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Running head: MASTERS IN ARTS TEACHING FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATION 1 Masters in Arts Teaching for Elementary Education Name Institutional Affiliation
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MASTERS IN ARTS TEACHING FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATION 2 Masters in Arts Teaching for Elementary Education The MAT degree program in elementary education offers advanced coursework in a particular academic discipline to increase one’s knowledge in a particular subject area. It usually requires a minimum of 30 semester hours in addition to the essential bachelor’s degree. It is a program targeted to people including instructors that wish to begin their teaching careers with both a master’s degree and a teaching credential (Spivy, 2010). I enrolled myself in the program and had the opportunity to amass a large amount of knowledge, competency, and expertise. Additionally, I was able to understand how the program’s outcomes enhanced my professional work.It changed my definitions of my professional goals and thinking and enabled me gather sufficient experience on how to improve student achievement. Growth of Knowledge and Competencies As a curriculum and an instructional leader, the program allowed me to gather a lot of knowledge and competencies regarding instructional planning skills. I was able to gain knowledge on the appropriate selection of materials for diverse learners, the selection of age- and ability- appropriate strategies for the content areas that exist for the students. During the rigorous classroom activities and field work, one is exposed to instances that require critical thinking. In such instances, the student teacher/instructor has to analyse a variety of issues critically that enables one to learn tools and techniques for teaching students various approaches to critical thinking (Sibbett, Polychronis & Rich, 2010). Essentially the program allows the instructional leader to pass through a process that reflects the processes in the elementary classes of children that makes him/ her learn the ropes of that particular process. I was also able to learn the importance of establishing short- and long-term goals. Setting short
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MASTERS IN ARTS TEACHING FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATION 3 and long-term goals is critical especially when the institution requires the instructor to develop a career plan for the students at the elementary level. The course program covers multiple competencies crucial in the job descriptions and activities of the instructor. For instance, I learned the tools for effective evaluation and integration of standards, assessment, learning outcomes, instructional strategies and the learning resources useful in the development and modification of the unit and lesson plans. Also, I am now able to integrate effective and appropriate presentation strategies to facilitate the planning and delivery of lessons for different groups of learners (Spivy, 2010). During the program, we were taught how to develop active learning opportunities for a variety of students. It is critical for an instructor to learn this in order to promote relevant, meaningful
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