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The Master of Arts in Teaching (K-8) is a competency-based degree
program that prepares students at the graduate level both to be
licensed to teach in grades K-8 and to develop significant skills in
curriculum development, design, and evaluation. All work in this
degree program is online with the exception of the demonstration
teaching and in-classroom field experience components. Students
enter this program with a significant background in education and then
proceed through study in Foundations of Teaching, Elementary
Education Methods, Instructional Planning and Presentation and
Research Fundamentals. The program includes a supervised teaching
practicum in a real classroom and thus prepares students for initial
Foundations of Teaching Practice Integration
Foundations of Teaching Practice Integration helps students to review and synthesize foundational teaching concepts
including classroom management, human development, assessment, diversity and inclusion, and the historical, legal, and
philosophical foundations of education.
Mathematics for Elementary Educators
Mathematics for Elementary Educators III engages pre-service elementary teachers in mathematical practices based on
deep understanding of underlying concepts. The course covers important topics in statistics, measurement, and covers
geometry from synthetic, transformational, and coordinate perspectives. This is the third course in a three-course
Instructional Planning and Presentation for Elementary Education
Instructional Planning and Presentation assists students as they continue to build instructional planning skills. Topics
include unit and lesson planning, instructional presentation strategies, assessment, engagement, integration of learning
across the curriculum, effective grouping strategies, technology in the classroom, and using data to inform instruction.
Elementary Reading and Literacy Methods
Elementary Reading and Literacy Methods helps students learn how to teach reading and literacy instruction in the
elementary classroom by utilizing research based instructional practices. Topics include literacy development, balanced
literacy approach, literacy assessment, differentiated literacy instruction, technology supporting literacy development, and
effective literacy teaching practices.
Language Arts Instruction and Intervention
Language Arts Instruction and Intervention helps students learn how to implement effective language arts instruction and
intervention in the elementary classroom. Topics include written and spoken English, expanding students' knowledge,
literature rich environments, differentiated instruction, technology for reading and writing, assessment strategies for
reading and writing, and strategies for developing academic language.
Elementary Mathematics Methods
Elementary Mathematics Methods helps students learn how to implement effective math instruction in the elementary
classroom. Topics include differentiated math instruction, mathematical communication, mathematical tools for instruction,
assessing math understanding, integrating math across the curriculum, critical thinking development, standards based
math instruction, and mathematical models and representation.
Elementary Science Methods
Elementary Science Methods helps students learn how to implement effective science instruction in the elementary
classroom. Topics include processes of science, science inquiry, science learning environments, instructional strategies for
science, differentiated instruction for science, assessing science understanding, technology for science instruction,
standards based science instruction, integrating science across curriculum, and science beyond the classroom.
Application of Elementary Social Studies Methods
Application of Elementary Social Studies Methods helps students learn how to implement effective social studies
instruction in the elementary classroom. Topics include social studies themes, promoting cultural diversity, integrated social
studies across the curriculum, social studies learning environments, assessing social studies understanding, differentiated
instruction for social studies, technology for social studies instruction, and standards-based social studies instruction. This
course helps students to apply, analyze, and reflect on effective elementary social studies instruction.
Application of Elementary Visual and Performing Arts Methods
Application of Elementary Visual and Performing Arts Methods helps students learn how to implement effective visual and
performing arts instruction in the elementary classroom. Topics include integrating arts across the curriculum, music
education, visual arts, dance and movement, dramatic arts, differentiated instruction for visual and performing arts, and
promoting cultural diversity through visual and performing arts instruction. This course helps students to apply, analyze,
and reflect on effective elementary visual and performing arts instruction.
Application of Elementary Physical Education and Health Methods
Applications of Elementary Physical Education and Health Methods helps students learn how to implement effective
physical and health education instruction in the elementary classroom. Topics include healthy lifestyles, student safety,
student nutrition, physical education, differentiated instruction for physical and health education, physical education across
the curriculum, and public policy in health and physical education. This course helps students to apply, analyze, and reflect
on effective elementary visual and performing arts instruction.
Preclinical Experiences in Elementary Education
Preclinical Experiences in Elementary Education provides students the opportunity to observe and participate in a wide
range of in-classroom teaching experiences in order to develop the skills and confidence necessary to be an effective
teacher. Students will reflect on and document at least 60 hours of in-classroom observations. Prior to entering the
classroom for the observations, students will be required to meet several requirements including a cleared background
check, passing scores on the state or WGU required basic skills exam, a completed resume, philosophy of teaching, and
Supervised Demonstration Teaching in Elementary Education
The Supervised Demonstration Teaching in Elementary Education courses involve a series of classroom performance observations by the host teacher and clinical supervisor that develop comprehensive performance data about the teacher candidate’s skills.
Teacher Work Sample in Elementary Education
The Teacher Work Sample is a culmination of the wide variety of skills learned during your time in the Teachers College at WGU. In order to be a competent and independent classroom teacher, you will showcase a collection of your content, planning, instructional, and reflective skills in this professional assessment.
You will create an online teaching portfolio that includes professional artifacts (e.g. resume and Philosophy of Teaching Statement) that demonstrate the skills you have acquired throughout your Demonstration Teaching experience.
Cohort Seminar provides mentoring and supports teacher candidates during their demonstration teaching period by
providing weekly collaboration and instruction related to the demonstration teaching experience. It facilitates their
demonstration of competence in becoming reflective practitioners, adhering to ethical standards, practicing inclusion in a
diverse classroom, exploring community resources, building collegial and collaborative relationships with teachers, and
considering leadership and supervisory skills.
The Research Foundations course focuses on the essential concepts in educational research, including quantitative,
qualitative, mixed, and action research; measurement and assessment; and strategies for obtaining warranted research
Research Questions and Literature Review
The Research Questions and Literature Reviews course focuses on how to conduct a thorough literature review that
addresses and identifies important educational research topics, problems, and questions, and helps determine the
appropriate kind of research and data needed to answer one's research questions and hypotheses.
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