Apr 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Shepherd University Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Shepherd University Catalog

4+1 BA History/Education Minor to MAT and Teacher Certification


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Eligibility:

Accelerated Pathway Candidates can apply for admission to the Accelerated MAT Pathway after the conclusion of their sophomore year.

 

Requirements for admission:
  • Overall GPA 3.0
  • Content GPA 3.0
  • Grade of C or Better in ENGL 101, ENGL 102, and COMM 202
  • Passing Scores on Praxis CORE or Documentation of Exemption
  • Endorsement from undergraduate academic advisor for following:
    • Ability to handle graduate level coursework concurrently with undergraduate courses.
    • Ability to manage complex schedule involving field placement.
    • Interpersonal abilities to work with teachers and public school students.

 

Accelerated Program Details:

Once admitted to the accelerated pathway, the student must maintain 3.0 GPA in all 5XX courses.

Upon graduation, the student would continue in the MAT program.

 

All social studies teaching concentration coursework should be completed prior to the completion of the BA. Current teaching concentration requirements can be found at https://www.shepherd.edu/mat/.

A 4+1 registration form which requires both undergraduate and graduate advisor signatures is necessary for enrollment in graduate level classes prior to the undergraduate graduation. This form should be turned into the registrar to authorize course registration at the appropriate level and assign waivers to undergraduate requirements once the graduate course is satisfactorily completed.

A maximum of 12 credits may be taken at the graduate level prior to the undergraduate graduation.

 

History to MAT 4+1 Suggested Course Sequence:  

Courses in Bold are specifically required for the accelerated pathway and assume that the student is pursuing an education minor.

FALL   FIRST YEAR     SPRING   FIRST YEAR  
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
Core Curriculum 1 FYEX EDUC 150 1   Core Curriculum 1 ENGL 102 3
Core Curriculum 1 ENGL 101 3   Core Curriculum   Lab Science (LS) 4
Core Curriculum   HIST 100, 101, 102, or 103 3   Core Curriculum   Math 3
Core Curriculum   Lab Science (LS) 4   Modern Languages   FREN/GERM/SPAN 102 3
Modern Languages   FREN/GERM/SPAN 101 3   HIST 201   U.S. History to 1865 3
    TOTAL 14       TOTAL 16
         
FALL   SECOND YEAR     SPRING   SECOND YEAR  
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
Core Curriculum   Choose AR with advisor 3   HIST 3XX-4XX   HIST 333 European History
Elective
3
HIST 202   U.S. History 1865-Present 3   Core Curriculum   PSCI 101 (SO) 3
HIST 250    Introduction to Historical Studies 3   Core Curriculum   COMM 202 (HM) 3
Minor   Minor-PSYCH or SOCI
from Ed Minor List
3   Minor   Minor-Elective from
Ed Minor List
3
Modern Languages   FREN/GERM/SPAN 203 3   Modern Languages   FREN/GERM/SPAN 204 3
    TOTAL 15       TOTAL 15
         
FALL   THIRD YEAR     SPRING   THIRD YEAR  
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
GSPE 210   Fitness for Life (WE) 3   Core Curriculum   PSCI 101 American Federal
Government (SO)
3
ECON 123   Contemporary Economics (GL) 3   Core Curriculum   Choose HM, MD, or GL with advisor 3
HIST 3XX-4XX   African, Asian, Middle Eastern,
or Latin American History
3   HIST 3XX-4XX   European History Elective 3
HIST 3XX-4XX   History Elective 
Must take HIST 309 West Virginia
and Appalachian Region
3   HIST 3XX-4XX   U.S. History 3
Minor   Register for EDUC 581 and submit substitution form
for EDUC 200 Foundations of American Education
(10-hour Service Learning Project)
3   Minor
EDUC 560
  Register for EDUC 560 and
submit substitution form
for EDUC 360 Survey of Exceptionalities
3
    TOTAL 15       TOTAL 15
         
FALL   FOURTH YEAR     SPRING   FOURTH YEAR  
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
Elective   PSCI 300 State and Local Government 3   HIST 485   Senior Capstone (WM) 3
HIST 3XX-4XX   U.S. History 3   HIST 3XX-4XX   Elective 3
HIST 3XX-4XX   African, Asian, Middle Eastern,
or Latin American History
3   Minor   Minor-Class from Ed Minor Elective List 3
HIST 3XX-4XX   Elective 3   Elective   Elective Geography Class 3
Minor
EDUC 582
  Learning in Context (20-hour Field Placement)
and submit form for Field Elective required in Ed Minor
3   Elective   Elective 3
          EDUC 583   Planning, Conducting, Assessing
(37-hour Field Placement)
 
    TOTAL 15       TOTAL 15
                 
May 24, 2023             DEGREE TOTAL 120
       Graduation with BA in History. Graduate Studies Status Would Change to “Full”  

 

Completion of the MAT
SUMMER       FALL       SPRING     
Sub./Course No. Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Title Credit
EDUC 584 Classroom Ecology 3   EDUC 585 Content Methods
(30-hour Field Placement)
3   EDUC 603 Student Teaching 6
EDUC 527 Inclusion Seminar 3   EDUC 503 Literacy in the Content Area
(50-hour Field Placement)
3   EDUC 590 Graduate Elective-
Student Teaching Seminar
3
EDUC 500 Technology in Teaching and Learning 3   5XX Graduate Elective 3        
  TOTAL 9     TOTAL 9     TOTAL 9
         Graduation with MAT-Eligible to apply for West Virginia Teaching Certification     TOTAL CREDITS 39

 

Additional Program Notes:

MAT teacher candidates are required to apply for retention review and student teaching by the posted deadline the semester prior to student teaching.

Passing the content praxis exam is required before November 1 or June 1 of the semester prior to student teaching.  

MAT Candidates must pass the edTPA during the student teaching semester.  EDUC 590, Student Teaching Seminar, provides support for this requirement and is strongly recommended as the second graduate elective. Students who choose not to take it, must complete their second graduate elective PRIOR to student teaching.

The accelerated program requires that the candidate continues as a full time graduate student between undergraduate and graduate graduations.  In the event that an accelerated pathway candidate is hired by a school system as a long term substitute or on a provisional certificate, they will automatically revert to a traditional MAT program and a new plan of study will be generated with the academic advisor.

 

The Student Record:

Tuition assessment works off the student record so tuition is billed at the undergraduate rate prior to graduation with the BA regardless of the level of courses enrolled. Likewise, financial aid will be processed and paid based on the undergraduate student record until after the undergraduate graduation.

Graduate courses do not appear on the undergraduate level transcript and GPA is not calculated into the undergraduate transcript.

In the accelerated pathway, the undergraduate degree total may be less than 120 and an annotation is added to the undergraduate-level transcript to indicate that the ‘remaining credits/requirements were taken at the graduate level and appear on the graduate level transcript”.  Shepherd would then certify the undergraduate degree on less than 120 undergraduate credits assuming that all other requirements have been met for the undergraduate degree.

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