Spring 2021 Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog 
    
    Jun 29, 2022  
Spring 2021 Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Arts in Teaching, Preliminary Teaching Credentials


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The School of Education offers a specially designed Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree that includes one of the four preliminary teaching credentials approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing:

  • Multiple Subject - teaching credential program designed for candidates seeking to teach at the elementary grade levels or in P - Adult self-contained, general education classrooms.
  • Single Subject - teaching credential program designed for candidates seeking to teach at the junior high, middle school, or high school levels or in a departmentalized setting  serving grades P - Adult.
  • Mild/Moderate - one (1) of the two (2) Educational Specialist Preliminary teaching credentials. This authorization is related to services for individuals with a primary disability of specific learning disabilities, emotional disturbance, mild/moderate intellectual disability, other health impairment, and autism spectrum disorders within the disability area.
    Moderate/Severe - authorization related to services for individuals with a primary disability for autism, moderate/severe intellectual disability, emotional disturbance, and multiple disabilities.

*Completing credential courses does not guarantee the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) will issue a credential. If any requirements for a preliminary credential are altered by the CTC during the candidate’s program, the candidate will be held responsible for those requirements in accordance with regulations designated by this accrediting agency.

The M.A.T. is offered in two (2) phases to candidates who hold a Bachelor’s degree:

  1. Phase I consists of 23 -29 units of coursework and 10 units of clinical practice (student teaching) culminating in a preliminary teaching credential (33 - 39 units). The candidate is not required to finish Phase II of the M.A.T. degree in order to earn the preliminary credential.
  2. Phase II usually takes place after a candidate has obtained the preliminary credential and has obtained a first teaching position. Phase II consists of 7-13 units, depending on the program, for a total of 46 units.

Program Learning Outcomes


Candidates who complete the Master of Arts in Teaching, Preliminary Teaching Credentials and Professional Services Credentials will be able to:

Equip

  • Promote the success of all students by being servant leaders who serve collaboratively and effectively with professional excellence, honesty, integrity, and sensitivity.

Transform

  • Demonstrate the positive power of diversity and advocacy for universal social justice within their classrooms, schools, districts, and communities; and
  • Apply faith-based influences and beliefs within educational organizations.

Empower

  • Reflect and engage in on-going scholarly, professional, and spiritual growth; and
  • Serve effectively as research-based, transformational leaders within their classrooms, schools, districts, and communities.

Program Eligibility for the Master of Arts in Teaching and Preliminary Teaching Credentials


  • Proof of passage of the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or another form of Basic Skills Testing as approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).
  • Proof of registration for the CSET test.
  • Education and Grade-Point Average: Teacher candidates must have completed a baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university. A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.000 is required in order to be admitted into the M.A.T./credential program. Candidates with a cumulative grade point average lower than 3.000 may apply for “Admission under Exception”.
  • Two or more letters of recommendation from appropriate persons who have the knowledge of the applicant’s character and ability to work with children or youth. (References from friends or relatives are not appropriate);
  • M.A.T. interview: All candidates must complete a personal interview with a program admissions chair. 

Graduation Requirements


In order to earn and receive a Master of Arts in Teaching, Preliminary Teaching Credentials degree, a candidate must satisfy all of the following:

  1. A completed Application for Degree Candidacy (online or in the Records Office, Point Loma campus);
  2. Satisfactory completion of the prescribed course of study with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.000 or higher;
  3. Completion of the approved graduate program consisting of a minimum of 46 units;
  4. A recommendation from the program coordinator and director of the Branch Campus;
  5. Payment in full of all tuition, fees, and other financial obligations owed to the university, including a degree processing fee; and
  6. All requirements for graduate degrees must be completed within an eight (8)-year period from the time of initial enrollment in the program.

Total Common Courses Required for all Preliminary Credentials: 13 Units


Note(s):


*Course requires 20 clock hours of observation and participation specific to culturally and linguistically diverse learners in a culturally diverse and inclusive school setting.

**Course requires 20 clock hours of observation and participation specific to learners with moderate/severe disabilities in addition to culturally and linguistically diverse in a culturally diverse and inclusive school setting.

Teacher Education candidates who have completed fourteen (14) units of the Education coursework at Point Loma Nazarene University required for their bachelor’s degree may complete the remainder of the teaching credential within the Master of Arts in Teaching degree, requiring the addition of the Reading and Literacy Added Authorization eight (8) units and six (6) elective units to complete the M.A.T. degree. 

Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Intern Program


A Multiple Subject Teaching Credential enables a candidate to teach in a self-contained (P-Adult) classroom in California. Candidates receive coursework in educational research and theory as well as methodology in reading, language arts, and mathematics. Credential requirements are subject to change based on state and federal requirements which supersede any existing catalog requirements.

Candidates for the Multiple Subject credential must complete the 13 units listed above under Common Courses.

Program Learning Outcomes


Candidates who complete the Master of Arts in Teaching (Multiple Subject) program will be able to:

Equip

  • Promote the success of all students by being a servant leader who serves collaboratively and effectively with professional excellence, honesty, integrity, and sensitivity.

Transform

  • Engage in ways of thinking and being to embrace the positive power of diversity and advocacy for universal social justice within their classrooms, schools, districts, and communities; and
  • Apply faith-based influences and beliefs within educational organizations.

Empower

  • Reflect and engage in on-going scholarly, professional, and spiritual growth; and
  • Serve effectively as a research-based transformational leader within their classrooms, schools, districts, and communities.

Note(s):


*Course requires 20 clock hours of participation in a classroom specific to literacy instruction in a culturally diverse and inclusive school setting. Candidates work with a small group in the area of literacy under the direction of a cooperating teacher.

**Course requires 20 clock hours of observation and participation specific to math instruction in a culturally diverse and inclusive school setting.

Clinical Practice


Clinical Practice is the culminating experience in which candidates work full time in classrooms under the guidance of cooperating teachers in public or private schools assigned by the field experience coordinator at the branch campus.

Total Multiple Subject Clinical Practice Courses: 10 Units

Total Courses Required for M.A.T. Phase I for Multiple Subject Candidates: 33 Units +Up to 18 additional units for Interns

Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential and Intern Program


Individuals who plan to teach at the secondary level pursue the Single Subject credential in an approved discipline of their choice. A Single Subject credential enables a candidate to teach in a departmentalized (P-Adult) classroom. Credential requirements are subject to change based on state and federal requirements which supersede any existing catalog requirements.

Candidates for the Single Subject credential must complete the 13 units listed above under Common Courses.

Program Learning Outcomes


Candidates who complete the Master of Arts in Teaching (Single Subject) program will be able to:

Equip

  • Possess the skills and dispositions to develop instructional plans and engage students in content-specific learning experiences that lead to improved student outcomes.

Transform

  • Possess the skills and dispositions to promote the learning of diverse learners at the secondary level;
  • Utilize subject-specific pedagogy, content-related literacy instruction, and developmentally appropriate instruction to support learning for all students; and
  • Reflect positive personal presence, age-appropriate strategies, and research-based knowledge of adolescent psychology to create safe classroom environments that promote learning for all students.

Empower

  • Analyze assessment data from instruction through thoughtful reflection that informs professional practice for continual improvement.

Note(s):


*Course requires 20 clock hours of participation in a classroom specific to literacy instruction in a culturally diverse and inclusive school setting. Candidates work with a small group in the area of literacy under the direction of a cooperating teacher.

**Course requires 20 clock hours of observation and participation specific to content area teaching strategies in a culturally diverse and inclusive school setting.

Choose one of the content-specific pedagogy courses:


The Single Subject Content Methods courses (EDU 6022 -EDU 6029 ) consist of 15 hours of assigned coursework and 30 hours with a subject-specific mentor. Candidates should contact their program advisor about dates for these courses.

Note(s):


EDU 6029  is offered for content areas that are not listed in EDU 6022-6028 (i.e., Business, Music, Agriculture, and Home Economics).

Total Clinical Practice: 10 Units


Total Single Subject Clinical Practice Courses: 10 Units

Total Courses Required for M.A.T. Phase I for Single Subject Candidates: 33 Units +Up to 18 additional units for Interns

Preliminary Education Specialist (Mild/Moderate) Teaching Credential and Intern Program


This credential prepares candidates to create, develop, and implement individualized adaptations and accommodations to facilitate access to learning of the core curriculum in a variety of environments. Coursework focuses on state and federal regulations, Individual Education Plans (IEP), specialized curricula, learning, behavior and transition strategies as well as the use of current and assistive technologies. Candidates in this program develop skills in working as collaborators in educational settings.

Candidates for the Mild/Moderate Preliminary credential must complete the 13 units listed above under Common Courses.  

Program Learning Outcomes


Candidates who complete the Master of Arts in Teaching (Special Education, Mild-Moderate) program will be able to:

Equip

  • Promote the success of all students by being a servant leader who serves collaboratively and effectively with professional excellence, honesty, integrity, and sensitivity;
  • Possess the skills and dispositions to plan, implement, and analyze instruction that supports all students learning.

Transform

  • Engage in ways of thinking and being to embrace the positive power of diversity and advocacy for universal social justice;
  • Utilize research-based strategies, curriculum, instructional practices and behavioral strategies to support learning for all students; and
  • Reflect positive presence, age-appropriate strategies, and research-based knowledge to create safe classroom environments that promote learning.

Empower

  • Reflect and engage in on-going scholarly, professional, and spiritual growth; and
  • Serve effectively as a research-based transformational leader within their classrooms, schools, and districts.

Note(s):


*Course requires 20 clock hours of participation in a classroom specific to literacy instruction in a culturally diverse and inclusive school setting. Candidates work with a small group in the area of literacy under the direction of a cooperating teacher.

Total Mild/Moderate Authorization: 16 Units


Note(s):


*Course requires 20 clock hours of observation and participation specific to math instruction in a culturally diverse and inclusive school setting.

**Course requires 20 clock hours of observation and participation specific to content area teaching strategies in a culturally diverse and inclusive school setting.

Total: 10 Units


Total: 12 Units


Total Mild/Moderate Authorization: 39 Units +Up to 18 additional units for Interns


Preliminary Education Specialist (Moderate/Severe) Teaching Credential


This credential prepares candidates to create, develop and implement individualized adaptations and accommodations to facilitate access to learning of the core curriculum in a variety of environments.  Coursework focuses on state and federal regulations.  Individual Education Plans (IEP), specialized curricula, learning, behavior and transition strategies as well as the use of current and assistive technologies.  Candidates in this program develop skills in working as collaborators in educational settings. 

Program Learning Outcomes


Candidates who complete the Master of Arts in Teaching (Special Education, Moderate/Severe) program will be able to:

Equip

  • Promote the success of all students by being a servant leader who serves collaboratively and effectively with professional excellence, honesty, integrity, and sensitivity; and
  • Possess the skills and dispositions to plan, implement, and analyze instruction that supports all students learning.

Transform

  • Engage in ways of thinking and being to embrace the positive power of diversity and advocacy for universal social justice within their classrooms, schools, districts, and communities;
  • Utilize research-based strategies, curriculum, instructional practices and behavioral strategies to support learning for all students; and
  • Reflect positive personal presence, age-appropriate strategies, and research-based knowledge of students with special needs and the psychology to create safe classroom environments that promote learning for all students.

Empower

  • Reflect and engage in on-going scholarly, professional, and spiritual growth; and
  • Serve effectively as a research-based transformational leader within their classrooms, schools, districts, and communities.

Candidates for the Moderate/Severe preliminary credential must complete the 13 units listed under Common Courses


Total Moderate/Severe Authorization: 16 Units


Note(s):


Students in the Multiple, Single and Mild/Moderate credential programs take EDU 6001  while students in the Moderate/Severe credential take EDU 6053 .

*Course requires 20 clock hours of observation and participation specific to literacy in a culturally diverse and inclusive school setting.

**Course requires 20 clock hours of observation and participation specific to learners with moderate/severe disabilities in addition to culturally and linguistically diverse in a culturally diverse and inclusive school setting.

Total: 10 Units


Total: 12 Units


Total Moderate/Severe Authorization (41 Interns): 39 Units


Fieldwork with special placement depending upon credential authorization (10-12 units)


*Other Credential Requirements


  • Subject Matter Competence:
    • Single Subject candidates may meet this requirement by completing a state-approved subject matter program or by passing the appropriate CSET.  Information about examinations is available at each branch campus.
    • Multiple Subject candidates are required to pass the CSET: MS (101, 202, and 103).
    • Special Education candidates may meet this requirement by completing a state-approved subject matter program or passing the CSET in a core subject area.
  • Professional Preparation: met by completing the sequence of courses for the appropriate credential program.
  • US Constitution: Knowledge of the Constitution is demonstrated by either a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing approved college-level course, by exam, or by a workshop followed by an exam offered by PLNU.
  • Developing English Language Skills: Met by passing one of the following courses: EDU 6010  (Multiple Subject or Special Education) or EDU 6020  (single subject).
  • Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA)/E-Portfolio: All candidates are also required to successfully pass California’s Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA). All credential candidates are required to establish an electronic portfolio, providing evidence of meeting required competencies.
  • Current CPR Certification: Successful completion of an approved infant-child-adult CPR course and documentation of that fact is required before applying for a preliminary credential.
  • Computer Level I Competencies: Computer Level I competencies are imbedded into Education coursework and successful completion of coursework will meet this standard.
  • Health Clearance: Evidence must be presented that the candidate is free from tuberculosis.
  • Certificate of Clearance: Teacher candidates must possess or apply for a Certificate of Clearance or CCTC document that requires fingerprinting clearance as they apply for admission to the credential program.
  • Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA): Multiple Subject and Education Specialist candidates are required to pass the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) exam prior to applying for a teaching credential.

*Note: The above must be completed in order to obtain a credential.

Point Loma Nazarene University provides a handbook for each credential program. The M.A.T. Candidate Handbook is provided to those applying to the program and contains the actual forms required for credential program admission, fieldwork, and clinical practice, as well as the instructions for completion.

Once admitted to the program, candidates are assessed during each course as well as in their fieldwork experiences. Decisions regarding each candidate’s ability to continue in the program are made prior to both the first and second student teaching assignments.

Upon successful completion of all requirements and coursework, candidates may apply for the appropriate Preliminary credential with the credential analyst at the branch campus.

The California Teaching Performance Assessments (TPA)


The School of Education implements the CalTPA as one of several measures to assess candidate proficiency and the preliminary credential program effectiveness for ALL preliminary credential programs. The CCTC requires that all credential candidates pass the Teaching Performance Assessment before applying for a teaching credential as defined in Standard 19 of the 2042 credential document.

Information about TPA

All preliminary teacher candidates at Point Loma Nazarene University in Multiple Subject, Single Subject, and Special Education programs are required to participate in the Teaching Performance Assessment (CalTPA) program.

The CalTPA process is an integrated part of the clinical practice experience.

All candidates are required to follow the calendar and deadlines of the CalTPA process and must receive an acceptable score on both Cycle 1 and Cycle 2 to be recommended for a teaching credential.

The Teacher Education Assessment Fee includes all assessment services except a second attempt of the Cycles.

The content of the two cycles will be introduced and practiced throughout the preliminary credential course of study following an intentional course sequence.

Teacher Performance Assessments

Every teaching credential candidate in the School of Education at PLNU must attempt and receive an acceptable score on the California Teaching Performance Assessment (CalTPA) in order to be recommended to the CCTC for a preliminary teaching credential. This requirement includes teacher candidates in Multiple Subject, Single Subject, and both Special Education credentials (Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe).

This requirement began with the passage of SB2042 in 1998, which mandates that candidates must successfully pass an assessment of their performance with respect to the Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs). PLNU employs an assessment model that is comprised of Cycle 1 (Instruction) and Cycle 2 (Assessment, Unit of Instruction and Technology).

Candidates who are not successful on their first attempts on either Cycle must enroll in GED 6091  for one (1) unit to re-mediate and re-submit the failed Cycle a second time (up to once for each Cycle). There is no allowance for a third attempt on the TPA.

Candidates will receive direct instruction about each cycle within their courses.

Title II Information

According to federal regulations, all accredited departments, schools, and colleges of education are required to report information regarding their candidates’ passing rates on examinations. A summary of the passage rates may be found on the PLNU web site at www.pointloma.edu/education

M.A.T. Phase II Finishing Courses


Phase II of the M.A.T. normally takes place after a candidate has obtained the preliminary teaching credential and has obtained a first teaching position.

Multiple and Single Subject Candidates


The courses listed below are the final thirteen (13) units to complete the M.A.T. degree, for a total of 46 semester units.

Special Education - Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe


The courses listed below are the final seven (7) units to complete the M.A.T. degree in Special Education (for a total of 46 units).

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