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Department of Teacher Education

Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum

Course Offerings in the Department of Teacher Education

Courses listed below are generally approved for the MATC student program plan. Please note: You may look beyond this MATC course list and include courses approved by your advisor. (Note "Effective Dates" indicates when course was/will be first offered.) See additional College of Education department listings in CEP, EAD, KIN and our Concentration and Electives page for other course options for the MATC.

MSU's Schedule of Courses provides a comprehensive listing of all MSU course offerings. This site is searchable by course department and may be limited to create searches only for online, onsite, hybrid and other specific types of courses, etc.

The Schedule of Courses is also the preferred vehicle for course enrollment. Because of the considerable number of courses at the M.A. level which are restricted, we highly advise students not to use WebEnroll at MSU as restricted courses will not show up in search of "open" sections. Additionally, the Schedule of Courses offers criticial information on the section line for each course, including special courses which must be added through online form requests.

Please contact the MATC office or the program advisor with any questions about specific course offerings or more general questions about selecting courses for your program.

Course Descriptions (Department of Teacher Education)

Course Number Title Credits
All the following courses:
TE 805 Learning Mathematics with Technology 3
Current technologies for teaching and learning mathematics with understanding. Technology for multiple representations of mathematical ideas, modeling, and authentic learning environments. Psychological and mathematical perspectives on learning mathematics.
Interdepartmental With: Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education
Administered By: Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education
Effective Dates: SPRING 2002 - Open
TE 806 Learning Science with Technology 3
Possibilities, ideas, and issues associated with teaching science with technology. How K-12 teachers use Internet resources (e.g. simulations, databases, communities) to facilitate science learning. Contemporary conceptual perspectives from educational psychology on important issues of learning.
Interdepartmental With: Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education
Administered By: Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education
Effective Dates: SPRING 2002 - Open
TE 807 Professional Development and Inquiry 3
Teacher-centered inquiry through autobiography and documentation of self as learner. Relationship of personal research to classroom-based research. Application to practice.
Effective Dates: SUMMER 2009 - Open
TE 808 Inquiry into Classroom Teaching and Learning 3
Alternative forms of classroom inquiry to improve teaching and learning of subject matter. Social context of teaching and learning, pedagogy, and teaching effects. Social and academic outcomes for diverse learners.
Effective Dates: SUMMER 2009 - Open
TE 810 History of American Education 3
Social and intellectual history of educational ideals and institutions. Legacies of reform initiatives. Evolution of the education profession.
Effective Dates: FALL 1992 - Open
TE 811 Philosophical Inquiry and Contemporary Issues in Education 3
Philosophies of education. Analytic tools used for evaluating current educational goals, practices, issues, and reforms.
Effective Dates: FALL 1992 - Open
TE 812 Sociological Inquiry into Education 3
Relationships of educational organizations and practices to social structures and institutions.
Effective Dates: FALL 1992 - Open
TE 818 Curriculum In Its Social Context 3
Philosophical, social, and historical foundations of curriculum. Issues and practices across subjects, grades, and school settings. Moral consequences of curriculum decisions for teachers and students.
Effective Dates: SUMMER 2009 - Open
TE 820 Power and Pluralism in School Practice 3
Connections between schools and diversity, inequality, and power in society. Genesis and consequences of school policies for diverse learners.
Effective Dates: FALL 1992 - Open
TE 821 Race and Educational Policy in the United States 3
Educational policy in relation to race in the United States. Efforts to promote equity through racially sensitive curricular and instructional practices.
Effective Dates: FALL 2003 - Open
TE 822 Issues of Culture in Classroom and Curriculum 3
Socio-cultural contexts and functions of schooling. Cultural diversity in education. Schools and classrooms as cultural systems. Students' cultural backgrounds in relation to curriculum. Developing effective multicultural curricula for all students.
Effective Dates: FALL 1992 - Open
TE 823 Learning Communities and Equity 3
Cooperative grouping and heterogeneous learning teams. Impact of learning communities on equity and on school curricula.
Effective Dates: FALL 1992 - Open
TE 825 Diverse Learners and Learning Subject Matter 3
Multiple perspectives on teaching subject matter to diverse learners. Texts, curricula, and pedagogical approaches. Subject-specific issues related to classroom diversity.
Effective Dates: FALL 1992 - Open
TE 826 Evaluation of Educational Programs and Policies 3
Qualitative and quantitative methods to assess the effectiveness of public policies and resulting educational programs. Theory and practice of program evaluation.
Recommended Background: CEP 822
Interdepartmental With: Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education
Administered By: Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education
Effective Dates: FALL 1995 - Open
TE 830 Designing Interdisciplinary Curricula 3
Historical and conceptual analyses of ways to design, organize, and integrate curricula across subject areas. Evaluation and application of criteria for planning and teaching interdisciplinary curricula.
Effective Dates: FALL 1992 - Open
TE 831 Teaching School Subject Matter with Technology 3
Uses of technologies in teaching subject matter to diverse learners. Critical perspectives on technologies in schools.
Effective Dates: FALL 1992 - Open
TE 835 Theory and Research on the Teaching of Writing 3
Social, cognitive, and developmental perspectives on teaching writing. Implications for curriculum and instruction in middle and secondary schools.
Semester Alias: TE 883D
Effective Dates: FALL 2003 - Open
TE 836 Awards and Classics of Children's Literature 3
Critical examination of literary classics and award books for children, including children's responses to this literature.
Recommended Background: TE 849
Semester Alias: TE 883B
Effective Dates: FALL 2003 - Open
TE 838 Children's Literature in Film 3
Applies media and film studies perspectives to films created from children's literature.
Semester: Summer of every year
Effective Dates: SUMMER 2009 - Open
TE 840 No longer offered (See TE 807) 3
Relationships between language processes and schooling.
Restrictions: Open only to graduate students in Literacy Instruction.
Effective Dates: FALL 1992 - Open
TE 841 No longer offered (See TE 873) 3
Psychological foundations of literacy instruction, including theories and models of reading and writing. Psychological processes, social and contextual factors, and text features relevant to literacy instruction.
Recommended Background: TE 840
Restrictions: Open only to graduate students in Literacy Instruction.
Effective Dates: FALL 1995 - Open
TE 842 Advanced Methods of Elementary School Reading 3
Methods and materials for teaching developmental and content area reading in grades K-8.
Effective Dates: SUMMER 2009 - Open
TE 843 Reading, Writing, and Reasoning in Secondary School Subjects 3
Knowledge and methodology for teaching language, literacy, and thinking in selected secondary school subjects.
Effective Dates: SUMMER 2009 - Open
TE 844 Classroom Literacy Assessment (NO LONGER OFFERED) 3
Knowledge and methodology about ongoing and summative types of classroom assessment in oral language, reading, and writing at the elementary and secondary levels.
Effective Dates: SUMMER 2009 - Open
TE 845 Language Diversity and Literacy Instruction 3
Acquisition of literacy in schools by language minority students and other learners with diverse backgrounds.
Recommended Background: One introductory linguistics course.
Effective Dates: SUMMER 2009 - Open
TE 846 Accommodating Differences in Literacy Learners 3
Developmental processes, instructional practices, and assessment principles that contribute to effective learning of reading and writing. Teaching methods for accommodating the different needs of individual literacy learners.
TE 846 can be used to satisfy the new reading requirement for the Michigan Professional Certificate.
Recommended Background: Access to two K-12 students for course requirement to conduct two case studies.
Effective Dates: SUMMER 2007 - Open
TE 847 Methods for Teaching Language Arts (NO LONGER OFFERED) 3
Methods and materials for teaching listening, speaking, reading, and writing with emphasis on language development across the curriculum.
Effective Dates: SUMMER 2009 - Open
TE 848 Writing Assessment and Instruction 3
Rationale and methods for writing instruction from pre-writing through drafting and editing.
Recommended Background: TE 847
Effective Dates: SUMMER 2009 - Open
TE 849 Methods and Materials for Teaching Children's and Adolescent Literature 3
Evaluation and utilization of various genres and elements of literature with focus on literature for students in grades K-12.
Effective Dates: SUMMER 2009 - Open
TE 850 Critical Reading for Children and Adolescents 3
Teaching and learning of critical and aesthetic responses to literature for K-12 students.
Prerequisite: TE 849
Effective Dates: SUMMER 2009 - Open
TE 851 Literacy for the Young Child in Home and School 3
Literacy development in children from early infancy through age six, with emphasis on evaluation and utilization of writings for young children.
Recommended Background: TE 849
Effective Dates: SUMMER 2009 - Open
TE 853 Corrective and Remedial Literacy Instruction in the Classroom 3
Causes and correlates of individual differences in literacy abilities, especially among disabled readers and writers. Individualized reading diagnosis and corrective treatment plans and procedures for K-12 students and/or adult/alternative classes.
Effective Dates: SPRING 2002 - Open
TE 854 Clinical Literacy Instruction 3
Clinical applications of corrective and remedial assessment and instruction for individuals with severe complex literacy problems. Assessment and treatment for students and/or adults with severe and complex reading/literacy and reading/literacy related difficulties.
Recommended Background: TE 843
Effective Dates: SPRING 2002 - Open
TE 855 Teaching School Mathematics 3
Methods, materials, activities, and content important to teaching mathematics. Emphasis on conceptual understanding of mathematical ideas. Implications for lesson development, teaching diverse learners, and evaluating student learning.
Recommended Background: Two undergraduate mathematics courses.
Effective Dates: FALL 1992 - Open
TE 856 Alternatives in School Mathematics Curriculum 3
Selection and appraisal of mathematics curricula. Uses of materials in the classroom. Representation of selected mathematical content for diverse learners.
Recommended Background: Two undergraduate mathematics courses.
Effective Dates: FALL 1992 - Open
TE 857 Teaching and Learning Mathematical Problem Solving 3
Alternative approaches to solving mathematical problems and incorporating problem solving into K-12 teaching. Selection, appraisal, and uses of problems in the classroom. Materials and assessment strategies.
Recommended Background: Two undergraduate mathematics courses.
Effective Dates: FALL 1992 - Open
TE 860 Practice and Inquiry in Science Education 3
Teaching science subjects. Emphasis on learner diversity, learning community, conceptual understanding, subject matter content, and learners' prior knowledge.
Effective Dates: FALL 1992 - Open
TE 861A Teaching Science for Understanding 3
Responses to contemporary over-emphasis on memorization and coverage of content knowledge in science teaching. Theoretical knowledge, techniques, and practical skills necessary to teach science for understanding.
Recommended Background: A teaching certificate with concentration in science teaching at elementary or secondary level. Enrollees should be teaching or otherwise have access to a classroom for the practical components of this course.
Effective Dates: SPRING 2004 - Open
TE 861B Inquiry, Nature of Science, and Science Teaching 3
Inquiry and the nature of science as part of current science education reforms. Theoretical knowledge and practical skills for including inquiry and the nature of science in science instruction.
Recommended Background: A teaching certificate with concentration in science teaching at elementary or secondary level. Enrollees should be teaching or otherwise have access to a classroom for the practical components of this course.
Effective Dates: SPRING 2004 - Open
TE 861C Action Research in K-12 Science and Mathematics Classrooms 3
Philosophy and methods supporting action research in sciences and mathematics classrooms. Design and implementation of an action research project in student’s own setting. Analyzing, interpreting, and reporting project results. Reflection on study’s value.
Prerequisite: (TE 861A or concurrently) or TE 861B
Recommended Background: A teaching certificate with concentration in science teaching at elementary or secondary level. Enrollees should be teaching or otherwise have access to a classroom for the practical components of this course.
Effective Dates: SPRING 2004 - Open
TE 865 Teaching and Learning K-12 Social Studies 3
Purposes for teaching and learning social studies. Developing citizenship, social science reasoning, and content knowledge with diverse learners.
Effective Dates: SUMMER 2009 - Open
TE 866 K-12 Social Studies Curriculum 3
Issues and practices in social studies from historical, philosophical, and epistemological perspectives. Student diversity and the social studies curriculum. Reforms and needed research in social studies education.
Effective Dates: FALL 1992 - Open
TE 867 Perspectives in Social Studies: Global Education 3
Issues affecting the global community. Educational strategies for developing a global perspective on human relationships and the environment.
Effective Dates: SUMMER 2005 - Open
TE 868 Perspectives in Social Studies: Law-Related Education 3
Intellectual, social, and personal premises for law-related education. Strategies for curricular infusion.
Effective Dates: FALL 1992 - Open
TE 870 Curriculum Design, Development, and Deliberation in Schools 3
Simulation in group curriculum deliberation. Critique of curriculum discourse, process, and product. Teachers' roles in site-based curriculum and staff development.
Prerequisite: (TE 807 or TE 808) and (TE 801 or TE 818)
Effective Dates: SUMMER 2009 - Open
TE 872 Teachers as Teacher Educators 3
Experienced teachers' contributions to the professional development of novice teachers. Implications for school change.
Prerequisite: (TE 807 or TE 808) and (TE 801 or TE 818)
Effective Dates: SUMMER 2009 - Open
TE 873 Literacy Leadership 3
Leadership roles for teachers in developing and improving literacy programs at preschool, K-12, college, and adult education levels. Assessing local needs in the context of national and state professional standards for literacy instruction. Maximizing use of resources. Evaluating programs and communicating evaluation results.
Recommended Background:     Nine credits in reading or language arts and classroom teaching experience.
Effective Dates: FALL 2003 - Open
TE 877 Community Literacy 3
Applied research in a community organization, non-profit agency, workplace, or school. Theories and designs of service learning pedagogies.
Restrictions: Open only to doctoral students in the Rhetoric and Writing major or master's students in the Digital Rhetoric and Professional Writing major or graduate students in the Department of English or College of Education.
Interdepartmental With: Arts and Letters
Administered By: Arts and Letters
Effective Dates: FALL 2005 - Open
TE 879 Teaching College Mathematics 3
Curriculum materials, case studies, approaches to teaching and student learning of particular mathematics topics.
Reenrollment Information: A student may earn a maximum of 6 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Recommended Background: Past or concurrent mathematics teaching experience.
Interdepartmental With: Science and Mathematics Education, Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education, Mathematics
Administered By: Science and Mathematics Education
Effective Dates: SPRING 2006 - SUMMER 2009
TE 882 Seminars in Curriculum and Teaching 1-4
Intensive study of selected topics in curriculum and teaching.
Reenrollment Information: A student may earn a maximum of 9 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Effective Dates: FALL 2002 - Open
TE 883 Seminars in Literacy Instruction 1-4
Intensive study of selected topics in literacy instruction.
Reenrollment Information: A student may earn a maximum of 9 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Effective Dates: SUMMER 2009 - Open
TE 890 Independent Study 1-6
Supervised individual study in an area of curriculum, teaching, or schooling.
Reenrollment Information: A student may earn a maximum of 9 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Effective Dates: SUMMER 2004 - Open
TE 891 Special Topics in Teaching, Curriculum, and Schooling 1-4
Current special topics in various fields of teacher education.
Reenrollment Information: A student may earn a maximum of 15 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Effective Dates: SUMMER 2003 - Open
TE 891A Special Topics in Science Education 1-4
Issues related to teaching K-12 school subjects to diverse learners.
Reenrollment Information: A student may earn a maximum of 9 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Restrictions: Open to masters students or doctoral students.
Effective Dates: FALL 1995 - Open
TE 892 ESL Classroom Practice: K-12 Literacy Instruction 3
Classroom management for the teaching of English as a second language in K-12 settings. Lesson planning and materials development. Adapting authentic materials. Microteaching.
Corequisite: LLT 807 concurrently
Effective Dates: SUMMER 2009 - Open
TE 894 Laboratory and Field Experiences in Teaching, Curriculum, and Schooling 1-6
Supervised graduate practica and internships in curriculum, teaching, and schooling.
Reenrollment Information: A student may earn a maximum of 9 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Effective Dates: SUMMER 2009 - Open
TE 895 Research Ethics 1
Identifying and resolving ethical problems in research. Collegial interactions. Authorship, publication, and reviewing practices. Data management. Ownership of data and intellectual property. Conflicts of interest. Protection of human and animal subjects. Lab safety and compliance.
Restrictions: Open to graduate students.
Semester Alias: PES 895
Interdepartmental With: Kinesiology, Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education, Educational Administration
Administered By: Kinesiology
Effective Dates: FALL 2006 - Open
TE 896 ESL Practicum: K-12 2
Syllabus and lesson plan development for a four-week English as a second language field experience in a K-12 setting.
Prerequisite: TE 892
Effective Dates: SUMMER 2009 - Open