Education

Theory and practice

Theory and practice
Local educator: Yaya Morales ’11 is an intern teacher at Sacred Heart Nativity School. Photo by Charles Barry
by Marisa Solis |
For teachers, a new program that combines a master’s plus credential.

The School of Education and Counseling Psychology class of ’13 includes nearly 50 individuals who are the first in the new Master of Arts in Teaching + Teaching Credential (MATTC) program. Earning a teaching credential has been possible at Santa Clara since the 1950s. But some opportunities are reserved for graduate students, such as a richer curriculum and restricted financial aid. Earning a master’s also gives teachers an advantage when it comes to starting salaries.

SCU’s program was introduced to meet the needs of local educators, with an eye toward working with Catholic elementary and secondary education as well as public schools. Many enrolled students are new to teaching, while others currently work in area Catholic schools and are studying for the credential, as required by the Diocese of San Jose.

The rigorous 12-month MATTC program integrates demanding master-level coursework with teacher-preparation experience—with a particular emphasis on ethical teaching practices, says Pedro Hernández-Ramos, chair of the education department. “Social justice and equity issues are key in the curriculum.”

Summer 2014

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