The Online Master in Teaching, Leadership, & Cultural Competency Curriculum
Your core coursework in the online Master of Arts in Teaching, Learning, and Cultural Competency (MATLCC) will equip you with the conceptual frameworks and pedagogical tools to address today’s important educational issues. Then you can customize your degree with the electives most relevant to your work and career aspirations in this flexible, powerful, and affordable program that was designed by teachers for teachers.
The MATLCC curriculum aligns with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). When you graduate from our program, you’ll be well prepared for the NBPTS critical reflection certification requirement.
Core Courses (3 semester hours unless otherwise indicated)
The 21 semester hours of the core MATLCC curriculum encompass courses in Educational Policy and Leadership (EPLS), Psychological Studies, Quantitative Foundations (PSQF), and Education Teaching and Learning (EDTL) tracks. Core course requirements include the capstone research course on conducting a school-based action research project.
EDTL 5095 Issues in U.S. Schools
EPLS 5090 Instructional Coaching for Teaching Excellence
PSQF 4740 Issues in K-12 Assessment
PSQF 4750 Learning Environments: Design, Context, and Activity
EDTL 6483 Multilingual Education & Applied Linguistics
EDTL 5085 Generation Innovation: Technology Integration in 21st Century K-12 Schools
PSQF 4760 Participatory Learning and Media: Creating, Remixing, Making, and Education
EDTL 5090 Diversity and Identity in K-12 Schools
EDTL 5099 Conducting School-Based Action Research
Electives (3 semester hours unless otherwise indicated)
The MA in Teaching, Learning, and Cultural Competency requires 9 semester hours of electives, which you may concentrate in one of the following elective tracks or mix according to your needs. The elective tracks include Talented and Gifted, STEM, English as a Second Language (ESL), and English Language Arts.
Depending on which electives you choose, you may be able to complete a large number of requirements for State of Iowa endorsements in Talented and Gifted, STEM, or ESL. Candidates seeking the endorsement will need to complete additional coursework before applying to the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners.
K-12 Teachers with the ESL Endorsement are urgently needed
Noting that English Language Learners are the fastest growing group of K-12 students, the National Education Association has estimated that 1 in 4 school children in the country will be ELL students.1
There is currently a shortage of qualified ESL teachers in Iowa, and some schools are offering financial incentives for those teachers who have the Iowa ESL Endorsement.
Talented and Gifted Electives
CSED 4137 Introduction to Educating Gifted Students
PSQF 4121 Identification of Students for Gifted Programs
EDTL 4066 Curriculum Concepts in Gifted Education
EDTL 4199 Program Models in Gifted Education
EDTL 6761 STEM Research and Leadership Seminar
EDTL 6762 STEM Experiential Learning
EDTL 6563 STEM Through Mathematical Modeling
EDTL 4565 Math in Management & Social Sciences
EDTL 6766 Physical Science in STEM Education
EDTL 6767 Systems Thinking in Biology and STEM Education
EDTL 4768 Computer Science Methods
English Language Learners Electives
EDTL 4467 Methods: ESL and Bilingual Education
EDTL 4498 Language Structure for Teaching English Language Learners
EDTL 4093 Teaching and Learning for a Global Perspective
English Language Arts Electives
EDTL 4392 Voice, Drama and Debate in Secondary Schools
EDTL 4393 Media Studies and Production in Secondary Schools
EDTL 5081 Facilitating Student-Centered Discussion
EDTL 5087 Anti-Oppressive Literature Instruction
Additional Elective Options
EDTL 5091 LGBTQ Topics in Education
EPLS 6381 Analysis and Appraisal of Curriculum
CSED 5300 Culturally Relevant Social and Emotional Learning
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- Retrieved on February 15, 2023, from nea.org/resource-library/english-language-learners