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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
    
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Arts in Teaching Degree



Admissions

An application packet may be obtained by contacting the MAT office or downloading a packet from www.mat.covenant.edu.

Master of Arts in Teaching
Graduate School of Education
Covenant College
14049 Scenic Highway
Lookout Mountain, GA 30750
800.677.3626

mat@covenant.edu
www.mat.covenant.edu

Application for admission and accompanying documentation must be submitted on or before February 1.

Admissions Calendar

DEC-FEB 1 - Applications received
FEB 1-MARCH 1  - Application for financial aid
APR 1-MAY 1 - Registration
MAY 2-MAY 16 - Late registration
- Drop/Add period
- $100 late registration fee
MAY 26-AUG 1 - Summer term dates
MAY 27 - Tuition and fees assessed

Individuals choosing to drop a course after May 16 will not receive a refund and are responsible to pay total course tuition and fees. This policy is in compliance with federal and fiscal regulations. No exceptions may be made. See Refund Policy .

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission - Required For Degree Completion

To be admitted as a regular student in the MAT, the following is required:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
    1. Applicants having completed a major in any of the following content fields are eligible for a Certificate of Eligibility (grades 6-12) from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission upon completion of the MAT degree: biology, chemistry, economics, English, history, mathematics, political sciencephysics. A major in biblical studies will lead to secondary certification by the Association of Christian Schools International.
    2. Applicants having completed a major with concentrations of at least 15 semester hours in two of the following content fields are eligible for middle grades Certificate of Eligibility (grades 4-8) upon completion of the MAT degree: language arts, mathematics, science, social studies.
    3. Applicants having completed a major in any of the following content fields are eligible for a Certificate of Eligibility (grades P-12) upon completion of the MAT degree: art, drama, French, German, musicSpanish
    4. Upon completion of the MAT degree, all applicants receive a certificate from the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).
  2. Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 may receive provisional admission.
  3. Passing scores on GACE Program Admissions Assessment (Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators) or exemption through SAT, ACT, or GRE scores. Official score reports are required.
  4. Passing scores on the appropriate GACE Content Assessment (Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators).
  5. Transcript analysis by GSE admissions. 
  6. Content Standards Diagnostic.
  7. Academic paper-minimum of five pages in length with appropriate citations and academic form. Paper will be examined for coherence of thought, organization, spelling, and punctuation.
  8. Written statement of faith in Jesus Christ.
  9. Two references.
  10. Completion of a course in educational psychology from a regionally accredited college or university.
  11. Completion of a course in introduction to teaching from a regionally accredited college or university. The course must include a minimum of 30 hours of fieldwork/observation in K-12 classrooms.
  12. Completion of a course in special education from a regionally accredited college or university.
  13. Letter of cooperation from the head of school if the applicant is employed as a teacher and wishes to use employment towards clinical practice requirements.
  14. Completion of International Certification of Finances form by all international applicants; Covenant defines international students as anyone who is not a citizen of the United States of America.

Admission Procedures

The following is to be submitted to be considered for admission to the MAT:

  1. A completed application form.
  2. Payment of the application fee: $50.00, non-refundable.
  3. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  4. Official score report of GACE Program Admissions Assessment. If exempt, submit official score report verifying qualifying exemption scores on SAT, ACT, or GRE. GACE website: www.gace.ets.org. Exemption scores are as follows: SAT 1000 combined on verbal and math; ACT 43 combined on English and math; GRE 297 combined on verbal and quantitative. Additional information is provided in the application packet.
  5. Official score report of GACE Content Assessment. GACE website: www.gace.ets.org. Additional information is provided in the application packet.
  6. Content Standards Diagnostic. Diagnostic form provided in application packet.
  7. Academic paper by the applicant which demonstrates academic capability. The paper may be previously written and must be a minimum of five pages, in academic form including appropriate citations. The paper will be examined for coherence of thought, organization, spelling and punctuation.
  8. A written profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior; one page in length, typed.
  9. Two completed reference forms from educators.
  10. Official transcript showing completion of a course in educational psychology from a regionally accredited college or university.
  11. Official transcript showing completion of a course in introduction to teaching from a regionally accredited college or university. The course must include 30 hours of fieldwork/observation in K-12 classrooms.
  12. Official transcript showing completion of a course in special education from a regionally accredited college or university.
  13. Letter of cooperation from the head of school if applicant is employed as a teacher and wishes to use employment towards clinical practice requirements.

International Applicants

Covenant defines international students as anyone who is not a citizen of the United States of America. International applicants must submit the following in addition to the above:

  1. The International Student Certification of Finances form prior to, or along with, submitting the application for admission to the MAT. The form is provided in the application packet and available at www.mat.covenant.edu. In addition, a copy of the student’s passport biographical page must be submitted before an I-20 can be issued or before the student would be considered for any institutional financial aid. The certification form must be supported with a copy of a bank statement or letter from a bank confirming the availability of financial resources to pay for educational expenses. If a third party sponsor or organization will be providing resources for the student, a similar confirmation of resources from an individual or a letter from an organization should be included. One to two months should be allowed for processing certification of finances and two months minimum should be allowed to obtain a student visa.
  2. International transcripts submitted for admission to the MAT must be evaluated and authenticated. The following organizations are reputable such that Covenant College will accept a course evaluation (to award college credit on a course-by-course basis) and a degree confirmation. All are well established and have different fee structures and time lines of services so the applicant may select the organization they prefer to utilize.

International Education Services

http://ies.aacrao.org/about/

Washington, DC

202.296.3359

Josef Silny & Associates

http://www.jsilny.com/

Miami, FL

305.273.1616

International Education Evaluations, Inc.

http://www.foreigntranscripts.com

Charlotte, NC

704.772.0109

World Education Services

http://www.wes.org/

New York, NY

212.966.6311

Educational Credential Evaluators

https://www.ece.org/

Milwaukee WI

414.289.3400

Global Credential Evaluators, Inc.

http://gceus.com/

Offices in Texas, Mississippi and Virginia

800.707.0979 TX

  1. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. A minimum score of 550 (paper-based exam) or 215 (computer-based exam) or 80 (Internet-based exam) is required. An official score report should be submitted to Covenant College (Code 6124). Information about the TOEFL may be obtained from the Educational Testing Service, Box 899, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA or www.ets.org/toefl.

Admission Status

Regular Student Status

An applicant who meets all admission requirements to the MAT is accepted as a regular student. Regular student status is required for admission to the Teacher Education Program and to complete the MAT degree.

To maintain regular student status a minimum 3.0 grade point average must be earned throughout enrollment in the MAT.

Provisional Student Status

An applicant not having fully met admissions criteria may be considered for provisional admission. The student will be informed of unmet criteria to be satisfied to obtain regular student status. The status of a provisional student is reviewed after six hours of coursework; no more than six hours taken while in this category may be applied toward the degree. A student must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) on courses taken as a provisional student. Regular student status is required for the MAT degree to be granted.

Financial Information

Fees and Expenses - 2017-2018 Academic Year:

Tuition

$624 Tuition–per term per hour (1-11 hours)
$3744 Tuition–summer term (6 hours)
$7488 Tuition–per term fall and spring (12-16 hours)

Fees

$50 Application fee (non-refundable, payable with application)
$500 Enrollment deposit, summer term only, applied towards balance
$100 Late registration fee
$500 Continuation fee (applicable when program is extended beyond six years)
$15 Course change fee
$200 I-901 annual fee for International students. Fee subject to change.
$6 EDU 550 History and Philosophy  fee
$300 EDU 580 Clinical Practice I  fee, edTPA
$15 EDU 580 Clinical Practice I  fee, PAGE membership
$135 EDU 595 Clinical Practice II , Graduation fee
$15 ID card fee
$50 Parking fee, yearly fee payable fall term
$32 Student Activity fee per course, summer term
$15 Student Activity fee per course, fall and spring terms
$25 Technology fee per course, summer term
$25 Technology fee per course, fall term

No student may register for additional courses until all previous financial commitments have been satisfied. Financial aid grants may not be used to fund the Enrollment deposit required at registration. Enrollment deposit is not refundable.

Summary of Fees and Expenses per Term–2017-2018 Academic Year

  1. Summer Term–May 26-August 1, 2017
    A. Tuition: 6 hours: 6 x $624 = $3744
    B. Student Activity Fee ($32 per course): 3 x $32 = $96
    C. Technology Fee: (per course): 3 x $25 = $75
    D. ID Card Fee: = $15
  Total   = $3930
  Non-refundable Enrollment deposit due at registration = $500
  Amount remaining = $3430
       
  2. Fall Term–August 6-December 14, 2017
    A. Tuition: 12-16 hours: 12 x $624 = $7488
    B. EDU 550 History and Philosophy  Fee = $6
    C. Clinical Practice I fee: $15 PAGE membership; subject to change = $15
    D. Clinical Practice I fee: $300 edTPA =$300
    E. Parking fee: = $50
    F. Student Activity fee (per course): 5 x $15 = $75
    G. Technology Fee: (per course): 4 x $25; no fee for
EDU 580 Clinical Practice I  
= $100
  Total   = $7959
       
  3. Spring Term–January 4-May 5, 2018
    A. Tuition: 12-16 hours: 12 x $624 = $7488
    B. EDU 595 Clinical Practice II  graduation fee: = $135
    C. Student Activity fee (per course): 2 x $15; no fee for EDU 585 Diversity Field Experience   = $30
  Total   = $7653
       
  4. Tuition/Fees Total MAT Degree: $19,542

Payment Schedule and Information

  1. Submitted with application for admission: $50 application fee.
  2. Submitted with pre-registration for summer term only:
    1. $500 non-refundable enrollment deposit towards tuition
    2. Application for financial aid, if applicable
  3. An enrollment deposit is not required for fall and spring preregistration.
  4. Covenant College accepts payment for student accounts from an e-check on-line ($1 fee), MasterCard (4% fee), Discover (4% fee),  or PayPal. Cash or check are accepted in the Accounting Office.  See Application or Registration form for complete details.
  5. Details regarding payment are included in the registration packet.
  6. Students are responsible to verify their account balance through their Banner account. Students receive a monthly electronic statement to their Covenant email. College office will also communicate with students via their Covenant College e-mail account.
  7. Students are responsible for purchase of textbooks and supplies. Included with the registration packet is a list of textbooks and required course materials.

Registration

Summer Term–May 26-August 1

APR 1-MAY 1 - Registration for summer term; materials available on website
MAY 2-16 - Late registration
- Drop/Add period
- $100 late registration fee
MAY 27 - Tuition and fees assessed

Individuals choosing to drop a course after May 16 will not receive a refund and are responsible to pay total course tuition and fees. This policy is in compliance with federal and fiscal regulations. No exceptions may be made. See Refund Policy  .

Fall Term–August 6 - December 14

JULY 4-8 - Pre-registration
AUG 3 - Registration
AUG 6 - Tuition and fees assessed

Spring Term–January 4 - May 5

NOV 15-17 - Pre-registration
JAN 5 - Registration; Tuition and fees assessed

Returning students may not register if carrying more than one incomplete course grade, have outstanding tuition/fees/fines, or have any other unmet obligation to the college. Students may not register for Clinical Practice II without approval to the Teacher Education Program.

Individuals choosing to drop a course after registration for the fall or spring term will not receive a refund and are responsible to pay total course tuition and fees. This policy is in compliance with federal and fiscal regulations. No exceptions may be made. See Refund Policy .

General Academic Information

Attendance Policy

Students are expected to be in attendance at all sessions.

During the summer term, one day of excused absence is permitted for an emergency. More than one day of absence will result in the student being required to retake the course. Appeals may be submitted in writing to the Dean of the Graduate School of Education for consideration by the graduate faculty.

During the fall and spring terms, the attendance policy is determined for each course by the course professor of record and by the Handbook for Clinical Practice.

Calendar for 2017-2018

MAT Summer Term, 2017

MAY 26-AUG 1 - Summer term dates
MAY 27 - MAT pre-campus summer coursework begins; tuition/fees assessed; approval to enter the Teacher Education Program and TPMS entry
JUNE 25 - Convocation
JUNE 26-30 - EDU 510 Foundations for Curriculum Development -classes meet 8:30-5:00 M-F
JULY 3-7 - Orientation for Clinical Practice I  TBD
  - EDU 540 Nature and Needs of Adolescent Learners  -classes meet 8:30-5:00 M-F
  - Pre-registration for fall term
JULY 10-14 - EDU 520 Introduction to Research  - classes meet 8:30-5:00 M-F
AUG 1 - End term date for summer session
AUG 4 - Approval for Clinical Practice
AUG 6 - Tuition/fees assessed
AUG 15 - Completion deadline for incomplete coursework for summer term

MAT Fall Term, 2017

AUG 3 - Registration for fall term
AUG -DEC - EDU 560 Middle/Secondary Content and Methods  & EDU 580 Clinical Practice I  - see MAT academic calendar for specific schedule
AUG 4 - Approval for Clinical Practice
AUG 6 - Tuition/fees assessed
AUG 6 -DEC 14 - Fall term dates
AUG -DEC - EDU 530 Content Area Literacy for Adolescents  - see MAT academic calendar for specific schedule
- EDU 550 History and Philosophy of American Education  - see MAT academic calendar for specific schedule
- EDU 570 Educational Assessment and Research  - see MAT academic calendar for specific schedule
- EDU 580 Clinical Practice I  - see MAT academic calendar for specific schedule
NOV 15 - 17 - Pre-registration for spring term
DEC 14 - End term date
JAN 3 - Completion deadline for incomplete coursework for fall term

MAT Spring Term, 2018

JAN 4 - MAY 6 - Spring term dates
JAN 5 - Registration for spring term; tuition/fees assessed
JAN -APRIL - EDU 590 Research Seminar  - see MAT academic calendar for specific schedule
- EDU 595 Clinical Practice II , M-F, full-time clinical practice in the classroom. See MAT academic calendar for specific schedule
MAR or APR - Easter Break TBD
APRIL - EDU 585 Diversity Field Experience , field placement and seminar one week only. See MAT academic calendar for specific schedule
MAY 5 - Commencement; end term date for spring term
MAY 18 - Completion deadline for incomplete coursework for spring term

Candidacy

Candidates for the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree are students who have completed 18 semester hours, have regular student status, are in good standing in the Teacher Education Program, and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0.

Certification

Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)

Graduates of the MAT are eligible to apply for an ACSI certificate upon completion of the degree. Certificate level is determined by content field: elementary (K-8), secondary (7-12), or all level (K-12), valid for five years.

Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC)

The MAT was approved by the GaPSC in May, 2011.

The MAT is a state approved program by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOS). State approved status and accreditation are necessary for obtaining certification in any state. Graduates of the MAT are considered program completers of a state approved program and are eligible for a Certificate of Eligibility from the GaPSC upon completion of the degree and all GaPSC requirements.

Graduates hired by a Georgia school receive an Induction Certificate requested by the hiring school. Graduates hired by a school in a state other than Georgia apply for certification in that state. Typically additional assessments are required.

MAT students are informed about certification procedures including establishing a My PSC account. For questions related to certification, please contact the Certification Official, Rebecca Dodson at rebecca.dodson@covenant.edu or 706.419.1406. Additional information about certification in Georgia may be found at www.gapsc.com.

Course Deadlines and Incompletes

Coursework is to be turned in by the date specified in the syllabus or course calendar for each course. Students failing to meet deadlines can expect to be penalized as much as one letter grade. If a student believes that a deadline will not be met, communication with the professor prior to the deadline is essential. An Incomplete Grade Request form must be completed by student and instructor prior to the conclusion of the term in order for an incomplete course grade to be granted. Any incomplete (I) granted for a course not completed by the date specified will be replaced with an F. All work for a course with an incomplete grade must be submitted to the instructor by the specified date or on the Monday morning following if the specified date falls on a weekend. Financial aid eligibility for the next term would be determined based on the resulting grade point average.

Specified dates:

  • Incomplete received in summer term must be completed by August 15
  • Incomplete received in fall term must be completed by January 3
  • Incomplete received in spring term must be completed by May 18

Students may not register for additional coursework with more than one incomplete course grade. An Incomplete Grade Request form must be submitted prior to the conclusion of the term in order for an incomplete course grade to be granted. Forms are available from the office of the Graduate School of Education.

Degree Requirements

A total of 34 semester hours of coursework is required for completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching degree. The degree must be completed with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and only one course with the grade of C (with the exclusion of EDU 595 Clinical Practice II ) will be applied to graduation requirements. All coursework applied toward the degree must be taken within six years of degree conferral.

Covenant does not offer noncredit courses and noncredit coursework is not accepted to fulfill degree requirements.

If a student is unable to complete the degree within six years, application may be made to the Dean of the Graduate School of Education to extend the program. If extended, continuation fees apply.

Purpose and Standards of Teacher Education Program

Revised August 2016

Covenant College Teacher Education Program

Purpose Statement

Learning, Serving, Transforming

The purpose of the teacher education program at Covenant College is to prepare competent and compassionate teachers who practice their profession according to biblical guidelines in diverse educational settings. Candidates develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to become teachers who model life-long learning and faithful service to God as change-agents in society.

Graduate School of Education General Learning Outcomes:

Graduate educators will:

1.    Apply a Reformed theological framework to educational theory and practice. This framework includes:

TF1. Christ is preeminent in all things. His life, death, resurrection, and exaltation inaugurated the new age in which Christ is King.
TF2. The Bible is God’s Word. It provides the grand narrative (creation, fall, redemption) that defines this life, the life to come, provides light to our personal lives, and guides institutional and societal life.
TF3. Humans are multi-dimensional beings made in God’s image, fearfully, wonderfully, and differently made.
TF4. Creation is inherently meaningful and educators are called and providentially guided to unfold its potentialities to the glory of God and the good of humankind.
TF5. All creation is adversely affected by the fall into sin. The battle between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness affects all people, institutions, and cultures.
TF6. God in his grace provides to both believers and unbelievers legitimate insights into the created order, including ways to overcome the effects of the fall across all the domains of life.
TF7. Educators are to be faithful stewards of the gifts, abilities, and interests that God gives us.
TF8. Educators look hopefully to the return of Christ. Living, loving, learning, celebrating, working, worshipping, and serving are shaped today by God’s call to give witness to Jesus Christ.

2.    Conduct, apply, and evaluate educational research to improve practice.
3.    Describe the role of schools in society over time.
4.    Facilitate needed change in practice to close the gap between the current situation (the “is”) and the desired situation (the “ought”).
5.    Demonstrate intellectual maturity.
6.    Collaborate with stakeholders to build a just and inclusive school community.

Standards for Teacher Candidates

Learner and Learning

1.  Learner Development. The teacher understands how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.

2.  Learning Differences. The teacher uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards.

3.  Learning Environments. The teacher works with others to create environments that support individuals and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.

4.  Content Knowledge. The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to ensure mastery of the content.

5.  Application of Content Knowledge. The teacher understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.

Instructional Practice

6.  Assessment. The teacher understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making.

7.  Planning for Instruction. The teacher plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context.

8.  Instructional Strategies. The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.

Professional Responsibility

9.  Professional Learning and Ethical Practice. The teacher engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.

10.  Leadership and Collaboration. The teacher seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth and to advance the profession.

Programs and Courses

Programs

Courses