School of Education — Graduate Studies — Aquinas College

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 600Education in the Dominican Tradition3
EDU 620Data-Driven Decisions in Education3
EDU 630Modes of Instruction3
EDU 632Practicum and Application of Data-Driven Decisions and Modes of Instruction2
EDU 512Literacy Through Learning3
EDU 518Reading Assessment and Remediation Strategies3
EDU 525Media and Technology in Education3
PSY 520Human Growth and Development3
PSY 523Exceptional Child3
ENG 500Children’s Literature, Speech and Drama3
EDU 501Elementary Education Seminar: Classroom Organization and Management1
EDU 560Supervised Student Teaching6

Master of Arts in Teaching, Secondary 

33 Credit Hours

EDU 600Education in the Dominican Tradition3
EDU 620Data-Driven Decisions in Education3
EDU 630Modes of Instruction3
EDU 632Practicum and Application of Data-Driven Decisions and Modes of Instruction2
EDU 525Media and Technology in Education3
PSY 520Human Growth and Development3
EDU 524Instructing Diverse Learners3
ENG 535Reading Strategies for Secondary Education3
EDU 503Adolescent Literature3
EDU 502Secondary Education Seminar: Classroom Organization and Management1
EDU 560Supervised Student Teaching6

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

Visiting real classrooms is a requirement for each education course. After ample time visiting classrooms and watching master teachers at work, teacher candidates practice teaching lessons and units in real classrooms, learning how to refine their own competence in delivery.

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

For all graduate programs

  1. Students in all graduate programs must have completed a bachelor’s 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. (NOT required for Certificate)
  5. Submit current resume.
  6. Submit two (2) references using the electronic 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 (1) official transcript from all previously attended colleges or universities.
    • If transcript is from an international institution: applicants must provide an official copy of a third party course by course credential evaluation.
    • World Education Services (wes.org) or Educational Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org) offer this service.
  8. An interview is required. Applicants will be contacted by the Graduate Education Office to schedule an interview.
  9. Completed criminal background and fingerprint checks prior to admission to the Program.
  10. 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.
  11. Submit Praxis II Content Knowledge scores by the end of first semester in the program. (Not required for Certificate or M.Ed)

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

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