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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

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Our Lady of the Lake University offers a Master of Arts in Teaching designed for aspiring teacher candidates who already have earned a bachelor’s degree and would like to add teacher certification while earning a master’s degree.

Students in the program:

  • Learn pedagogical theories and innovative instructional strategies

  • Apply their knowledge in a real-world setting during a full-year internship or clinical teaching experience

  • Take advantage of maximum flexibility through a combination of face-to-face, hybrid and online classes – most class meetings in the fall and spring semesters meet in the evenings and on weekends

  • Take part in an initial summer semester that is academically intensive that includes four courses, 30 hours of field experience and preparation for content certification exams

  • Can complete the program in 15 months

Specializations

Students seeking the Elementary Education with Bilingual Specialization must be proficient in Spanish as the program builds on the student’s native Spanish-speaking abilities.

Students explore:

  • Bilingual language development and acquisition processes
  • Language varieties with an emphasis on social and cultural contexts and the successful development of bilingualism and literacies in families, communities and schools
  • Theories and research-based practices to promote biliteracy development, particularly in Dual Language Classrooms

MAT: Elementary with Bilingual Specialization degree plan and course descriptions

Students seeking the Elementary Education with English as a Second Language (ESL) Specialization prepare to work with students whose primary language is not English.

Students learn:

  • Current approaches to second-language acquisition and instruction
  • Methodologies of teaching and testing English as a second language
  • Design, implementation and evaluation of ESL programs and materials

MAT: Elementary ESL Specialization degree plan and course descriptions

Students seeking the Secondary Education with English Language Arts Specialization take courses to prepare for teaching Reading, Writing and Literature at the middle and high school levels. Students can add a course in Second Language Methodology and earn the optional English as a Second Language specialization.

MAT: Secondary English Language Arts with optional ESL Specialization degree plan and course descriptions. 

Students seeking the Secondary Education with Science Specialization take courses to prepare for teaching Science at the middle and high school levels. Students can add a course in Second Language Methodology and earn the optional English as a Second Language specialization.

MAT: Secondary Science Specialization with optional ESL Specialization degree plan and course descriptions. 

Students seeking the Elementary Education with Special Education Specialization prepare to work with student with learning disabilities and differences.

Students learn:

  • Assessment theories and practices to identify strengths and needs
  • Applied behavioral analysis and interventions
  • Special education ethics, law and professional leadership

MAT: Elementary with Special Education Specialization degree plan and course descriptions.

 

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