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Middle Grades Education, M.A.T


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Program Requirements

  • 42+ credit hours
  • 95 total hours of field experience
  • Clinical Practice Internship

 

This program may include additional coursework due to deficiencies in the content area determined by a review of the undergraduate transcript(s). Candidates have one calendar year following program acceptance to complete these additional requirements with a minimum GPA of 2.500. This one-year requirement can be extended with permission from the program director.

Certification requirements for M.A.T. students are described in the teacher education information packet for M.A.T. students and the Clinical Practice Handbook. As part of the certification procedure each M.A.T. student must take the national PRAXIS tests: Middle School Grades Content Area and Principles of Learning and Teaching. Advisors will provide important details about these requirements. All examinations are administered by the Educational Testing Service and application forms are available in the School of Education, Health and Human Performance, main office, at 86 Wentworth Street. One copy of each test score must be sent directly to the School of Education, Health and Human Performance at the College of Charleston and a second copy to the South Carolina State Department of Education.

Expected pre-requisites include a bachelor’s degree in the specific content area. See content concentration for additional information.

Candidates in all four content areas of the Middle Grades Education, M.A.T. program will complete the following Core Education coursework. It is the expectation that students will split their coursework equally among the offerings at both institutions, dependent upon availability.

Prerequisites


Core Education (24 credit hours)


The common set of required core education courses, along with the specialty coursework, and the required credit hours meet the requirements of the State Department of Education for teacher certification.

Field Experiences - Middle Grades Practicum


The following courses are required to be taken concurrently and at the same institution as part of the Middle Grades Practicum. The Practicum includes field experience hours.

As is expected for all South Carolina graduate teacher preparation programs, candidates in this program will spend a minimum of 75 hours in public middle school settings prior to their clinical practice/internship semester. The field experience includes participating in activities that range from focused observation to assisting small groups to teaching whole classes. These pre-internship experiences are an integral part of the core education courses.

Citadel Option


  • EDUC 536 Educational Psychology (The Citadel)
  • EDUC 501 Methods and Materials of Middle and High School Teaching (The Citadel)

Clinical Practice: Culminating Professional Experiences in Middle School (9 credit hours)


During the clinical practice/ internship semester, teacher candidates in this program will spend 60 full days in a public middle school setting with content area certified teachers who are ADEPT trained as well as participate in a Transition to the Profession Seminar course during the final semester of the program.

9 credit hours taken at the home institution:

Note:


The School of Education, Health, and Human Performance policy states that field experience and clinical practice placements are made within the tri-county area. The School of Education, Health, and Human Performance reserves the right to place candidates in the closest approximate placement.

Clinical Practice - The Citadel


  • EDUC 520 Professional Internship (The Citadel)
  • EDUC 525 Transition to the Profession Seminar (The Citadel)

Content Areas


Choose one of the following content areas:

English Content Area


Expected Undergraduate Coursework

Students entering the program without these courses will be expected to take them either on the undergraduate or graduate level and pass them with a C or better as part of their program of study.

  • Adolescent Literature
  • World Literature (2 courses)
  • American Literature (1 course)
  • Media Studies
  • Modern English Grammar
  • Creative Writing (short story, poetry, etc.)

Required Graduate Courses (9 credit hours)


(Plus any deficiency from expected undergraduate content as listed)

Mathematics Content Area


Expected Undergraduate Coursework

Students entering the program without these courses will be expected to take them either on the undergraduate or graduate level and pass them with a C or better as part of their program of study.

  • Algebra and Trigonometry - 1 course
  • Geometry - 1 course
  • Probability and Statistics - 1 course
  • Discrete Math - 1 course

Required Graduate Courses (9+ credit hours)


(Plus any deficiency from expected undergraduate content as listed)

Additional Graduate Coursework


To correct deficiencies in undergraduate preparation, students may be advised to go beyond the required graduate courses above and take additional graduate coursework from the following list of courses to complete their content area requirements. The courses chosen will be based on their undergraduate transcripts. Each course is offered at the College of Charleston.

Science Content Area


Expected Undergraduate Coursework

A bachelor’s degree in one of the following content areas:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Geology

Required Graduate Courses (9+ credit hours)


Middle Grades science requires content in all areas of science to successfully pass PRAXIS II Middle Grades Science Test. Therefore students must choose appropriate courses from a spectrum of courses and may NOT complete the degree with only one content area.

Select one of the following courses:

  • BIOL 605 Laboratory Methods in Biology (The Citadel)
  • BIOL 606 Field Methods in Biology (The Citadel)
  • BIOL 609 Seminar in Environmental Science (The Citadel)

Social Studies Content Area


Expected Undergraduate Coursework

A bachelor’s degree in history, sociology, or other social science. Students entering the program without these courses will be expected to take them either on the undergraduate or graduate level and pass them with a C or better as part of their program of study.

  • 2 World History or Western Civilization courses
  • 2 US History courses
  • 1 South Carolina History course
  • 1 choice of Anthropology or Sociology course
  • 1 micro-Economics course
  • 1 Political Science course that covers American Government

Required Graduate Courses (9+ credit hours)


(Plus any deficiency from expected undergraduate content as listed.)

  • HIST 692 Teaching History and Social Studies (The Citadel)
Additional Graduate Coursework

Two additional courses chosen from the following based on evaluation of undergraduate transcripts to ensure that the candidate has expected preparation for South Carolina Middle School Social Studies teachers:

Title II Report Card


The College of Charleston Title II Report Card can be located by going to the South Carolina Department of Education Title II website: http:// title2.ed.gov. Additionally, copies of the report can be requested by contacting the director of the Office of Student Services and Certification at 843-953-5613 or 86 Wentworth Street, College of Charleston, Charleston, S.C. 29424-0001. To discuss the College of Charleston Title II Report Card, contact the dean of the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance at 843.953.5613.

For the purposes of Title II reporting, a program completer is defined as a candidate who has successfully completed clinical practice.

Note:


Transfer Credit Policy

No program specific guidelines. Please refer to the Graduate School’s transfer credit policy .

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