M.A.T. in Middle Grades Course Descriptions

PHASE ONE COURSES – Leading to Standard Professional I Licensure
(21 hrs.)

All courses with the LIC prefix in this phase offer parallel graduate sections for existing undergraduate courses. The graduate sections incorporate a level of critical analysis appropriate for an advanced degree. In order to accomplish this level of critical analysis, graduate students complete additional assignments that engage them in research and critical thinking.

  1. EDN 520, Instructional Development (3 hrs.). This course provides conceptual and analytic skills essential to planning, implementing, and evaluating instruction. Design of instruction that incorporates behavioral, cognitive, and constructivist theories of learning and views of curriculum are examined. Specific topics addressed include: conditions of learning; performance objectives; lesson design; task analysis; and purposes, forms, and procedures for educational assessment.
  2. LIC 518, Advanced Middle Grades Education (3 hrs.). Overview of the conceptual and historic development of programs for students in grades six through nine. Comparison of varied curricular, instructional, and organizational aspects middle level schools. Major emphasis on exploring the educational implications of the developmental characteristics of early adolescent learners. Varied approaches to learning, classroom management and inclusion are explored.
  3. LIC 552, Advanced Reading Methods, 6-9 (3 hrs.). Develops understanding of reading processes in the broad context of communication. Presents strategies for assessing, motivating, and teaching comprehension and study strategies that support learning across the curriculum. Field experience required.
  4. LIC 520, Advanced Diverse Learners, 6-9 (3 hrs.). This course focuses on strategies for meeting the needs of diverse learners at the middle level. Students study strategies for addressing student differences including academic, socio-emotional, physical, cultural and language differences.
  5. One content methods course selected from the following:
    1. LIC 523, Advanced Mathematics Methods, 6-9 (3 hrs.). This course will focus on the curriculum, assessment, and instructional methods for teaching mathematics at middle grade levels.  The format of this class will include class discussions (large and small group), cooperative learning tasks, hands on learning, student presentations, and some lecture.  Field experience is a required course component.
    2. LIC 535, Advanced Social Studies Methods, 6-9 (3 hrs.). Examines how the social studies curriculum can be organized to meet the learning needs of middle grades students. Emphasis on selection and preparation of appropriate materials, identification of instructional procedures, data-based decision making and the relevance of social inquiry to the real world. Field experience required.  
    3. LIC 538, Advanced Science Methods, 6-9 (3 hrs.). Focus on the processes of scientific inquiry, on topics that integrate learning across science disciplines, and on the social implications of science and technology. Field experience required.
    4. LIC 555, Advanced Language Arts Methods, 6-9 (3 hrs.). Presents curriculum and methods for developing linguistic and communicative competence in language arts classes at the middle level. Develops understanding of communication processes (listening, speaking, writing, viewing, etc.) and language systems as influences teacher decision-making. Focus on strategies and plans for facilitating and evaluating student’s oral and written language performance. Field experience required.
  6. LIC 511, Middle Grades Internship (6 hrs.). A full-time practicum experience within a candidate’s certifiable teaching area(s). Students will engage in a variety of supervised instructional activities, assuming an increasing amount of responsibility for all phases of classroom instruction.  Successful completion of the internship leads to initial teacher licensure. LIC 520, Advanced Diverse Learners, 6-9 (3 hrs.) is a co-requisite.

PHASE TWO COURSES – M.A.T. and M Licensure (Minimum 19 hrs.)

  1. EDN 523, Research in Education (3 hrs.). Designed to develop research competencies required for interpretation and critique of research reports and for design and conduct of research for educational decision-making. Contents include measurement, problem identification and analysis, research design, selected statistical analysis procedures, data interpretation and reporting, and research critique.
  2. EDN 577, Practicum (3 hrs.). Designed to engage candidates in a supervised action research project in a middle grades classroom setting.
  3. EDN 593, Contemporary Perspectives in Education (1 hr.). Independent investigation of a contemporary controversial educational issue. Students will research a topic, take a professional stance, and defend their position in a formal presentation to faculty and students. Must be taken during the final semester.
  4. Additional 6 hours in content specialty area (EDN and LAS courses as approved by advisor), (6 hrs.). The selected courses should deepen the candidate’s expertise in his/her certifiable teaching field: mathematics, science, social studies or language arts.
  5. Additional focus area (6 hrs.)
    1. Technology: (select two courses)
      • MIT 512, Computer Applications in Education (3 hrs.). Provides an introduction to the use of microcomputer applications as they apply in education settings. Activities include hands-on experiences with computer-assisted instruction, computer-managed instruction, and administrative uses.
      • MIT 511, Multimedia Design and Development (3 hrs.). Focuses on systems, communication, aesthetic and learning theories applicable to designing instructional products. Provides an overview of multimedia strategies and tactics using multimedia and instructional communication. Students demonstrate basic proficiencies across a wide spectrum of multimedia. Emphasis is on visual, audio, and typographic design as well as the appropriateness of these solutions for specific instructional goals. The use of advanced electronic technologies is also emphasized.
      • MIT 531, Assessment of Learning Outcomes (3 hrs.). Examines the nature and purpose of measurement and assessment of learning outcomes. Particular attention is paid to the concepts of reliability, validity, norms, interpretation of scores, response sets, fairness in testing and performance assessment, and norm-referenced vs. criterion-referenced tests. A variety of instruments that are used to measure or assess human attributes and behaviors are studied.
      • Or other technology course approved by candidate’s academic advisor.
    2. English Language Learners:
      • EDN 516, Second Language Acquisition Research and Theory (3 hrs.). Students investigate and research important aspects of first and second language acquisition including how first language acquisition can impact second language acquisition, important research in both fields, the progression of theoretical developments in the fields and how these developments compare to those in the field of educational psychology. The course includes a ten hour field experience.
      • EDN 517, Methods and Assessment for Second Language Learners (3 hrs.). A critical examination of the instructional cycle used with English as a second language students.  Topics include the design, implementation and assessment of the instructional cycle. A variety of assessments are examined and the validity, reliability and instructional impact of each assessed. The course includes a 20 hour field experience.
    3. International:
      • *EDN 5XX, Japan (6 hrs.). This course is designed to provide the opportunity for students to reflect about teaching and learning as they look at education through the eyes of Japanese educators.  Students will spend two weeks in class at UNCW before traveling to Japan studying:.  conversational Japanese; culture; education; connections between culture and education; and comparison between education in the United States and Japan. Students will then spend 2 weeks in Japan.  The first week, consisting of intense, informed cultural immersion will assist the students in becoming familiar with cultural aspects of Japan that impact education. The second week, spent in Japanese schools observing and working with Japanese teachers, will support students in understanding the perspective of Japanese teachers and students and in reflecting on comparative educational practices.  
      • Or other international experiences as approved by the Middle Grades Program Committee.
    4. Or another focus area as approved by the Middle Grades Program Committee.

*EDN5XX is a new course in curriculum development that will be used for a range of international experiences offered through the Watson College of Education.



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