Urban Teachers prepares new teachers to succeed through a rigorous clinical preparation model, with Master's of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) coursework that is primarily practice-based, not simply theoretical. It is not enough to just know the content; Urban Teachers educators must be able to demonstrate their content knowledge through the instructional decisions they make for children (read more about our Clinically-Based Learning Theory). The coursework has therefore been specifically designed to equip program participants with the knowledge and practices needed to become a highly effective urban teacher.
Participants take their M.A.T. coursework during the first two years of the program, with the majority of courses taking place during the first year (including Summer A), and only seven or eight courses during the second year (including Summer B). The majority of the coursework is also typically done in-person, with some hybrid and fully online courses incorporated as well (this is site dependent).
OUR CLINICAL FACULTY
Participants work with clinical faculty in their coursework, who are experienced K-12 classroom teachers, as well as experts in their content areas and in adult learning. Urban Teachers even has some of its most experienced alumni now serving as faculty!
Meet some of our clinical faculty & curriculum directors:
- Lou Matthews, Director of Mathematics & Science, Curriculum & Professional Development:
- Kristina Sterling, Lead Clinical Faculty for Special Education, Dallas/Fort Worth:
Review M.A.T. course lists & sample assignments here: (stay tuned!)