CMAT - MAT Certification


DRAFT  2015-2016 GRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG

Becomes Effective 1 June 2015 through 31 May 2016

Please see the Graduate Catalog Archives for the current 2014-2015 Catalog
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Course Descriptions

CMAT 5000 Teaching in a Diverse Society (3)

Students explore issues in teaching in a multicultural setting, examining the implications of diverse student populations and emphasizing values and beliefs about learning and teaching. The course explores the historical and philosophical foundations of education, focusing on the implications for current diverse classrooms. Students will examine traditional and contemporary philosophies in their historical context and discuss the impact of these on student and teacher roles, curriculum, assessment and instruction, and classroom organization and management.

Embedded in this course is a required 30-hour field experience to be completed at The Soulard School.

CMAT 5010 Curriculum Theory, Development and Assessment (3)

This foundation course is an overview of important educational theories. It is designed to examine global curriculum theories and practices and to analyze current educational issues through reading, writing, discussing and presenting ideas. Individuals explore historical perspectives, philosophical theories, and sociologic influences related to contemporary educational concerns. This course will also focus on how to develop curriculum plans that effectively teach all levels of students. Participants will learn how to write lesson plans and unit plans following School of Education guidelines that focus on rationale, description of learners and setting, accommodations for diversity, selection of appropriate goals and objectives, and pre-, during-, and post- assessment of learner's knowledge throughout the unit, as well as unit assessment of learner outcomes. Participants will learn to describe what P-12 students need to know and be able to perform by the end of the unit and will develop a daily general schedule for the lessons included. Participants will learn how to apply research from a variety of resources including print and media and will explore the multifaceted ways for using technology in the classroom. By the end of the course participants will understand how curriculum theory and practice affect the classroom and be able to reflect on their own strengths and weaknesses as a teacher of P-12 students. Prerequisite: CMAT 5000.

CMAT 5015 Differentiated Instruction and Assessment (3)

Based on curriculum theories of assessment, models will be developed for quality assessment using reliability and validity. Summative and formative assessments will be developed, based on student learning and meeting national, state, and organization standards; performance assessment, including teacher-work samples and portfolio assessment will be studied. Qualitative and quantitative measures of evaluation will also be described. Various methods of documenting assessments will be applied. Methods for creating and measuring student dispositions will be developed. In addition, strategies to promote the social and academic integration of all students in the general education classroom will be provided. Topics include the following: inclusive education philosophy and research, tiered academic intervention (RTI), collaborative practices, roles and responsibilities, parent collaboration and communication, curriculum adaptations, differentiated instruction and positive behavior supports. Prerequisite: CMAT 5010 or SOCS 5760.

CMAT 5020 Inquiry Methods for STEM and Social Studies (3)

Utilizing an inquiry-based approach to the study of science and social studies, this course helps teachers acquire the skills necessary to teach history, politics, geography and economics; using the tools of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students will develop an understanding of the integrative approach to social studies teaching and the application of inquiry-based methodologies. A core principle of the course is to model problem based and project based approaches to teaching in the contemporary classroom. Throughout the course students will explore the dynamic and rich ways in which inquiry based social studies form the basis of effective reading, writing, problem solving and citizenship. This course embeds fieldwork, field trips and lock-in experiences.

CMAT 5030 Topics in Content Area Studies (1-3)

Utilizing an experiential and self-guided approach to content area learning, candidates will engage in learning and development in their subject area. Candidates will be given an opportunity to check their content knowledge. Depending on their need for content area subjects, they will choose this course as needed. 

CMAT 5090 Practicum: Elementary School (3)

The focus of this practicum is observation and participation in classrooms in an elementary school setting. Practicum occurs near the end of the candidate's program of study and may only be taken when the candidate has completed the majority of their program.  Filing of appropriate forms must be completed one semester prior to placement, by the posted deadline. Private, public and parochial district placements will be made in the St. Louis County and/or St. Louis City areas.

CMAT 5091 Apprentice Teaching: Elementary School (9)

Teacher certification students only. This course is meant for students seeking certification in elementary school education. The apprentice teaching experience is an intensive, full semester field experience in which students are provided the opportunity to instruct under the expert supervision of university supervisors and cooperating teachers.Prerequisites: CMAT 5090 with B or better and all required courses must be completed. The state-required Content Area exam must also have been passed by the student in order to register for CMAT 5091. Private, public and parochial district placements will be made in the St. Louis County and/or St. Louis City areas. Concurrent registration in the Apprentice Teaching seminar in required.

CMAT 5092 Practicum: Middle School (3)

The focus of this practicum is observation and participation in classrooms in an middle school setting. Practicum occurs near the end of the candidate's program of study and may only be taken when the candidate has completed the majority of their program.  Filing of appropriate forms must be completed one semester prior to placement, by the posted deadline. Private, public and parochial district placements will be made in the St. Louis County and/or St. Louis City areas.

CMAT 5093 Apprentice Teaching: Middle School (9)

Teacher certification students only.  This course is meant for students seeking certification in middle school education. The apprentice teaching experience is an intensive, full semester field experience in which students are provided the opportunity to instruct under the expert supervision of university supervisors and cooperating teachers.  Prerequisites: CMAT 5092 with B or better and all required courses must be completed. The state-required Content Area exam must also have been passed by the student in order to register for CMAT 5093.  Private, public and parochial district placements will be made in the St. Louis County and/or St. Louis City areas.   Concurrent registration in the Apprentice Teaching seminar in required.

CMAT 5094 Practicum: Secondary School (1-3)

The focus of this practicum is observation and participation in classrooms in a secondary school setting. Practicum occurs near the end of the candidate's program of study and may only be taken when the candidate has completed the majority of their program.  Filing of appropriate forms must be completed one semester prior to placement, by the posted deadline. Private, public and parochial district placements will be made in the St. Louis County and/or St. Louis City areas.  Concurrent enrollment in the practicum seminar is required (CMAT 5094, Section 30).

CMAT 5095 Apprentice Teaching: Secondary School (9)

Teacher certification students only. This course is meant for students seeking certification in elementary school education. The apprentice teaching experience is an intensive, full semester field experience in which students are provided the opportunity to instruct under the expert supervision of university supervisors and cooperating teachers. Prerequisites: CMAT 5094 with B or better and all required courses must be completed. The state-required Content Area exam must also have been passed by the student in order to register for CMAT 5095. Private, public and parochial district placements will be made in the St. Louis County and/or St. Louis City areas. Concurrent registration in the Apprentice Teaching seminar in required.

CMAT 5096 Apprentice Teaching Seminar (1)

This seminar will help students in their apprentice teaching focus on multiple factors affecting their class-room experiences, student interactions and curriculum (including planning, classroom organization and structure, unit and lesson planning, and student assessment) through the creation of a Teacher Work Sample. The course is designed to better prepare each student to meet the MoSTEP Standards.  The seminar is a concurrent registration with the appropriate apprentice teaching course. Prerequisites: CMAT 5090 or CMAT 5092 or CMAT 5094 with B or better, and all required courses must be completed.