Teaching (M.A.T.)

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree program offers graduates of Rider University’s Graduate-Level Teacher Preparation program or the undergraduate Teacher Education program the opportunity to acquire, enrich, and expand their professional knowledge so that they will become effective agents for positive change in their classrooms and schools. This 30-credit program incorporates work completed during the initial teacher preparation phase of candidates’ development while adding broad and deep professional knowledge about innovative curriculum design, inclusive practices, and databased decision making in teaching and learning.

Students can take much of the initial coursework for the MAT by completing one of the initial teacher certification programs:

Degree Offered

  • M.A.T. in Teaching

Contact

Don Ambrose, Ph.D.
Professor of Graduate Education
Memorial Hall 202
609-895-5647
ambrose@rider.edu

Program Website: www.rider.edu/mat
Associated Department: Department of Graduate Education, Leadership, and Counseling

Teaching (M.A.T.) Program Requirements

Complete one of the following teacher certification sequences and then complete the additional required courses:

Additional Required Courses
CURR 531Strategies for Curriculum Development, Design, Innovation and Change3
SPED 500The Inclusive Classroom: Effective Practices for General Education Teachers3
or CURR 538 Assessment of Curriculum and Instruction to Improve the Performance of Teachers and Diverse Learners
or CURR 548 Curriculum and Instruction for Diverse Learners
EDAD 521Using Research Strategies and Analysis of Data to Make Decisions in Schools3
Total Credits9
  • Meet general master’s degree requirements;
  • Successful completion of all academic requirements;
  • Completion of 30 graduate credits with a minimum GPA of 3.00; and,
  • Successful demonstration of professional dispositions and behavior.

Courses and Descriptions

CURR 531 Strategies for Curriculum Development, Design, Innovation and Change 3 Credits

This course will address the importance of philosophy, historical precedents, learning theory, developmental theory, emerging social trends and issues, and recent trends in content knowledge as bases for designing and developing the K-12 curriculum. The articulation of curriculum aims and goals, the development and selection of learning experiences, the organization of learning experiences, and plans for evaluating curriculum outcomes are used as steps for developing the curriculum. Students investigate the roles teachers, teacher leaders, supervisors and administrators play in implementing curriculum designs in school settings. Students are expected to demonstrate course understandings through actual school applications and field experiences that are referenced to core curriculum content standards, professional development standards and national school leadership standards.

SPED 500 The Inclusive Classroom: Effective Practices for General Education Teachers 3 Credits

This course is designed to introduce general education teachers to special education and the inclusive classroom. Students will explore current research, issues and practices in special education. Assignments and activities will enable students to develop the knowledge and skills to design and manage the instructional environment for diverse learners in inclusive and classroom setting. Attitudes and behaviors that influence children with special needs will be addressed.

CURR 538 Assessment of Curriculum and Instruction to Improve the Performance of Teachers and Diverse Learners 3 Credits

This course establishes the implemented curriculum by establishing the relationship between curriculum goals and the instructional strategies needed to realize those purposes. Emphasis will be placed on analyzing and using various instructional models to meet the learning expectations embodied in curriculum goals and core curriculum content standards from pre-school to high school. Students will examine instructional strategies from the perspectives of assessing research findings on effective practices, realizing curriculum standards, adapting the classroom to diverse learner needs, establishing appropriate staff development agendas, and providing forms of supervisory support to optimize learning and achievement. Students will demonstrate course understandings through actual classroom and school applications that are referenced to state adopted core curriculum content standards and professional development standards, the Standards for School Leaders of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium, and the candidate proficiencies developed by the Educational Leadership Constitutient Council.

Prerequisite(s): CURR 531.

CURR 548 Curriculum and Instruction for Diverse Learners 3 Credits

This course will examine the curricular and instructional issues that educational leaders must address in accommodating the school program to the needs and abilities of diverse learners. A historical perspective will be developed with an emphasis on how schools have responded to meet the needs of the exceptional child. Legal issues and programmatic trends will be examined and assessed since the inception of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Multicultural issues will be introduced within the context of school and society. The responsibility of the educational leader in fostering a multicultural perspective pertaining to curriculum and instruction, governance, bias and prejudice and school climate and culture will be emphasized. Students will identify and develop curricular possibilities and solutions in school settings to accommodate learners’ diverse needs. Students will demonstrate course understandings through actual classroom and school applications that are referenced to state adopted core curriculum content standards and professional development standards, the Standards for School Leaders of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium, and the candidate proficiences developed by the Educational Leadership Constitutient Council.

Prerequisite(s): CURR 531 and CURR 538.

EDAD 521 Using Research Strategies and Analysis of Data to Make Decisions in Schools 3 Credits

This course will develop the skills needed by educational leaders at all levels to interpret, use, and apply statistical concepts and research methodologies in critical administrative and supervisory functions. Statistical methodology will be used to further understanding of different research strategies. Students will interpret data and make informed decisions regarding the frameworks, implementation, and evaluation of instructional programs and practices designed to improve teaching and learning in school, district, and national settings. Course activities and field work will include: scenario and case study analyses; the use of critical friends’ discussion groups; the application and use of different technologies and software programs; and, the identification of appropriate problem solving and resolution strategies. Students will demonstrate course understandings through actual classroom and school applications that are referenced to state adopted core curriculum content standards and professional development standards, the Standards for School Leaders of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium, and the candidate proficiencies developed by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council.

Prerequisite(s): EDAD 501 and EDAD 514.