18 months | Credit Hours: 33
This degree is available for individuals who hold an existing, approved degree in an undergraduate content field. It is designed for career-changers, e.g., retirees, military, who want to teach. This program will be delivered both online and in a hybrid model. The program can lead to certification in grades 6-12 and give the student a masters degree at the same time. See www.westga.edu/coelai
The Masters in Art in Teaching degree is housed in the College of Education, Department of Leadership and Instruction. Upon completion of this program, the candidate will meet the requirements to teach grades 6 - 12 in the state of Georgia. Candidates will also, meet the requirements for a master's degree. The areas in which this degree is available:
Primarily online, with some hybrid courses. Two graduate content courses must be taken. They may or may not be online. Clinical experiences required.
Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 33-34
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 9
Our online courses are as affordable as you will find among accredited schools. Students will pay for 33 hours (34 hours for Business Education) of tuition plus a $150 internship supervision fee and current University fees.
For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information on fees and tuition, see the Bursar's Office website at http://www.westga.edu/bursar/. (Fully online courses appear as NET charges on the bottom of the Bursar's spreadsheets.)
The program requires 33 hours (34 hours for Business Education) of coursework if the student has all the necessary prerequisites for admission. It involves both classroom and clinical experiences. Many of the courses are delivered online. Others are offered at times that accomodate working professionals. The program is housed in the Department of Leadership and Instruction, with details under Secondary Education.
Below are sample courses that students will select from:
Description: A study of learning principles, methods, strategies and knowledge related to teaching business subjects. Students create and demonstrate well-planned content-based lessons and educational experiences demonstrating planned patterned behaviors as definite steps by which the teacher influences learning. A meta-analysis of research-based instruction is examined. As an integral part of the course, field experience, professional activities, and seminars are required.
Description: This course provides an in-depth study of the major cognitive and behavioral theories of classroom learning. Emphasis will be placed on enabling teachers and counselors to better understand how students learn; on helping educators identify and remove barriers that impede student learning; and on helping educators develop, utilize and advocate teaching practices, programs, and curriculum that lead to academic success for all. Theories of motivation, classroom management practices, and belief systems that promote learning will also be addressed.
Description: This course is designed to examine the legal framework of public education in the United States and court decisions affecting the schools and all school personnel. The ethical considerations required by the Professional Standards Commission are an integral part of the course.
Description: This course provides in class and field experiences for students in the investigation of current curriculum literature and in the identification and creation of organizational patterns/designs which support both short and long range school goal setting. Students will learn to coordinate and synthesize curriculum development, utilize appropriate instructional designs including delivery, management and resources, as well as to reflect on the interpretation and utilization of test results for the improvement of instructional programs.
Description: This course is designed to increase the school leader's knowledge and understanding of assessment and its role in improving student achievement. Students will examine the knowledge and skill base that supports the effective use of assessment within classrooms and schools. The nature and purpose of assessment, its use for improving instruction and the design of high-quality teacher-developed classroom assessments will be emphasized.
Description: An overview of communication and technology as it relates to teaching and learning. This course includes the design, production and utilization of materials and operation of audiovisual equipment and microcomputers. This course will meet the Georgia Technology certification requirement.
Description: The course provides an overview of systematic approaches to instructional planning, development, and evaluation.
Description: Application for field experience required prior to enrollment in MAT section. Designed for investigation and assessment of and research in the teaching of English with implications for strategies and curricular needs at the secondary level.
Description: Application for field experience required prior to enrollment in MAT section. Designed for investigation and assessment of and research in the teaching of social studies with implications for strategies and curriculum needs at the secondary level.
Description: Application for field experience required prior to enrollment in MAT section. This course is designed for the in service teacher of science to extend their theoretical base and provide experience in the teaching of secondary science. Students investigate and assess current trends and research in the teaching of science with implications for strategies and curricular needs at the secondary/post secondary level.
Description: Application for field experience required prior to enrollment in MAT section. Designed for continued professional growth of mathematics teachers as they investigate and evaluate current issues, practices, and resources in mathematics education.
Description: Students will be teaching full-time for one semester in a public school secondary level (6-12) classroom, under the supervision and mentorship of an experienced, qualified classroom teacher.
Description: This course is designed to engage interns in a critical reflection of issues, topics, materials, and skills appropriate to their professional development and teaching experience during their internship. The course will also serve as a capstone experience for satisfying exit requirements of the program.
Description: This course is an introduction to the basics of teaching and learning with an emphasis on establishing decorum and structure in the classroom.
Description: Study of characteristics, identification, and support needs of exceptional children and youth. Includes basic teaching strategies and supportive techniques/resources for meeting needs of pupils with special needs in the regular classroom. Designed for non-special education majors.
This describes the general information about faculty for this program.
To guarantee that your application will be reviewed for admission for the semester you are applying, the online application, application fee, and official transcripts for all colleges or universities attended must be submitted by the deadline posted.
The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/apply-now.php
Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP at http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php.
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