The Master of Arts in Teaching is designed to complement core proficiencies that are consistent across most National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certificates. The goal of this program is to increase teachers’ abilities to engage students in effective and efficient learning experiences that produce measurable gains in student achievement. This degree program is designed for licensed, practicing P-12 classroom teachers and early childhood educators who want to advance their knowledge and skills to improve their classroom practice and demonstrate their skill and qualifications as a master teacher or are seeking to advance their research skills as they study an area in the field of Education in depth.
The teacher as a leader specialization engages students in case-based and problem-based learning activities and assignments that require them to implement and integrate strategies and techniques within their own classroom and engage in inquiry that assesses the outcomes and effectiveness of their efforts. In addition to the core courses, 4 of the following 5 courses are required: introduction to school leadership and administration; school law and ethics; developing, motivating and supervising teachers; curriculum design and development; and issues facing elementary and secondary teachers. A capstone course is also required. Students must complete 39 credit hours to obtain this degree.
Ellis University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council.