Master of Arts in Education
Ursuline College offers a Master of Arts Degree in Education, the Master Apprenticeship Program (MAP) for Teachers. The program is intended for recent college graduates or for those who wish to make a career change to education. The MAP program is a program is a full-time, intensive program that encompasses 41-44 semester hours (56 for Special Education) of graduate coursework. It is designed to lead to both a master’s degree and eligibility for state teaching licensure in just one year. Ursuline College offers five specific programs: Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, Adolescent to Young Adult, Multi-Age Visual Arts and Special Education licensure. Students are placed in a classroom where they work with a mentor teacher throughout the academic year. Additionally, academic course work is completed at the school site and on the Ursuline College campus during and after school hours.
The Master Apprenticeship Program (MAP) immerses you in the classroom during the school year and allows you to take your foundational methods courses in the summer. At the conclusion of the year, you graduate with a Master of Arts in Education and are eligible for state licensure.
Our MAP candidates come from a variety of backgrounds. Some are engineers who have decided that they would like to become math teachers. Others are attorneys, environmental scientists, college professors, artists, historians and corporate-level managers who have a desire to share their infinite knowledge with students. We also have candidates who have recently earned their bachelors degrees, or who have obtained their degrees but have not been in the workforce for several years, and have determined that the time is now to make this important change in their lives.
Recent and compelling research in the preparation of teachers has identified a consensus of best practices which are hallmarks of successful teaching. This program provides a foundation in understanding what these practices are and how to implement them in conventional as well as more progressive settings.
Our philosophy focuses on personalizing the individual needs for our MAP candidates and aligning those needs with area school districts. Classroom instructors and mentor teachers are certified, experienced and highly qualified master teachers who provide you with a unique educational experience. Our goal is to help you to achieve your dream of making a difference in the lives of children. Most of the graduates of our program are currently enjoying successful careers in teaching. They are employed in both public and private schools.
Ursuline College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Education Department is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
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