTS 6.5 for unrestricted admission. A TOEFL score of 61-79 or IELTS 6.0 for restricted admission.

Program Requirements (33 hours)


Year 1 - Fall Coursework


Spring Coursework


Summer II Coursework


  • Credits: 1 to 12 hours
  • A supervised field experience in a multi-week summer camp for K-8 youths who are interested in exploring the Chinese language and culture. Credits needed: 2 hours.

Year 2 - Fall Coursework


  • Credits: 1 to 12 hours
  • A supervised K-12 internship and seminar. Teacher candidates will either be placed with a mentor who teaches courses in Chinese language and culture at all grade levels, or they will split their field experience between two settings: one elementary and the other secondary. The accompanying weekly seminar will address such issues as curriculum, assessment, pedagogy, organization of learning environments, leadership, and child and adolescent development. Credits needed: 6 hours.

Spring Coursework


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