Graduate students interested in both the Multiple Subject Credential and the Education Specialist for Mild/Moderate Disabilities Credential will enroll in the MAE/TC eight-quarter program. The first four full-time quarters are designed for candidates to earn both Multiple Subject and Education Specialist Credentials. The last four half-time quarters guide the candidates through a sequence of research classes, leading to the Master of Arts in Education. This two-year degree option is also for those Multiple Subject candidates who want to use research methods other than ethnography to explore their topic of choice.
Candidates who are interested in the dual credential pathway participate in a well-defined sequence of study designed to integrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions required to meet the CA Commission on Teacher Credential requirements for both credentials. Candidates pursuing dual credentials are expected to be strong students, maintaining satisfactory progress in academic performance. Moreover, Antioch’s dual credential candidates work as a team with their Multiple Subject cohort to support all learners in a continuum of services and programs, including the general education classroom.
The Master of Arts in Education with dual credential (MAE/TC) prepares candidates to use research based theories of learning, connect assessment and instruction, value collaboration among professionals and families, and actively resist cultural, economic, and racial bias. The program:
- Encourages the development of candidates’ professional identities as educators through the study of philosophy, ethnography, learning theory, pedagogy, and school organization.
- Engages candidates in reflection about a teacher’s important roles as child advocate, school reformer, social change agent, and environmental advocate.
- Produces elementary school teachers with demonstrated expertise in reading instruction, using research-based reading theory and validated methodology, practiced in supervised settings.
- Prepares candidates to teach the CA Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
- Produces teachers skilled in social-emotional development and citizenship.
- Candidates learn contemporary models of the caring learning community, and gain expertise in the development of culturally sensitive social skills. They also learn how to help their students to identify and construct effective anti-bias approaches to reduce racism and injustice. Conflict resolution, mediation methods and Resilience Education enhance candidates’ classroom management and organizational skills.
- Produces information-literate teachers. Candidates demonstrate competency in contemporary technologies to access and manage information as part of their learning. They also demonstrate creative use of technology in the classroom, including multimedia presentations, Internet use, assistive technologies and online communication.
- Familiarizes candidates with systemic environmental interdependence. Candidates study the impact of human activity on the natural world and become familiar with the need (both pragmatic and philosophical) to teach respect and stewardship of the environment. Candidates experience “place based education” strategies and learn to teach respect for the ecological systems humankind depends upon for its continued survival.
- Provides candidates with study of School Reform and Educational Leadership. The Master’s level study of effective schooling, school restructuring, and organizational change provides candidates with strong leadership skills.
- Provides a social and professional support system for teachers’ lifelong learning.
Dual credential candidates take courses with the candidates earning the MEd/TC. This ensures that both Multiple Subject credential candidates and dual credential candidates have experience collaborating with general education teachers.