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Master of Arts inTeaching - Initial K-6 Licensure (MAT)

The Concordia University, St. Paul Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) initial licensure program is designed to accommodate both current and perspective K-6 teachers looking to obtain an initial teaching licensure while also earning a graduate degree in education. At the conclusion of this program you will have the necessary skills, knowledge, and tools to be an effective educator in today’s classroom.

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Teaching - Initial K-6 Licensure (MAT) Curriculum Overview

The Master of Arts in Education in Teaching provides an initial teaching license for K-6 grade levels. At the conclusion of this program you will have the necessary skills, knowledge, and tools to be an effective educator in today’s classroom.

Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ED - 535 Intro to Teaching Children 3
ED - 514 Psych of Lrng & Tchg in Schls 3
ED - 549 Effective Teaching 3
ED - 552 Cont/Mthds Tchg K-6 Hlth/Mvmt 3
ED - 551 Cont/Mthds Tchg K-6 Science 3
ED - 553 Cont/Mthds Tchg K-6 Soc Std 3
ED - 548 Cont/Mthds Tchg K-6 Literacy 3
ED - 550 Cont/Mthds Tchg K-6 Math 3
ED - 555 Cont/Mthds Tchg K-6 Art/Music 3
ED - 537 Inclusion in Diverse Classroom 3
ED - 560 Clinical Exp and Prof Foundtn 6
ED - 521 Educ Research & Applications 3
ED - 590 Research & Complete Capstone 3

Human growth and development from the prenatal stages to the elementary years is reviewed. Concordia's teacher education program and its conceptual framework are introduced. Learners reflect on teaching as a profession and explore beliefs, understandings, and dispositions in relation to teaching children.

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An overview of the application of psychological principles, theories, and strategies to issues of learning and teaching in school settings.

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This course develops the skills of planning, implementing, and evaluating for the decision-making, reflective practitioner. Topics of study will include such things as instructional planning, assessment, differentiation, technology, classroom management, and others.

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A study of the content, philosophy, materials, research, and strategies related to the teaching of health and movement in the K-6 classroom.

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A study of the content, philosophy, materials, research, and strategies related to the teaching of science in the K-6 classroom.

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A study of the content, philosophy, materials, research, and strategies related to the teaching of social studies in the K-6 classroom.

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A study of the content, philosophy, materials, research, and strategies related to the teaching of literacy in the K-6 classroom.

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A study of the content, philosophy, materials, research, and strategies related to the teaching of mathematics in the K-6 classroom.

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A study of the content, philosophy, materials, research, and strategies related to the teaching of art and music in the K-6 classroom.

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Learners experience, understand, and become sensitive to human diversity and develop strategies for teaching human relations skills in the classroom setting. Prospective educators are introduced to legislation and practices related to the inclusion of students with unique learning needs in the regular classroom.

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This experience provides direct teaching of learners to develop the understanding, skills, and dispositions necessary for implementing developmentally appropriate practices in the classroom.

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Mastering the systematic and rigorous process of posing a focused question, developing a hypothesis, testing the hypothesis, collecting and analyzing relevant data and drawing conclusions.

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A review and critical analysis of current educational research focused on a specific question. Students complete the capstone project.

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Requirements

  1. Apply Online
  2. Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system. More information can be found on the How to Request Official Transcripts site.
    • Please have all official transcripts sent to: Concordia University – Saint Paul Office of Graduate Admission ATTN: Kristine Erickson 1282 Concordia Avenue St. Paul, MN 55104
  3. Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below. Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via your student portal. Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).
    • Why are you choosing to pursue a graduate program at this time in your career, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?
    • What strengths do you feel make you a strong candidate for the program?
    • Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in a graduate program.

Technology Requirements

Students enrolling at Concordia University, St. Paul must have access to a computer that meets Concordia’s technology requirements. Contact the University Help Desk at helpdesk@csp.edu or (651) 641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

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Career Potential

Upon completion of this program you will earn a Master of Arts in Teaching and a K-6 licensure. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014-2024.

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