The master of arts in teaching (M.A.T.) degree with Elementary Special Education concentration (grades 1-8) is a certification program designed to prepare college graduates who wish to enter the teaching profession, but who have not had adequate preparation for teaching.
The program is based on the assumption that, through a curriculum carefully balanced in theory and practice, participants can acquire the knowledge and skills needed for teaching general education students. The program is completed with a lengthy internship or supervised teaching experience guided by both a member of the Goucher College faculty and a mentor teacher. Traditional interns are generally placed at Professional Development Schools, while conditional teachers are supervised in their school positions.
Graduates leave the program equipped with elementary/middle school (grades 1-8) special education certification necessary for teaching students in diverse school settings.
Course Progression and Degree Requirements
|ED 680*||Theories of Learning||3|
|ED 686||Foundations of Special Education||3|
|ED 656*||Classroom Management||1.5|
|ED 682E*||Foundations of Reading, elementary||3|
|ED 672||Assessment (classroom)||3|
|ED 688||Assessment I for special education teachers||3|
|ED 690||Curriculum I for special education teachers||3|
|ED 687||Internship with Seminars (3 or 4 eight week terms, depending on proficiency)||6|
|ED 627||Advanced Methods in Reading||3|
|ED 685||Mathematics (if a conditional teacher, other content areas may be taken)||2|
|ED 689||Assessment II for special education teachers||3|
|ED 691||Curriculum II for special education teachers||3|
|ED 629||Reading Assessment||1|
|ED 628||Teaching Reading||3|
|ED 681||Curriculum Development||3|
This course outline is tentative and is subject to change. Courses may be offered in a different order than outlined above.
All Praxis or other state tests must be passed before certification is completed, and Praxis I and all content tests must be passed before the internship or supervised experience. All undergraduate course, if needed, work must be completed before certification.
*These courses must be successfully completed prior to the internship.