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At Clark, we prepare teachers to transform lives. As the only teacher preparation and initial licensure program of its kind to earn approval with distinction from the Massachusetts Department of Education, our M.A. in Teaching enables candidates to become effective, long-term teachers in urban settings.

Our intensive program – which runs for one year from May to May – includes full immersion at one of six partner schools within the Worcester Public Schools system. We believe that building meaningful relationships lies at the heart of effective teaching, especially within the large school settings where urban teachers often work. Our thoughtful, intentional placements allow you to work closely with a schoolteacher, university mentor, and unique classroom of students, providing exceptional hands-on learning opportunities and preparing you to become a successful, effective educator.

Why Study at Clark?

  • Learn from a team of scholar-practitioners dedicated to transforming urban education.
  • Participate in a highly supportive, intensive teaching placement that provides the experience and training necessary to support powerful student learning.
  • Teach at one of our six urban partner schools, including the nationally recognized University Park Campus School.
  • Participate in the only program of its kind to earn approval with distinction from the Massachusetts Department of Education.

Faculty Focus

Teaching high school students

Helping new immigrants achieve their dreams

Assistant Professor Jie Park earned a National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship in support of her research on literacy education and development among recently arrived immigrants who are entering high school.

Recent-arrival adolescents are expected to master disciplinary knowledge and concepts while learning English as an additional language
—Jie Park, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

The Essentials

Program Overview

Our curriculum will expose you to engaging coursework and immerse you in the community and school system as you learn about the philosophy of education and the unique challenges of teaching in an urban setting. Our yearlong, cohort-based program begins in May with classroom-based learning. Courses covering curriculum planning are also open to veteran teachers within the Worcester Public Schools system, creating a unique classroom environment in which experienced educators and M.A. candidates exchange perspectives and learn from each other. In August you’ll be placed in a classroom at one of our partner schools, where you will observe and assist an experienced teacher.

Over the course of the school year, you gradually assume greater responsibilities, with late afternoon coursework at Clark complementing and reinforcing practical experience gained in the classroom. By the conclusion of the program, you will qualify for teacher licensure in Massachusetts.

Master of Arts in Teaching Middle (5-8) and High School (8-12)

Term: Summer

EDUC   311      TEACHING & LEARNING I
EDUC   348      UNDERSTANDING BEST PRACTICE

One of the following Curriculum & Knowing courses, corresponding to your teaching field:

EDUC   342      CURRICULUM & KNOWING IN SCIENCE
EDUC   353      CURRICULUM & KNOWING IN ART
EDUC   354      CURRICULUM & KNOWING IN HISTORY
EDUC   355      CURRICULUM & KNOWING IN THE HUMANITIES
EDUC   357      CURRICULUM & KNOWING IN MATHEMATICS

Term: Fall

FULL-TIME CLASSROOM PLACEMENT
EDUC   308      LITERACY ACROSS THE CURRICULUM
EDUC   359      TEACHING & LEARNING II (MID/SEC)
EDUC   380      TEACHING ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS

One of the following Ways of Knowing courses, corresponding to your teaching field:

EDUC   385      WAYS OF KNOWING IN HISTORY
EDUC   389      WAYS OF KNOWING IN THE HUMANITIES
EDUC   387      WAYS OF KNOWING IN MATHEMATICS
EDUC   386      WAYS OF KNOWING IN THE NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES
EDUC   399      DIRECTED STUDY (Visual Art or Spanish, which includes second language acquisition)

Term: Spring

FULL-TIME CLASSROOM PLACEMENT
EDUC   361                  HUMAN DEVELOPMENT & LEARNING
EDUC   362                  TEACHING AND LEARNING III (Mid/Sec)
EDUC   378 or 379       PRACTICUM: SECONDARY EDUCATION Middle or Secondary

Term: Summer

EDUC   311      TEACHING & LEARNING I
EDUC   357      CURRICULUM & KNOWING IN MATHEMATICS

Term: Fall

FULL-TIME CLASSROOM PLACEMENT
EDUC   359      TEACHING & LEARNING II
EDUC   360      LITERACY DEVELOPMENT
EDUC   383      WAYS OF KNOWING IN HISTORY (half-unit course)
EDUC   384      WAYS OF KNOWING IN THE HUMANITIES (half-unit course)
EDUC   387      WAYS OF KNOWING IN MATHEMATICS 

Term: Spring

FULL-TIME CLASSROOM PLACEMENT
EDUC   361      HUMAN DEVELOPMENT & LEARNING
EDUC   362      TEACHING AND LEARNING III
EDUC   380      TEACHING ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS
EDUC   388      PRACTICUM: ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
EDUC   386      WAYS OF KNOWING IN THE NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES

  • Assume full responsibility of a class of elementary, middle school, or high school students
  • Understand and develop solutions to the everyday challenges of teaching
  • Connect curriculum to students’ lives
  • Help students discover the power of their minds and voices
  • Recognize and meet the needs of a diverse population of students
  • Collaborate with peer educators to develop lesson plans and targeted interventions
  • Appreciate the interconnected role schools and teachers play in urban communities

Requirements

10 courses, including a teaching practicum

  • Middle- and secondary-level students take an additional course corresponding to their teaching field.

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