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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Arts in Teaching Degree



Admissions

An application packet may be completed online:  www.mat.covenant.edu/application, or requested by mail, email, or phone from the MAT office.

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

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

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

Admissions Calendar

DEC-FEB 1 - Applications received
FEB 1-MARCH 1 

- Application for financial aid

- Applicants notified of admissions decisions

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 and Procedures

Regular Admission - Required For Degree Completion

For admission as a regular student in the MAT, the following is required:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. All successful applications will ordinarily have an undergraduate degree in the content area for which they seek a teaching license through the MAT, or at least 15 earned credit hours for middle grades certification in the content area of choice, or 21 credit hours for P-12 and 6-12 content certifications. Please contact the Graduate School offices with questions.
  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. Written statement of faith in Jesus Christ.
  6. Two references.
  7. Completion of a course in educational psychology from a regionally accredited college or university.
  8. Completion of a course in introduction to teaching from a regionally accredited college or university. The course should include fieldwork/observation in K-12 classrooms. Consideration will be given to applicants with documented teaching experience in a classroom.
  9. Completion of a course in special education from a regionally accredited college or university.
  10. 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.
  11. International applicants, see additional requirements: International Applicants section of this catalog.

Admission Procedures

Application and supporting materials are accepted through February 1 in the graduate office. Application packets may be completed online from the MAT website: www.mat.covenant.edu, or requested by mail, email, or phone from the MAT office.

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, non-refundable.
  3. Written profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior; at least one page in length, typed.
  4. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  5. 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:
    • For SAT Score Reports dated prior to 7/1/2019:
      1000 on Verbal/Critical Reading, and Math OR
      1000 on Evidence based Reading/Writing and Math
    • For SAT Score reports dated on or after 7/1/2019:
      1080 on Evidence based Reading/Writing AND Math
    • ACT 43 combined on English and math
    • GRE 297 combined on verbal and quantitative

      Additional information is provided in the application packet.
       
  6. Official score report of GACE Content Assessment. GACE website: www.gace.ets.org. Additional information is provided in the application packet.
  7. Two completed reference forms from educators.
  8. Completion of the following courses from an accredited college or university:
    • Educational Psychology

    • Introduction to Teaching

    • Exceptional Education - Effective July 1, 2019, a student must earn a “B” or better on the Exceptional Education course in order to obtain Georgia certification. 

  9. Letter of cooperation from the head of school if applicant is employed as a teacher and wishes to use employment towards clinical practice requirements.

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 - 2021-2022 Academic Year:

Tuition

$697 Tuition–per term per hour (1-11 hours)
$4182 Tuition–summer term (6 hours)
$8364 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.
$160 DS-160 Visa Application (Visa)
$6 EDU 550 History and Philosophy  fee
$15 EDU 580 Clinical Practice I  fee, PAGE membership
$160 EDU 595 Clinical Practice II , Graduation fee
$15 ID card fee
$25 Parking fee, yearly fee payable fall term
$36 Student Activity fee per course, summer term
$18 Student Activity fee per course, fall and spring terms
$28 Technology fee per course, summer term
$28 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–2021-2022 Academic Year

  1. Summer Term–May 26-August 1, 2021
    A. Tuition: 6 hours: 6 x $697 = $4182
    B. Student Activity Fee ($36 per course): 3 x $36 = $108
    C. Technology Fee: ($28 per course): 3 x $28 = $84
    D. ID Card Fee = $15
   
Total
= $4389
  Non-refundable Enrollment deposit due at registration:  $500  
  Amount remaining:  $3889  
       
  2. Fall Term–August 6-December 16, 2021
    A. Tuition: 12-16 hours: 12 x $697 = $8364
    B. EDU 550 History and Philosophy  Fee  = $6
    C. EDU 580 Clinical Practice I  fee: $15 PAGE membership  = $15
    D. Parking fee = $25
    E. Student Activity Fee ($18 per course): 5 x $18 = $90
    F. Technology Fee: ($28 per course): 4 x $28;
     (no fee for EDU 580 Clinical Practice I )
= $112
    Total = $8612
       
  3. Spring Term–January 8-May 4, 2022
    A. Tuition: 12-16 hours: 12 x $697 = $8364
    B. EDU 595 Clinical Practice II  graduation fee = $160
    C. Student Activity fee (per course): 2 x $18;
     (no fee for EDU 585 Diversity Field Experience )
= $36
    Total = $8560
       
  Tuition/Fees Total MAT Degree:    $21,561

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 online, MasterCard, Discover, check or cash. A processing fee is assessed for online payment based on payment method and amount of payment.  See Application and 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 offices will also communicate with students via their Covenant College email 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 16

Third week of summer term - Pre-registration for fall classes
AUG 6 - Tuition and fees assessed

Spring Term–January 8 - May 4

NOV 15-17 - Pre-registration for spring classes
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 2021-2022

MAT Summer Term, 2021

MAY 26-AUG 1 - Summer term dates
MAY 26 - MAT pre-campus summer coursework begins; approval to enter the Teacher Education Program and TPMS entry
May 27 - Tuition & fees assessed
JUNE 27 - Convocation
JUNE 28-July 2 EDU 510 Foundations for Curriculum Development  - classes meet 8:30-5:00 M-F
JULY 5-9 - EDU 520 Introduction to Research  - classes meet 8:30-5:00 M-F
JULY 12-16 - EDU 540 Nature and Needs of Adolescent Learners  - classes meet 8:30-5:00 M-F
  - Orientation for Clinical Practice I  TBD
  - Pre-registration for fall term
AUG 1 - End term date for summer session
AUG 15 - Completion deadline for incomplete coursework for summer term

MAT Fall Term, 2021

AUG 3 - Registration for fall term
AUG 4 - Approval for Clinical Practice
AUG 6 - Tuition/fees assessed
AUG 6 - DEC 16 - Fall term dates
AUG - DEC

EDU 530 Content Area Literacy for Adolescents 
EDU 550 History and Philosophy of American Education 
EDU 560 Middle/Secondary Content and Methods 
EDU 570 Educational Assessment and Research 
- EDU 580 Clinical Practice I  - see MAT academic calendar for specific schedule

 
NOV 15 - 17 - Pre-registration for spring term
DEC 16 - End term date
JAN 3 - Completion deadline for incomplete coursework for fall term

MAT Spring Term, 2022

JAN 8 - MAY 4 - 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. 
APRIL - EDU 585 Diversity Field Experience , field placement and seminar one week only. 
MAY 4 - End term date for spring term
MAY 7 - Commencement

 

The Stephen R. Kaufmann Teaching Prize

Each year the faculty of the Master of Arts in Teaching selects a graduating MAT student to receive the Stephen R. Kaufmann Teaching Prize. This award recognizes Dr. Kaufmann who for 37 years served Covenant College and students preparing for a career in education by faithfully teaching and mentoring future educators. The award is given to a MAT student who exemplifies the mission of Covenant College through a clear call to teaching and diligent preparation for that work. Dr. Kaufmann is Professor Emeritus of Education.

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 (SACSCOC). 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 5-Year Induction Certificate from the GaPSC upon completion of the degree and all GaPSC requirements.

Graduates hired by a school in a state other than Georgia may apply for certification in that state, and 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 at certification@covenant.edu or 706.419.1407. 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