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Programs offered:

(Currently enrolled students only) M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education (Grades P-5) Without Recommendation for Initial Certification
(Currently enrolled students only) M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education (Grades P-5) With Recommendation for Initial Certification

Minor in Educational Studies (TU): Precertification Track
Minor in Educational Studies (TU): Education and Learners Track
Minor in Educational Studies (TU): Education and Culture Track

NOTE: The Master of Arts in Teaching is no longer accepting applications.
The following information pertains only to those students currently enrolled in the MAT program.

The Master of Arts in Teaching Early Childhood Education (Grades P-5) program is based on a commitment to a broad liberal arts background as the best content preparation for teaching, and to prepare teachers for the diverse populations of metropolitan schools. The MAT program emphasizes excellence in academic content and in P – 5 pedagogical practices. The teacher education program has strong partnerships in the Atlanta community – both urban and suburban – which offers students a wide variety of professional practice placements throughout their tenure in the program. The program offers both the Master of Arts in Teaching degree (M.A.T.) and coursework and practicum opportunities to fulfill the requirements for initial certification of Early Childhood educators (Grades P – 5) upon recommendation to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Successful completion of all program requirements is necessary to be recommended for an initial teaching certificate.

The M.A.T. program in Early Childhood Education is approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission to recommend students for the P-5 certificate.

M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education (Grades P-5) Without Recommendation for Initial Ceritifcation

1. Completion of the following courses, which comprise the “Common Coursework,” each with a grade of “C-” or better:

EDU 601 Exploring Constructivist Teaching and Learning
EDU 603 Assessing Teaching and Learning
EDU 605 Literacies Workshop
EDU 606 Culture and Learning
EDU 611 Arts of Diverse Peoples
EDU 612 Literacy and Literature
EDU 613 Studies of Diverse Cultures
EDU 614 Mathematical Inquiry
EDU 615 Inquiring into Science

2. Completion of a 12 semester hour capstone project, EDU 629 Advanced Special Topics in Education, under the supervision of a division of education faculty member or his/her designate. Projects must be approved by the division prior to enrollment in EDU 629. A grade of “C-“ or higher is required.

3. Additional requirements and things to note:

a. Each student must be admitted to candidacy before enrolling in EDU 629. The candidacy application must be filed with the chair of the division of education. Admission to candidacy may be given or denied following a careful review of all requirements, including dispositions for teaching as demonstrated in the field experience. Notice of action taken on the candidacy application will be given in writing to the student.
b. Each student’s cumulative grade-point average (GPA) for all coursework specified above must be 3.0 or higher.
c. Any student who falls below a 3.0 cumulative GPA or has a total of two course grades of “C+” or below will be placed on academic probation. A student who receives a third grade of “C+” or below or who does not achieve a 3.0 cumulative GPA upon completion three additional graduate courses will be dismissed from the program.
d. All students must complete a minimum of 155 hours of field-based professional practice during the “Common Coursework” component. All requirements for field-based professional practice are outlined in detail in the M.A.T. Program Handbook, which is provided at the orientation prior to the start of each student’s first semester.
e. If in any case the candidate fails to maintain satisfactory academic and professional standards, a review by the teacher education council will determine the student’s continuation in the program.
f. Each student must compile and successfully present an electronic professional portfolio.


M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education (Grades P-5) With Recommendation for Initial Certification

1. Completion of the following courses, which comprise the “Common Coursework,” each with a grade of “C-” or better:

EDU 601 Exploring Constructivist Teaching and Learning
EDU 603 Assessing Teaching and Learning
EDU 605 Literacies Workshop
EDU 606 Culture and Learning
EDU 611 Arts of Diverse Peoples
EDU 612 Literacy and Literature
EDU 613 Studies of Diverse Cultures
EDU 614 Mathematical Inquiry
EDU 615 Inquiring Into Science

2. Completion of a 12 semester hour, semester-long student teaching experience, EDU 619 Student Teaching and Capstone Seminar. Students must complete EDU 619 successfully in a full-day K-5 program, with no more than two attempts to successfully complete this course. All requirements for student teaching are outlined in detail in the M.A.T. Program Handbook, which is provided at the orientation prior to the start of each student’s first semester. A grade of “C-“ or higher is required.

3. Additional requirements and things to note:

a. Each student must be admitted to candidacy before enrolling in EDU 619. The candidacy application must be filed with the chair of the division of education. Admission to candidacy may be given or denied following a careful review of all requirements, including dispositions for teaching as demonstrated in the field experience. Notice of action taken on the candidacy application will be given in writing to the student.
b. Each student’s cumulative grade-point average (GPA) for all coursework specified above must be 3.0 or higher.
c. Any student who falls below a 3.0 cumulative GPA or has a total of two course grades of “C+” or below will be placed on academic probation. A student who receives a third grade of “C+” or below or who does not achieve a 3.0 cumulative GPA upon completion of three additional graduate courses will be dismissed from the program. A student also will be dismissed from the program following two unsuccessful attempts to complete EDU 619 Student Teaching and Capstone Seminar, regardless of the cumulative GPA in prior graduate course work.
d. All students must complete a minimum of 155 hours of field-based professional practice during the “Common Coursework” component. All requirements for field-based professional practice are outlined in detail in the M.A.T. Program Handbook, which is provided at the orientation prior to the start of each student’s first semester.
e. If in any case the candidate fails to maintain satisfactory academic and professional standards, a review by the teacher education council will determine the student’s continuation in the program.
f. Each student must compile and successfully present an electronic professional portfolio.
g. Each student must::

  • Pass the GACE Basic Skills Test
  • Pass both GACE Early Childhood Education Tests (Tests I and Tests II)
  • Successfully complete any remaining certification co-requisites listed in the student’s acceptance letter. Deadlines for these requirements are outlined in the M.A.T. Program Handbook.

Please note that students may be exempted from the GACE Basic Skills test with the following scores:

  • SAT minimum total score 1000, combined Critical Reasoning and Mathematics.
  • ACT minimum total score 43, combined English and Mathematics.
  • GRE minimum total score 1030, combined Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning, if tested before August 1, 2011
  • GRE minimum total score 297, combined Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning, if tested after August 1, 2011.

Educational Studies


Grounded in the liberal arts tradition, the Educational Studies program emphasizes strong academic preparation of teachers who are lifelong learners. Teacher education is designed to challenge students to think critically about issues in education, to be informed decision makers and to become change agents in their schools. With strong connections to the Atlanta community, both urban and suburban, Oglethorpe is committed to preparing teachers for the variety of settings and diverse populations of metropolitan schools.
There are three tracks through the minor:


 Precertification Track: Allows students to complete courses that are prerequisite requirements for the M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education (Grades P-5). These courses are also likely to be required in programs that lead to other certification areas that Oglethorpe graduates might pursue elsewhere.
 Education and Learners Track: Allows students to focus on the various aspects of development and learning.
 Education and Culture Track: Allows students to focus on the role of education in society.

Minor in Educational Studies (TU): Precertification Track

1. Completion of all of the following courses:
EDU 101 Foundations of American Education
EDU 201 Educational Psychology
EDU 400 Advanced Independent Study in Education
EDU 401 The Exceptional Child
EDU 490 Advanced Special Topics in Education
PSY 201 Developmental Psychology *
2. Additional requirements and things to note:
a. * The prerequisite for this course (which is PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology) must be completed with a grade of "C-" or higher.

Minor in Educational Studies (TU): Education and Learners Track

1. Completion of all of the following courses:
EDU 101 Foundations of American Education
EDU 201 Educational Psychology
EDU 490 Advanced Special Topics in Education
2. Completion of two of the following courses:
EDU 401 The Exceptional Child
PSY 201 Developmental Psychology *
PSY 203 Learning and Conditioning *
PSY 204 Social Psychology *
PSY 303 Psychological Testing *
PSY 307 Cognitive Psychology *
3. Additional requirements and things to note:
a. * The prerequisite for this course (which is PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology) must be completed with a grade of “C-” or higher.

Minor in Educational Studies (TU): Education and Culture Track

1. Completion of all of the following courses:
EDU 101 Foundations of American Education
EDU 490 Advanced Special Topics in Education


2. Completion of three of the following courses:
SOC 202 The American Experience
SOC 306 Race, Ethnicity and Immigration
SOC 308 Culture and Society
ULP 303 The New American City **
ULP 304 Community Issues: Principles into Practice **


3. Additional requirements and things to note:
a. ** If students choose both Urban Leadership program courses as electives, only one of the two Urban Leadership program courses can be counted toward
both the Urban Leadership program and the Educational Studies minor.

 

 


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