Good science and mathematics teachers have strong content knowledge, knowledge of teaching and boundless enthusiasm for their subject. Great STEM teachers have these qualities, too, but they also have the skills, knowledge, and dispositions that allow them to meet the needs of all learners. The program will prepare teachers in their specified discipline and provide them with knowledge of teaching English learners, teaching students with exceptionalities and integrating technology into instruction.
Through collaboration with faculty from the College of Science and Mathematics, the Bagwell College of Education, experienced classroom teachers, and school district leaders, the MAT program was designed to develop science and mathematics teachers who can apply knowledge of their learners, their teaching fields and effective teaching to ensure they can meet the needs of all learners. Yearlong clinical placements in our partner schools (Cobb County School District, Marietta City Schools and Paulding County School District) and discipline specific courses on how to teach, taught by faculty who have middle school and/or high school teaching experience within that discipline, will be integral parts of the program.
Assessments – Authentic assessments reflect the work that teachers do daily as they plan, teach and assess their students. Program faculty collaborate on the design of assessments to assist teacher candidates to connect learning outcomes from different courses. Teacher candidates’ content knowledge will be assessed on program admission. Differentiated plans will be developed to enhance each candidate’s content knowledge based on that review.
Impact on Student Learning –Teacher candidates conduct analyses of their impact on their students’ learning each semester and reflect on ways to improve their own practice for greater impact.
Yearlong Clinical Internship - Teacher candidates will spend the school year being mentored in one of our partner schools, which includes participation in all the responsibilities of teaching from pre-planning activities at the beginning of the school year throughout the spring semester.
Co-teaching - Teacher candidates and their collaborating teachers co-teach throughout the year, including planning, teaching and assessing their students collaboratively.
Content Specific Methodology Courses – Courses on how to teach are taught by professors specific to the discipline and who have middle and/or high school teaching experience.
Mentoring – Throughout the yearlong clinical internship, teacher candidates are mentored by an experienced teacher and faculty with expertise in all relevant areas (e.g., their teaching field, pedagogical content knowledge, educational psychology, knowledge of the learner, instructional technology, special education, English learners, assessment).
Diversity – Teacher candidate knowledge, dispositions and pedagogical skill in the areas of special education, English learners and preparation for working with a diverse population of students is scaffolded throughout the program.
Technology – The program builds upon an instructional technology course in the first semester (prior to clinical experience), and includes a variety of technology support throughout the program.
Accessibility and Affordability – This 36-credit-hour MAT program spans three semesters, enabling teacher candidates to begin a career in teaching the following academic year. The addition of some hybrid courses adds increased accessibility. The reduction in credit hours results in a 25% reduction in the financial obligation, providing increased affordability.