Professional Courses – 27 hours
Areas of Study*
Program Entry Courses (9 credit hours): Prerequisites to Professional Courses and admission to the College of Education.
- EDUC 6435 (3 credit hours) Introduction to Education
The student will explore the origins of standards-based education in our American educational system. It introduces students to the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors of effective teachers. The course also provides background to the context of contemporary education through an examination of historical, philosophical and political influences.
- EDUC 6045 (3 credit hours) Theories of Learning and Cognition
The student will be introduced to learning theory and research on cognition. Emphasis will be placed on connecting principles of learning theory to classroom practice and the concept of developmentally appropriate instruction. (10 hours of Field Experience required)
- EDMG-6000- (3 credit hours) Middle Grades: Development and Philosophy Young adolescent development and diversity. Middle level philosophy and implications for curriculum, instruction, school organization, programming and best practices. (10 hours of Field Experience)
Upon completion of the Program Entry Courses, Education Studies students must be admitted to the College of Education to continue and enter the MAT Secondary education program as Teacher Candidates before enrolling into the Professional Courses. See Transition Points in the MAT Secondary Program section in the Graduate Catalog for more information.
EDUC 6040 (3 credit hours) Intro to Classroom Teaching & Technology for Learning
Introduction to variety of instructional strategies for teaching with a focus on using technology for learning. Enrollment is limited to graduate students working toward initial certification. Required for admittance to the College of Education. (10 hours of Field Experience)
EDSC 6570 (3 credit hours) Teaching Diverse Learners at the Secondary Level
This course develops the pre-service teachers understanding of theories and methodology essential to teaching diverse students in the 9-12 classroom. Emphasis is on cultural and linguistic diversity. (18 hours of Field Experience)
EDUC 6290- (3 credit hours) Characteristics and Instruction of Exceptional Learners
Introductory course that examines the characteristics of exceptional learners (physical, psychological, behavioral/social, and academic) and needs of exceptional learners, including students who have special needs/disabilities and/or who are gifted and talented, explores appropriate programing, instructional strategies, assessments, and record keeping procedures for these learners and identifies the laws, policies and procedures applicable to exceptional learners. Required for admittance to the College of Education. (12 hours of Field Experience)
EDUC 6415 (3 credit hours) Professional Responsibility and Ethics for Teachers
The student will develop an understanding of and commitment to Illinois Teacher Code of Ethics. Through case examinations, candidates will consider how school law impacts the life of the classroom. The development of professionalism and teaching with integrity will also be explored. Required for admittance to the College of Education.
EDUC 6230 (3 credit hours) Literacy Instruction in the Content Area
Middle and Secondary Teaching literacy strategies specific to the core content areas for secondary education students. Emphasis on the following: content area literacy, language acquisition, instructional approaches, reading processes, text selection, writing to learn, fostering discussion, visualization techniques, organization strategies, assessment, vocabulary, comprehension strategies, fluency, new literacies, and collaborating with others. Required for admittance to the College of Education. (10 hours of Field Experience)
EDUC 6060 (3 credit hours) Classroom Management and Assessment
A course that focuses on appropriate classroom management strategies and classroom assessment and evaluation. Enrollment limited to graduate students working toward initial teacher certification.
EDUC 6445 (3 credit hours) Research for Pre-Service Teachers
This course is designed to introduce pre-service teacher candidates to the purposes, scope and design of Educational research. The intended outcomes of the course would be to understand the role of research in educational design and decision making, to create consumers of research within the pre-service teaching community, and to learn how to incorporate appropriate research practices into instructional settings.
Required Methods Courses in Concentration
- EDMG 6900 (3 credit hours) Content & Methods for Middle Grade Literacy or equivalent course (20 hours of Field Experience required)
- EDMG 6905 (3 credit hours) Content & Methods for Middle Grade Mathematics or EDSC 6606 Content & Methods for Middle Grades/ Secondary Mathematics (20 hours of Field Experience required)
- PES 6605 – (3 credit hours) Instructional Strategies and Human Performance (20 hours of Field Experience required)
- EDSC 6618- (3 credit hours) Content & Methods of Teaching Middle Grades/Secondary Science or equivalent course (20 hours of Field Experience required)
- EDSC 6618 (3 credit hours) Content & Methods of Teaching Middle Grades/Secondary Social Science or equivalent course. (20 hours of Field Experience required)
Student Teaching Internship Semester- 6 hours
- Student Teaching Internship course in the content area:
- EDSC-6932 Middle Grade English Student Teaching
- EDSC-6933 Middle Grade Math Student Teaching
- EDSC-6934 Middle Grade Physical Education Student Teaching
- EDSC-6935 Middle Grade Student Teaching
- EDSC-6936 Middle Grade Social Studies Student Teaching
- EDUC 6985 edTPA Seminar and Colloquium
The student will explore edTPA portfolio related needs, issues, skills and areas of knowledge, specifically in preparation for submitting the assessment to Pearson. Prerequisite: Enrolled in the Student Teaching Internship
- Positive Impact Presentation (PIP) on student learning
- Teacher Performance Assessment [EDTPA] – state required portfolio to be submitted and passed prior to
Clinical Experience (Pre-Professional Hours)
- 100 hours (all pre-professional hours are embedded in the MAT coursework and must be completed prior to student teaching).
Each course will describe the number of hours required to be completed in classrooms and the nature of the experience that a candidate must complete.
+ See Transition Points in College of Education under Secondary Programs for further information
- Any deficiencies in the content area may be met by completing the appropriate Concordia University coursework and/or approved transfer coursework
- The MAT Middle Grade Education Program is subject to change in order to meet any new Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) requirements