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Teacher candidates are expected to complete all requirements associated with the Master of Arts in Teaching degree, including both course work and clinical experiences. MAS 8800 , Applied Assessment and Research in the Classroom must be taken prior to MAS 8801, Student Teaching. Teacher candidates are required to register for MAS 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. 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. Student teaching candidates must apply to the Office of Clinical Studies for a student teaching placement for the fall semester by March 1 or for the spring semester by October 1. Student teaching applications are to be submitted electronically. Applications do NOT take the place of registering for student teaching. Registration and payment of all fees, including laboratory fees for student teaching, are still required. Passing scores on all sections of PRAXIS I and the relevant PRAXIS II test, a 3.00 grade point average, and approval from the Office of Clinical Studies are required for student teaching. A criminal background check and Child Protection Registry clearance are required for student teaching.
All sections of PRAXIS I: PPST (or relevant exemption tests), and the appropriate PRAXIS II 9-12 high school content area test must be passed prior to admission to MAS 7801 (Practicum/Pedagogical Approaches to Teaching in the Middle and High School). Students 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 subscores. COMPLETE score reports must be received in the College of Education main office (Peoples Building, New Castle) prior to registration for MAS 7801.
A significant element of programs for the preparation of teachers deals with developing a candidate's proficiency in working with students who present a wide variety of needs, learning styles and exceptionalities. 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.
MAS 7601 Education of Diverse Populations & Exceptional Children in the Middle and High School (3)
MAS 7602 School in a Multicultural Society (3)
MAS 7603 Strategies for Effective Teaching (3)
MAS 7604 Technology for Instruction (2)
MAS 7651 Adolescent Growth and Development (3)
MAS 7652 Reading in Content Areas (3)
MAS 7701 Classroom Culture and Student Behavior (3)
(Prerequisite: MAS 7603 Strategies for Effective Teaching)
MAS 7801 Practicum/Pedagogical Approaches to Teaching in the Middle and High School (4)
(Prerequisites include: MAS 7601 , MAS 7602 , MAS 7603 , MAS 7604 , MAS 7651, MAS 7652 , MAS 7701, MAS 7998 and passing all sections of PRAXIS I: Math, Reading, and Writing (or relevant exemption tests), the appropriate PRAXIS II 9-12 high school Content Area Test, and completion of all required coursework in a content major).
MAS 7996 Practicum I (1)
MAS 7997 Practicum II (1)
MAS 8801 Student Teaching/Internship (9)
(Admission to MAS 8801, Student Teaching/Internship requires a 3.00 grade
point average, successful completion of all other coursework, and an approved
application from the Office of Clinical Studies.
MED 6102 E-Folio Electronic Portfolio (0)
NOTE: Teaching 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
An electronic portfolio—E-Folio—and journals are required for the clinical experience. The portfolio must demonstrate a mastery of 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 2012-2013 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2012 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.