Degree Program: Master of Arts in Teaching
The University of Saint Mary
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MAT 723 Action Research in Effective Classroom Environments
The role of the teacher researcher is explored through the study and use of problem-based action research formats. In this course participants examine effective classrooms and what teachers can do to create improved learning environments. Through action research, participants will study and apply theories of successful classrooms to their own setting. Issues for investigation include curricular and instructional issues, organization, interventions, interactions, and conflict resolution methods.
MAT 733 Research Based Teaching Strategies and Assessment
Participants will investigate research based teaching strategies and appropriate assessment tools while using action research to determine differentiated choices for their students. Candidates will explore strategies and approaches that lead to learner-centered classrooms. While looking at their teaching, participants will consider mandated evaluation processes as well as holistic methods of measuring student learning. There will be an emphasis on the teaching-learning-assessment loop.
MAT 735 Meeting the Needs of Diverse Students
This course provides participants with an opportunity to study theory and strategies related to meeting the needs of all students. It will provide participants with an insight into the issues involved in being an English language learner. Issues of inclusion of students with special needs in the general education classroom will be addressed. Additionally, aspects of meeting the needs of diverse cultures as well as gifted students will be studied. Rooted in theory with a social and historical perspective, the diverse classroom is studied in a practical, inquiry project format.
MAT 728 Engaging Learners with Brain Compatible Teaching
Participants will examine the theories and research on how the function of the brain impacts learning. This research will be analyzed in relation to teaching and learning in any classroom. Curriculum and instructional models related to the research will be studied. Action research principles will allow participants to examine the use of these theories and models in their
MAT 726 Technology in Reflective Teacher Leadership
Candidates will use technology to support classroom instruction as well as develop a reflective examination of their program work. Through this examination candidates will provide insight on their professional changes, growth, and new role as a teacher leader. A comprehensive look at all work done during the program will provide a culminating electronic overview of new candidate knowledge, skills, and premises as well as their impact on the candidate’s learning community.