Elementary Education (MAT)


2015-2016 GRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG

Effective 1 June 2015 through 31 May 2016

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This program offered by School of Education

Program Description

The MAT in elementary education degree program provides candidates with a strong knowledge base of content, child development, and current research that supports best practices in elementary education. The degree emphasizes the principles and practices of inquiry-based and cooperative learning differentiated instruction, and culturally responsive teaching.

This graduate degree program is designed to provide the foundation for teacher preparation leading to initial Missouri teacher certification in Elementary Education.

This program is offered at the St. Louis home campus.

Learning Outcomes

The goals of the MAT in elementary education are to cultivate graduates who are:

1. Knowledgeable Learners
Candidates in the elementary MAT will:

  • understand, demonstrate, and apply knowledge of many disciplines
  • learn how to engage students through an integrated and innovative curriculum
  •  that builds learners confidence.

2.  Reflective Collaborators
Candidates in the elementary MAT will:

  • demonstrate their ability to facilitate student learning and to reflect on educational outcomes.
  • demonstrate their ability to collaborate with colleagues, students, and families.

3.  Informed Instructors
Candidates in the elementary MAT will:

  • use educational theory,  best practices, and research to design curriculum, and conduct assessment .
  • learn pedagogical strategies to motivate students to learn.
  • teach students academic, social and technological skills for living in a changing world.

4. Responsive Educators
Candidates in the elementary MAT will:

  • recognize and appreciate the needs of diverse learners based on child development theory and research.
  • create a positive learning experience that responds to the needs of all learners.
  • celebrate the talents and cultures of all students.

Policies and Procedures

The candidate should consult the Academic Policies and Procedures section of the catalog for Webster University policies regarding course attendance; conduct; grades; academic warning, probation, and dismissal; transcripts, and graduation.  Procedures for registration and drop, add, and withdrawal from a course are outlined in the Enrollment section of this catalog. 

Requirements for Missouri Initial Teacher Certification in Elementary Grades 1-6

Certification Hours

To achieve Missouri state certification in Elementary School Education candidates are required to take more than 31 credit hours (plus 10 credit hours of apprentice teaching)

Transcript Evaluation

Students must present official academic transcripts to the Teacher Certification Officer in the School of Education in order to complete an evaluation of coursework. Based on this transcript evaluation the certification officer will identify the exact number of credit hours that an MAT candidate will require to complete initial teacher certification with respect to Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requirements. Prior coursework such as transfer courses and content area courses will be identified from the students transcripts. Using this evaluation an academic advisor in conjunction with the certification officer will prepare a personalized program of study for the student.

State Assessments

To obtain a teaching licensure in Missouri, students are required to complete a number of state assessments. State required assessments are administered by designated agencies, and students are required to pay all associated fees. All state assessments are administered in computer based format.

Students must pass the state-required Content Area Examination before Apprentice Teaching Orientation.

Successful completion of the Missouri Pre-Service Teacher Assessment (MoPTA) is required in order to obtain a recommendation for initial teacher certification from Webster University. Such recommendation must be presented to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) by the university in order for a candidate to earn teacher licensure in the state of Missouri.

Background Checks

Students are required to obtain various annual background checks prior to field experiences. The state requires current fingerprint clearance prior to issuing the teaching certificate.

Degree Program Requirements

The following 31 hours of courses and 13 hours of field experiences are required to earn the MAT degree in Elementary School Education. Students are advised that initial teacher certification in elementary education (grades 1-6) may require more hours than are listed for the MAT degree program. Students must consult an advisor in order to obtain a personalized program of study.

Foundations

  • CMAT 5000 Teaching in a Diverse Society (3 hours)
  • CMAT 5015 Differentiated Instruction and Assessment (3 hours)
  • EPSY 5170 Behavior Management (3 hours)
  • EDTC 5410 In-Service Topics in Educational Technology (1 hour)

Methods

  • COMM 5820 Foundations in Reading (3 hours)
  • COMM 5840 Reading & Writing as Cognitive Processes (3 hours)
  • COMM 5440 Integrated Language Arts (3 hours)
  • COMM 5960 Differentiated Reading Instruction (3 hours)
  • MTHT 4310 Elementary School Mathematics Methods (3 hours)
  • SPED 5010 Differentiated Math Instruction (3 hours)
  • CMAT 5020 Inquiry Methods for STEM and Social Sciences (3 hours)

Clinical Experiences

  • CMAT 5090 Practicum: Elementary (3 hours)
  • CMAT 5091 Apprentice Teaching: Elementary School (9 hours)
  • CMAT 5096 Apprentice Teaching Seminar (1 hour)

Other Certification Requirements

  • EPSY 5505 Applied Developmental & Educational Psychology (3 hours)
  • SPED 5860 Psychology of the Exceptional Child (3 hours)
  • SPED 5050 Language Development (3 hours)
  • COMM 5000 Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry for Children (3 hours)
  • Content courses in Science, Math, and Social Studies as determined in consultation with the advisor.

All of the above courses are required to complete the requirements for initial Missouri teacher certification in the Elementary Education program.

Application and Eligibility to CMAT 5090, Elementary School Practicum

Registration in CMAT 5090 Elementary School Practicum must be approved by the student's advisor by September 15 for Spring placement and by February 15 for Fall placement. Applications for practicum are completed through TK20. Directions are located on the School of Education website. No late applications will be accepted. B or better is required for the practicum.

Application to CMAT 5091, Apprentice Teaching:  Elementary School

Successful completion of CMAT 5091 Apprentice Teaching: Elementary School is required to meet the graduation requirements of the MAT in elementary education. Application and registration in CMAT 5091 must be approved electronically by the student's advisor by September 15 for Spring placement and by February 15 for Fall placement. Applications for apprentice teaching are completed through TK20. Directions are located on the School of Education website. Students who are full-time paraprofessionals or teachers in an approved educational setting may be eligible to earn credit for Apprentice Teaching through an assessment process.

Eligibility requirements for acceptance to CMAT 5091, Apprentice Teaching

  1. Students must have successfully completed all required courses for initial teacher certification in elementary education.
  2. Students must have successfully completed CMAT 5090 Elementary Practicum with a grade of B or higher
  3. Students must have passed state required content area exam score equal to or greater than the Missouri qualifying score prior to registration in CMAT 5091, Apprentice Teaching: Elementary School. Students should talk to their advisor or the teacher certification professionals at Webster University in order to understand how DESE changes are accommodated in their personalized program of study.

Emphasis: Special Education Content

To gain additional expertise in providing effective instruction to students with disabilities, students may choose to complete an additional 18 hours to complete a special education content emphasis.

The following coursework is required for the special education content emphasis:

  • SPED 5030 Introduction to Mild/Moderate Disabilities (3 hours)
  • SPED 5420 Psychoeducational Assessment (3 hours)
  • SPED 5245 Counseling for Life's Transition (3 hours)
  • SPED 5280 Methods I (3 hours)
  • SPED 5381 Methods II (3 hours)
  • EDUC 5080 Planning for the Inclusive Classroom (3 hours)

Admission

Students who are interested in applying to this degree program should also see the Admission Section of this catalog for general requirements.

Admission Requirements

  • Receipt of official transcripts from the baccalaureate granting institution.
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Grade of B- or better in college-level mathematics
  • Grade of B- or better in college-level composition

Send all required documents to the following address:

Office of Admission
Webster University
470 East Lockwood Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63119

Advancement to Candidacy

Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) represents a significant milestone in a candidate's academic career. Candidates who successfully advance to candidacy have demonstrated mastery of program standards and may continue enrolling in courses to complete their major. In the case of the MAT ATC means that a student is formally enrolled in the initial teacher certification program.

Advancement to Candidacy occurs provided that a student:

  1. Completes 12 hours of graduate credit with grades of B or better (including CMAT 5000)
  2. Is accepted into the Teacher Certification program (contact the School of Education Teacher Certification Office for more information).
  3. Remains in good academic standing and maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Candidates will be restricted from registering in further coursework until advanced to candidacy