Teaching and Learning
The M.A.T. and M.Ed. teacher candidate outcomes are designed to develop habits of reflection, responsiveness and persistence in order to relentlessly focus on student access, learning needs, well-being and achievement.
Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to demonstrate the ability to
- Be proficient in state and national standards and in professional association requirements for teachers and administrators.
- Have the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to be effective teachers and administrators in a variety of educational environments and at different levels.
- Communicate effectively in both oral and written formats to a variety of audiences.
- Understand human, cultural and societal issues related to education and to practice legal, ethical and socially responsible behavior.
Education master's-level programs include an M.Ed. program in Teaching and Learning for those who are currently teachers, and an M.A.T. program in Teacher Education for those who want to become teachers. Both programs offer JWU's own distinct brand of professionally focused education, providing current and future teachers with the professional skills, knowledge and dispositions needed to improve student learning in an increasingly diverse educational environment.
Teaching and Learning (M.Ed.)
The Master of Education in Teaching and Learning at Johnson & Wales is a two-year course of study designed to develop master teachers. The program is aligned to National Board Standards and affords practicing teachers an opportunity to use their classrooms as learning laboratories to improve their teaching skills.
The program is designed as a cohort model, which means that students move together as a professional learning community through the required sequence of courses.
Participants in the program examine teaching and learning through six comprehensive course modules and the completion of a capstone project. Throughout the program, the emphasis is on the integration of theory, research and application. Key program features include
- Problem-based learning — learning experiences that include authentic problems and issues from K-16 classrooms and schools
- Applied research — a direct application of theory through the role of teacher as researcher
- Collaborative learning — the development of a community of learners where participants and faculty support and enhance learning
- Technology integration — the incorporation of information technology tools throughout the program
- Experiential learning — university-based learning applied immediately in each participant's own classroom setting, tying together new learning, research-based best practices, and ongoing reflection in an effort to improve the learning of his/her current students
M.Ed. Admission Requirements
To be considered for acceptance into the M.Ed. program, applicants must possess a bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75 from an accredited institution of higher education. In addition, the applicant must be a practicing teacher. Applicants must also submit a completed application package in accordance with JWU's admission policies. This package must include
- a completed application to the program
- an official copy of the undergraduate transcript
- two letters of recommendation
- documentation of employment in a teaching situation in K-16
Although degree candidates in the program will be expected to complete the entire sequence of course modules, individuals will be able to take a single course for graduate credit prior to making the decision to enroll in the full program. To take more than one course, enrollment in the program is required.
Successful candidates in this program are expected to work collaboratively with others, apply theory and knowledge gained through the Master of Education in Teaching and Learning program to their classroom and school, and continuously develop their expertise in the area of teaching and learning. The program requires the following:
- Successful completion of six course modules
- Successful completion of a capstone project
- Compliance with all Johnson & Wales University policies
Teaching and Learning (M.Ed.)