Secondary Teaching: Grades 7–12

Master of Arts in Teaching

Praxis Testing Requirements

Teacher Candidates starting their programs on or after July 1, 2014, must pass - by achieving Delaware minimum scores - the ETS Praxis Series Core Academic Skills for Educators (ETS #5712, 5722, and 5732), or other approved tests of general knowledge that satisfy Delaware Department of Education regulations, in order to register for the first clinical experience, Practicum I, MAS 7991. Candidates must also pass (by achieving Delaware minimum scores) the appropriate 9 - 12 "secondary" PRAXIS II test(s) prior to registration for Student Teaching/Teaching Internship. Teacher Candidates should designate Wilmington University as a score recipient at the time the tests are taken, and also provide a paper copy of the ETS score report that includes all scores and sub-test scores. COMPLETE score reports must be received in the College of Education main office (Peoples Building, New Castle).

Program Requirements

Teacher candidates are required to register for and activate MED 6102, E-Folio as the initial course in the program as this course will allow them to document various course requirements needed to satisfy individual program competencies.

Teacher candidates are expected to complete all requirements associated with the Master of Arts in Teaching degree, including content course work, master’s course work, and clinical experiences. Pedagogical courses, MAS 8800 Available Online, Applied Assessment and Research in the Classroom, all sections of ETS Praxis Series Core Academic Skills for Educators (ETS #5712, 5722, and 5732), or other approved tests of general knowledge that satisfy Delaware Department of Education regulations, (or relevant exemption tests), and the appropriate PRAXIS II content test must be satisfied prior to taking MAS 8801, Student Teaching/Internship. All courses have one or more goals for both diversity in education and writing across the curriculum.

The College of Education sets a required minimum grade of “C-” for all education core courses as well as courses needed to satisfy the content major. However, an overall GPA of 3.0 is required for program completion.

Teacher candidates must apply to the Office of Clinical Studies for a Student Teaching/Teaching Internship placement for the Fall semester by February 1 or for the Spring semester by August 1. Student Teaching/Teaching Internship applications are to be submitted electronically in Taskstream. Applications do NOT take the place of registering for Student Teaching/Teaching Internship. Registration and payment of all fees, including laboratory fees for Student Teaching/Teaching Internship, are still required. All sections of ETS PRAXIS Series Core Academic Skills for Educators with sub-test scores, and the relevant PRAXIS II test, a 3.0 grade point average, and approval from the Office of Clinical Studies are required for Student Teaching/Teaching Internship.

Fieldwork Requirements

All fieldwork placements are arranged by the Office of Clinical Studies in accordance with school district partnership agreements and placement protocols. However, final placement decisions are made by school district officials and are based on school and district needs and the availability of school-based mentors who are rated as highly-qualified and effective. Candidates are not permitted to seek or make arrangements for their own placements.

Practicum Courses (Practicum I, II, III)

Each of these courses requires 50 hours of field experience in an approved school setting plus 30 hours of required seminars. Although Practicum courses only require candidates to register and pay for one (1) credit for each course, the courses are actually structured as three (3) credit courses. The reason for this approach is to keep the total credit hours required for the degree to 126. Otherwise, candidates would have to register and pay for an additional 6 credits. This benefit represents a tuition cost savings of more than $2,000.

All practicum placements are arranged by the Office of Clinical Studies in accordance with school district partnership agreements and placement protocols. Final placement decisions are made by school district officials. Candidates are not permitted to seek or make arrangements for their own placements The 50 hours of field experience required for each practicum will usually take place in the county where the candidate attends the seminars, although this may vary depending on availability of practicum placement classrooms.

A completed Practicum Fieldwork application in Taskstream by the deadlines of February 1 for placement in Fall and August 1 for placement in Spring. Effective July 1, 2014, scores and sub-scores that meet Delaware minimum requirements on the PRAXIS CORE SERIES FOR EDUCATORS are pre-requisites for Practicum I. It is the responsibility of candidates to make sure that complete test score reports are provided to the College of Education. All test score requirements for Delaware certification can be viewed at https://www.ets.org/praxis/de/requirements. Capstone Clinical Experience (Student Teaching/Internship)

Student Teaching/Teaching Internship

Placement requirements include the following: Passing ETS Praxis Series Core Academic Skills for Educators (ETS #5712, 5722, and 5732), or other approved tests of general knowledge that satisfy Delaware Department of Education regulations and the relevant PRAXIS II scores, a 3.0 grade point average, a sealed Federal and Delaware CBC (Criminal Background Check) Report, a recent TB/PPD (Less than a year old), a completed CPR (Child Protection Registry Form), completed health form, and approval from the Office of Clinical Studies.

Teacher candidates must apply to the Office of Clinical Studies for a Student Teaching/Internship placement for the Fall semester by February 1 or for the Spring semester by August 1. Student Teaching/Teaching Internship applications are to be submitted electronically in Taskstream. Applications do NOT take the place of registering for Student Teaching/Internship. Registration and payment of all fees, including laboratory fees for Student Teaching/Internship, are still required. The capstone clinical experience is a full-time, full-day placement ranging from 80 school days to one full school year in an approved setting and in a content area/grade level that corresponds to a candidate's subject-area concentration.

Teacher Dispositions and Values

A significant element of programs for the preparation of teachers deals with developing a teacher candidate’s proficiency in working with students who present a wide variety of needs, learning styles and exceptionalities. Teacher candidates also learn to work with students from a wide variety of backgrounds in order to ensure that each student has an opportunity to learn. Clinical experiences associated with the MAT program require teacher candidates to interact with exceptional students and students from different socioeconomic, gender, racial, language, geographic and ethnic groups.
A second area of importance for teacher candidates is the realization that they work with students, families, and communities in ways that reflect the dispositions expected of teachers as delineated in professional, state, and institutional standards. MAT teacher candidates must recognize, develop, and model dispositions that are expected of professional educators.
In order to assess a teacher candidate’s initial dispositions and multicultural values, the College of Education administers inventories - “Inventory of Beginning Teacher’s Dispositions Survey,” and “Multicultural Inventory”- during clinical courses in the program.
Because of the importance accorded to these surveys, teacher candidates are expected to participate fully and to comply with these tasks as assigned.

 

Course Requirements

Secondary Teaching: Grade 7-12

MED 6102  E-Folio (0 credits)

MAS 7601 Available Online  Education of Diverse Populations and Exceptional Children in the Middle and High School (3 credits)

MAS 7602 Available Online School in a Multicultural Society (3 credits)

MAS 7603 Available Online Strategies for Effective Teaching (3 credits)

MAS 7604 Available Online  Technology for Instruction (3 credits)

MAS 7651 Available Online Adolescent Growth and Development (3 credits)

MAS 7652 Available Online  Reading in Content Areas (3 credits)

MAS 7701 Classroom Culture and Student Behavior (3 credits)

(Prerequisite(s) for MAS 7701: MAS 7603 Available Online Strategies for Effective Teaching)

MAS 7801 Practicum/Pedagogical Approaches to Teaching in the Middle and High School (4 credits)

MAS 7996 Available Online Practicum I (1 credit)

MAS 7997 Practicum II (1 credit)

MAS 7998 Practicum III (1 credit)

NOTE: Registration for any Practicum Course requires passing all sections of ETS Praxis Series Core Academic Skills for Educators (or relevant exemption tests).

MAS 8800 Available Online Applied Assessment and Research in the Classroom (co-requisite with MAS 7998) (3 credits)

MAS 8801 Student Teaching/Internship (9 credits)

NOTE: Registration for MAS 8801, Student Teaching/Internship requires a 3.00 grade point average, successful completion of MAS 7801, and an approved application from the Office of Clinical Studies.

NOTE: Teacher candidates needing to complete course work in their content major must provide an official transcript of courses taken to satisfy the content major as indicated by information on the Student Contact Record Form maintained by the University prior to registering for MAS 8801.

Qualifications for Degree

To qualify for the Master of Arts in Secondary Teaching degree, a candidate must complete the course work and clinical experiences with at least a “B” average (a cumulative grade point average of 3.0). An electronic portfolio—E-Folio—is required. The portfolio must demonstrate a mastery of graduation and program competencies based on the Delaware Professional Teaching Standards and related to the College of Education Conceptual Framework. The program must be completed within five years.


This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2015-2016 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2015 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.