Master of Arts in Teaching Model III: Leading to Initial Certification

Please Note: While certification requirements can be met by undergraduate coursework, full completion of the MAT degree may be achieved only through the completion of graduate coursework. Students will need to substitute undergraduate work that meets certification requirements with other graduate level coursework in order to meet graduate degree requirements.

Background Check

Conviction, guilty plea, or nolo contendere plea involving a crime involving drugs, moral turpitude, or other criminal charges may prohibit licensure or employment as a professional educator.

Introduction

The Lindenwood University Educator Preparation Program (EPP) is accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE http://dese.mo.gov/). The initial teacher education program is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC www.teac.org) through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP www.caepnet.org).

Students who enroll in the School of Education may select one of two pathways to completion of the program:

•  Successful completion of the Lindenwood University teacher education program qualifies the student for recommendation for teaching certification, issued by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MoDESE).

•  Those students who desire to work in an educational field but do not desire teaching certification may pursue the Master of Arts in Education degree.

Application

A student who seeks entrance into the teacher education program typically does so after successful completion of nine hours of education coursework. Students should apply during EDU 51500 Teacher Education Seminar I. All application for admission to the teacher education program and admission to student teaching must be completed and submitted in Foliotek.

Admission

The teacher education program is divided into two stages or benchmarks and is the result of action by the Council of Teacher Education (CTE). The council, broadly representative of all schools at the university, considers the student’s application to the teacher education program to be in stage one after the student has completed the five steps outlined below. The student will not be allowed to enroll in most upper level or methods coursework until he/she has been formally admitted at benchmark/stage one to the teacher education program.

Benchmark/Stage One

  1. The student has been accepted to the graduate program at Lindenwood University indicating he or she has completed a bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  2. The student has completed nine hours of education coursework from the School of Education.
  3. The student has achieved a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0 (including all undergraduate and graduate coursework), a content area coursework GPA of 3.0, and a professional education coursework GPA of 3.0, with a minimum grade of C in all professional education and content area coursework.

  4. The student has passed the criminal background clearance(s) required by Lindenwood University and the school district(s) in which the teacher candidate is seeking placement.
  5. The student has completed three Rationale/Reflections that have been accepted in Foliotek.

Benchmark/Stage Two

Acceptance into benchmark/stage two is required for admittance into student teaching, and consists of the following additional requirements:

  1. The teacher candidate has obtained a passing score on the Missouri Content Assessment (MoCA).

    The Missouri Content Assessment (MoCA) are tests required for all student teacher candidates. The test should be taken after most of the content courses for the desired program have been successfully completed and prior to student teaching. Candidates must also pass the appropriate Missouri Content Assessment in order to be recommended for certification.

    The correct MoCA exam is posted on the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessment (MEGA) website (www.mo.nesinc.com). 

    A passing score on the MoCA exam demonstrates that the teacher candidate has mastered the subject area that he/she will teach.

  2. The teacher candidate must earn a minimum professional education coursework GPA of 3.0.
  3. The teacher candidate is expected to have a minimum content GPA of 3.0. If the teacher candidate has a content GPA between a 2.75-2.99 and has passed the Missouri Content Assessment in the appropriate certification area at 1 standard error of measurement above 220, the teacher candidate can still meet the content GPA requirement for admission to student teaching.
  4. The teacher candidate is expected to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. This includes all coursework taken at Lindenwood and other institutions for college credit. If the teacher candidate has met all of the other requirements for admission to student teaching but does not have the minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and has demonstrated a strong academic track record and has the potential to meet the cumulative GPA at the end of student teaching, the teacher candidate may be accepted into student teaching with the understanding that a cumulative 2.75 must be obtained before being recommended for certification.
  5. Additional components for admission to benchmark/stage two can be found on the Lindenwood University School of Education Teacher Education website at (http://www.lindenwood.edu/education/teacherEd/studentTeachingApplication.html).
Completion of Teacher Education Program
  1. The teacher candidate must earn a minimum professional education coursework GPA of 3.0.
  2. The teacher candidate is expected to have a minimum content GPA of 3.0. If the teacher candidate has a content GPA between a 2.75-2.99 and has passed the Missouri Content Assessment in the appropriate certification area at 1 standard error of measurement above 220, the teacher candidate can still meet the content GPA requirement for admission to student teaching.
  3. The teacher candidate is expected to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. This includes all coursework taken at Lindenwood and other institutions for college credit.
  4. The teacher candidate must successfully complete the student teaching course, EDU 60599 including all seminar sessions and portfolio requirements. The portfolio must be completed before a grade will be issued for student teaching.
  5. Candidates are also required to complete all state required assessments.

Certification

Each state issues its own teaching certificates based on its own requirements. Upon passing the state-mandated exit assessment and successfully completing the planned degree program, each Lindenwood University School of Education student applies for certification to teach in Missouri. The student who wishes to seek certification in other states should seek advice from the Department of Education within the state he/she is seeking certification. A list of those contacts are located on the School of Education webpage.

International students or students who have completed high school outside of the United States are also required to complete coursework in the following areas:

•     English composition, two courses, each a minimum of three credit hours

•     U.S. history, three credit hours

•     U.S. (National) government, three credit hours

Note: Students in the teacher education program who have taken the suggested coursework before taking the required assessments and do not pass the assessments can seek assistance from the Lindenwood University Counseling Center for guidance in test-taking. The Student Counseling Resource Center will advise the dean of the School of Education of student eligibility to repeat up to 18 additional hours of tuition-free courses in order to further prepare the student for the required assessments. These additional hours do not apply to student teaching. In order to be considered for this support, students must have followed all proper procedures throughout the program.

Programs Leading to Certification

Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 3)

Early Childhood Special Education

Elementary Education (Grades 1-6)

Middle School Education (Grades 5-9)

•     Business Education emphasis
•     English/Language Arts emphasis
•     Mathematics emphasis
•     Science emphasis
•     Social Science emphasis
•     Technology and Engineering emphasis

Notes: (1) Each of the programs above leads to certification upon the student’s successful completion of the appropriate certification exam(s) and successful application for certification, submitted to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MoDESE).

(2) The Technology and Engineering degree is offered at Lindenwood University in conjunction with an agreement at Saint Louis Community College-Florissant Valley. For information concerning this program, consult an advisor in the Department of Teacher Education.

Secondary Education (Grades 9-12)

Students seeking certification at the secondary (9-12) level must complete the requirements for a certificate in the desired content instructional area in secondary education (9-12).

  • Biological Sciences emphasis
  • Business Education emphasis
  • Chemistry emphasis
  • English/Language Arts emphasis
  • Mathematics emphasis
  • Social Science emphasis
  • Speech and Theatre emphasis
  • Technology and Engineering emphasis
  • Unified Science-Biological Science emphasis
  • Unified Science-Chemistry emphasis

K-12 Education

Students seeking K-12 certification must complete the requirements for a certificate in the desired content area, K-12 education.

•     Art 

•     Foreign Language

•     French

•     Spanish

•     Health

•     Music-Instrumental

•     Music-Vocal

•     Physical Education

•     Special Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching is a 45-credit hour program. Coursework required may extend 45 credit hours due to content area coursework. Coursework in content may be completed at an undergraduate level. Note that for all certification areas, further coursework in the content area beyond that which was required for the bachelor’s degree may be required by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in order to be eligible for certification.

MAT students may be eligible for an alternative certificate if they meet the following criteria:

  • Conferred undergraduate degree closely aligned with their intended content field of certification (middle school, 9-12, or K-12 only).
  • Passed the appropriate Missouri Content Assessment in no more than two attempts prior to or during their first semester in the MAT program.
  • Met all DESE GPA requirements (2.75 cumulative, 3.0 in content).
  • Completed all education coursework required for the MAT degree.
  • Completed student teaching and all state required assessments.
  • Students interested in pursuing alternative certification need assistant dean or dean approval. Additional content coursework may be required. 

A student entering the MAT program with a bachelor’s degree in the same content area of the content area certification pursued are able to complete the MAT program within 45 credit hours.  Students who do not have the content coursework in the desired certification area would need to complete the required content coursework in addition to the 45-credit hour MAT program.  Middle school certification preparation including content coursework is a 60-credit hour program. Elementary school certification preparation including all content is a 71-credit hour program. Early childhood certification preparation including all content is a 71-credit hour program, and early childhood special education certification preparation including all content is a 93-credit hour program. All areas include certification requirements.

The education courses required for certification, (not including specific content area coursework that may be required by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for a subject certification) are described below.

Early Access

With the approval of a committee of School of Education faculty, students maintaining an undergraduate cumulative and major GPA of 3.0 may take up to nine semester hours at the graduate level during their senior year. These hours will count towards the MAT degree but not toward the bachelor’s degree. Students in the early access program must maintain a 3.0 or higher in all EDU courses. A student must be enrolled in at least 12 semester hours of undergraduate classes each semester that he or she is taking MAT credits under this option.

Application for MAT Early Access is electronic and can be found at this website: 

http://www.lindenwood.edu/academics/academic-schools/school-of-education/teacher-education/

MAT Early Access Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is there an overload fee? As long as you do not exceed a combined enrollment of more than 18 hours in the semester there is not an overload fee. If you receive approval and enroll in more than 18 hours you will be charged the standard overload fee as stated in the Lindenwood Undergraduate Catalog.

2. How does this affect financial aid? It will not affect your financial aid – you are required to be enrolled in a minimum of 12 undergraduate hours.

3. What forms and signatures do you need? You will need to complete an application to the Early Access to the MAT Program. This form can be obtained from the School of Education. You will need to submit this form to Dr. Jill Hutcheson in the School of Education. Your academic records will be reviewed by a committee, and if you meet the requirements, your paperwork will be sent to the vice president for academic affairs for approval. You will be notified of your status and your education advisor’s name via email after the process has been completed. You will then need to meet with your advisor to complete an enrollment form and create a plan for completion of the MAT after your undergraduate degree has been conferred.

4. Why would I want to do this? If you enter the Lindenwood MAT program after graduation, both the total cost of the program and the time to complete the degree will be reduced, especially if you take MAT courses in the summer term. You will also be exempt from taking the Missouri General Education Assessment.

5. What is the maximum number of courses I can take prior to receiving my bachelor degree? Students are permitted to enroll in no more than six credit hours of EDU course work per semester and to complete no more than nine credit hours graduate work prior to receiving a bachelor’s degree.

6. Who can apply to the early access program? Any Lindenwood student in an eligible bachelor’s degree program who has completed a minimum of 84 undergraduate hours with a minimum cumulative and major GPA of 3.0 is eligible to apply.

7. What bachelor’s degrees work for this program? Your undergraduate degree must be closely related to your certification area, and you must pass a content assessment in that subject area. Please see the MAT Early Access Application for a complete list of certification areas. The alignment of your undergraduate major and your certification area depends on state teacher certification requirements.

8. How much does this cost? Six hours per semester and no more than a total of nine credit hours will be included in your undergraduate full-time tuition, and therefore you will be able to take up to three of your required EDU courses without charge. Book expenses and lab fees for any EDU courses will be at your expense.

9. Is there a minimum GPA to remain in the program? Yes. You must maintain a minimum undergraduate cumulative and in major GPA of 3.0 and a minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0.

10. Am I automatically accepted to the Graduate School once I have completed my undergraduate program? No. This allows you the opportunity to enroll in the Early Access MAT Program. You will need to complete the process of applying to the Lindenwood Graduate Program.

http://www.lindenwood.edu/admissions/graduate/index.html

11. Which EDU courses can I take for the MA in Education Early Access? You may only enroll in EDU 50500 Analysis of Teaching and Learning Behavior and EDU 51000 Conceptualization of Education* and an emphasis area course.

Teaching, MA: Early Childhood or Early Childhood Special Education Certification Preparation (Birth-Grade 3)

86-89 credit hours, Early Childhood Certification

106-111 credit hours, Early Childhood Certification with Special Education Add-on Certification

Requirements

Core MAT Curriculum

EDU 50500Analysis of Teaching and Learning Behavior

3

EDU 57000Educational Research

3

One of the following:
EDU 51000Conceptualization of Education

3

EDU 51010Conceptualization of Education for Beginning Teachers

3

One of the following:
EDU 52000Curriculum Analysis and Design

3

EDU 60000Master's Project

3

Early Childhood Certification Curriculum

EDU 50000Foundations of K-12 Education

3

EDU 50200Psychology of Teaching and Learning

3

EDU 50300Elementary Reading Methods

3

EDU 50600Elementary School Language Arts Methods

3

EDU 50900Analysis and Correction of Reading Difficulties

3

EDU 50999Practicum: Analysis and Correction of Reading Difficulties (2)

2

EDU 51200Elementary Mathematics Methods

3

EDU 51400Introduction to Family and Community Involvement for the Young Learner

3

EDU 51500Teacher Education Seminar I (0-3)

0-3

EDU 51600Language Acquisition and Development for Young Children

3

EDU 51700Introduction to Early Childhood/Special Education

3

EDU 52210Elementary Teaching and Technology

3

EDU 52500Introduction to Perceptual and Motor Development (2)

2

EDU 52700Concepts of Cognitive Curriculum in Early Childhood Education

3

EDU 52900Creative Curriculum Materials for Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education Programs (4)

4

EDU 54100Education of the Exceptional Child

3

EDU 54410Elementary Differentiation and Classroom Management

3

EDU 54500Pre K-8 Health, Nutrition and Safety

3

EDU 55100Early Childhood Screening, Diagnosing and Prescribing Instruction

3

EDU 58200The Integrated Literature Curriculum

3

EDU 58404Advanced Measurement and Evaluation to Enhance Learning

3

EDU 60599Field Experience, Student Teaching

12

Special Education Add-on Certification

Early Childhood Special Education Curriculum

EDS 50200Behavior Management

3

EDS 53000Introduction and Methods of Teaching Children with Disabilities in Cross-Categorical Settings (4)

4

EDS 53300Speech and Language Development for the Exceptional Learner

3

EDS 53700Special Education Counseling

3

EDS 55000Practicum for Teaching Children with Disabilities in Cross-Categorical Settings (1-3)

1-3

EDS 55700Remediation in Elementary Math

3

EDU 52400Assessment of Intellectual Skills

3

Teaching, MA: Elementary School Certification Preparation (Grades 1-6)

80-83 credit hours

Requirements

Core MAT Curriculum

EDU 50500Analysis of Teaching and Learning Behavior

3

EDU 57000Educational Research

3

One of the following:
EDU 52000Curriculum Analysis and Design

3

EDU 60000Master's Project

3

One of the following:
EDU 51000Conceptualization of Education

3

EDU 51010Conceptualization of Education for Beginning Teachers

3

Core Elementary Certification Curriculum

EDU 50000Foundations of K-12 Education

3

EDU 50200Psychology of Teaching and Learning

3

EDU 50300Elementary Reading Methods

3

EDU 50600Elementary School Language Arts Methods

3

EDU 50900Analysis and Correction of Reading Difficulties

3

EDU 50999Practicum: Analysis and Correction of Reading Difficulties (2)

2

EDU 51200Elementary Mathematics Methods

3

EDU 51500Teacher Education Seminar I (0-3)

0-3

EDU 51900Elementary Science Methods

3

EDU 52210Elementary Teaching and Technology

3

EDU 54100Education of the Exceptional Child

3

EDU 54410Elementary Differentiation and Classroom Management

3

EDU 54500Pre K-8 Health, Nutrition and Safety

3

EDU 55300Elementary Social Studies Methods

3

EDU 57600Methods of Integrating Art, Music, and Movement in Elementary Education

3

EDU 58200The Integrated Literature Curriculum

3

EDU 58404Advanced Measurement and Evaluation to Enhance Learning

3

EDU 60599Field Experience, Student Teaching

12

ESOL 54000TESOL Methods

3

Teaching, MA: K-12 Certification Preparation

48-51 credit hours

Students wishing to be certified in K-12 education must select one of the following content areas in which to specialize: art, instrumental music, vocal music, physical education, health, Spanish, or French.

Requirements

Core MAT Curriculum

EDU 50500Analysis of Teaching and Learning Behavior

3

EDU 57000Educational Research

3

One of the following:
EDU 51000Conceptualization of Education

3

EDU 51010Conceptualization of Education for Beginning Teachers

3

One of the following:
EDU 52000Curriculum Analysis and Design

3

EDU 60000Master's Project

3

Core K-12 Certification Curriculum

EDU 50000Foundations of K-12 Education

3

EDU 50200Psychology of Teaching and Learning

3

EDU 50710Content Literacy for Diverse Learners

3

EDU 51500Teacher Education Seminar I (0-3)

0-3

EDU 52110Middle/High School Classroom Teaching and Technology

3

EDU 54100Education of the Exceptional Child

3

EDU 54310Middle School/High School Differentiation and Classroom Management

3

EDU 58404Advanced Measurement and Evaluation to Enhance Learning

3

EDU 58700Reading and Writing across the Curriculum

3

EDU 60599Field Experience, Student Teaching

12

Teaching, MA: Middle School Certification Preparation (Grades 5-9)

60-63 credit hours

Middle school education certification may be achieved in any of the following areas: English language arts, mathematics, speech/theatre, science, social science, business education, and engineering and technology.

Requirements

Core MAT Curriculum

EDU 50500Analysis of Teaching and Learning Behavior

3

EDU 57000Educational Research

3

One of the following:
EDU 51000Conceptualization of Education

3

EDU 51010Conceptualization of Education for Beginning Teachers

3

One of the following:
EDU 52000Curriculum Analysis and Design

3

EDU 60000Master's Project

3

Core Middle Certification Curriculum

EDU 50000Foundations of K-12 Education

3

EDU 50200Psychology of Teaching and Learning

3

EDU 50710Content Literacy for Diverse Learners

3

EDU 51500Teacher Education Seminar I (0-3)

0-3

EDU 52110Middle/High School Classroom Teaching and Technology

3

EDU 54100Education of the Exceptional Child

3

EDU 54310Middle School/High School Differentiation and Classroom Management

3

EDU 58404Advanced Measurement and Evaluation to Enhance Learning

3

EDU 60599Field Experience, Student Teaching

12

Middle School Certification Preparation

EDU 58700Reading and Writing across the Curriculum

3

EDU 58800Middle School Psychology

3

EDU 58910Middle School Philosophy, Curriculum, and Instruction (4)

4

Note: Content area coursework required by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education must also be met for middle and secondary education.

Teaching, MA: Secondary School Certification Preparation (Grades 9-12)

48-51 credit hours

Students wishing to be certified in secondary education must select one of the following content areas in which to specialize: math, biological sciences, chemistry, unified science-biological sciences, unified science-chemistry, speech-theatre, english language arts, history (social science), engineering and technology, business education, or business education with marketing emphasis.

Requirements

Core MAT Curriculum

EDU 50500Analysis of Teaching and Learning Behavior

3

EDU 57000Educational Research

3

One of the following:
EDU 51000Conceptualization of Education

3

EDU 51010Conceptualization of Education for Beginning Teachers

3

One of the following:
EDU 52000Curriculum Analysis and Design

3

EDU 60000Master's Project

3

Core Secondary Certification Curriculum

EDU 50000Foundations of K-12 Education

3

EDU 50200Psychology of Teaching and Learning

3

EDU 50710Content Literacy for Diverse Learners

3

EDU 51500Teacher Education Seminar I (0-3)

0-3

EDU 52110Middle/High School Classroom Teaching and Technology

3

EDU 54100Education of the Exceptional Child

3

EDU 54310Middle School/High School Differentiation and Classroom Management

3

EDU 58404Advanced Measurement and Evaluation to Enhance Learning

3

EDU 58700Reading and Writing across the Curriculum

3

EDU 60599Field Experience, Student Teaching

12

Teaching, MA: Special Education Certification for Cross Categorical Preparation (Grades K-12)

73 credit hours for certification (Complete MAT degree is not needed for certification)

85 credit hours for MAT

Requirements

Core MAT Curriculum

EDU 50500Analysis of Teaching and Learning Behavior

3

EDU 57000Educational Research

3

One of the following:
EDU 51000Conceptualization of Education

3

EDU 51010Conceptualization of Education for Beginning Teachers

3

One of the following:
EDU 52000Curriculum Analysis and Design

3

EDU 60000Master's Project

3

Core Special Education Certification Curriculum

EDS 50200Behavior Management

3

EDS 53000Introduction and Methods of Teaching Children with Disabilities in Cross-Categorical Settings (4)

4

EDS 53300Speech and Language Development for the Exceptional Learner

3

EDS 53700Special Education Counseling

3

EDS 54000Career Development

3

EDS 55000Practicum for Teaching Children with Disabilities in Cross-Categorical Settings (1-3)

1-3

EDS 55700Remediation in Elementary Math

3

EDU 50000Foundations of K-12 Education

3

EDU 50200Psychology of Teaching and Learning

3

EDU 50300Elementary Reading Methods

3

EDU 50600Elementary School Language Arts Methods

3

EDU 50900Analysis and Correction of Reading Difficulties

3

EDU 50999Practicum: Analysis and Correction of Reading Difficulties (2)

2

EDU 51200Elementary Mathematics Methods

3

EDU 51500Teacher Education Seminar I (0-3)

0-3

EDU 51900Elementary Science Methods

3

EDU 52210Elementary Teaching and Technology

3

EDU 52400Assessment of Intellectual Skills

3

EDU 54100Education of the Exceptional Child

3

EDU 54410Elementary Differentiation and Classroom Management

3

EDU 55300Elementary Social Studies Methods

3

EDU 58200The Integrated Literature Curriculum

3

EDU 58404Advanced Measurement and Evaluation to Enhance Learning

3

EDU 60599Field Experience, Student Teaching

12

ESOL 54000TESOL Methods

3