Program Overview

La Sierra University in Riverside, CA, in conjunction with their School of Education offers an online Master of Arts in Teaching. The program is designed for educators who would like a graduate level education and are primarily interested in teaching. The curriculum has been designed to cover a core of professional and academic courses to better serve students in the PK-12 school years. The flexibility of the online format allows students to build expertise in a particular area of interest while continuing responsibilities to family and current careers. The Master of Arts in Teaching requires a minimum of 45 units post-baccalaureate coursework. Teachers and other professionals who desire to advance in career positions will graduate with a foundation in curriculum, instruction, educational psychology, research design, and educational statistics. 

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) is similar to, and may be taken in place of, the fifth year program commonly known as 'post-baccalaureate.' The M.A.T. is for persons who already hold a bachelor’s degree and wish to obtain the State of California Preliminary Teaching Credential along with a master’s degree. Those who have earned a credential as an undergraduate are not eligible to take the M.A.T. but may take a Master of Arts degree (M.A.), which is an academic degree not tied to a credential. The Master of Arts in Teaching is a terminal degree, the degree does not meet the requirements of an academic degree. The single subject credential prepares teachers for middle and high school teaching and the multiple subject credentials prepares teachers for elementary school teaching. The following description is a general overview of the program.  Prospective students are encouraged to contact La Sierra University for advising on specific program needs. 

The following coursework is required before acceptance into the Teacher Education program and are in addition to the requirements need for the M.A. in Teaching:

Construction of American Political Life

Dimensions of Health

Teaching in the Multicultural Classroom

Psych. Foundations of Education

Computers in the Curriculum

Teaching Performance Assessment

Classroom Management/Lab

The optional Seventh-Day Adventist coursework consists of:

Developmental Psychology

Philosophical Aspects of Christian Ed.

History of Seventh-day Adventism

Christian Beliefs

Any RELB   Bible Doctrine Course

One elective in any Religion Course

And the Masters of Arts in Teaching degree requirements include courses that cover topics such as: 

Faith & Learning

Social and Emotional Intelligence

Brain Science and Learning

Cooperative Learning

Elementary and Secondary Teaching concentrations will include courses in:

Reading

Mathematics

Language and Literacy K-12

Culture, Society, Religion and Ethics

Science and Health K-8/Lab

Special Education in the Regular Classroom

Elementary Fieldwork

Language and Literacy

Culture, Society, Religion and Ethics

Reading in the Content Area/Lab

Middle School Theory & Practice/Lab

Secondary Theory & Practice/Lab

Special Education in the Regular Classroom

Secondary Fieldwork

Graduates have the option to advance in a variety of educational positions: Director of Research, Evaluation and Assessment for a large school district; teacher on special assignment for mathematics; literacy coach; teaching assistant and doctoral student in educational technology; grade level teacher-leader; high school department chair; educational consultant; education coordinator for a national corporation; research associate for state and federal grants. Graduates may also choose to remain in the classroom and use the knowledge gained to enhance their instructional effectiveness. The program is a pathway to meet professional goals. The mission behind La Sierra University is “To Seek, To Know, and To Serve”  all areas of campus encouraging students to develop a deeper relationship with God.

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

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    School Overview

    La Sierra University is a four-year private Seventh-day Adventist university that was founded in1922 in the large city of Riverside, California. After changing name and ownership for many years, La Sierra separated itself to become an independent institution in 1990. The school was named La Sierra based on the large Mexican land grant, Rancho La Sierra, that the school lies on today.  

    The University has five different schools, all of which operate on a quarter academic calendar, including: College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Religion, Division of Continuing Studies, and School of Education which offer certificates, undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, and doctoral level degrees. Many students continue their medical education at Loma Linda University, which is nearby and has many connections with La Sierra University. Teacher certification, distance learning, study abroad, and weekend/evening classes are available to students as well as remedial tutoring, academic/career counseling, employment services, and placement services.

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