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Elementary Education Gr 1-5, M.A.T.

Ready to earn your Master of Arts in Teaching from UL Lafayette? The Master of Arts in Teaching degree program in Elementary Education is appropriate for individuals who do not hold any teaching certification. It is designed for those interested in acquiring the initial teaching skills for students at the elementary education level and, for those with French language proficiency, the pedagogical expertise required to teach in elementary French immersion programs.

Two  concentrations are offered in the  program:

  • Elementary Education Gr 1-5, M.A.T., Elementary Education concentration
  • Elementary Education Gr 1-5, M.A.T., Elementary French Immersion concentration

Both concentrations are offered in an intensive cohort design that begins in a summer session and ends, 14 months later, upon completion of the subsequent summer session. Students M.A.T. riculate as a cohort for the duration of the program, which spans four academic terms (two summer sessions bookending an academic year comprised of two regular semesters, a Fall semester and a Spring semester). New students may begin the program only in a summer session with the start of a new cohort.

The program offers courses delivered in both traditional and hybrid for M.A.T.s, and all courses include state competency requirements for K-12 classroom teachers.

Graduate School Admission Requirements

All students must meet all master's degree program admission requirements of the Graduate School. Learn more about the admission requirements for Graduate School.

The GRE requirement for admission will be waived for applicants to this program who possess an undergraduate (adjusted or cumulative) GPA of 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale). Applicants who receive the GRE waiver shall be required to submit an essay of no less than 500 words that speaks to his or her potential as an elementary/elementary French immersion teacher.

Program Admissions Requirements

In addition to the master's degree program admission requirements of the Graduate School, admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching degree program in Elementary Education Gr 1-5 with a concentration in Elementary Education Grades 1-5 or a concentration Elementary French Immersion in require all of the following requirements:

  • Submission of passing scores for the Praxis I Core Academic Skills for Educatiors- Reading, Writing, and Mathematics tests
  • Submission of passing scores for the Praxis II Praxis Elementary Content Knowledge tests-5002, 5003, 5004, and 5005
  • Successfully completion of 9 credit hours in EDCI 532, EDCI 562, and READ 502
  • Those applying to the Elementary French Immersion concentration also must demonstrate an intermediate-high level of French proficiency by either (1) having earned a four-year, undergraduate bachelor's degree in French and/or Francophone Studies or (2) a score of B1 level on the European Framework exam (DELF)/ or scoring Intermediate High on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI).

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree program in Elementary Education consists of 39 graduate credit hours that include the following components:

• Core Courses (27 credit hours)
• Residency Courses (6 credit  hours)
• Research Capstone Courses (6 credit  hours)

Both concentrations include courses in educational foundations, reading, content methodology, management, and assessment. The Elementary Education concentration includes more assignments within the core courses related to Educational Research in Elementary. The Elementary French Immersion concentration includes more assignments within the core courses related to French Immersion pedagogy and additional coursework on immersion methods and specific linguistic issues pertaining to second language acquisition and the teaching of content courses in another language; in addition, candidates in this concentration must attain the advanced-low level to participate in the residency and an advanced-mid oral language proficiency level to complete the degree.

Core Courses

All students must complete the following 27 credit hours of required core coursework:

• EDCI 502 -  M.A.T Elementary Classroom Management  3 Credit(s).
• READ 502 -Literacy and Integrated Elementary Writing Methods 3 Credit(s).
• EDCI 552- M.A.T M.A.T.heM.A.T.ics Pedagogical Content Knowledge 3 Credit(s).
• READ 520 - Developmental Reading 3 Credit(s).
• EDCI 512- M.A.T Elementary Science & Social Studies Pedagogy 3 Credit(s).
• EDCI 532 -  M.A.T Elementary Classroom Assessment 3 Credit(s).
• SPED 502- Educating the Exceptional Child 3 Credit(s).
• READ 523 - Diagnosis of Reading Disabilities 3 Credit(s).
• EDCI 562 - Educational Diversity and Psychology in the Elementary School 3 Credit(s).

Residency Course

All students are required to complete 6 hours of the following residency course over two semesters of study (Residency A in the Fall semester and Residency B in the Spring semester):

• EDCI 593 - Elementary M.A.T Residency A 3 Credit(s).
• EDCI 594 - Elementary M.A.T Residency B 3 Credit(s).

Research Capstone Courses

Candidates for the M.A.T. degree in Elementary Education shall demonstrate a general, comprehensive knowledge of the field of study upon successful fulfillment of the requirements of the following concentration-specific research capstone courses:

• Elementary Education concentration: EDCI 5XX or SPED 5XX 3 Credit(s) (chosen in consultation with advisor) and EDCI 572 - Current Issues in  K-12 Instruction Practicum 3 Credit(s)

• Elementary French Immersion concentration: FREN 401G - Literary or Linguistics Studies II (with course subtitle Crosslinguistic Analysis) 3 Credit(s) and EDCI 5XX - Elementary Immersion Methods-French 3 Credit(s)
Progression

The order in which students shall complete the above degree requirements will depend upon the concentration pursued. Upon application, students shall choose a concentration and, upon admission and registration, they shall complete the concentration pathway as outlined below.

Elementary Education concentration

Summer I:

• EDCI 562 - Educational Diversity and Psychology in the Elementary School 3 Credit(s).
• READ 502 - Literacy and Integrated Elementary Writing Methods 3 Credit(s).
• EDCI 532- M.A.T. Elementary Classroom Assessment 3 Credit(s).

Fall:
• Residency A: EDCI 593- Elementary M.A.T. Residency A 3 Credit(s).
• EDCI 552-M.A.T. M.A.T.heM.A.T.ics Pedagogical Content Knowledge 3 Credit(s).
• EDCI 502-M.A.T. Elementary Classroom Management 3 Credit(s).
• EDCI 5XX or  SPED 5XX elective course chosen in consultation with advisor 3 Credit(s).

Spring:
• Residency B: EDCI 594- Elementary M.A.T. Residency B 3 Credit(s).
• READ 520 - Developmental Reading 3 Credit(s).
• EDCI 572 - Current Issues in K-12 Instruction Practicum 3 Credit(s).

Summer II:
• SPED 502 -  Educating the Exceptional Child 3 Credit(s).
• READ 523 - Diagnosis of Reading Disabilities 3 Credit(s).
• EDCI 512 -  M.A.T. Elementary Science & Social Studies Pedagogy 3 Credit(s).

Elementary French Immersion concentration

Summer I:
• READ 502 - Literacy and Integrated Elementary Writing Methods  3 Credit(s).
• EDCI 562- Educational Diversity and Psychology in the Elementary School. Department of Curriculum & Instruction 3 Credit(s).
• EDCI 532- M.A.T. Elementary Classroom Assessment 3 Credit(s).
• Optional Enrichment:  Summer French Immersion at Ste. Anne University.

Fall:
• Residency A: EDCI 593- Elementary M.A.T. Residency A 3 Credit(s).
(Enrollment requires Advanced Low language level proficiency.)
• EDCI 552- M.A.T. M.A.T.heM.A.T.ics Pedagogical Content Knowledge 3 Credit(s).
• EDCI 502 - M.A.T. Elementary Classroom Management 3 Credit(s).
• EDCI 579 - Elementary Immersion Methods: French 3 Credit(s).

Spring:
• Residency B: EDCI 594- Elementary M.A.T. Residency B 3 Credit(s).
(Enrollment requires Advanced Low language level proficiency.)
• READ 520 - Developmental Reading 3 Credit(s).

• FREN 401(G) - Literary or Linguistics Studies II (with course subtitle Crosslinguistic Analysis) 3 Credit(s).

Summer II:
• SPED 502 - Educating the Exceptional Child 3 Credit(s).
• READ 523 - Diagnosis of Reading Disabilities 3 Credit(s).
• EDCI 512 - M.A.T. Elementary Science & Social Studies Pedagogy 3 Credit(s).

There is no thesis requirement.