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M.A.T. Middle Grades – Mission and Program Outcomes

The mission of the MAT in Middle Grades Education Program is to prepare teachers who are responsive to and able to address the diverse academic and affective needs of all young adolescent students in grades 4-8; committed to and able to implement high academic standards for all young adolescent students; committed to developing school and community partnerships as part of the instructional program; committed to the belief that all young adolescent students can learn; able to effectively incorporate technological resources to enhance young adolescent student learning; and committed to and able to apply best practices in the middle schools. The program provides opportunities for candidates to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions delineated in state and national teacher education standards. Central to the program are multiple opportunities for candidates to develop and apply their knowledge and skills in instructional planning, classroom instruction, and assessment of young adolescent student learning appropriate for one’s teaching field and grade levels. The program supports the university mission of engagement by providing the learning experiences of the highest quality, informed by scholarly practice, research, and creative activities. The program provides all candidates a young adolescent student-centered environment that promotes collaboration, technological advancement, partnerships with area P-12 schools, and lifelong learning.

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcome 1:

Graduates of the MAT in Middle Grades Education Program will plan effective teaching and learning experiences for diverse young adolescent learners, which will include:
a) a comprehensive description of the school and learners,
b) an accurate and an in-depth presentation of the content they plan to teach,
c) the use of a variety of classroom instructional strategies that address the diversity of young adolescent learners,
d) a thorough description of a safe learning environment that promotes the success of all young adolescent students,
e) the use of multiple assessments that address the diversity among young adolescent student learners,
f) the use of a range of current resources, including technology.

Student Learning Outcome 2:

Graduates of the MAT in Middle Grades Education Program will apply effective teaching and learning experiences during clinical practice (student teaching or internship) in their specific teaching/certification fields, which will include a demonstration of:
a) instructional competencies that ensure that candidates have an in-depth understanding of the content they teach,
b) multiple explanations and instructional strategies that address the diversity of young adolescent learners,
c) the use of a safe learning environment that promotes the success of all young adolescent students,
d) the use of multiple assessments that address the diversity among young adolescent student learners,
e) the use of a range of current resources, including technology, and
f) the professional dispositions that ensure that all young adolescent students learn.

Student Learning Outcome 3:
Graduates of the MAT in Middle Grades Education Program will effectively assess and analyze student learning, which will include:
a) the use of effective assessment strategies to determine the backgrounds and achievement of young adolescent learners in order to facilitate their intellectual, social, and personal development,
b) an analysis and interpretation of student performance data, using a range of assessments,
c) a plan to use performance data to modify instruction in order to ensure that all students learn.

Student Learning Outcome 4:
Graduates of the MAT in Middle Grades Education program will demonstrate the professional dispositions that are expected of educators, which will include:
a) collaboration with peers, parents, and other school personnel,
b) professional behaviors and expectations,
c) the belief that all young adolescent students can learn,
d) communicating respect for and development of a rapport with all young adolescent students,
e) developing a culturally responsive learning environment,
f) following laws related to the rights and responsibilities of all young adolescent students,
g) adhering to state and local Code of Ethics.

Last updated: 7/20/2021