Master of Arts in Teaching

 

Master of Arts in Teaching

Enrollment in the MAT program is limited to 15 students.  Preference will be given to students who have been enrolled in The College of Idaho undergraduate teacher education program. If there are openings remaining in the cohort, applications will be accepted for review from:

  • College of Idaho graduates who have completed the College's Interdisciplinary Studies for Elementary Precertification major or the Education minor.
  • Those who have a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from an accredited institution or who have the Education minor and appropriate course work in two areas of endorsement.

Requirements for admission to the MAT program:

  • An earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Completion of an education major (elementary) or education minor (secondary) with additional requirements for elementary or secondary certification.
  • Completion of the admission application. (Please see the link at the top of this page.)
  • An essay discussing the department's conceptual framework and how you see it influencing you as a teacher.
  • The email addresses of three references to whom the Education Department will send a recommendation form. These individuals should include:
    • A K-12 teacher with whom the candidate has worked.
    • A professor in the candidate’s content area.
    • A person of the candidate’s choice.
  • An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • Submission of a portfolio with a score of 88/132 or higher.
  • Acceptable scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the last five years.

APPLICATION PROCESS

There is a link at the top of this page to the on-line applicatiion form. In addition to filling out the form, please send your essay and the e-mail addresses of the three references to:

cschamber@collegeofidaho.edu

Application Deadline

Students in The College of Idaho undergraduate program must complete the admission process by March 15.  Others must complete the process by April 1.  Candidates will be notified of acceptance in the program within two weeks of the closing date.

Requirements for Graduation

To earn an MAT degree at The College of Idaho, a candidate’s graduate course work must be completed with a grade of B or better.  Graduates of the program are required to complete a thesis approved by a thesis committee and the department chair. All course work and the thesis must be completed within five years of matriculation into the program. Candidates must be continually enrolled while completing the program. If all course work has been completed except the thesis, the candidate must enroll in EDU-681 Thesis Completion each term until the thesis has been accepted by the thesis committee and the department chair. The responsibility rests with candidates to see that their program of study satisfies all the requirements.

Course Work

Summer I

The core of the first summer consists of three courses. The study of various leadership models and their implementation in schools, a survey of qualitative and quantitative research methods to assist a candidate’s research project, and the application of technology build the foundation for an intensive internship year. Courses to be completed are as follows:

  • EDU-611 Foundations of Instructional Leadership
  • EDU-612 Research Methods & Design
  • EDU-613 Instruction & Technology

Internship Year

The internship year takes place in a K-12 professional development site. Interns preparing for elementary certification engage in the study of methods in the following areas: reading, language arts, social studies, science, math, and art. Coursework for secondary certification includes special methods in all proposed endorsement areas.  Both groups will study assessment as it relates to learning. During this time, work on the professional portfolio and the collection of data necessary to complete the research project will continue.

Elementary MAT

Fall

  • EDU-520 Assessment for Learning (2 cr)

  • EDU-532 Language Arts Methods for Elementary Teachers (2 cr)
  • EDU-595 Elementary School Practicum (6 cr)
  • EDU-597 Internship Seminar (1 cr)
  • EDU-697 MAT Internship Seminar (1 cr)

Winter

  • EDU-595 Elementary School Practicum (3 cr)
  • EDU-597 Internship Seminar (1 cr)
  • EDU-697 MAT Internship Seminar (1 cr)

Spring

  • EDU-530 Art Methods for Elementary Teachers (1 cr)
  • EDU-533 Social Science Methods for Elementary Teachers (2 cr)

  • EDU-534 Science Methods for Elementary Teachers (2 cr)

  • EDU-595 Elementary School Practicum (5 cr)

  • EDU-597 Internship Seminar (1 cr)

  • EDU-697 MAT Internship Seminar (1 cr)

Secondary MAT

Fall

  • EDU-520 Assessment for Learning (2 cr)
  • EDU-54X Special Methods course in first teaching field (2 cr)
  • EDU-54X Special Methods course in second teaching field (2 cr)
  • EDU-596 Secondary School Practicum (4 cr)
  • EDU-597 Internship Seminar (1 cr)
  • EDU-697 MAT Internship Seminar (1 cr)

Winter

  • EDU-596 Secondary School Practicum (3 cr)

  • EDU-597 Internship Seminar (1 cr)

  • EDU-697 MAT Internship Seminar (1 cr)

Spring

  • EDU-596 Secondary School Practicum (10 cr)
  • EDU-597 Internship Seminar (1 cr)
  • EDU-697 MAT Internship Seminar (1 cr)

Summer II

The thesis proposal designed during the first summer and researched during the internship is written under the supervision of a C of I professor and a thesis committee.  Each candidate will prepare a professional development plan and complete a project consistent with that plan. Courses to be completed are as follows:

  • EDU-580 Projects in Professional Development
  • EDU-680 Thesis Preparation

Fast Track Program

The Education Department offers a “fast track” program for certification or for MAT candidates coming to The College of Idaho campus holding a degree from an accredited college, with a major/minor that meets most of the content requirements for teaching.  After acceptance into the College, candidates enter a two-year, compressed program leading to certification. In the first year, students take the coursework for the Education minor and any additional content area courses needed for approved endorsement areas.  In the second year, students complete the requirements of the internship year.  Fast track students may apply for the MAT program. All fast track students need to work closely with an advisor in the Education Department.