Graduate Teacher Program

Austin Teacher Program
Five Year MAT Program (with 4.5 year option)

The Education department at Austin College is committed to preparing the next generation of teacher leaders. This five-year Master of Arts program allows students to receive their BA degree in any of the liberal arts majors or minors offered by Austin College and continue their studies with graduate education courses, resulting in both a Master’s degree and a teaching certification. This highly respected program, known for preparing educational leaders, gives students hands-on experience in local classrooms as early as their freshman year and continues through the last course.

 

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Student Teaching Experience

Prior to applying for the graduate phase of the program, the Austin Teacher graduate has accumulated almost 100 hours of classroom experience. This is over and above the usual state-mandated student teaching experience at the end of all state certification programs.

Innovative Technology

The classrooms in Temple Center are equipped with SmartBoards and Apple TVs to prepare students for 21st century classrooms. Students both practice and create integrating digital technologies. We were recently awarded a digital pedagogies grant to integrate SmartNotebook technology and wireless devices to prepare future teachers to create innovative and engaging lessons.

Accreditation

The Austin Teacher Program is recognized by TEA (Texas Educator Agency) as an accredited educator preparation program. See more about the Teaching & Course Certification Program.

Undergraduate Courses

 The undergraduate courses focus on schooling, teaching and learning, effective teaching practices, and practices in planning and implementing instruction.

Graduate Courses

The graduate courses focus on the individual student’s teaching certification area. Students seeking elementary certification take methods courses that are unique to the generalist curriculum they will be expected to teach at the elementary level (literacy, math, social studies, science).  Secondary students will have at least one method course that is unique to their disciplinary field.

Highly Qualified Faculty

All education courses are taught by highly qualified faculty who hold Ph.D. or Ed.D. degrees.  The education faculty has taught in the public school classrooms with several members of the faculty having administrative experience as well.  All faculty are actively involved in both state and national teacher organizations. Learn more about the ATP Faculty.

ATP Thinking Camp 2016What will you learn?

  • Classroom management! As part of Dr. Cathy Weems’ “Learner-Teacher Interaction”, students learn how to effectively work with students in a seven-week teaching placement by building relationships through a Love and Logic framework.
  • Putting it all together! Dr. Julia Shahid and Dr. Sandy Philipose’s “Learner, Teacher, & Curriculum”, the final undergraduate course in the ATP series, teaches students how to successfully fuse instructional planning, classroom management, and effective teaching practices into their nine-week teaching placement.
  • Reading and writing across the curriculum! In Dr. Jennifer Smith’s graduate level “Development of Literacy,” students understand that reading and writing is not limited to the English classroom and learn how to implement literacy into each academic discipline.
  • Engage students through Thinking Camps! Dr. Julia Shahid’s annual “Thinking Camp” gives graduate students an opportunity to work with area students in a two-week summer integrated social studies and science program. Read more about the 2016 Thinking Camp: Southeast Asia.
  • Intentional leadership development! All education students will participate in the new LEAP (Leadership Education through Application and Pedagogy) program. Professors will integrate leadership opportunities to develop skills such as communication, how to effectively work in professional learning communities, problem-solving, and addressing diversity.

ATP Faculty

ATP Faculty/Staff: Sandy Philipose, Barbara Sylvester, Nikki Christensen (administrative assistant), Cathy Weems, Julia Shahid, and Jennifer Smith

Meet the Education Faculty and Staff ...

  • Julia Shahid, Chair, Associate Professor of Education; Education Program; Director of Teacher Certification, investigates effective teaching practices intent on taking theory into practice that makes a difference for Austin College students and their students.
  • Sandy Philipose, Associate Professor of Education, committed to empowering educators to be advocates for all children.
  • Jennifer Smith, Visiting Assistant Professor of Literacy Education, explores the integration of reading and writing across the curriculum.
  • Barbara Sylvester, Associate Professor Emerita of Education – Retired.
  • Cathy Weems, Adjunct Assistant Professor Education, prepares teachers to transform classrooms through positive effective working relationships with their students.
  • Jane White, Associate Professor Emerita of Education – Retired.
  • Nikki Christensen, Administrative Assistant.

ATP Alumni Profiles – Angela Magers

MAT ’98 – The ATP program could not have better prepared me for the classroom and educational field.  Austin College was a transforming experience, fueling the passion I already possessed for children and teaching.  In 2004, with the help & support of my AC mentor, I was led to open a private school in Sherman. … [Read More]

ATP Alumni Profiles – Otis Amy

Principal, Carthage High School, Austin College Alumni, BA – 1989, Austin Teacher Program, MAT -1990 ATP thoroughly prepared me for a successful educational career.  ATP was very futuristic in its preparation of teaching candidates. For instance, we learned about different theories on the brain.  We were taught to think analytically which in my opinion, is… [Read More]

ATP Alumni Profiles – Travis Zambiasi

My years spent in the Austin Teacher Program provided the perfect foundation for my career as a professional educator.  Under the guidance of skilled professors, I learned the value of utilizing critical problem-solving skills, designing engaging, challenging and meaningful work, and treating students and colleagues with respect.  My entire career has been with Denison Independent… [Read More]

ATP Alumni Profiles – Ashley Gannon

Ashley (Snyder) Gannon, BA ‘06, MAT ‘07 “Through the ATP I was able to experience many different types of classrooms through observation and teaching. This allowed me to glean a multitude of ideas from many different educators that I could implement in my own classroom and school. My liberal arts education was integrated into my… [Read More]

ATP Alumni Profiles – Tom Garrison

My move from the ATP into the classroom was a natural transition.  I have always felt that the ATP prepared me well for my experiences as an English teacher.  Most important to my development was the program’s insistence that we reflect on our teaching practice through things like video reviews of our classroom teaching, journaling,… [Read More]

ATP Alumni Profiles – Shonda Cannon

My years spent in the Austin Teacher Program provided the perfect foundation for my career as a professional educator.  Under the guidance of skilled professors, I learned the value of utilizing critical problem-solving skills, designing engaging, challenging and meaningful work, and treating students and colleagues with respect.  My entire career has been with Denison Independent… [Read More]

ATP Alumni Profiles – Kelly Prunty

Kelly Stoker Prunty, BS ’07, MAT ’08 “Attending Austin College was life-changing for me. I entered as an English major, but my first education class stirred a new passion in me, and I quickly changed my path. After graduating, I spent five years as an elementary classroom teacher in Frisco ISD, and I am now… [Read More]

ATP Alumni Profiles – Carl Dethloff

Dr. Carl Dethloff,  Austin College Alumni,  BA ’91, MAT ’92 is the Superintendent at San Angelo ISD. “The Austin College Teacher Program continues to impact my philosophy of education on a daily basis.  At Austin College, life-long connections are forged between faculty and peers.  Constant intellectual tension builds the capacity of all students to become… [Read More]