The MAT Secondary and Middle Grades programs require 39 semester hours of coursework,
focusing on teaching methods, classroom skills and practical experience.
Summer Field Experience
Taken in the firstsummer of the program, this course centers on the basics of
classroominstruction and management to prepare the MAT candidate for teaching in
themiddle schools. Instruction is deliveredthrough small group seminars led by
the professor to prepare MAT candidates toassist master classroom teachers in the
instruction of 4-8 grade-aged studentsin a three week summer field experience operated
by the college for areachildren. The objectives for the courseare for the candidate
to show positive dispositions for teaching as well asprovide evidence of a classroom
instructional and management plan supported bybest teaching practices.
Teaching Mathematics in the Middle and Secondary Grades
This course exploreswhat mathematics content is necessary to know, what methods
are available toteach mathematics, how to create healthy classroom environments
conducive tohigh levels of academic achievement and how to design and create instructionalexperiences
based on mathematics content and curriculum, students learningenvironments and
Teaching Social Studies and History in the Middle andSecondary Grades
This course exploreswhat social studies and history content is necessary to know,
what methods areavailable to teach social studies and history, how to create healthy
classroomenvironments conducive to high levels of academic achievement and how
to designand create instructional experiences based on social studies and historycontent
and curriculum, students learning environments and assessment.
Teaching Science in the Middle and Secondary Grades
This course exploreswhat science content is necessary to know, what methods are
available to teachscience, how to create healthy classroom environments conducive
to high levelsof academic achievement and how to design and create instructional
experiencesbased on science content and curriculum, students learning environments
Teaching English Language Arts in the Middle and SecondaryGrades
This course exploreswhat English language arts content is necessary to know, what
methods areavailable to teach English language arts, how to create healthy classroomenvironments
conducive to high levels of academic achievement and how to designand create instructional
experiences based on English language arts content andcurriculum, students learning
environments and assessment.
Students will read and discuss articles and critiques by scholars who are concerned
with issues of equity, social justice, community and responsibility in a democratic,
multicultural society. Because teachers are advocates for curriculum, instruction,
learning environments and opportunities that support the diverse needs of and high
expectations for all students, an emphasis will be given to the implementation
of multicultural teaching in the classroom. Course will encourage teachers to think
theoretically about their practice and learn from experience through contemplation
of how the research in multicultural education relates to the classroom today.
EDUC 5060 Secondary/Middle Grades Exceptional Child
A study of identification and diagnostic techniques for secondary teachers as
related to areas of exceptionality among students, alternative styles of teaching
to meet special needs, and related legal issues.
I (4) and II (8)
Student Teaching is a full semester (13 week) internship in specific middle and
high schools with pre-service teachers gradually assuming total responsibility
for the class. They are evaluated through a rigorous performance-based assessment
process based on national standards. They will participate in classroom teaching
and observation, planning and evaluation conferences, and other school-related
experiences with guidance provided by the cooperating teachers and college supervisor.
Several seminars will be held in conjunction with these experiences and will address
a variety of topics. Portfolio elements required.
EDUC 6010 Assessment and Accountability
This course is designed to acquaint students with the basic principles of assessing
learning using different techniques and strategies. Among the areas addressed will
be theory, methods, standardized tests, and fundamental statistical concepts. In
addition the students will study testing, grading, ethical considerations, and
current issues in educational assessment.
Educational Technology is offered to graduate middle and secondary MAT/MED majors
during the summer semesters. This course will meet the expected performances found
in the Georgia Technology Standards for Educators. It is designed to teach Global
Communication Skills, Application Skills and Integrative Strategies. All students
will be responsible for designing a professional web site and electronic portfolio
that will contain evidence of their expertise in classroom technology. The evidence
will be aligned with the Georgia Technology Standards.
Problems of Reading
A study of reading problems encountered in public education. This courseaddresses
reading skill development in special populations including those withlimited English
abilities, problems in content reading assignments, andnon-readers in the secondary
school setting. Special attention is given todeveloping strategies for teaching
reading and writing to readers at variousskill levels. Candidates will develop
resources for effective teaching based onthe Georgia Performance Standards and
standards from IRA and NCTE.
EDUC 6040 Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction
This course provides candidates with an overview of the theories and models that
have shaped the way curricula have developed and the way processes, tools, and
applications affect instructional practices. The course examines current educational
issues that continue to shape curriculum and instruction in our schools.
The MAT program with a concentration in Reading for Middle Grades requires 42
semester hours of coursework.Course descriptions for the reading concentration
are as follows:
Affirming Diversity: Teaching Reading for Success in Changing Times
This course is designedto enhance candidates' knowledge of the culture of American
ethnic minoritiesand changing global societies. Emphasiswill be on rethinking curriculum
from multiple perspectives with special focuson reading instruction.
Assessing and Improving Literacy
Assessing and improvingliteracy in the Middle Grades will focus on the identification
and correctionof reading problems in middle grades students. Special attention
will be given to formal and informal assessment aswell as teaching materials and
strategies for intervention. A variety of assessment techniques andtechnology sources
will be incorporated throughout the course.
Essentials of Adolescent Literature
Essentials ofAdolescent Literature is designed to increase students' understanding
ofvarious genres of literature, elements of fiction, literary devices, andorganizational
structures of informational texts. Candidates will learn to select books forinstruction,
pleasure, and enrichment of the curriculum. This course explores a variety of effectivemethods
for sharing and responding to literature and includes a study ofmulticultural and
international literature and ways to connect adolescents ofall cultures to literature.
Foundations of Reading Theories
Reading Foundations forthe Middle Grades explores the psychological, sociological,
and linguisticfoundations of reading and writing as a communication system and
as a learnedbehavior. This course includes a studyof recent reading research and
the histories of reading. Candidates will understand the theoriesbehind the reading
process and how reading research influences teaching.
EDUC 6030 Problems in Reading