MEd in Education; Multiple Subject Specialist
Location: AU Santa Barbara
Credits for Degree: 71 quarter credits
Standard Mode of Instruction: Classroom
Standard time to completion: 18 months
Antioch University recognizes that good teaching requires a complex set of knowledge and skills that take commitment and time to develop. In order to develop this competence, Antioch offers its Master of Education degree in combination with credential preparation in a five-quarter program beginning in summer and ending the following summer.
The Multiple Subject Credential Program
- Offers an exciting alternative to traditional programs by emphasizing a full year of actual classroom experience along with comprehensive coursework.
- Provides students with the knowledge and pedagogical skills to address the Common Core State Standards using a progressive approach to theory and practice.
- Uses ethnographic methods to deepen knowledge about teaching and learning.
- Supports candidates to develop an area of expertise and confidence to provide leadership within the school community.
- Prepares effective teachers, with research-based practice, who have the professional skills to influence change in their schools, and to address social justice and ecological literacy through education.
- Teaches candidates to create classrooms and school communities where all members develop as whole human beings.
- Provides constructivist theories, progressive teaching methods and experience appropriate for effective work in low-performing schools where inequities are most prominent.
- Prepares elementary school teachers who empower their students through literacy, are knowledgeable about building character and citizenship skills, and are prepared to engage in school reform.
The Master of Education & Teacher Credentialing Program (M.Ed./TC) is a five-quarter cohort model. It begins in summer of the first year and ends in the summer of the following year, with four full-time quarters, summer through spring, followed by a fifth, half-time, low residency quarter. The first four quarters include a full school year of fieldwork concurrent with carefully sequenced coursework. Candidates who have completed all course and field work and successfully met all additional requirements are recommended for the California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at the end of the fourth quarter. The low residency 5th quarter allows candidates to search for teaching positions outside of the local area while they complete their Master’s Projects.
The carefully sequenced Field Practicum/Student Teaching Curriculum provides a structure for candidates to not only put into practice what they learn in coursework, but also to reflect critically on that practice. In each placement, candidates learn to work effectively with diverse students-a primary objective of the program. They practice research-based teaching strategies and differentiated instruction to meet the academic and social needs of all students in the classroom.
The Field Practicum/Student Teaching Curriculum is designed to meet the standards of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the educational requirements of the MAE/BC or M.Ed./TC Programs, the professional development needs of candidates, and the needs of the communities that candidates serve. In addition to developing candidates’ instructional competencies, the Field Practicum/Student Teaching Curriculum enhances social change skills. Through reflection and application of theory, research, pedagogy, personal philosophy, and interpersonal interaction, candidates construct their professional theory of practice. Moreover, candidates learn how to identify the specific needs of culturally different communities and to work with them in responsive ways. Finally, candidates contribute their excitement to those communities about teaching, enthusiasm about learning, and optimism and vision about social change. All candidates begin the graduated Field Practicum sequence during their first quarter of enrollment. Assignments are developmentally sequenced, to gradually prepare for full-time teaching responsibilities. All university supervision of field work and student teaching is conducted by faculty who are thoroughly familiar with the mission and learning objectives of the entire program and who are current in their knowledge of the Common Core State Standards.
- Official transcript from a regionally-accredited college or university indicating Bachelor’s degree conferral
- Two letters of recommendation
- CBEST test scores, or proof of registration for the CSET Writing Skills exam (for credential programs only)
- CSET: Multiple Subjects exam, proof of registration or scores (for credential programs only)
- Admission essay
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