The Department of Teacher Education's Masters Program in Teaching and Curriculum (MATC) is designed for beginning and experienced teachers alike, the majority of whom are teaching full time and all of whom are deeply committed to public education and teaching P-12 students. Participation in the MATC program requires a deep, dual commitment to teachers’ learning as well as to students’ learning. Our program tailors coursework to meet our students’ individual interests while focusing on the program goals of:
- Engaging in critical inquiry
- Developing as accomplished teachers
- Becoming teacher leaders
Applicants to the MATC may presently apply to:
The Online MATC program -- with the exception of the ESL K-12 endorsement option, all requirements for the MATC may be met entirely online. **
All program requirements must be completed within 5 (five) years.
**Currently, LLT courses requirement for new K12-ESL endorsement are not available online.
- Get the help you need to get off to a good start, and don’t feel isolated in your first job! Join other former MSU interns and graduates of other teacher preparation programs in further study in a collegial community.
- Meet the Michigan Department of Education requirements for professional development and maintaining your provisional certificate.
- Align your personal goals and Individual Professional Development Plan with MATC goals, courses, and inquiry within these.
- Apply for your Professional Certificate upon completion of the MATC program.
- Earn your master’s degree!
- Pursue or renew your professional certificate and design your own professional development to address your individual needs and interests.
- Expand your professional knowledge, skills, and repertoire in teaching subject matter that is research-based, disciplined-based, and learner-centered.
- Earn a Michigan endorsement in K-12 World Languages, ESL, or Special Education.
- Develop and expand your influence and leadership potential in your grade level, subject area, department, or school to make a difference for colleagues, students, and your community.
- Explore how you might mentor and support “teacher preparation” students or beginning teachers in your school as you critically reflect on and reexamine your own learning as a teacher to date in our courses—up close and personal.
- Following your MATC program, pursue your scholarly interests further at the doctoral level. Apply to our TE doctoral program in your area of interest or specialization; research, write, publish, and teach at the post-secondary or university level.
- Whether you are a relatively new teacher or more experienced in teaching at the K-12 or university level, expand your professional knowledge in your area of interest or subject area that is research-based and cutting edge with nationally- and internationally-recognized scholars/faculty at MSU.
- Participate in many of the campus-wide events and opportunities provided for international students at MSU through the Office for International Students and Scholars.
- Participate in LATTICE, “Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education”; visit U.S. schools and observe in K-12 schools.
- Contribute to U.S. teachers’ global understanding of education from different perspectives, cultures, and educational systems.
- Partner with an MATC peer to study or participate in his/her classroom activities; or conduct an observational or interview study in a local school or classroom as your MATC inquiry project.
- If you “tutor” others once here in the U.S., study your own practice and students’ learning—just like the U.S. teachers will do.
- Study/analyze videotaped cases of teaching and teachers’ scholarship of teaching.
- Tailor some of your program to include courses in Educational Administration, ESL, teaching with technology, comparative education, or a subject specialization.
MATC Program Goals and Standards
(for a page with a complete description, please click here)
Standard 1: Understanding and commitment to students and their diversity
Standard 2: Understanding of subject matter, how to teach It, and how to design curriculum,
instruction, and assessment to foster students’ understanding
Standard 3: Understanding and use of theoretical perspectives and conceptual frameworks to situate and analyze Issues and problems of practice and policy
Standard 4: Reflective, systematic inquiry and study/refinement of one’s practice
Standard 5: Communication skills and information literacy
Standard 6: Proactive participation in collaborative initiatives, professional learning communities, professional organizations, and teacher leadership beyond the classroom
Goal 1: Critical Inquiry
Goal 2: Accomplished Teaching
Goal 3: Collaborative Professional Development, Teacher Leadership, Contributions to the Field