Master of Arts in Teaching
Transform and Lead
The final phase of the Master of Arts in Teaching program is being offered to those who have completed the T2T program at Calumet College of St. Joseph to earn their master’s degree. This program will enhance a student’s educational experiences that reflect current educational theory and best practices in the profession.
MAT graduates enhance their skills to serve Northwest Indiana’s diverse student population. They are equipped to transform their communities by preparing students to master the knowledge and skills requisite to meet state educational standards, fostering critical reflective thinking skills in students, and encouraging students to work towards personal transformation and to grow as change agents committed to the transformation of a just society.
The program curriculum embodies six stages of development:
- Professional preparation
- Continuous and critical reflection
- Ongoing personal and professional transformation
- The critical application of research to practices in the field
- The ongoing refinement of research-proven skills for master teaching
- Engagement with professional educators in effective leadership within their educational communities
Classes meet once per week, on Saturdays.
Career Options with this major include, but are not limited to work as:
- an early childhood educator
- an elementary educator
- a secondary school teacher
- a school administrator
- an educational director
Objectives and requirements
The MAT Program has identified five major objectives or goals for teachers with the ultimate purpose of the transforming those candidates into effective professional educators who can improve society through education. Concomitant with the mission of the College, this purpose as a matter of social justice in a world where education can lead to human flourishing. These five major goals are:
- Demonstrate understanding of how students learn and how they differ
- Demonstrate knowledge of what to teach
- Demonstrate how to teach effectively
- Demonstrate effective implementation of technology
- Demonstrate continuous personal and professional growth
These five goals along with their specific proficiencies serve as the foundation for alignment with state and national standards. Moreover, these five goals have a clear connection to the three pillars that ground the unit Conceptual Framework: Preparation, Reflection, and Transformation. While, in one sense, the three pillars are themselves goals, they are also essential processes through which teachers can achieve the five goals noted above. That is, demonstrating understanding of how students learn and differ in the learning process as well as knowledge of what to teach or subject matter content demands engagement in the process of preparation as knowledge acquisition. Further, demonstration of continuous personal and professional growth presumes the necessity of continuous and ongoing reflection. Moreover, it is through the process of transformation of the teacher into an effective professional educator that she/he can clearly demonstrate how to teach effectively, including the effective use of technology for instruction.
Final Phase: Master of Arts in Teaching
- Must have completed the Calumet College of St. Joseph T2T program
- 15 graduate credit hours post licensure
- Primary focus of coursework is action research
Since current MAT candidates have been approved for admission into the MAT Program, they are still eligible for completion of the MAT Final Phase. Candidates who are interested in the Final Phase may inquire about registration with the Office of Enrollment Management and the Education Department. Candidates for the Final Phase must have successfully completed the MAT or T2T Initial Phase. They should also be currently licensed/accredited by an appropriate state licensing/certification agency and be employed as a teacher in a P-12 educational setting, be in good standing with the College and the Department of Education, and meet all requirements for continuation in the Program. Candidates in the Final Phase are not required to be enrolled in EDUC 299.
Purpose and Rationale
The rationale of a Graduate Assistantship is to further the professional academic development of the graduate student. The assistantship is expected to serve as a meaningful learning experience and a way for the graduate student to work for an institution in his or her chosen field. It is expected that the student will contribute on a professional level to enhance the learning environment of undergraduate and other graduate students.
The responsibility of a Graduate Assistant
The Graduate Assistant (GA) is responsible for working with various Faculty members across different Graduate Programs. Activities may include the following:
- Support of teaching, which can include work as a Teaching Assistant (TA). This task may involve grading assignments and working directly with students under the tutelage of Graduate Faculty.
- The Graduate Assistant may also conduct academically significant research related to his or her academic program under the guidance of a faculty member.
- The student could also be involved in administrative duties and other professional activities, ideally related to his or her field.
To be eligible for the Assistantship, the student must first gain admission to graduate study. He/she must register and maintain at least 6 semester credits of graduate coursework. Full time Assistantships are awarded for each academic year but can be awarded for up to (2) years. Students must apply each academic year.
- There is a limit of 2 GA’s per a Graduate Program (Certain conditions apply).
- GA’s receive a full tuition waiver for up to 12 credits per semester (Fees not included).
- GA’s work approximately 15 hours a week while school is in session during the academic year.
- Only students in good academic standing with a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 are eligible for selection as GA’s.
- The GPA of 3.0 must be maintained during the assistantship process.
Student must apply directly to Academic Affairs Office for each position of interest.
- Student must submit a general application to the Academic Affairs Office.
- A resume must accompany the application.
- Two letters of recommendation.
- Applications are due at least two months before the start of the fall or spring semester.
- Interview with the Graduate Program Director of the program in which the student is applying.
Download Graduate Assistantship Application
How are positions allocated and assigned?
Application forms are submitted to Graduate Program Directors for initial review. If the Graduate Program Director approves the application, he or she then forwards it for approval to the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Following all three approvals both the Financial Aid Office and the Academic Affairs Office will issue a letter of appointment for the GA to sign. Each Graduate Assistant reports to the Supervising Faculty Member identified in the letter of appointment. Although most Graduate Assistants apply for work in their own department, other Graduate Program Directors may require the skills of a student from another department. This can be a great way for a Graduate Assistant to get varying types of experiences.
The supervisor will review the job description with the Graduate Assistant and determine a mutually agreeable schedule for the year. Graduate Assistants should have some significant responsibility/project assigned which may be included on their resumes for the future. A collaborative evaluation will be conducted at the end of each academic year to examine how the original job description matches the reality of day to day activities. In a rare instance where a Graduate Assistant is not performing his/her duties, at the written request of the Graduate Supervisor, the person may be removed by the Vice/President of Academic Affairs.
How Fellowship Award is Applied
The Graduate Assistant Grant is to be applied to the student’s financial aid package for the current semester that he or she is serving. This grant will be applied for graduate coursework only and cannot be used in conjunction with any other form of outside scholarships, tuition reimbursement, or veteran’s benefits. Students must comply with the following:
- Must file a FAFSA for the award year
- Must be registered for at least 6 graduate credit hours
- Must work 10-15 hours per week during the semester for which the grant is to be applied
- Must maintain a 3.0 GPA while receiving the grant