Master of Arts in Teaching

Department Chair: Dr. James Boe, jim.boe@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7304
Faculty Contact: Dr. James Boe, jim.boe@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7304
Department Office: 327E McFarland Hall, (701) 845-7303

The Master of Arts in Teaching parallels the undergraduate Teacher Education program and Master of Education degree by employing a set of core courses required to meet North Dakota teacher certification. This degree helps meet the increasing demand for teachers in shortage areas and also provide graduate credentials for career and salary advancement. The program  provides a more direct path to teacher licensure through an advanced level professional degree.

The Master of Arts in Teaching requires 33 hours of coursework, internship/student teaching, a research report, and presentation of a comprehensive portfolio. The curriculum is structured around a set of core requirements that provide a broad foundation in education, research and technology. All MAT students are required to complete 33 hours of required courses and some students may need additional hours of Special Program credits.

EDUC 611Foundations of Teaching for Learning3
EDUC 612Human Development and Learning Needs 3
EDUC 613Reading and Multiple Literacies3
EDUC 614Secondary Methods and Assessment4
EDUC 625Issues in School, Community, and Family3
EDUC 640Supervision and Assessment of Teachers and Learners3
EDUC 657Exceptionality, Diversity, and Differences3
EDUC 675Teaching with 21st Century Tools3
EDUC 676Internship/Student Teaching6
EDUC 686Integrative Capstone Project2
Total Credits33
Special Program Credits
Content Major Deficiency Courses3-24
Total Credits3-24

Total Required 33 Hrs
Total Special Program Credits 3-24 Hrs
Total Credits Needed for Licensure 36-57 Hrs

Core Values/Learning Outcomes

  1. Effective use of Instructional Technologies
  2. Expertise in Research, particularly Action Research
  3. Expertise in Assessment
  4. Supervisor/Leader/Coach
  5. Expertise in Curriculum/Instruction
  6. Diversity/Global Awareness

The program’s Core Values and National Board of Professional Teaching Standards lay the broad foundation for the overall program design. Specific objectives are then addressed in each course, based on its curriculum. At the course level, the required projects and activities provide a rich and diverse collection of opportunities for assessment of student knowledge and understanding by the professor.