Secondary Teaching: Grades 7–12

Master of Arts in Teaching

Program Requirements

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 Available Online, Applied Assessment and Research in the Classroom must be taken prior to MAS 8801, Student Teaching/Teaching Internship. Teacher candidates are required to register for 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. 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.

Teacher candidates must apply to the Office of Clinical Studies for a Student Teaching/Teaching Internship placement for the fall semester by March 1 or for the spring semester by October 1. Student Teaching/Teaching Internship applications are to be submitted electronically. 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. 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/Teaching Internship. 

Field and Clinical Experience Requirements

Practicum Courses
These courses require 35 hours of field experience in an approved school/clinical placement in addition to the required seminar classes. The 35 hours of field experience will take place in the specific county where the student attends the seminars. A sealed Federal and Delaware CBC (Criminal Background Check) Report, a recent TB/PPD (Less than a year old) and a completed CPR (Child Protection Registry Form) are required. For students entering the program as of fall 2013, passing PRAXIS I scores are required.

Student Internship /Teaching Internship
Internship placements are determined by the Office of Clinical studies in conjunction with school district partnerships. Requirements for Internship include the following: Passing PRAXIS I and II scores, 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) and completed health form.

Praxis Testing Requirements
Teacher candidates starting their program in fall 2013 or after, must pass (using Delaware minimum score requirements) all sections of PRAXIS I: PPST: Reading, Mathematics, and Writing (or relevant exemption tests) prior to registering for the first clinical experience, Practicum I (MAS 7996 Available Online). Additionally, 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).  

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 Requirements
Secondary Teaching: Grade 7-12

MAS 7601 Available Online  Education of Diverse Populations & 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 (2 credits)

MAS 7651 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: MAS 7603 Available Online Strategies for Effective Teaching)

MAS 7801 Practicum/Pedagogical Approaches to Teaching in the Middle and High School (4 credits)
(Prerequisites include: MAS 7601 Available Online , MAS 7602 Available Online, MAS 7603 Available Online, MAS 7604 Available Online , MAS 7651, MAS 7652 Available Online , 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 Available Online Practicum I (1 credit)

MAS 7997 Practicum II (1 credit)

MAS 7998 Practicum III (1 credit)
(Prerequisite: MAS 7652 Available Online Reading in Content Areas)

MAS 8800 Available Online Applied Assessment and Research in the Classroom (3 credits)
(This course must be taken prior to MAS 8801, Student Teaching/Internship.)

MAS 8801 Student Teaching/ Teaching Internship (9 credits)
(Admission to MAS 8801, Student Teaching/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 (0 credits)

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 8800 Available Online and MAS 8801.

Qualifications for Degree

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.

Please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.