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3.1 Course Delivery


The courses are delivered on-campus and 100% via the Internet using Blackboard 6. The 100% Internet courses are for individuals who are teaching full time as teachers of record in the exact grade and area of certification they are seeking through the MAT program. Candidates seeking certification in Elementary education (Grades 1-5) and mild/moderate special education must be teaching in an inclusive classroom. Out of state students enrolling in up to 6 hours of course work 100% over the Internet qualify for the University’s out of state fee waiver. Tuition is charged as if the students were Louisiana residents. Please contact the Controller’s Office to have your fee bill adjusted.

3.2 Procedures to Apply for Internet Courses


Before a student will be authorized to enroll in an Internet course the student must verify employment by submitting the following documentation:


  • A cover page identifying the student’s name, W#, and desired course(s) with section number(s) and computer number(s).

  • A completed and signed Application to Enroll in Internet Courses (downloadable from www.selu.edu/mat)

  • A copy of the teaching schedule on school letterhead with the principal's signature.

  • A copy of the teaching contract. If the school district does not issue personal contracts, then one of the following will be accepted:

1. A letter from the Human Resources Administration verifying that the student is working under contract for the current school year; or

2. A copy of the school board's minutes approving the student’s employment as a teacher for the current school year.



  • Verification that school has a state approved classification

  • Verification that the school is accredited by the regional accrediting agency (if applicable).

  • Verification that the principal or assistant principal has certification in principalship and training in supervision (attach a copy of the teaching certificate).

  • Verification that the principal/assistant principal has served in this role for a minimum of three years.

  • Verification of minimum class size in the area of certification.

  • Evidence of cultural diversity within the school population.

All of the above information should be faxed to Dr. Paul Goodwin, at (985) 549-5009 or mailed to his attention at: Department of Teaching and Learning, SLU 10749, Hammond, LA 70402. Incomplete information may delay registration. Once the paperwork is approved, students will be contacted through their SLU e-mail account. It is then the responsibility of the student to register for the course(s). To check the status of the approval, please call Dr. Goodwin at 985-549-3422.


3.3 Courses for Concentration in Elementary (Grades 1-5) and Add-On in Mild/Moderate Special Education
I. Knowledge of the Learner and Learning Environment (15 hours)
MAT 610 Fundamentals I: Teaching and Learning for General Education 3 hours

MAT 615 Fundamentals II: Teaching and Learning for Special Education 3 hours

MAT 620 Learning and Behavior Theories in General and Mild/Moderate

Special Education 3 hours

MAT 622 Classroom Management and Organization for Elementary and

Mild/Moderate Special Education 3 hours

MAT 630 Assessment I: General and Mild/Moderate Special Education 3 hours
II. Methodology and Teaching (18 hours)

MAT 631 Assessment II: Elementary and Mild/Moderate Special Education 3 hours

MAT 640 Introduction to Reading and Language Arts for Elementary and

Mild/Moderate Special Education 3 hours

MAT 650 Integrated Learning Methods: Math, Physical Science, and

Information Literacy 3 hours

MAT 651 Integrated Learning Methods: Life Sciences, Health and P.E.,

and Information Literacy 3 hours

MAT 652 Integrated Learning Methods: Social Studies, Arts, Music,

and Information Literacy 3 hours

MAT 670 Research Design for General and Mild/Moderate Special Education 3 hours
III. Student Teaching/Internship (6-9 hours)
MAT 681 Student Teaching in Elementary and Mild/Moderate Special Education 6 hours

OR

MAT 683 Internship in Elementary and Mild/Moderate Special Education 6 hours

(2 consecutive semesters – 3 hours each semester)

TOTAL 39 hours

3.4 Courses for Concentration in Secondary Education (Grades 6-12)
I. Knowledge of the Learner and Learning Environment (15 hours)
MAT 610 Fundamentals I: Teaching and Learning for General Education 3 hours

MAT 615 Fundamentals II: Teaching and Learning for Special Education 3 hours

MAT 620 Learning and Behavior Theories in General and Mild/Moderate

Special Education 3 hours

MAT 623 Classroom Management and Organization for Secondary Education 3 hours

MAT 630 Assessment I: General and Mild/Moderate Special Education 3 hours


II. Methodology and Teaching (15 hours)

MAT 636 Assessment II: Secondary Education 3 hours

MAT 642 Literacy Instruction for Secondary Education 3 hours

MAT 660 Specialty Area Learning Methods I: Secondary Education 3 hours

MAT 661 Specialty Area Learning Methods II: Secondary Education 3 hours

MAT 670 Research Design for General and Mild/Moderate Special Education 3 hours


III. Student Teaching/Internship (6 hours)

MAT 686 Student Teaching in Secondary Education 6 hours



OR

MAT 687 Internship in Secondary Education 6 hours

(2 consecutive semesters – 3 hours each semester)

TOTAL 36 hours


  1. Advising


For the first 12 hours, all students are advised by Dr. Neal or Dr. Boyd. After achieving full SARTE status and completing all requirements for admission to candidacy, candidates will be assigned a major professor. Official student contact for advising is through the University e-mail system. Advising may be completed on line, or a student may prefer to meet with his/her major professor by making an appointment. Advising is recommended but not required for all students.



  1. Student Portfolios in the Master of Arts in Teaching Degree Program

As part of the College of Education and Human Development focus on performance-based outcomes, portfolios will be incorporated into the assessment system for students enrolled in an approved Teacher Education Program.


The portfolio will allow the students to demonstrate, through reflections, their understanding of how the artifacts contained in the portfolio meet the program outcomes; provide a process by which a student can become a reflective practitioner to foster continuous improvement; and document a student’s growth in the program. The portfolio will consist of artifacts, documents, and evidence which demonstrate that the knowledge, skills, and dispositions as indicated in the Louisiana Components of Effective Teaching and the program’s Conceptual Framework have been met. Students will submit an Introductory Level Portfolio after successful completion of MAT 610, MAT 615, MAT 620, and MAT 622 or MAT 623, and MAT 630. The Developing Level Portfolio will be submitted as a requirement for student teaching or internship. The Competency level Portfolio and oral defense are required for graduation. Students are to refer to the MAT Teacher Preparation Portfolio Handbook for timelines and content requirements.
6. SARTE Status
6.1 Requirements for Full SARTE Status

To be considered for full SARTE status to the Master of Arts in Teaching degree program, an applicant must:




  • Meet all requirements for admission to the Graduate School and to the Master of Arts in Teaching degree program.

  • Apply for Selective Admission and Retention in Teacher Education (SARTE) in the first course (MAT 610).

  • Achieve a grade of B or better in MAT 610 (Fundamentals I: Teaching and Learning for General Education). MAT 610 must be repeated if the grade is lower than a B.

  • Complete a speech and hearing screening (refer to the Policy for Speech and Hearing Screening).

  • Participate in an organized screening (refer to Policy for Interview Screening).

  • Not have been convicted of a felony.

  • Maintain a cumulative 3.0 graduate GPA with no grade below “C” and not more than one “C” grade.


6.2 Continuous Screening

On going screening of each student utilizing the standards of the Professional Program in Teacher Education will occur each semester of a student’s enrollment.



  • Students will be permitted to repeat only two MAT courses.

  • Students will be permitted to enroll in any course only twice.


6.3 Retention Procedures

Students demonstrating behaviors or characteristics that make it questionable whether they can succeed in the teaching profession will be referred for a Professional Performance Review. A review may result in:



  • No action being taken but further observations.

  • Recommendation of a Professional Improvement Plan (PIP) monitored by the Coordinator of the Teacher Development Program.

  • Referral to the SARTE Committee which may recommend:

a) Probation with specified conditions

b) Temporary suspension from the MAT and the Teacher Education Program with specified conditions.

c) Expulsion from the MAT Degree and the Teacher Education Program.
6.4 Appeal Procedures

Students who wish to appeal decisions of the SARTE Committee may do so in writing for a joint review by the Dean of the College of Education and Human Development and the Dean of the Graduate School.



7. Policies


    1. Policy for Speech and Hearing Screening

All students enrolled in an approved Teacher Education Program in the College of Education and Human Development will be required to complete a speech and hearing screening. This procedure is designed to detect impairments of articulation, voice, fluency, and hearing acuity, which may jeopardize students’ potential for success in the profession for which they are training. The screening form must be completed during the first course, MAT 610- Fundamentals I: Teaching and Learning for General Education. On campus students may have their screening performed by the University’s Speech, Language, and Hearing (SLH) Clinic at scheduled times to be announced during the semester. Distance learning students must contact their primary care physician for a referral to a state licensed and certified speech pathologist and to an audiologist to perform the screening. The form, “College of Education and Human Development Speech and Hearing Screening” is to be completed by the independent speech, language, and hearing professionals and submitted by the student to the MAT 610 instructor.


Individuals who pass the screening may continue with the SARTE process. Individuals who do not pass the screening must schedule diagnostic counseling with the University’s SLH Clinic or private provider within one month of the screening. Students who do not pursue diagnostic counseling will not be permitted to enroll in further professional coursework. During diagnostic counseling, clinical staff members will apprise students of the possible impact of suspected communication difficulties upon their professional training and should determine whether further Speech, Language and Hearing evaluation is needed. Following the diagnostic counseling session, the student will sign a counseling verification form.

Individuals who do not pass the speech and hearing screening but who receive diagnostic counseling can schedule professional coursework (if other course admission criteria are met) with the recognition that success in some courses may be compromised by impaired communication skills or hearing deficit. If diagnostic counseling indicates that further SLH evaluation is warranted, students will be advised, but not required to schedule an evaluation with a facility that conducts SLH evaluation and/or therapy. Students must submit written notification of their decision to elect evaluation or not to elect evaluation to the College of Education and Human Development within one month of the diagnostic counseling. If therapy is recommended, students will be advised, but not required to follow the recommendation (s) of the Speech, Language, and Hearing professional. Students must submit written notification of their decision to elect therapy or not to elect therapy to the College of Education and Human Development.


Participation and/or completion of evaluation/therapy will not exempt students from meeting the communication competencies required for completion of their professional course work. It should be noted that the speech and hearing screening is not designed to detect impairments in language comprehension/production or deficits in central auditory processing such as auditory memory, auditory discrimination, etc.
7.2 Policy for Interview Screening
All students enrolled in the MAT program will be required to participate in a screening process.
8. Student Teaching and Internship
8.1 Student Teaching Semester
Student teaching is an all day (approximately eight hours), all semester activity. The student teacher will be required to spend the full public school day, plus any additional conference or seminar time in this experience. The Director of Student Teaching will make the assignments for each student teacher. All possible considerations will be given, but it is the responsibility of the student teacher to make arrangements to meet the conditions of the assignment that is made. Student teaching must be completed in Southeastern’s service region. Those districts include the following: Ascension Parish, City of Bogalusa, East Baton Rouge Parish, Jefferson Parish (Kenner and Metairie area), Livingston Parish, St. Charles Parish, St. John Parish, St. Tammany Parish, Tangipahoa Parish, and Washington Parish.
8.2 Requirements for Student Teaching
The State Department of Education regulations for certification of teachers require that students do their student teaching under the control and supervision of the institution from which they expect to be graduated. To be eligible for student teaching, students must:

  • Make application for student teaching one semester prior to the semester during which they plan to do their student teaching. The Director of Student Teaching will assign the grade or subject, and the supervising teachers under whom the student will work.

  • Pass all required Praxis examinations: PPST, Content Specialty Area(s) and PLT.

  • Pass the Introductory Level and Developing Level of the Portfolio.

  • Complete all required MAT coursework with a cumulative 3.0 average with no grade below “C” and not more than one “C” grade on graduate work.

  • Have approval of the Director of Performance Assessment.


8.3 Internship Year

An internship may be approved in lieu of student teaching. An internship consists of two consecutive semesters of teaching at an approved school site at the appropriate grade level and in the area of certification. Students may qualify for a year long internship either inside or outside Southeastern’s service Region.


To qualify for an internship, a student must provide:

  • Verification that all pre-requisites have been met the semester prior to the Internship.

  • Verification that all required parts of the Praxis have been successfully passed.

  • Written recommendation from all of the candidates’ methods instructors and a rating using the Professional Attributes and Characteristics Scale.

  • Completed application for MAT internship.

  • Verification that the school has a state approved classification

  • Verification that the school is accredited by the regional accrediting agency

  • Verification that the principal/assistant principal has certification in the principalship and training and supervision

  • Verification that the principal/assistant principal has served in this role for a minimum of three years.

  • Signed Principal/Assistant Principal Internship Agreement form.

  • Verification that a mentor teacher, who has taught a minimum of three years in the area in the area of the intern’s certification will be assigned by the principal/assistant principal to assist the intern.

  • Signed Mentor Teacher Agreement Form

  • Verification of minimum class size in the area of certification

  • Evidence of cultural diversity within the school population.

  • A copy of the teaching schedule signed by the principal/assistant principal.

  • A copy of the Signed Internship Agreement form.

  • A copy of the contract or employment agreement after the internship has been approved.

  • Attach a copy of the teaching schedule signed by the principal/assistant principal (An elementary/special education intern must teach at the appropriate grade level (Grades 1-5; secondary majors must teach a majority of the day in their area of certification)

  • For internships outside of Southeastern’s service region, verification that a qualified external assessor will be assigned to assist the intern.

NOTE: The candidate is responsible for submitting the above documents the semester prior to beginning the internship. A complete packet should be submitted rather than item by item. Authorization to register for an internship will not be granted until all documents have been submitted.




  1. Requirements to Receive the MAT Degree

To receive the Master of Arts in Teaching degree, a student must:



  • Maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA with no grade below ‘C’ and not more than one “C” grade on graduate work

  • Students will be permitted to enroll in any MAT course only twice (withdrawing counts).

  • Students will be permitted to repeat only two MAT courses.

  • Be recommended for the degree by the student’s major professor upon completion of

all requirements stated in the degree plan.

  • Satisfactorily complete 39 semester hours of graduate work for the concentration in elementary for Grades 1-5 (add-on in special education mild-moderate) or 36 hours of MAT graduate work for the concentration in secondary education.

  • Satisfactorily complete and defend the program portfolio.

  • Pass all required PRAXIS examinations.


10. Requirements for Certification
Southeastern Louisiana University will submit signed statements to the Louisiana Department of Education which indicate that the student completing the Master of Arts in Teaching degree alternative certification path has met the following requirements:

  • Pass the PPST/CBPPST components of Praxis I;

  • Complete all coursework (master’s program) with an overall 3.0 or higher GPA;

  • Pass the specialty examination (Praxis II) for the student’s area of certification.

  1. For certification in elementary education pass the Elementary Education: Content Knowledge exam #10014. For add-on certification in special education mild moderate pass the Education of Exceptional Students Core Content Knowledge #20353 and Education of Exceptional Students Mild to Moderate Disabilities #10542 exams.




  1. For secondary education majors, pass the specialty area Praxis II exam (refer to Appendix B).

The specialty areas of certification in Grades 6-12 are:

biology and general science, business, chemistry, physics, and general science,

English, French, home economics, mathematics, and social studies.

Also, in agriculture, German, Latin, speech, and technology education which require 31hours of course work and current employment in the area of concentration.



  • Pass the Praxis II examination in Principles of Learning and Teaching appropriate for the grade level of certification. (Students seeking the add-on certification in elementary and special education-mild/ moderate will pass the two special education tests unless the PLT was passed before June 1, 2004).

For information about Praxis test dates, fees, or to order study guides and kits you may contact the Educational Testing Services at ETS P.O. Box 6051, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6051, Tel. 1-800-507-2868, www.ets.org/praxis. Refer to Appendix A for required test codes.



11. General Information

11.1 How to Drop or Add Courses
Please obtain a copy of the most current University Catalogue to follow the policies of the university regarding dropping and adding courses.
The terminology below is very important. The time in which you drop, add, resign, or withdraw courses will affect your tuition reimbursement amount:
Drop: to withdraw from the course during the registration period (check dates on calendar)

Add: to add a course during the registration period

Withdraw: to leave the course after classes begin (the later the withdrawal within specified dates, the less likely that tuition will be reimbursed)

Resign: to withdraw from all classes after classes begin
Students may also drop and add courses during the late registration period (see University Calendar http://www.selu.edu/Administration/recordsandregistration/calendar1.htm). When a course is “dropped,” it no longer appears on the student’s record. Before the “last day to withdraw or resign from the University”, a student may withdraw from a course by either completing and submitting a signed Course Withdrawal Form available in Enrollment Services, Tel. 985-549-5638, pfinch@selu.edu or by contacting the Office of Records and Registration at jpaul@selu.edu. In your e-mail, request to be withdrawn and indicate course computer number and name. Upon submission of the form or e-mail, a grade of “W” is assigned to each course withdrawn.
11.2 Textbooks
Prices of textbooks will vary. Students will purchase textbooks online using Southeastern’s online bookstore at Efollett, http://www.efollett.com or on-campus at the bookstore. The bookstore also takes phone orders and they mail the textbooks, Tel. 985-549-5393. A list of textbooks is available at the MAT webpage at www/selu/edu/mat.
11.3 Tuition Costs for In-state and Out of State Students
Students who register at Southeastern pay tuition fees that are determined by the number of semester hours scheduled. Out of State students enrolled in up to 6 semesters hours of graduate courses offered 100% via the Internet will have the out-of-state fees waived. It is necessary to contact the Controller’s Office at bschexnayder@selu.edu or Tel. 985-549-2068 to request a fee bill adjustment. Every semester the tuition costs and fees change. To find out the accurate fees of the current semester please check the fee schedule at http://www.selu.edu/Administration/Depts/Controller/

11.4 Fees

Additional charges, such as laboratory fees, ID fees, technology fees, fines, and housing, meals, vehicle registration, (for on campus students only), will appear on the fee statement as applicable. Any credits, such as scholarships and other types of aid, and prior payments, will also appear on the fee statement, with a net balance due.


11.5 Methods of Payment

Tuition and fees may be paid via SLU WebPay at http://www.selu.edu/Administration/Depts/Controller/web_pay.htm using any major credit card. Check or Money Order payments can be mailed to Southeastern Louisiana University, Attn:  Controller's Office, SLU 10720 Hammond, LA 70402 (Please include student W# or SS# in your document).




12. Financial Aid and Scholarships

12.1 Financial Aid Federal Programs
The following Federal Financial Aid Programs are available to graduate students:

Federal Work-Study Program at:



http://www.ed.gov/prog_info/SFA/StudentGuide/2000-1/fws.html

Federal Perkins Loans Program at: http://www.ed.gov/prog_info/SFA/StudentGuide/2000-1/perkins.html,

Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans Programs: http://www.ed.gov/prog_info/SFA/StudentGuide/2000-1/ffelstafford.html

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Program at: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

For additional information about financial aid contact Southeastern’s Office of Financial Aid at: http://www.selu.edu/Administration/admissionsandfinancialaid/faid/index.htm, Tel. 1-800-222-7358 or 1-985-549-2245.
12.2 Scholarship Information

For information about scholarship opportunities at Southeastern contact the Office of Financial Aid, Scholarship Services, at (504) 549-2245 or 1-800-222-SELU. It is located on North Campus Building A, Room 120. Information about scholarships can also be found on the Internet at:




  • FinAid at: http://www.finaid.org/scholarships

  • PLATO at: http://www.plato.org

  • College Board Online at: http://www.collegeboard.com

  • FastWeb at: http://www.fastweb.com/



12.3 Louisiana Teacher Tuition Exemption

The State of Louisiana provides monies for school districts to pay the tuition of full time classroom teachers. To apply for teacher tuition exemption, contact your school district’s central office.






APPENDIX A


Master of Arts in Teaching Degree Program

CHECKLIST OF REQUIREMENTS


To the MAT Student: this list will assist you in checking off the procedures and requirements from the start of the MAT program to its completion.
1. APPLICATION PROCESS
____ Submitted application to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Date: ____

____ Sent application fee to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Date: ____

____ Submitted official transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions to verify

degree and GPA. (Please have another official copy mailed to the College

of Education and Human Development to apply for your teaching certificate

upon graduation). Date: ____

____ Submitted immunization form to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Date: ____

____ Passed Praxis I - Pre-professional Skills Test (PPST) Date: ____

____ Passed Praxis II – Specialty Area Test Date: ____

____ Received letter of admission or e-mail from the Graduate Admissions Office. Date: ____

____ Received letter of admission to the MAT program from the Office of

Graduate Studies. Date: ____

____ Received welcome letter from the MAT Office Date: ____

2. REGULAR ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
____ Attended orientation meeting about the MAT program requirements. Date: ____

____ Applied for admission for full SARTE status during the MAT 610 course. Date: ____

____ Completed the Haberman pre-screener test during the MAT 610 course. Date: ____

____ Completed the speech and hearing screening during the MAT 610 course. Date: ____

____ Made a grade of B or better in the MAT 610 course. Date: ____

____ Maintained a B or better in the first 12 hours of course work

(only one C is allowed). Date: ____

____ Signed and submitted a degree plan after completing 12 hours of course work. Date: ____

____ Signed and submitted the application for candidacy to the MAT degree program. Date: ____




  1. COURSE WORK AND PRAXIS II REQUIREMENTS

____ For secondary majors: Passed PRAXIS II - Principles of Learning and

Teaching (PLT) Test Date: ____

____ For elementary education majors



  • Passed PLT Grades K-6 (#30522) Date: ____

____ Add-on in special education m/m

  • Passed the Special Education Tests #20353 and #10542 Date: ____

____ Completed successfully all these courses in my concentration area:

Course # _________Semester: ____________ Course # _________Semester: ____________

Course # _________ Semester: ____________ Course # _________Semester: ____________

Course # _________ Semester: ____________ Course # _________Semester: ____________

Course # _________ Semester: ____________ Course # _________Semester: ____________

Course # _________ Semester: ____________ Course # _________Semester: ____________

Course # _________ Semester: ____________ Course # _________Semester: ____________




  1. PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS

____ Completed Introductory Level Portfolio - Knowledge of the Learner and

the Learning Environment Date: ____

____ Completed Developing Level Portfolio – Methodology and Teaching Date: ____

____ Completed Proficiency Level Portfolio – Student Teaching or Internship Date: ____

____ Completed Oral Defense of My Portfolio Date: ____




  1. INTERNSHIP (For students employed as full-time teachers in the grade and area of certification. Two consecutive semesters required)

____ Completed and submitted the application for internship. Date: ____

____ Submitted official transcripts from all previous universities to the College

of Education and Human Development to process teaching certificate Date: _____



____ Received notification that my internship application was approved. Date: ____

____ Registered for MAT 683 course (if elementary/SPED) after approval,

MAT 687 course (if secondary) after approval. Date: ____

____ Identified my external assessor. Date: _____

____ Completed internship Fall semester: ____________Spring semester: __________



6. STUDENT TEACHING (For students not employed as teachers. One semester

required)
____ Completed and submitted application for student teaching. Date: _____

____ Submitted official transcripts from all previous universities to the College

of Education and Human Development to process teaching certificate Date: _____

____ Registered for MAT 681 course (if elementary/SPED), MAT 686 course

(if secondary) after approval. Date: _____

____ Completed student teaching. Semester:______________

7. COMPLETION OF MAT PROGRAM

___ Applied for graduation Date: ______

____ Applied for certification Date: ______

APPENDIX B

PRAXIS REQUIREMENTS


Reminder to All Students

To complete certification requirements in Louisiana, the Dean’s office must receive original copies of the passing scores on all required parts of the PRAXIS.

Remember to code (RA 6656) for Southeastern to receive an original copy of your scores.

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