Chatham University

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Curriculum

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree is a professional program that recommends students for teacher certification in PreK-4 education (PreK-4) and secondary (7-12), biology, chemistry, English, mathematics, physics, and social studies certification. The MAT also offers K-12 certification in art, which requires some coursework in both elementary and secondary education. Candidates interested in art or secondary education should hold a bachelor’s degree in their specific field. Education courses are held both in class and online.

This program involves both classroom study and extensive field experiences, culminating in a fulltime, semester long Student Teaching experience. In accordance with the Pennsylvania State Department of Education (PDE) requirements, candidates must satisfy all regulations pertaining to teacher training contained in the Pennsylvania School Code. These regulations are subject to change by the State. Students will be required to comply with any such regulations that are instituted before they can apply for certification through PDE. In addition, students must have a valid (less than one year old) Child Abuse, Pennsylvania Criminal History and Federal Criminal History Record to enter a school for any and all field work. A P.P.D Tuberculin (TB) Test and a physical exam may also be required to complete field work.

Non-Degree Seeking Students:

At the discretion of the graduate program director, a qualified student can take up to 12 credit hours of graduate courses as a non-degree seeking student. Students who have been denied admittance into a program cannot register for courses as non-degree-seeking students. Students must earn a B or above in each course. Successful completion of 12 hours as a non-degree-seeking student does not imply admittance into the program. Courses taken as nondegree are not guaranteed to count towards the degree. In cohort programs, degree-seeking students will be given preference for available seats.

Additional Information:

All students seeking Pennsylvania state certification must have the following:

Program Requirements

+Grades PreK-4

52 credits, including:

EDU502 Perspectives on Education

This course examines the influences that have resulted in the unique role of the teacher and school in our society in the past as well as the present. Topics include needs of exceptional children, the role of technology in education, and school-community relations. Students are requied to complete a major research project that addresses a currenty educational issue. Co-Requisite: EDU580

2
EDU508 Games Children Play

A range of games and activities are explored in terms of functional movements and progression towards mature forms of selected physical skills. Healthy warm-up and participation strategies will be part of the exploration of each game. Games will be analyzed in terms of developmental appropriateness and the involvement of certain muscle groups and skill requirements. Students design an original game targeting the development of age-specific skills.

1
EDU509 Trends and Issues in Early Childhood Education

3
EDU510 Differentiated Reading and Writing

This course provides the regular and special education teacher with specific data-based knowledge and skills to teach reading and writing in content areas to students with disabilities.

3
EDU511 Early Elementary Curriculum

Students explore the teaching of all content areas in the early childhood setting. Students experience using a computer as a teaching tool, and examine and evaluate instructional software. A capstone research paper or project will demonstrate theory-based best practices to develop a curriculum for use in the the early childhood classroom. Pre-requisites: EDU502, Co-requisites: EDU607, EDU609

3
EDU514 Data Driven Instructional Decisions

The importance of making decisions based on actual data collected on students now plays a major role in all schools. Data review goes beyond standardized test results and includes summative an formative assessment results. The connection between curriculum and assessments assessing a student's progress needs to be viewed as a guide to effective educational decision making.

2
EDU530 Diverse Family and Community Partnerships

Advocates, educators, and parents have called for more and better family-school partnerships for decades. Recently, a body of empirical evidence has indicated taht partnerships can havea positive impact. A number of studies highlight the positive associations between parent involvement in schools and their children's social and emotional development and academic achievement. This course explores the form and focus of several types of partnerships. Must be taken with student teaching.

3
EDU534 Methods of Teaching Elementary Social Studies

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and tools needed to be effective elementary social studies teachers. Students will learn strategies that allow for diverse learners to "experience" social studies, and to integrate social studies with all other subject areas. In this course, together we will attempt to establish a "social curriculum" that starts with the social studies, includes all academic areas, and expands into the halls, the playground, and into the world.

2
EDU535 Methods of Teaching Elementary Mathematics

This course explores recent research developments of national reform efforts in teaching mathematics. Students explore the teaching of mathematics within the context of child development and learning theory. Research-based curriculum projects promote deep conceptual understanding in mathematics. Review of specific topics in math to increase the student's own competencies is included. Pre-requisites: EDU502 and EDU607

3
EDU536 Methods of Teaching Elementary Science

This course explores recent developements of national reform efforts in teaching science based on developmental and learning theory. Students will learn hands-on innovative classroom practices and review national and state standards for science education. Methods for increasing content knowledge related to schedule and technology will be explored. Pre-requisites EDU502 and EDU607

2
EDU607 Child Development and Learning Theory

Focusing on child development from the prenatal stage to age 12, this course emphasizes current research on physical, cognitive, and social development. Students examine the nature of adolescent development, implications of the cognitive and affective characteristics of adolescents in the selection of instructional methods and materials, and structural and organizational features of typical high schools.

3
EDU609 Literacy

The interrelationships among listening, speaking, writing, and reading are investigated with a view toward emphasis on the impact that classroom organization, patterns, materials, and approaches have on teacher effectiveness in teaching elementary and early childhood-aged students, individually and in groups. Students are required to complete a major research paper or project in which they demonstrate knowledge of and skill in using teaching strategies that reinforce the theoretical considerations of the course. Pre or Co-requisite: EDU 502 and 607

3
EDU634 Inclusion: Issues and Strategies

This course surveys practices of inclusion in education. It encompasses the historical precendents, underlying philosophy, education theory, instructional strategies, and practical implications of it implementation. Students participate in a variety of of learning experiences throughout the course. Prequisites: EDU502, 580, 607 Co-requisites: EDU582

3
EDU639 Integrating the Arts

This interdisciplinary course provides the basic understanding of the use of art, music, movement, and creative dramatics in an early childhood setting. It is designed to enhance the student's mastery of content areas in the elementary curriculum. Students examine national and the PA Academic Standards for the Arts and Humanities in Art, Music, Theater and Dance; and learn how to integrate these standards into interdisciplinary lessons in literacy, mathematics, science and history for students pre-Kindergarten through fourth grade.

3
EDU657 ELL Teaching Strategies for Classroom Teachers

This course explores language development for English Language Learners for whom English is a second language. Pre-service teachers acquire knowledge and skills required to meet the educational needs of ELLs in their future classrooms. The course also addresses the legal responsibilities to English Language Learners under Pennsylvania and federal laws and regulations.

3
EDU696 Student Teaching

During one 8 week elementary and one 8 week secondary placement, student teachers will plan and implement lessons, and assume other appropiate instructional responsibilities under the guidance of an experienced teacher and a college professor. Students develop a portfolio based on the PDE form 430 to document their competencies for certification. Pre-requisites: Completion of all program requirements.

9
EDU664 Behavior Management in the Classroom

Students investigate the principles and systematic approaches used to identify and analyze problem management techniques, individual behavior and affective intervention strategies, and community-based support programs designed to address problem behaviors. Crisis intervention and conflict resolution are explored as strategies for confronting challenging behaviors.

3
EDU580 Supervised Field III Experience

This field placement offers the student the opportunity to experience and assess the culture of a school. Daily interactions among teachers, students, administration, and support staff in a unique physical setting provide the pre-service teacher with a comprehensive overview of school life. Co-requisite: EDU502

0
EDU581 Pedagogical Practices

This course focuses on the characteristics of effective teaching practices and examines different ways that effective teachers help students learn. The impact of standards and accountability on lesson planning, implementing instruction and assessment is examined. How student diversity influences classroom practices is examined through case studies and discussion topics. The use of technology to create lesson focus, increase student involvement and to organize lesson content is a theme that is exp10rcd throughout the course.

1

+Secondary

(biology, chemistry, English, mathematics, physics or social studies) 44 credits, including:

EDU502 Perspectives on Education

This course examines the influences that have resulted in the unique role of the teacher and school in our society in the past as well as the present. Topics include needs of exceptional children, the role of technology in education, and school-community relations. Students are requied to complete a major research project that addresses a currenty educational issue. Co-Requisite: EDU580

2
EDU510 Differentiated Reading and Writing

This course provides the regular and special education teacher with specific data-based knowledge and skills to teach reading and writing in content areas to students with disabilities.

3
EDU515 Secondary School Curriculum

Students investigate instructional planning and implementation as well as a range of behavior and classroom management techniques. Reading assignments in appropriate professional literature encourage students to develop a familiarity with the most effective teaching approaches. Motivation, evaluation of student achievement, and differentiation of instruction are considered. Co-requisites: EDU581 and EDU516 or EDU517 or EDU518 or EDU519 or EDU547

3
EDU516 Methods of Teaching Secondary English

This course addresses the theory and philosophy of teaching language arts in middle and secondary schools. Classroom teaching strategies are explored and implemented in class presentation and in 7-12 public classrooms. Students plan instructional situations that clearly express the reading-writing connection that exists in effective language arts programs. Co-Requisites: EDU515 and EDU581

3
OR
EDU517 Teaching Methods in Secondary Social Studies

This course developes research-based strategies for teaching social studies. Contextual teaching, problem-based learning, and critical thinking are approached through instructional strategies that combine investigative classroom inquiry with both national and state context standards. Steudents learn to frame issues, help students research and analyze data and information to construct meaning and understanding. Co-Requisites: EDU515 and EDU581

3
OR
EDU518 Methods of Teaching Secondary Science

Examination of current theory and practice for teaching science in secondary schools is explored in this course. Curriculum development, teaching strategies and methodologies, and assessment issues are also addressed. Students examine research-based curriculum and inquiry teaching and learning as best practices in science education. Co-Requisites: EDU515 and EDU581

3
OR
EDU519 Methods of Teaching Secondary Mathematics

A balance of theory and practice is explored in this course to help students become effective teachers of mathematics. Curriculum development, teaching strategies and methodologies, and assessment issues are also addressed. Co-requisites: EDU515 and EDU581

3
EDU514 Data Driven Instructional Decisions

The importance of making decisions based on actual data collected on students now plays a major role in all schools. Data review goes beyond standardized test results and includes summative an formative assessment results. The connection between curriculum and assessments assessing a student's progress needs to be viewed as a guide to effective educational decision making.

2
EDU530 Diverse Family and Community Partnerships

Advocates, educators, and parents have called for more and better family-school partnerships for decades. Recently, a body of empirical evidence has indicated taht partnerships can havea positive impact. A number of studies highlight the positive associations between parent involvement in schools and their children's social and emotional development and academic achievement. This course explores the form and focus of several types of partnerships. Must be taken with student teaching.

3
EDU605 Instructing Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders

This course is designed to focus on pertinent issues and topics that concern students with autism. Spectrum disorders. This course provides an overview of evidenced-based instructional strategies used to teach students with autism as well as ways to collaborate with individuals in the home, school, and community. Topics will cover specific instructional strategies, family/community relations, behavior, inclusion and transition.

3
EDU634 Inclusion: Issues and Strategies

This course surveys practices of inclusion in education. It encompasses the historical precendents, underlying philosophy, education theory, instructional strategies, and practical implications of it implementation. Students participate in a variety of of learning experiences throughout the course. Prequisites: EDU502, 580, 607 Co-requisites: EDU582

3
EDU657 ELL Teaching Strategies for Classroom Teachers

This course explores language development for English Language Learners for whom English is a second language. Pre-service teachers acquire knowledge and skills required to meet the educational needs of ELLs in their future classrooms. The course also addresses the legal responsibilities to English Language Learners under Pennsylvania and federal laws and regulations.

3
EDU696 Student Teaching

During one 8 week elementary and one 8 week secondary placement, student teachers will plan and implement lessons, and assume other appropiate instructional responsibilities under the guidance of an experienced teacher and a college professor. Students develop a portfolio based on the PDE form 430 to document their competencies for certification. Pre-requisites: Completion of all program requirements.

9
EDU664 Behavior Management in the Classroom

Students investigate the principles and systematic approaches used to identify and analyze problem management techniques, individual behavior and affective intervention strategies, and community-based support programs designed to address problem behaviors. Crisis intervention and conflict resolution are explored as strategies for confronting challenging behaviors.

3
EDU581 Pedagogical Practices

This course focuses on the characteristics of effective teaching practices and examines different ways that effective teachers help students learn. The impact of standards and accountability on lesson planning, implementing instruction and assessment is examined. How student diversity influences classroom practices is examined through case studies and discussion topics. The use of technology to create lesson focus, increase student involvement and to organize lesson content is a theme that is exp10rcd throughout the course.

1
EDU505 Issues of Poverty in Education

This course focuses on the characteristics and effects of poverty on education. Definitions and types of poverty are examined. The impact of poverty on cognitive and physical development as well as learning and behavior on individuals is examined. The influences of poverty on classroom and schools is assessed. Strategies to teach students of poverty and combat poverty in schools are discussed.

3
EDU583 Conflict Resolution

This course teaches students how to avoid conflicts from developing and explores methods to resolve conflict. This course also defines and presents a mediation process that employs a specific set of techniques that enables students to peacefully resolve conflict. Students taking this course will learn to manage conflict in their personal life, classroom, and in the workplace.

1
EDU524 Teaching in a Urban Schools

This course helps future teachers understand the complexities of teaching in a culturally diverse classroom. Students learn how to work effectively with students from various socioeconomic, religious, ethnic, and cultural groups. Students complete a major research project reflecting an understanding of best practices in effectively developing multicultural learning communities. Pre-requisites: EDU502 and EDU607

2

+Art Education K-12

Programs in these areas require some coursework in both elementary and secondary education. Candidates for these degrees should contact the certification officer or program chairperson. 43 credits, including:

EDU502 Perspectives on Education

This course examines the influences that have resulted in the unique role of the teacher and school in our society in the past as well as the present. Topics include needs of exceptional children, the role of technology in education, and school-community relations. Students are requied to complete a major research project that addresses a currenty educational issue. Co-Requisite: EDU580

2
EDU510 Differentiated Reading and Writing

This course provides the regular and special education teacher with specific data-based knowledge and skills to teach reading and writing in content areas to students with disabilities.

3
EDU514 Data Driven Instructional Decisions

The importance of making decisions based on actual data collected on students now plays a major role in all schools. Data review goes beyond standardized test results and includes summative an formative assessment results. The connection between curriculum and assessments assessing a student's progress needs to be viewed as a guide to effective educational decision making.

2
EDU515 Secondary School Curriculum

Students investigate instructional planning and implementation as well as a range of behavior and classroom management techniques. Reading assignments in appropriate professional literature encourage students to develop a familiarity with the most effective teaching approaches. Motivation, evaluation of student achievement, and differentiation of instruction are considered. Co-requisites: EDU581 and EDU516 or EDU517 or EDU518 or EDU519 or EDU547

3
EDU530 Diverse Family and Community Partnerships

Advocates, educators, and parents have called for more and better family-school partnerships for decades. Recently, a body of empirical evidence has indicated taht partnerships can havea positive impact. A number of studies highlight the positive associations between parent involvement in schools and their children's social and emotional development and academic achievement. This course explores the form and focus of several types of partnerships. Must be taken with student teaching.

3
EDU531 Assessment and Adaptation

Students investigate the assessment of individuals with mild to moderate disabilities. Topics include the fundamental principles of assessment tools and the social responsibility of professionals to exercise fairness and accuracy in the assessment process.

3
EDU537 Methods of Teaching Elementary Art

Students approach the teaching of art consistent with national standards of pedagogy and art. This course combines theory, research and practical knowledge about teaching art as a universal language and creative experience to elementary school children. This course contains an embedded field experience of 16 hours in an elementary art classroom. Prerequisites EDU502, EDU503, EDU607 Co-requisites EDU613

3
EDU547 Methods of Teaching Secondary Art

Students approach the teaching of art consistent with national standards of pedagogy and art. This course approaches the teaching of art in the secondary school as a means of exploring the meaning and relevance of art to humanity. This course explores methods for engaging students in art experiences through a variety of teaching. This course contains an embedded field experience of 16 hours in a secondary art classroom. Prerequisites EDU502, EDU607 Co-requisites: EDU515

3
EDU607 Child Development and Learning Theory

Focusing on child development from the prenatal stage to age 12, this course emphasizes current research on physical, cognitive, and social development. Students examine the nature of adolescent development, implications of the cognitive and affective characteristics of adolescents in the selection of instructional methods and materials, and structural and organizational features of typical high schools.

3
EDU634 Inclusion: Issues and Strategies

This course surveys practices of inclusion in education. It encompasses the historical precendents, underlying philosophy, education theory, instructional strategies, and practical implications of it implementation. Students participate in a variety of of learning experiences throughout the course. Prequisites: EDU502, 580, 607 Co-requisites: EDU582

3
EDU639 Integrating the Arts

This interdisciplinary course provides the basic understanding of the use of art, music, movement, and creative dramatics in an early childhood setting. It is designed to enhance the student's mastery of content areas in the elementary curriculum. Students examine national and the PA Academic Standards for the Arts and Humanities in Art, Music, Theater and Dance; and learn how to integrate these standards into interdisciplinary lessons in literacy, mathematics, science and history for students pre-Kindergarten through fourth grade.

3
EDU657 ELL Teaching Strategies for Classroom Teachers

This course explores language development for English Language Learners for whom English is a second language. Pre-service teachers acquire knowledge and skills required to meet the educational needs of ELLs in their future classrooms. The course also addresses the legal responsibilities to English Language Learners under Pennsylvania and federal laws and regulations.

3
EDU696 Student Teaching

During one 8 week elementary and one 8 week secondary placement, student teachers will plan and implement lessons, and assume other appropiate instructional responsibilities under the guidance of an experienced teacher and a college professor. Students develop a portfolio based on the PDE form 430 to document their competencies for certification. Pre-requisites: Completion of all program requirements.

9

+Middle Level

English, Math, Science, Social Studies concentration - 44 credits, including:

EDU502 Perspectives on Education

This course examines the influences that have resulted in the unique role of the teacher and school in our society in the past as well as the present. Topics include needs of exceptional children, the role of technology in education, and school-community relations. Students are requied to complete a major research project that addresses a currenty educational issue. Co-Requisite: EDU580

2
EDU503 Children's Literature And The Arts

INDEPENDENT STUDY

4
EDU510 Differentiated Reading and Writing

This course provides the regular and special education teacher with specific data-based knowledge and skills to teach reading and writing in content areas to students with disabilities.

3
EDU514 Data Driven Instructional Decisions

The importance of making decisions based on actual data collected on students now plays a major role in all schools. Data review goes beyond standardized test results and includes summative an formative assessment results. The connection between curriculum and assessments assessing a student's progress needs to be viewed as a guide to effective educational decision making.

2
EDU515 Secondary School Curriculum

Students investigate instructional planning and implementation as well as a range of behavior and classroom management techniques. Reading assignments in appropriate professional literature encourage students to develop a familiarity with the most effective teaching approaches. Motivation, evaluation of student achievement, and differentiation of instruction are considered. Co-requisites: EDU581 and EDU516 or EDU517 or EDU518 or EDU519 or EDU547

3
EDU524 Teaching in a Urban Schools

This course helps future teachers understand the complexities of teaching in a culturally diverse classroom. Students learn how to work effectively with students from various socioeconomic, religious, ethnic, and cultural groups. Students complete a major research project reflecting an understanding of best practices in effectively developing multicultural learning communities. Pre-requisites: EDU502 and EDU607

2
EDU526 Integrated Humanities Methods

This course addresses theory and practice in teaching secondary school students to read and communicate effectively in the content area. The course proovides strategies for teaching reading, listening, speaking, and writing in the secondary classroom. A research paper or project demonstrating mastery of contact area literact is required. Pre-requisites: EDU502 and EDU607

2
EDU528 Integrated Math and Science Methods

The purpose of this course is to provide pre-service teachers with experiences, understanding, and methods that they will be able to use in middle level mathematics and science classrooms. Students in this course will build an understanding of the relevant standards, instructional methods, and resources available for the middle level mathematics and science class.

2
EDU530 Diverse Family and Community Partnerships

Advocates, educators, and parents have called for more and better family-school partnerships for decades. Recently, a body of empirical evidence has indicated taht partnerships can havea positive impact. A number of studies highlight the positive associations between parent involvement in schools and their children's social and emotional development and academic achievement. This course explores the form and focus of several types of partnerships. Must be taken with student teaching.

3
EDU580 Supervised Field III Experience

This field placement offers the student the opportunity to experience and assess the culture of a school. Daily interactions among teachers, students, administration, and support staff in a unique physical setting provide the pre-service teacher with a comprehensive overview of school life. Co-requisite: EDU502

0
EDU606 Adolescent Development and Learning Theory

This course addresses physical, social, cognitive, and moral development during adolescence. The physical, social, and cognitive changes during puberty are explored in terms of their impact on student participation and performance in school settings. Through the use of case studies, an understanding of the implications of growth and development on instructional planning for effective learning is achieved.

3
EDU609 Literacy

The interrelationships among listening, speaking, writing, and reading are investigated with a view toward emphasis on the impact that classroom organization, patterns, materials, and approaches have on teacher effectiveness in teaching elementary and early childhood-aged students, individually and in groups. Students are required to complete a major research paper or project in which they demonstrate knowledge of and skill in using teaching strategies that reinforce the theoretical considerations of the course. Pre or Co-requisite: EDU 502 and 607

3
EDU618 Instructional Computer Integration

This course helps students develop competency integrating computer technology with the school curriculum. It provides a practical introduction to using computers to help students learn emerging instructional technologies. Special emphasis is on the process and products available through computer technology and educational media. Students prepare an instructional unit integrating a variety of technologies. Pre-requisites: EDU502, 580, 607

2
EDU634 Inclusion: Issues and Strategies

This course surveys practices of inclusion in education. It encompasses the historical precendents, underlying philosophy, education theory, instructional strategies, and practical implications of it implementation. Students participate in a variety of of learning experiences throughout the course. Prequisites: EDU502, 580, 607 Co-requisites: EDU582

3
EDU657 ELL Teaching Strategies for Classroom Teachers

This course explores language development for English Language Learners for whom English is a second language. Pre-service teachers acquire knowledge and skills required to meet the educational needs of ELLs in their future classrooms. The course also addresses the legal responsibilities to English Language Learners under Pennsylvania and federal laws and regulations.

3
EDU673 Instructional Personalization and Transition

This course focuses on the transition of special needs students throughout their school programming. The following topics are examined: parent's needs and methods of collaborating, Early Childhoos Intervention, Inclusion, Sexuality and Transition to Adult Life.Prerequisite(s): EDU 506; Co-requisite: EDU 584

2
EDU694 Student Teaching for the Urban Fellow

During the 14 week pre-K-6 placement, student teachers will plan and implement lesson and assume other appropriate instructional reponsibilities under the guidance of of an experienced teacher and a college supervisor. Students develop a portfolio based on the PDE Form 430 to document their competencies for certification. Prerequisites: Completion of all program requirements

3
EDU664 Behavior Management in the Classroom

Students investigate the principles and systematic approaches used to identify and analyze problem management techniques, individual behavior and affective intervention strategies, and community-based support programs designed to address problem behaviors. Crisis intervention and conflict resolution are explored as strategies for confronting challenging behaviors.

3
EDU581 Pedagogical Practices

This course focuses on the characteristics of effective teaching practices and examines different ways that effective teachers help students learn. The impact of standards and accountability on lesson planning, implementing instruction and assessment is examined. How student diversity influences classroom practices is examined through case studies and discussion topics. The use of technology to create lesson focus, increase student involvement and to organize lesson content is a theme that is exp10rcd throughout the course.

1