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Graduate Programs in Education

Overview   |   Awakening the Teacher Within   |   Our Faculty   |   3+1 = Two Degrees in Four Years   |   Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)   |   Master of Education (M.Ed.)   |   Meet an Earlhamite   |   Frequently Asked Questions   |   Policies and Reports

 

The Earlham Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) and Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs are 11-month programs for college graduates who want to pursue careers in education.  The M.A.T. program prepares students to become licensed classroom teachers, while the M.Ed. program is for students interested in a variety of careers in education beyond the classroom (outdoor leadership, community based organizations, educational technology, coaching, museums, etc.). Earlham’s programs develop educators who are leaders in their communities, who model outstanding classroom practices, and who prepare their own students to be socially active and morally conscious citizens.

Awakening the Teacher Within

What makes Earlham's M.A.T. and M.Ed. programs unique? Besides a grounding in Quaker practices, several other features make the programs an excellent choice for curious and passionate educators:

 

Cohort Model

Teaching is a social activity, and so is learning. With our cohort-based model, students journey through the program from start to finish together. This strong, student-centered model provides a shared experience that offers academic, social and logistical support.

Individualization

Not sure if you want to teach middle or high school? Passionate about an idea that seems unconventional? No problem! The M.A.T. and M.Ed. programs' small size and dedicated faculty support students in following their specific goals for becoming an educator. Features like frequent observation and supervision in clinical placements, detailed feedback on coursework, and on-site mentors make the program unique and relevant for each student.

"In order to have a long-lasting and fulfilling career in education, you have to find a group of supportive colleagues to invigorate you. Earlham’s cohort model does just that!"

— Camilla Fulvi '12, M.A.T '13

Theory Into Practice

Our students use their coursework and current educational settings for implementation and research during their time in the program. This concept aligns with our collective belief that putting educational theory into practice is where the most learning occurs.

 

Our Faculty

Rebekah Dimick Eastman
Assistant Director of Graduate Programs in Education

Vince Punzo
Professor of Psychology

Puja Clifford
Adjunct Instructor of Graduate Programs in Education

Randy Wisehart
Director of Graduate Programs in Education

Darlena Rankin
Administrative Assistant
3+1 = Two Degrees in Four Years

The Earlham College faculty approved the creation of a distinctive 3+1 Education program on October 18, 2017. Students can earn both Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degrees within nine semesters, to be completed in four years. To learn more about curricular requirements and to see sample plans, visit the 3+1 Program website.

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

Earlham's M.A.T. program is an 11-month program that leads to a master's degree and an Indiana teaching license (grades 5-12). The program offers licensure in social studies, English/language arts, mathematics, science, modern foreign languages, music, art, physical education, business, computer science, journalism, and theatre at the middle and high school levels.

M.A.T. graduates are immensely well-prepared for their first year of teaching. Besides engaging in rigorous coursework, candidates plan and lead a summer enrichment program with middle school students and complete a year-long placement at a local middle or high school. Under the guidance of their supervisor and mentor teacher, candidates gradually gain responsibility in the classroom, eventually assuming a full-time teaching load in the spring semester.

The cohort model, small program size, emphasis on Quaker-inspired values, personal supervision, and intensive clinical placement with qualified mentor teachers make the M.A.T. program a truly individualized and integrated experience.

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Earlham's M.Ed. program is for college graduates who want to enter or further their career in education. Like the M.A.T. program, the M.Ed. program leads to a master's degree, but it does not lead to additional licensure. The traditional program follows an 11-month sequence (June to May), and there is also a two-year option for candidates who prefer a less time-intensive commitment.

The M.Ed. is an individualized and comprehensive program that allows students to apply the theory from their master's courses directly into their chosen fieldwork. M.Ed. candidates complete a summer practicum and a year-long practicum, both of which have the option of being job-embedded. Flexibility and individual attention are key features of the M.Ed. program; faculty and students work together to ensure that coursework and fieldwork are relevant to the candidate's career focus and schedule.

 

Meet an Earlhamite
Logan Goodwin
Talk to Me

Talking doesn’t sound like a secret recipe for anything, but for Logan Goodwin ’13 M.A.T. ’14 it’s fundamental to everything he does as a teacher or coach. If you are one of his students or athletes, you and Mr. Goodwin are going to get to know each other.

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Tiauna Washington
Lifelong Learners

A 2011 graduate of Earlham’s M.A.T. program, Tiauna Washington ’04 is a first-generation college graduate and now she’s encouraging other first-generation students to do the same as part of a rewarding career.

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Princess Darnell
Front of the Class

Princess Darnell ’12 M.A.T. ’15, turned down two offers before landing at Northeastern High School in 2015. She was social studies teacher and head varsity girls basketball coach, and now serves as an Admission Counselor at Earlham.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The M.A.T. (Master of Arts in Teaching) program leads to a master's degree and a teaching license. It is for people who know they want to become a secondary classroom teacher. The M.Ed. (Master of Arts in Education) program leads to a master's degree. It is for people who want to enter or further their experience in a field of education other than the public classroom.

Both programs begin in early June. This year, the first day of classes was June 5, 2018.

No, all students in the cohort begin at the same time in the summer.

Cohort numbers vary by year. They have ranged from 10-25, with the average size being around eleven students.

M.A.T. and M.Ed. candidates complete a two-week practicum in the summer. In August, candidates begin a year-long practicum (for M.A.T. candidates, this is student teaching) that usually concludes in mid-April. By January, candidates are at their placement every day.

Students usually live close to campus in rented houses and apartments. It is not uncommon for groups of M.A.T. and M.Ed. students to live together. We can help you find housing when the time comes.

While you do not need a car, we strongly recommend having one as it will make travel between campus and your placement much easier.

No, there is no GPA requirement. Our review process takes into account all aspects of the application. Read more about admissions guidelines here.

For the M.A.T. program, having a part-time job is possible, but can be a tight squeeze with the demands of coursework and clinical work. M.Ed. candidates have more flexibility with jobs and, in most cases, their pre-existing job becomes their clinical placement. It is even possible to work full-time while doing the M.Ed. program.

The M.A.T. and M.Ed. are 11-month programs.* Admitted students will begin the program on June 5 and will be in the program for three semesters: summer 2018, fall 2018, and spring 2019. Graduation is May 11. Click to see the full academic calendar. *Students doing the two-year M.Ed. graduate 23 months after beginning the program.

Policies and Reports

Policies

The M.A.T. and M.Ed. are professional programs; students are expected to attend all classes and field trips in the program as well as to be prepared for class unless family illness or an emergency prevents them from doing so. The G.P.E. Office should be notified by phone or e-mail in case of absence.

Compliance with Earlham College Policies and Procedures

As members of the College community, M.A.T. and M.Ed. students are expected to adhere to the policies of Earlham College. Many of the policies included in the Earlham College Curriculum Guideand/or the Earlham College Student Handbook have special application to graduate students. Of particular importance are the Mission Statement, Community Principles and Practices, A Model of Religious Life and the Learning Disability Policy. Policies concerning alcohol, illegal drugs and firearms, smoking, academic integrity, non-discrimination and harassment apply to graduate students as do policies for Safety and Security. All College policies are available online.

Immediate dismissal from the program may occur for illegal or unethical behavior inconsistent with school, state or federal laws, or the Earlham College Community Principles and Practices.

Graduate students are billed through the Earlham College Business Office following the College's billing, payment and refund policies.

The traditional letter grades "A - F" with a plus or minus are used in grading G.P.E. students. However, graduate students must achieve a grade point average no lower than 3.0 to successfully complete the program.

CR — Credit only grades are used for certain courses and are not computed into the Grade Point Average.

NG — Instructors use the NG as a placeholder on the student's transcript when deadlines have been missed because of issues with the K-12 public school schedule. All NG grades are converted to a final grade by the end of the semester following the semester when the NG was given.

I — Incomplete

Earlham's G.P.E. programs support adult students in their pursuit of further education while at the same time realizing that professional and personal limitations may occur. When a graduate student cannot finish the required coursework during the normal semester due to either professional or personal circumstances, students have the opportunity to receive a grade of Incomplete for the current semester. This process is followed:

  1. Students, along with their professor or supervisor, fill out an Incomplete Form that includes an agreed-upon plan for completing the coursework.
  2. The typical plan calls for all work to be completed within the next semester.
  3. The director signs off on all plans.
  4. The professor or supervisor is responsible for working with the student to implement and fulfill the plan.
  5. For any circumstances not covered by the above, the director serves as the plan supervisor.

Along with traditional grades, performance assessment standards are used to assess graduate students' work. Candidates must demonstrate competence at the Distinguished or Proficient level on the Indiana Developmental Standards for Educators, and Earlham M.A.T. standards and principles to be eligible for recommendation to the state of Indiana for teacher licensure. The different standards describe what every teacher should know and be able to do.

Levels of performance standards are defined below:

Distinguished

The candidate demonstrates an exemplary understanding of the standards and the ability to create a community of learners that highly motivates and engages students to assume considerable responsibility for their own learning. This candidate has the potential to be an outstanding first-year teacher.

Proficient

The candidate clearly understands the concepts underlying the standards and implements them well. The implementation is consistent and effective. The candidate demonstrates the likelihood of becoming an excellent teacher with more experience and mentoring.

Basic

The candidate appears to understand the concepts underlying the standards and attempts to implement these elements. Implementation is inconsistent and/or not entirely successful. Additional reading, observation and experience, supported by mentors, may enable the candidate to become proficient in this area. The candidate needs significant guidance and ongoing skill development to be successful in the classroom.

Unsatisfactory

The candidate does not appear to understand the concepts underlying the standards. Work on the fundamental practices associated with the standards is required to enable development in this area. Teacher certification will not be granted at this level.

Not Observed

The evaluator finds no evidence of this standard during the observation.

Not Applicable

The evaluator determines that this standard is not applicable to the observation situation.

  1. Students, along with their professor or supervisor, fill out an Incomplete Form that includes an agreed-upon plan for completing the coursework.
  2. The typical plan calls for all work to be completed within the next semester.
  3. The director signs off on all plans.
  4. The professor or supervisor is responsible for working with the student to implement and fulfill the plan.
  5. For any circumstances not covered by the above, the director serves as the plan supervisor.

The Earlham College Graduate Programs in Education mission includes outreach to local educators in the community. Part of that outreach is offering courses for graduate credit to teachers who wish to increase their knowledge in specific areas. Enrollment in a degree program is not required to earn graduate credit for these courses. These courses are consistent with policies and principles of the Earlham College Graduate Programs in Education. The specific content of the courses changes yearly to meet the changing needs of educators.

ED 585 SOCRATIC SEMINAR TRAINING FOR THE CLASSROOM TEACHER (3 credits)
Focuses on critical thinking skills, Socratic questioning techniques for discussions, and Socratic questioning techniques for literacy instruction. Participants develop specific strategies to apply to their classroom practice.

ED 587 TEACHING FOR UNDERSTANDING SUMMER INSTITUTE (3 credits)
Explores current trends in education that relate to teaching for understanding. Participants develop a specific plan to apply to their own classrooms.

Title II Reports

Graduate Programs in Education

Phone: 765-983-1847
Email: gpe@earlham.edu
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Richmond, IN 47374
Office Location:
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