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M.A. in Teaching Program Details

Our M.A. in Teaching qualifies aspiring teachers to enter the field of their calling. You’ll receive an initial teaching license and gain the skills and knowledge you need for a successful teaching career.

Face to Face

You'll meet for classes at one of our convenient locations.

Location: Arden Hills

Start Dates: Fall 2015, Spring 2016

Total Credits

39

Approximate Program Length

18 (plus thesis)

Courses

Courses

  • Educational Research (EDUC614)

    Focus is on understanding and reporting educational and psychological research. Students will conduct online computer searches, appraise the quality of professional literature, cite research using APA style, and understand the options of writing a master's thesis or conducting an action research project. Course is required of all master's degree-seeking students and is strongly recommended for students seeking a license. Course should be taken with a cohort of the student's same major except with program director's permission. Graded on an S/U basis.

    1 credits

  • Foundations in Education (EDUC621)

    Introductory examination of the profession of teaching with a focus on the forces and ideas that have influenced and now shape education. Areas of study are history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, legal matters, reform, and other current issues related to education. Course also includes study of student health as well as the role of chemicals in the lives of students, families and schools.

    3 credits

  • Introduction to Theories and Practices of Teaching and Learning (EDUC624)

    Focus is on theories and current research on how people learn and how to design instruction. Emphasis is on what we know about how the brain works and what we know about effective teaching and learning strategies. Theories of human development; theories of learning; overview of effective teaching strategies.

    3 credits

  • General Teaching Methods for 5-12 Classrooms (EDUC630)

    An active-learning and activity-centered course. Application of various pedagogical theories and methods in teaching middle and high school students through the practice of planning, implementation, and assessment procedures. Focus is on meeting the application/performance part of license standards as set by the Minnesota Standards for Effective Practice for Teachers.

    3 credits

  • Field Experience (EDUC661)

    Participate in field experiences in K-12 schools and other school-based settings in order to apply coursework to authentic teaching experiences, observe educational contexts and receive mentoring from classroom teachers. Practice reflective skills by debriefing field experiences, writing a formative edTPA, and integrating a spiritual worldview.

    2 credits

  • Understanding Diversity and Student Needs (EDUC663)

    Discover various learning styles and intelligences that reflect racial, cultural and economic diversity of middle and secondary students. Explore issues that contribute to biases, discrimination, racism, and sexism in middle and secondary classrooms. Study Minnesota-based American Indian tribal government, history, language, and culture.

    2 credits

  • Teaching Content Area Literacy (EDUC665)

    Emphasis is on the synthesis of multiple forms of literacy within the content area: reading, writing, media, and critical literacy. Students will weave multiple facets of literacy into their content area, with the greatest emphasis on content area reading.

    3 credits

  • Classroom Technology (EDUC668)

    This course will explore various forms of technology that expand classroom learning as well as technology that facilitates communication between teachers and their colleagues, their students, and their students' guardians.

    1 credits

  • Student Teaching Seminar (EDUC750)

    Development of reflective skills, professional qualities, and instructional and evaluative skills. Clarification of personal teaching/learning beliefs, modification of instruction for diverse student needs, and development of effective learning environments. Embeded differentiated instruction for ELS and special education students in the general education classroom. Refinement of assessment strategies and classroom management techniques that maximize student learning. + ENVoY classroom management training fee: $60. + Graded on an S/U basis.

    5 credits

  • Preparing the Thesis/Action Research Project (EDUC755)

    Assists students in preparing their master's thesis or conducting an action research project. Focus is on the design process and includes the following topics: information on the nature and scope of the master's thesis/action research project; selection and refinement of topic; APA style; and the oral examination process. Graded on an S/U basis.

    1 credits

  • Student Teaching Placement I (EDUC778)

    Prior course knowledge and skills will be practiced under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and a college supervising teacher while learners teach. In the field experience and through two student teaching placements, learners will have teaching experience at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Graded on an S/U basis. Concurrent enrollment with EDUC750 required.

    5 credits

    Corequisite Course: EDUC750

  • Student Teaching Placement II (EDUC779)

    Continued practice of prior teaching experience under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and a college supervising teacher while learners teach. Graded on an S/U basis.

    3 credits

  • Writing the Thesis/Action Research Project (EDUC790)

    Exploration of a significant educational issue relevant to the student's professional involvement through an independent, individually supervised thesis or project. Graded on an S/U basis.

    3 credits

  • Select one from:

    • Methods of Teaching 5-12 Mathematics (EDUC680)

      Final preparation for entering the teaching profession. Students are equipped with some of the tools necessary for becoming lifelong learners of teaching. Key topics include a variety of instructional methods, class management, and assessment strategies; math content in the 5-12 curriculum, including special emphasis on the NCTM Principles and Standards, Minnesota K-12 Mathematics Framework, and Minnesota Academic Standards; learning theory appropriate to mathematics teaching strategies; and exploration of tools and technologies for the support and enhancement of classroom instruction.

      3 credits

    • Methods of Teaching 5-12 Science (EDUC681)

      Current methods and approaches used in the teaching of science in grades 5-12. Examination of ways to develop and present curriculum with emphasis on content, scientific investigation, inquiry, assessment, and safe laboratory practices.

      3 credits

    • Methods of Teaching Visual Arts, K-12 (EDUC682)

      Materials, methods, and curriculum employed in teaching art at both the elementary and secondary levels. Historical survey of philosophy of art education and present trends. Studio time for exploration and application of media suitable for both elementary and secondary levels.

      3 credits

    • Methods of Teaching World Languages and Cultures, K-12 (EDUC683)

      Theories of language acquisition, language learning, and classroom methodologies at the elementary and secondary levels. Exploration of instructional resources, uses of technology, evaluative procedures, and classroom management. Development of a philosophy of communicative language teaching and practice in unit planning and teaching. Completion of oral proficiency assessment is required.

      3 credits

    • Methods of Teaching TESOL (EDUC684)

      Theories of language learning, language acquisition, and classroom methodologies at the elementary and secondary levels. Exploration of instructional resources, uses of technology, evaluative procedures, and classroom management. Development of a philosophy of English as a second language, education, and practice in unit planning and teaching.

      3 credits

    • Methods of Teaching 5-12 Communication Arts and Literature (EDUC685)

      Concepts, strategies, and skills necessary for the successful instruction and assessment of students in grades 5-12 in reading, writing, speaking, media, listening, and literature.

      3 credits

    • Methods of Teaching Business Education, Grades 5-12 (EDUC686)

      Learn practical methods for teaching business education to middle and high school students. Students will connect their knowledge of business, both real world and course work, with an understanding of how students learn and how to best ensure student success in the classroom.

      4 credits

    • Methods of Teaching 5-12 Social Studies (EDUC687)

      Development of ability to take concepts from several component disciplines of social studies and communicate them effectively to, or direct their acquisition by, secondary school students. Includes curriculum trends, materials, classroom methodologies, and teacher competencies.

      3 credits

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