Become a certified Elementary School Teacher
Flexible and streamlined program
RIC's Elementary Education MAT program is offering a fast track route to earn a master's degree with eligibility for certification. This 1-year intensive, graduate
program begins in early May with coursework structured to include
field experiences, face-to-face course time and online discourse. Intensive course
practicum experiences begin with the fall semester and culminate the following
spring semester with a full-time student teaching experience. This fast track route is one option for completing our Master of Arts in Teaching program. For candidates who find that it is too intensive, we offer options to move into our regular, slower-paced program, or to 'mix and match' the two options as needs change. Our programs are flexible and stream-lined, as evidenced by our newly revised program that is now 37 credits.
Summer: Foundations & Beginning Methods (16 credits)
May 1st - 25th (Monday - Thursday). Course is held in the afternoon.
- 12:30 to 2:30 pm, ELED 500 Reflections: The Art and Science of Teaching (3)
May 15th-June 21st (Mondays & Wednesdays)
- 3:00 to 6:35 pm, CEP 552 Psychological Perspectives on Learning and Teaching (3)
June Intensive: May 30th - June 22nd (Monday - Thursday, except first day is a Tuesday due to Memorial Day). Courses are held in the morning.
- 8:30-10:30 am, ELED 528 Teaching Social Studies in Elementary Schools (3)
- 10:30 am -12:30 pm, SPED 531 Instructional Approaches to Children with Special Needs (3)
- FNED 546 Contexts of Schooling (4)
Fall: Practicum (12 credits)
Courses are held during the day.
- Monday, 8 wks (1st half), 8:00 am - 2:00 pm, ELED 522 Reading I MAT Practicum (3)
- Monday, 8 wks (2nd half), 8:00 am - 2:00 pm, ELED 527 Language Arts MAT Practicum (3)
- Friday, full semester, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, ELED 537 Science MAT Practicum (3)
- Thursday, full semester, 8:00 - 12:00 pm, ELED 538 Mathematics MAT Practicum (3)
Spring: Student Teaching (9 credits)
This is a full semester, full day experience, 5 days per week following the school district's calendar. The seminar is once per week in the evening for two hours.
- ELED 559 Student Teaching in the Elementary School (7)
- ELED 569 Student Teaching Seminar in Elementary Education (2)
- Undergraduate degree with minimum GPA of 3.0 and content background appropriate for teaching elementary school
- Test scores from Praxis II Multiple Subjects Exam (5001) including passing scores on each subtest: Reading and Language Arts( 5002)-157; Mathematics (5003)-157; Social Studies (5004)-155; Science (5005)-159.
- Statement of Educational Philosophy
- Two disposition references
- Your resume outlining educational and work experiences
- IF GPA IS BELOW 3.0, then test scores from Praxis I Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) are required. Math score of at least 150, Reading score of at least 156, Writing score of at least 162, and Composite score of 468, with no test score more than 3 points below the cut. Additional option that may be used is the GRE. Taking and passing the Praxis I CORE or GRE does not guarantee admission, but will be considered in conjunction with all other criteria.
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