2017-2018 Graduate Catalog

Master's of Arts in Teaching Program Description


TCUTeach is an intensive 30-hour full-time graduate program for individuals who seek teacher certification in middle school (grades 4-8) or secondary education (grades 9-12), while concurrently earning a Master’s of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. Participants will develop proficiency through experiences in diverse, field-based settings. They will learn to promote high student achievement through content-area expertise, research-based pedagogical practices, and utilization of multiple strategies, resources, and technologies to plan, implement and assess instruction.

Admission Criteria

The admission committee will give first consideration to applicants with strong academic performance and recommendations. Meeting the minimum criteria does not ensure admission to the program. To qualify for admission, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:
• Prior to enrollment, complete a bachelor’s degree conferred by an accredited institution of higher education in a field related to English, mathematics, science, or social studies.
• Attain a minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of coursework for the most recent bachelor’s degree earned.
• Complete at least 12-15 hours of content area coursework (12 hours of English or social studies, or 15 hours of math or science) with a grade of C or higher. While 12-15 hours is the minimum required by the state of Texas for admission to a teacher education program, additional coursework in the content area is highly desired.
• Pass the Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) or the Praxis II (for those from some states other than Texas) in the content area in which you have at least 12-15 hours of coursework.
• Demonstrate English language proficiency.
• Display positive professional dispositions.

Application Process

Step 1:
• Complete the TCU online application by March 1 (www.applyweb.com/tcug).
• Provide the following, as described in the Application Checklist for College of Education Graduate studies: a personal essay, transcripts from each college/university previously attended, three letters of recommendation, a current criminal background check and the application fee.
• Submit official TOEFL scores for non-native English speakers.
• Complete the ethics training module required by the Texas Education Agency.
• Provide PACT scores for your desired teaching field. If you are an out-of-state applicant where PACT is not offered, you may provide scores from a content-specific Praxis exam. For information, see www.ets.org/praxis/tx/pact.
• Submit the FERPA Agreement.
Step 2:
• Those who pass the PACT (or Praxis exam) and meet all other requirements listed in Step 1 will be invited to participate in an interview. The interview will be scored with a rubric to assess professional dispositions.
• The most qualified applicants will be notified of their acceptance to the program by mail prior to the summer session. Students will be admitted as a cohort and will take 12 hours of coursework together during the summer session.
Step 3:
• To advance to candidacy (i.e., be retained in the program) and be approved for clinical teaching, participants must display satisfactory performance during the summer term. The admission committee will consider academic performance and professional behavior (attitude, demeanor, abilities and preparation) when evaluating candidacy status. Students must:
• Complete the first 12 hours of coursework at TCU with a C+ or better and a minimum GPA of 3.0. (No more than two grades of C+ may be utilized in satisfying degree requirements.
• Meet expectations for professionalism according to the rubric in EDUC 50023 Effective Teaching and Classroom Implementation.
• Complete 30 hours of field experience in accredited public school settings.
• Demonstrate high professional, ethical, and relational standards of behavior, emotional control, and appropriate communication (oral, written, technological) with adults, children and fellow students.
• Complete the modules required by the Texas Education Agency regarding recognizing, intervening, and referring students with emotional or behavioral issues.

Required Courses

Summer: 12 Hours*

EDUC 50023Effective Teaching and Classroom Implementation


EDUC 60263Applied Teaching, Learning and Technology


EDUC 60143Theories of Human Development


EDSP 60233Understanding Exceptional Children and Youth At-Risk


The summer courses will include fieldwork to fulfill requirements for admission to student teaching.

Fall: 9 Hours

EDMS/SE 50663Motivating and Managing Students in the Classroom

EDUC 60980Advanced Clinical Teaching


EDUC 50970Special Problems in Education


** EDUC 50970 is a Content area specialization course

Spring: 9 Hours

EDUC 60153Seminar in Promoting Literacy in the Subject Areas


EDUC 60980Advanced Clinical Teaching


EDUC 50970Special Problems in Education


**EDUC 50970 is a Content area specialization course

Courses for English Language Arts Specialization

EDMS/SE 50173Development of Written Communication

EDMS/SE 50153Literature for Adolescents

Courses for Science Specialization:

EDMS/SE 50553Methods for Teaching Middle School/Secondary Science

EDSC 60333Theory and Pedagogy of Science Instruction


Courses for Math Specialization

EDMS/SE 50443Methods for Teaching Middle/Secondary Mathematics I

EDMS/SE 50453Methods for Teaching Middle/Secondary Mathematics II

Courses for Social Studies/History Specialization

EDUC 50003Diversity in American Education


EDMS/SE 50463Methods for Teaching Middle/Secondary Social Studies

**The 1-credit special problems courses will explore critical issues encountered in public school settings. Each seminar will address specific topics such as professional roles and responsibilities, issues in urban education, ,diversity, multiculturalism, and the social contexts of students, curriculum, and schools.

Teacher Certification Process

To obtain Texas teacher certification at TCU, students must complete the required coursework in the College of Education and achieve a master’s degree. Students who seek certification must take the state TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities exam. Prior to admission, students also must have successfully completed the appropriate state certification exams for the content area and grade level they wish to teach.
TCU will recommend students to the state of Texas for teacher certification after fulfilling the following requirements:
• Successful completion of the TCUTeach program, including clinical teaching;
• Final GPA of 2.75 or above with grades of C+ or higher in coursework;
• Passing scores on relevant Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) certification exams.

To be eligible to take the TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities exam, students must pass a representative practice exam. Students who do not pass the practice exam must present evidence of test preparation before the exam will be re-administered. Practice exams are offered through the College of Education. For additional test preparation, students may use http://www.certifyteacher.com/. A student who does not pass the practice exam may not take the TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities exam.

A single certification exam may be attempted five times. Additional attempts require State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) permission. Students who fail to take the appropriate TExES within three years of program completion must present documentation of completion of TExES review or additional coursework prior to receiving permission to test.