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Michael Wagner
The graduate program in education for secondary educators has been one of the most beneficial educational experiences of my career
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Secondary Teacher Preparation Preliminary (Single Subject Credential) and MS Degree in Education - (Intern option available)

Committed to social justice, inclusiveness, and leadership, the Secondary Teacher Preparation Program offers in-depth coursework that leads to a Preliminary Single Subject teaching credential. The program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing under SB 2042 standards. Coursework, grounded in the California Standards for the Teaching Profession, emphasizes a cycle of planning, teaching, and reflecting that provides credential candidates with an ever-deepening understanding of how to provide all students with rigorous academic learning. The program prepares teachers who are committed to working with diverse student populations in urban settings and empowers them to make the best possible choices for their students.

Theory and practice are infused throughout the courses which are carefully constructed to build one upon the other. All professional preparation courses include early fieldwork in exemplary teachers’ classrooms in Mount St. Mary’s College associated schools. During early fieldwork experiences and supervised teaching, candidates work with diverse student populations to develop effective teaching skills and strategies. Candidates learn how to provide equal learning opportunities for children learning English and for children with special learning needs. In-service candidates complete some early fieldwork in their own classrooms and some with master teachers in collaborating schools.

Launched in Fall 2012, an enhanced, streamlined 20-month credential/masters program focuses on preparing the general education teacher to respond to the needs of all learners through an innovative program that infuses CCTC education specialist standards into the general education curriculum. This program offers advanced training that supports your ability to effectively teach all students in your classroom, particularly those with special needs.

Certificate in Inclusive and Responsive Teaching (CIRT)

Candidates entering our newly revised program also earn a Certificate in Inclusive and Responsive Teaching (CIRT). This 12-unit certificate program, fully embedded within the Preliminary Teaching Credential/Masters coursework, highlights your specialized training when seeking employment and will help you stand out among general educators. This certificate attests to your ability to provide an inclusive and responsive classroom environment for all learners, especially those with the most common disabilities found in schools.

The following coursework has been carefully planned to provide multiple opportunities to meet the state requirements for the SB 2042 Single Subject preliminary credential and to prepare students for successfully completing the Teacher Performance Assessment, a State assessment embedded in supervised teaching. Please contact the Director of Secondary Education for additional information.

Download the CIRT Description File to learn more about how earning the CIRT strengthens your ability to address the needs of diverse students in your classroom.

Program Requirements for Students Entering Fall 2013 and After (36 or 40 units)

Prerequisite Courses (11 units)

EDU 206 School & Society (2)
EDU 207 Teaching English Learners (1.5)
EDU 208A Introduction to Exceptional Learners (1.5)
EDU 208B Responsive Teaching for All Learners (1.5)
EDU 251 Child and Adolescent Development & Learning Across Cultures (3)
EDU 252 Diversity & Schools (1.5)

Professional Preparation Courses (13 units)

EDU 266 Principles of Secondary Education & Content Area Modules (4)
EDU 267 Principles of Secondary Curriculum & Content Area Modules (4)
EDU 268 Content-based Reading Instruction & Content Area Modules (4)
EDU 209A TPA Lab I (.5)
EDU 209B TPA Lab II (.5)

Supervised Teaching (3-11)

EDU 364 Supervised Teaching: Elementary Fieldwork (4 or 8, depending on prior teaching experience)
EDU 210 Supervised Teaching Culminating Seminar (3)

Additional Requirements for the MS Degree in Conjunction with the Secondary Teacher Preparation Program (5 units)

EDU 200A Research Methods for Practitioners (2)
EDU 296C Case Study Inquiry and Report Seminar I (1)
EDU 296D Case Study Inquiry and Report Seminar II (2)

Application Procedures

Program for Students who began the Preliminary Coursework Prior to Spring 2012

Prerequisite Courses (14 units) 
EDU 206 School & Society (3)
EDU 251 Development & Learning Across Cultures (3)
EDU 252 Diversity & Schools (3)
EDU 253 Language Competence Education (3)
EDU 213A Health-Related Issues in Education (1)
EDU 270A Introduction to Special Needs Students (1)

Professional Preparation Courses (12 units)
EDU 266 Principles of Secondary Education & Content Area Modules (4)
EDU 267 Principles of Secondary Curriculum & Content Area Modules (4)
EDU 268 Content-based Reading Instruction & Content Area Modules (4)

Supervised Teaching (2-14)
EDU 364 Supervised Teaching: Secondary Fieldwork (6 or 12)
EDU 323 Culminating Seminar (2)

Additional Requirements for the MS Degree in Conjunction with the Secondary Teacher Preparation Program (6 units) 
EDU 200 Research Methods (3)
EDU 296A Master's Project Proposal (1)
EDU 296B Master's Project (2)

 
Goals and Learning Outcomes for the MS in Education: Emphasis in Secondary Education

You can be confident that your MSMC program will benefit you and your future students. Mount St. Mary's College is proud to be part of a culture of assessment. As part of our Mount family, we will ensure that you achieve the skills necessary to successfully enter the education profession. You will be joining a team that adopted the Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) process early and has an outstanding record of candidate success. You will be guided every step of the way and enjoy personal advisement and attention. In addition to the assessment process we use to support our accreditation with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC), we also developed goals and outcomes specific to our masters degree…

GOAL #1 - A Mount St. Mary's graduate candidate will demonstrate competence in techniques, concepts, and knowledge specific to each area of study.

  • Secondary Education masters candidates will demonstrate knowledge of techniques and concepts specific to their area of study.

GOAL #2 - A Mount St. Mary's graduate candidate will demonstrate the ability to access, analyze, synthesize and evaluate information effectively.

  • Secondary Education masters candidates will demonstrate the ability to access, analyze, synthesize and evaluate educational research and professional education literature.

GOAL #3 - A Mount St. Mary's graduate candidate will demonstrate research skills and methods through the ability to gather, document, investigate, analyze, interpret and evaluate information.

  • Secondary Education masters candidates will design and implement sound teacher inquiry activities that demonstrate competent research skills and methods that give evidence of gathering, documenting, investigating, analyzing, interpreting and evaluating information.

GOAL #4 - A Mount St. Mary's graduate candidate will disseminate and communicate information effectively in verbal and written form.

  • Secondary Education masters candidates will produce scholarly writing and professional presentations in education.

GOAL #5 - A Mount St. Mary's graduate candidate will understand individual differences and demonstrate the skills to address the moral and ethical challenges within the profession or field.

  • Secondary Education masters candidates will recognize student differences and make appropriate decisions in order to provide equitable access to learning experiences in education.
  • Secondary Education masters candidates will demonstrate skills in addressing ethics within teacher inquiry.