Master of Arts in Teaching

Coordinator:
Walter Ullrich

Phone:
(559) 278-0356

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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Applications are being accepted for Fall 2014, Cohort 10.
To apply, go to Graduate Program Application

Dr. Walter J. Ullrich, Program Coordinator
Email: wullrich@csufresno.edu
Phone: (559) 278-0356

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is an online program with a focus on social justice, multiculturalism, and action research.  The program is designed for credentialed, practicing teachers working in diverse classrooms. But a teaching credential is not a prerequisite for admission.

Each year, a new cohort of teachers begins this 3-semester (fall-spring-fall) master's program.  You may be eligible to transfer up to 9 units of post-baccalaureate credential coursework or graduate coursework from an accredited university program if they were earned during Fall 2010 semester or after.

For this graduate program's culminating experience, students have the choice of a project, a comprehensive exam, or a thesis.

There are two necessary applications, one for the MAT Program and one for the University linked below.  For admission deadlines for the University and MAT program, click on the "Program Admission Requirements & Applications" link.

There is one face-to-face meeting in the MAT program.  This mandatory orientation for Cohort 10 beginning Fall 2014 is tentatively scheduled for Friday evening, August 8, 2014 and all day Saturday, August 9, 2014 on the CSU Fresno campus.

Course of Study

Semester

Fall
Social Justice and the Multicultural Classroom
3
Research on Teaching in the Diverse Classroom: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
3
Spring
Teaching for Equity and Justice in the Multicultural Classroom: Practice into Theory
3
Investigating Classroom Practice in the Multicultural Classroom: Practitioner Research
4
Fall
Action Research in the Multicultural Classroom: Capstone Project and Dissemination
4
Electives**
 
9
Culminating Experience
4
(a)
Comprehensive Exam (0 units)
plus CI 260 Critical Pedagogy (4 units)
(b)
CI 298B Project: MAT
 
(c)
CI 299B Thesis: MAT
 
30

* CI 241 includes the graduate writing requirement (GWR) as part of the course.
** The MAT requires 21 units of residency.  Electives are determined in consultation with the student's program coordinator/advisor and can include approved units from a post-baccalaureate credential program (e.g., CalStateTEACH, CSU Fresno, etc.) and/or graduate program.

Course Descriptions

Social Justice and the Multicultural Classroom (CI240)

Introduction to the Master of Arts in Teaching.  Centers on improvement of instruction through examination of the cultural and political contexts of schools and classrooms.  Focuses on enhancing educational equity, providing a multicultural curriculum, employing culturally responsive pedagogy and using culturally appropriate assessment.  Enhances students'' ability to use the Internet to conduct classroom research and to use computer-based collaborative tools to interact with other professionals and community members .
(Fall Semester, 3 units)

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Research on Teaching in the Diverse Classroom: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods (ERA243)

This course will provide students with a series of modules covering the various research techniques that can be used to address action research questions.  A series of activities will be connected with each module that will include reviewing articles, developing research ideas, and collecting and analyzing data in the context of improving teaching and learning in each teacher's classroom.  Students will begin to develop their action research study.
(Fall Semester, 3 units)

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Teaching for Equity and Justice in the Multicultural Classroom: Practice into Theory (CI241)

Theory and practical application of multicultural curriculum design for teaching literacy (oral, written and visual), mathematics, science, social studies and the fine arts to diverse learners.  Continued attention to learning theory, instructional theory and the expanding role of technology in education.  Students learn to communicate and persuade each other and the surrounding community about social and scientific issues using literacy, mathematical, and technology skills.  In addition, given the particulars of the context for teaching (i.e., the students, grade level, school, community, etc.), the curriculum standards teachers are expected to follow, and the explosion of knowledge that could be taught in a culturally diverse society, what knowledge is most worth teaching and learning?
(Spring Semester, 3 units)

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Investigating Classroom Practice in the Multicultural Classroom: Practitioner Research (CI245)

A critical component of teaching involves evaluating the teaching, learning and curriculum of schools.  This course gives teachers the intellectual tools necessary for making sense of the complex classroom world they inhabit as teachers/learners and for effecting change consistent with educational equality, equity and social justice.  Participants will develop skills in traditional forms of action research and reflective practice by exploring various aspects of the movement in education where teacher-practitioners are viewed as researchers of their own practice and where teaching is viewed as a form of educational inquiry.  As students identify their action research project question, gather data, and complete their literature search, this course will provide a broad overview of the epistemological, political, and methodological issues associated with practitioner research, the progress of practitioner research, and the specific questions and issues that have been investigated through practitioner research.
(Spring Semester, 4 units)

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Action Research in the Multicultural Classroom: Capstone Project and Dissemination (CI246)

This is the culminating learning experience for the MAT.  By the time students begin this seminar, they will have an approved action research study completed.  In the seminar, students will share their study with each other for feedback and polish the final version of their studies.  Using Blackboard, students will present their action research project through submission of a written document as well as a multimedia presentation.
(Fall Semester, 4 units)

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Critical Pedagogy (CI260)

Students develop knowledge and skills to critically examine and improve planning, instructional decisions, assessment, and student learning. Students engage in systematic reflection of teaching practices consistent with multicultural, social justice education.
(Fall Semester, 4 units)

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Project : MAT (CI298B) / Thesis: MAT (CI299B)

A project/thesis consists of a significant undertaking appropriate to multicultural, social justice education such as the development of curricula and instructional materials, educational policy, educational theory, and educational technology.  An approved proposal is required for enrollment.
(Fall Semester, 4 units)