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.”

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Winter 2014

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Features

Rise up, my love

There are the sanctuaries built for worship—and that carry beauty and grace for all to see. Then there are the improvised places of faith, perhaps more subtle in how they speak to the wonder worked there.

The chaplain is in the House

With the way things have gone recently in Congress, looking to the heavens for some help and guidance might seem like a very good idea. In fact, that’s what Pat Conroy, S.J., M.Div. ’83 is there to do.

Welcome to Citizenville

Who published the one book on government in 2013 that conservative firebrand Newt Gingrich told all true believers that they should read? Well, the author is now lieutenant governor of California. Before that, he was mayor of San Francisco. That’s right: It’s Gavin Newsom ’89.

Mission Matters

Goooaal!

Women’s soccer wins the West Coast Conference championship.

Patent trolls, beware

The White House has brought on SCU’s Colleen Chien, a leading expert in patent law, as senior advisor.

A sight of innocence

George Souliotes went to prison for three life sentences after he was convicted of arson and murder. Twenty years later, he’s out—after the Northern California Innocence Project proved he didn’t do it.