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Master of Arts in Teaching Courses

The sample schedule shown reflects the 11-month plan for the MAT program.

For more detailed information, contact our Enrollment Office at 310.258.2850 or gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

This program is 30 units to complete.

Core Courses

MATP 610 Instructional Design for Teaching (3)

Instructional design and the psychological foundations of teaching and learning are important components for teacher candidates pursuing a complex understanding of instructional practices. Significant attention is given to connecting theory and practice, providing depth and understanding to the process of K–12 learning and lesson design. The theoretical foundations of learning involve the study of major learning theories, learner preferences, learner outcomes, the instructional process, identifying individual differences, optimal learning environments, and assessing the learner to drive instruction. Aspects of planning, instructional strategies, assessment, management, and creating a positive learning environment will be presented so that candidates can create comprehensive and meaningful instructional sequences to meet the diverse needs of students. Finally, the characteristics of child development from birth through adolescence and their implications on teaching and learning will be explored.

MATP 620 Literacy Theory and Methods (3)

In this course, emphasis is placed on the Common Core State Standards designed to support literacy instruction through higher-order skills for diverse learners in a global society. Literacy demands continue to change, challenging educators to address the ongoing diverse needs of students to become proficient and lifelong readers and writers. This course explores the developmental continuum for literacy in an effort to scaffold all students into a successful learning experience. Historical and theoretical foundations of literacy and the understanding of the sequence and delivery of literacy instruction are covered. The course delivery will support candidates in their understanding and abilities to address the goals of "learning to read" as the basis of printed language as well as "reading to learn." The range of needs in this diverse society is considered in striving to connect theory to practice in meeting the needs of today's classroom learners. The course will encompass the role of assessment, planning, and implementation of developmentally appropriate literacy lessons. Additionally, the course emphasizes the importance of collaboration with specialists to collect and analyze multiple forms of assessment data to inform instruction for English learners.

MATP 624 Educational Foundations, Equity, and Social Justice (3)

This course offers an issues-based study of social, cultural, philosophical, historical, and ethical perspectives on the role of education and schools in society. It emphasizes the socialization function of schools, the increasing culturally and linguistically diverse students, intercultural relations, educational equity in the classroom, equity-minded reform, and leadership. These issues include demographics, economic factors, cultural diversity, gender, exceptionalities, equity, policy and law, immigration, reform and standards-based movements, the profession of teaching, family and community involvement and influence, and the variety of educational structures and purposes. Students will recognize their own values and implicit and explicit biases, as well as examine multiple perspectives of equity-based education to foster growth as an ethical leader who is committed to social justice. In addition, teacher candidates will learn how to access resources to support students with a variety of lived experiences and diverse needs. Focus is placed on helping education candidates use this foundational knowledge toward effective teaching and learning in classroom settings and learning environments.

MATP 630 Teaching English Learners (3)

Candidates will explore and apply practical strategies for promoting literacy with English learners within the bilingual and general education classroom. Candidates will study contemporary language acquisition theory as it relates to instruction as well as research-based techniques to ensure the inclusion and academic success of all students. The need to distinguish between assessment of linguistic ability and the identification of special accommodations, including giftedness, will be addressed. Sessions will focus on historical perspectives, current legislation, language learning theories, classroom organization, teaching strategies, differentiated instruction, and assessment procedures for English learners. The clinical experience will provide authentic opportunities for the implementation of standards-based instruction.

MATP 661 Teaching Students with Exceptional Needs (3)

The purpose of this course is to introduce candidates to a study of special populations in school settings and workplace environments: children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities as well as gifted and talented learners. Candidates will continue their development toward the design of instruction that provides accommodations and modifications that make instruction accessible to all learners. Candidates will examine statutory provisions of pertinent legislation and develop skills to create an inclusive climate, specialized instruction, and assessment of students with diverse learning needs. Sessions will focus on strategies for establishing cooperative and collaborative classroom environments needed to implement differentiated delivery for students with disabilities, students who are gifted, and students who are at risk. Students will focus on the importance of working with educators, families, and other professionals engaged in the support of challenged learners. The course will address issues related to the lifelong learning process, and candidates will discuss their professional lives in terms of purpose (meeting the unique needs of all students), service (serving these individuals through appropriate instructional strategies), and leadership (advocating for the lifelong learners).

MATP 681 Clinical Experience 1 (2)

The purpose of this course is to help teacher candidates move toward mastery of the TPEs in order to demonstrate professional responsibility for all aspects of student learning and classroom management in California school classrooms. This course is the first in a developmental sequence in which candidates are introduced to the teaching profession by exposing them to the unique attributes of public, charter, and private school classrooms. Critical policies regarding privacy, health, and safety of students and families and ethical conduct are reviewed. Under the supervision of certified mentor teachers, this course is the first in a developmental sequence of clinical experiences in which candidates observe, assist, tutor, and facilitate small group instruction, as well as monitor student learning and adjust instruction while teaching. Introduction into edTPA will facilitate preparation for MATP 682 and MATP 683. A Certificate of Clearance (COC) and a tuberculosis test (PPD skin test) are both required for enrollment in this course. The successful completion of this course and the submission of CBEST and CSET scores to the office of the certificate manager are prerequisites for promotion and enrollment into MATP 682 and MATP 683.

MATP 682 Clinical Experience 2 (2)

The purpose of this course is to help candidates develop as teachers by preparing them to gradually take over the teaching responsibilities and classroom activities of K–12 teachers. This course is the second in a developmental sequence of clinical experiences in which candidates participate in their assigned classroom by observing, assisting, tutoring, teaching small groups, and offering whole-class instruction under supervision from mentor teachers in the field. Candidates will have an assigned Pepperdine University field supervisor to support their clinical practice. The successful completion of MATP 681 and the submission of CBEST and CSET scores to the office of the certificate manager are prerequisites for enrollment in this course. Enrollment in this course may require a course fee to prepare for the successful submission of edTPA.

MATP 683 Clinical Experience 3 (2)

The purpose of this course is to help teacher candidates move toward mastery in order to perform all of the teaching responsibilities in California K–12 school classrooms. This course is the third in a developmental sequence in which candidates participate full-time in their assigned classroom and perform whole-class instruction under supervision from certified practitioners in the field. Candidates will have an assigned Pepperdine University field supervisor to support their clinical practice. The successful completion of MATP 682 and successful evaluations from the mentor teacher and the assigned Pepperdine University field supervisor are prerequisites for enrollment in this course. Enrollment in this course may require a course fee to prepare for the successful submission of edTPA.

MATP 699 Contemporary Issues in Education (3)

The purpose of this course is to engage and think critically about contemporary research in education and evaluate credibility and bias within published research. Specific attention will be devoted to the examination of how contemporary issues in education affect students, teachers, parents, and community members in K–12 settings. Candidates will have the opportunity to participate in a research practicum with a faculty member and apply educational theory in real-world learning settings. Candidates will examine all aspects of educational research that include research design, funding of research, human subject guidelines, and publication of research. This course facilitates the mentorship model of educators to be active participants in the field immersed in educational research in K–12 settings.

Multiple Subject Methods

MATP 671 Multiple Subject: Developing Teaching Methods (3)

This elementary methodology course addresses the planning and development of integrated content-specific instruction consistent with state-adopted content frameworks: Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Emphasis is placed on differentiating instruction for all students in each of the content areas— mathematics, science, history and social science, and visual and performing arts. Teacher candidates learn instructional strategies for teaching content areas, including direct instruction, inquiry, modeling, collaborative learning, guided and independent practice, project-based learning, research, and creative or personal expression. Candidates practice teaching strategies that emphasize the integration of multiple literacies, English language arts, and the use of educational technology. The study of content-specific instruction is considered in the context of classroom management and organization, classroom procedures, differentiation, diversity, lesson planning, and assessment.

MATP 675 Multiple Subject: Advanced Teaching Methods (3)

This methodology course addresses the advanced study of integrated content-specific instruction consistent with state-adopted content frameworks: Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). It addresses the differentiation of instructional needs of all learners for mathematics, science, history and social science, and visual and performing arts in K–8 classrooms. Teacher candidates will apply instructional strategies for teaching content areas, including direct instruction, inquiry, modeling, collaborative learning, guided and independent practice, project-based learning, research, and creative or personal expression. Candidates will apply and practice teaching strategies that emphasize the integration of multiple literacies, English language arts, and the use of educational technology. The study of content-specific instruction is considered in the context of classroom management and organization, classroom procedures, differentiation, diversity, lesson planning, and assessment.

Single Subject Methods

MATP 673 Single Subject: Developing Teaching Methods (3)

Candidates working toward the single subject credential will explore the unique aspects of secondary education and the developmental stage of the students in middle and high schools, and they will learn to be reflective teachers who prepare lessons that specifically address the diverse needs of these students. Using research-based instructional strategies that enhance learning for secondary students, candidates begin to connect the specific content learning with adolescent and young adult diverse learning styles. Sessions will focus on current trends, student awareness, curriculum organization, and content expectations in the candidates' respective subject areas. Through connections between theory and practice, candidates will be able to implement pedagogically sound practices in concert with the clinical experience. This course will explore learning theory, content area literacy, new literacies, and the provision of support for students in linguistically and culturally diverse classrooms. Candidates will set goals, plan learning activities, organize instruction, and select evaluation methods, as well as reflect on secondary classroom practices. In addition, candidates will explore the unique aspects of their subject matter. Specific focus is given to the differences inherent in teaching and learning in the content area: content-specific vocabulary and language, planning techniques that promote active learning, informal writing to learn, and assessments, as well as unique challenges associated with the subject matter. Candidates will learn how to use information in their content area to promote learning beyond middle and high school, giving students skills to scaffold successful lifelong learning.

MATP 677 Single Subject: Advanced Teaching Methods (3)

Candidates working toward the single subject credential will continue to explore the aspects of secondary education and learn to be reflective teachers who prepare lessons that specifically address the diverse needs of these students. Candidates will continue to use research-based instructional strategies that enhance learning for secondary students; candidates begin to connect the specific content learning with adolescent and young adult diverse learning styles. Through connections between theory and practice, the emphasis will be on candidates to focus on specific pedagogy to be able to implement pedagogically sound practices in concert with clinical experience. Sessions will continue to focus on current trends, student awareness, curriculum organization, and content expectation in the candidates' respective subject areas. Importance will be placed on candidates setting goals, planning learning activities, organizing instruction, and selecting evaluation methods that reflect advanced secondary classroom practices. Continuing to use general secondary methods as a springboard, candidates reflect on their content area to apply and differentiate these strategies. Continued focus will remain on the differences inherent in teaching and learning in the content area: content-specific vocabulary and language, management techniques that promote active learning, informal writing to learn, and assessments, as well as unique challenges associated with the subject matter. Candidates will learn how to use information in their content area to promote learning beyond middle and high school, giving students skills to scaffold successful lifelong learning.

Electives

ED 699 Independent Study and Selected Topics (1-5)

Individual study is conducted involving an examination and analysis of a specific subject area of the student's choosing under the supervision of an approved instructor. Occasionally, special courses are offered for enrollment.

MATP 678A Advanced Methods in Art (Added Authorization) (3)

This methodology course addresses the planning of content-specific instruction and delivery of art content. The semester will be spent in a combination of research-based methods coursework and clinical experience. This course includes instruction in how to model concepts and teach learners using multiple strategies and to anticipate, recognize, and clarify misunderstandings that are common among learners; intentional practice of classroom management; active and equitable participation for culturally, ethnically, linguistically, and academically diverse students; lesson planning; and formative assessment to differentiate instruction for all learners. Technology for teaching and learning is integrated in the course.

MATP 678B Advanced Methods in English (Added Authorization) (3)

This methodology course addresses the planning of content-specific instruction and delivery of English content. The semester will be spent in a combination of research-based methods coursework and clinical experience. This course includes instruction in how to model concepts and teach learners using multiple strategies and to anticipate, recognize, and clarify misunderstandings that are common among learners; intentional practice of classroom management; active and equitable participation for culturally, ethnically, linguistically, and academically diverse students; lesson planning; and formative assessment to differentiate instruction for all learners. Technology for teaching and learning is integrated in the course.

MATP 678C Advanced Methods in Math (Added Authorization) (3)

This methodology course addresses the planning of content-specific instruction and delivery of the content with California Common Core Standards for Mathematics. The semester will be spent in a combination of research-based methods coursework and clinical experience. This course includes instruction in how to model concepts and teach learners using multiple strategies and to anticipate, recognize, and clarify misunderstandings that are common among learners; intentional practice of classroom management; active and equitable participation for culturally, ethnically, linguistically, and academically diverse students; lesson planning; and formative assessment to differentiate instruction for all learners. Technology for teaching and learning is integrated in the course.

MATP 678D Advanced Methods in Music (Added Authorization) (3)

This methodology course addresses the planning of content-specific instruction and delivery of music content. The semester will be spent in a combination of research-based methods coursework and clinical experience. This course includes instruction in how to model concepts and teach learners using multiple strategies and to anticipate, recognize, and clarify misunderstandings that are common among learners; intentional practice of classroom management; active and equitable participation for culturally, ethnically, linguistically, and academically diverse students; lesson planning; and formative assessment to differentiate instruction for all learners. Technology for teaching and learning is integrated in the course.

MATP 678E Advanced Methods in Physical Education (Added Authorization) (3)

This methodology course addresses the planning of content-specific instruction and delivery of physical education content. The semester will be spent in a combination of research-based methods coursework and clinical experience. This course includes instruction in how to model concepts and teach learners using multiple strategies and to anticipate, recognize, and clarify misunderstandings that are common among learners; intentional practice of classroom management; active and equitable participation for culturally, ethnically, linguistically, and academically diverse students; lesson planning; and formative assessment to differentiate instruction for all learners. Technology for teaching and learning is integrated in the course.

MATP 678F Advanced Methods in Science (Added Authorization) (3)

This methodology course addresses the planning of content-specific instruction and delivery of science content. The semester will be spent in a combination of research-based methods coursework and clinical experience. This course includes instruction in how to model concepts and teach learners using multiple strategies and to anticipate, recognize, and clarify misunderstandings that are common among learners; intentional practice of classroom management; active and equitable participation for culturally, ethnically, linguistically, and academically diverse students; lesson planning; and formative assessment to differentiate instruction for all learners. Technology for teaching and learning is integrated in the course.

MATP 678G Advanced Methods in Social Science (Added Authorization) (3)

This methodology course addresses the planning of content-specific instruction and delivery of social science content. The semester will be spent in a combination of research-based methods coursework and clinical experience. This course includes instruction in how to model concepts and teach learners using multiple strategies and to anticipate, recognize, and clarify misunderstandings that are common among learners; intentional practice of classroom management; active and equitable participation for culturally, ethnically, linguistically, and academically diverse students; lesson planning; and formative assessment to differentiate instruction for all learners. Technology for teaching and learning is integrated in the course.

MATP 678H Advanced Methods in World Languages (Added Authorization) (3)

This methodology course addresses the planning of content-specific instruction and delivery of world languages content. The semester will be spent in a combination of research-based methods coursework and clinical experience. This course includes instruction in how to model concepts and teach learners using multiple strategies and to anticipate, recognize, and clarify misunderstandings that are common among learners; intentional practice of classroom management; active and equitable participation for culturally, ethnically, linguistically, and academically diverse students; lesson planning; and formative assessment to differentiate instruction for all learners. Technology for teaching and learning is integrated in the course.

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