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Master in Teaching Faculty Bent on Ensuring Success and Offering Flexibility
If you are thinking about becoming a teacher and considering graduate school, you should consider the CityU Master in Teaching (MIT) program; especially, if you are looking for a small-school feel and supportive faculty.
The size of the program makes it feel like a learning community.
“The faculty members are what make CityU such a great place to get a master’s degree in education,” said Brittany Sherlock, who teaches second and third grade students at First Place School in Seattle.
“The CityU associate faculty members are very knowledgeable and open about what to expect in the classroom. They tell you about the real world of teaching,” Sherlock added.
She also maintains that her professors were very supportive during her student-teaching experience, which she performed with the First Place School.
“Many of my students had learning disabilities and other challenges. Yet, my instructors had an open-door policy and always lent me an ear. They answered my questions and provided me with valuable advice. And, because of my student-teaching experience, I developed good classroom-management skills,” Sherlock said.
The CityU MIT program boasts faculty members who are themselves in the trenches.
According to Dale Fortenbacher, the faculty MIT program coordinator, “The majority of our instructors are practicing teachers. In other education programs at larger universities, the faculty members are usually just professors in their education departments.”
CityU’s MIT candidates benefit from the program’s instructors who are currently teaching. The instructors are intimately aware of the changes taking place in school districts around the state; therefore, they are able to advise and prepare master candidates for the current work environment, Fortenbacher observed.
Moreover, the program provides candidates with reality-based learning experiences to prepare them for the practice of teaching.
“My CityU class wants to hear about my real-life teaching experiences. So, when I instruct the class, I provide actual examples of past student assignments,” said Laura Lundquist, a Principal Faculty in the Albright School of Education, who has years of experience in teaching sixth grade in the Edmonds School District.
To best prepare graduate students, CityU instructors, like Ms. Lundquist, dedicate in-class time teaching candidates how they can research different community environments of varying school districts.
According to Ms. Lundquist, “I have my graduate students use the Washington State Office of Public Instruction (OSPI) website to research helpful information, such as state standards and grade-level expectations for different subjects like math, reading, and art.”
“[By researching these standards] our candidates can see what classroom targets they should be meeting,” she added.
The flexibility of the MIT program’s schedule facilitates the availability of instructors who are concurrently working as full-time teachers; just as it allows for full-time workers to attain their educational goal of getting their Master in Teaching.
“We schedule our classes during the evenings and on Saturdays so our instructors can work their teaching jobs, while being available to instruct our Master’s candidates,” said Mr. Fortenbacher.
Because classes are scheduled in the evening and/or on Saturday, Master’s candidates also have the flexibility to concurrently fulfill their work, life and family obligations during this program.
“The schedule was perfect for me. I went to classes on Saturdays because I was working full-time,” said Sherlock.
Does this sound like something you would be interested in? You can learn more about the CityU Master in Education (MIT) by going here.
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