Graduate Programs

The Master of Arts in Teaching programs (K-5 and 6-12) are designed for individuals who hold an undergraduate degree in a discipline outside of education, but who would like to pursue a career in teaching.

Course schedules are designed with the working adult in mind, with classes offered in accelerated format in the evenings. Graduates receive a master’s degree as well as Tennessee licensure in their chosen field. 

Master of Arts in Teaching, Elementary 

36 Credit Hours

EDU 600 Education in the Dominican Tradition 3
EDU 620 Data-Driven Decisions in Education 3
EDU 630 Modes of Instruction 3
EDU 632 Practicum and Application of Data-Driven Decisions and Modes of Instruction 2
EDU 512 Literacy Through Learning 3
EDU 518 Reading Assessment and Remediation Strategies 3
EDU 525 Media and Technology in Education 3
PSY 520 Human Growth and Development 3
PSY 523 Exceptional Child 3
ENG 500 Children’s Literature, Speech and Drama 3
EDU 501 Elementary Education Seminar: Classroom Organization and Management 1
EDU 560 Supervised Student Teaching 6

 

Master of Arts in Teaching, Secondary 

33 Credit Hours

EDU 600 Education in the Dominican Tradition 3
EDU 620 Data-Driven Decisions in Education 3
EDU 630 Modes of Instruction 3
EDU 632 Practicum and Application of Data-Driven Decisions and Modes of Instruction 2
EDU 525 Media and Technology in Education 3
PSY 520 Human Growth and Development 3
EDU 524 Instructing Diverse Learners 3
ENG 535 Reading Strategies for Secondary Education 3
EDU 503 Adolescent Literature 3
EDU 502 Secondary Education Seminar: Classroom Organization and Management 1
EDU 560 Supervised Student Teaching 6

 

Program Length

Our program is designed for full time working adults, with accelerated courses on Monday and Thursday evenings. Though there is some flexibility according to individual needs, most working adults complete the program and secure licensure in less than three years. 

Field Experiences and Clinical Practice

In order to further develop and concretize each candidate’s confidence, style, and skills, the candidate, aware of the research-based best practices, is guided through a series of field and clinical experiences. These experiences are strategically designed to foster within each candidate the professional dispositions of leadership and motivation, and of being consistently effectiveness-oriented in each of the specific educational activities the candidate either implements or in which the candidate participates. Coupling these experiences with the reflective elements of the curriculum, candidates gain the wisdom that comes from practice itself, develop their own fluency in the best practices, and learn how to refine their own competence in delivery. Field Experiences are embedded into each course, beginning in the first semester. Additional field experiences are also required to enable the teacher candidate ample time in the classroom before the culminating clinical practice. 

Embedded Clinical Practice Option

Those in the M.A.T. program with a full time, paid teaching position have the option for embedded clinical practice after completing the course work. A Tennessee provisional license is obtained, and the teacher candidate completes the requirements of the clinical practice experience in their own classroom, under the supervision of a college supervisor and peer mentor. The placement requires a minimum of 100 days, with the portfolio presentation normally occurring in March to complete the program. 

Admission Requirements

Master of Arts in Teaching – M.A.T. (K-6) and (7-12)

  1. Submit proof of a bachelors degree.
  2. Submit a completed Aquinas College Graduate application and non-refundable $25 application fee.
  3. Submit a 2 page essay. Essay topics are available with the Graduate Education Application.          
  4. Submit one additional writing sample.
  5. Submit current resume.
  6. Submit two (2) references using the forms provided in the Graduate Application Packet. One reference must be from an administrator, college supervisor, or former employer.  The other reference must be from a professional colleague and a former teacher who can evaluate applicant’s potential for success in a graduate program.
  7. Provide (2) official transcript(s) from all previously attended colleges or universities.
  8. +If transcript is from an international institution: applicants must provide an official copy of a third party course by course credential evaluation.
  9. World Education Services (wes.org) or Educational Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org) offer this service.
  10. An interview is required. Applicants will be contacted by the Graduate Education Office to schedule an interview.
  11. Completed criminal background and fingerprint checks prior to admission to the Program.
  12. Applicants whose native language is not English, must submit a TOEFL score of at least 600 (paper-based), or 250 (computer-based), or 100 (Internet-based) test.
  13. Submit Praxis II Content Knowledge scores by the end of first semester in the program.

Licensure

Candidates for licensure in Tennessee are required to submit the edTPA portfolio while enrolled in the Clinical Practice. The tasks in edTPA address the candidate’s performance of professional education standards required by the Tennessee State Department of Education.

With completion of our coursework, content area Praxis tests and a passing edTPA score, the School of Education applies for the teacher candidate’s Tennessee license.

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Contact

School of Education 
Aquinas College
4210 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205
(615) 297-7545 x422
moorel@aquinascollege.edu