Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Courses

EEX

EDG

Course Descriptions

EEX 6051 Creating Positive Learning Environments for Students with Disabilities (6 credit hours) 
This course presents an overview of assessment, behavior management, and instructional planning for students with disabilities. It also incorporates content about the historical and legal foundations of special education and theories and research that focus on defining, describing and intervening with students who have learning disabilities, behavior disorders, mildmoderate mental retardation, mild to moderate developmental disabilities, and physical disabilities. Finally, methods of working with families of students with disabilities and collaborating with other professionals and paraeducators are studied.

EEX 6225 Developing Individualized Educational Programs for Students with Disabilities (6 credit hours) 
This 6hour course reinforces and extends competencies in assessment, behavior management, legal and ethical foundations of special education, instructional planning, working with families, collaboration, and characteristics of disabilities. This course give special focus to ways in which effective teachers know and decide what to teach and ways in which they know that their students are learning and progressing. Content emphasizes knowledge and skills needed by teachers who are working with students who have mild disabilities and those from diverse cultural, socioeconomic and ethnic areas.

EEX 6247 Implementing and Evaluating Programs for Students with Disabilities (6 credit hours) 
This course emphasizes instructional approaches for implementing reading, math, language arts and social skills in conjunction with classroom management and motivational strategies for students with mild emotional, learning and/or cognitive disabilities. Content includes a focus on the characteristics of mild disabilities that are related to learning and cognitive processes, instructional planning, collaboration with other school professionals and families, approaches to problem solving, and social skills training. Students are to demonstrate skills in these areas by planning and implementing individualized and group instruction that incorporates instructional approaches that consider diverse characteristics of students in learning modalities, cultural, socioeconomic, and ethnic areas.

EDG 6947 MAT Internship 
The course fulfills the Florida Department of Education, teacher certification requirement for a fulltime internship in a K12 accredited school in a classroom of the intern’s area of certification. The opportunity to apply pedagogical content knowledge in a public or accredited private school classroom is a crucial component of the teacher preparation program. Additionally, this 6hour final internship reinforces competencies introduced during previous courses by connecting content about assessment, behavior management, foundations of special education, instructional planning, working with families, collaboration, and theories of disabilities with practice through the development and implementation of an action research project.