Featured Student from 2013 Cohort: Peter Caccavale
Before coming to the MAT program, I attended the College of the Holy Cross as a Pre-Med/Classics major. I then moved on to receive my MA in Classics at Brandeis, with a focus on Latin and Greek as well as Ancient History. Being raised in a family of teachers, I have always wanted to teach, I just wasn't sure in what capacity. As a teaching assistant and writing tutor here at Brandeis I've really developed a love for working with my peers and helping them succeed. My hope is to bring that same passion to my future high school students in order to inspire them to succeed in the classroom. Having been a part of the Brandeis graduate community for a few years already, I know of the high reputation of the Education department and I'm looking forward to the new challenge of the MAT program.
Peter is currently a history student teacher at Belmont High School.
MAT students in the middle & high school concentration are in a four-semester program.
Secondary MAT courses include:
ED 264a Foundations of Education
Explores philosophical, sociological, historical, and political contexts of schools in the United States, including legal issues and concerns, teaching concerns, and current issues and trends. Emphasizes curriculum theory and the link between the developing pre-adolescent or adolescent and instruction.
ED 157b The Psychology of Student Learning
How do children and adolescents learn? Topics in this survey course include models of learning, cognitive and social development, creativity, intelligence, motivation, complex reasoning, and learning disabilities. Course methods include contemporary research analyses, case studies, group projects, short lectures, and class discussions. Summer 1.
ED 267a Fundamentals of Teaching
First half of two-semester course. Explores and evaluates approaches to instructional planning, formative and summative assessment, classroom culture and management, and emergent issues. Also policy and regulatory issues at the national, state, and district level as they impinge on daily practice. Reflective practice, inquiry, and critical colleagueship are themes. Fall semester.
ED 267b Fundamentals of Teaching
Continuation of ED 267a. Central seminar taught in conjunction with the Practicum or Internship (ED 265b). Electronic portfolio requirement. Spring semester.
ED 268a Pedagogy of English
This course prepares teachers of secondary English language arts to effectively plan for and assess student learning in three primary areas of instruction: writing, reading, and speaking. The following are emphasized: methods of engagement with literature, content-specific assessment and discussion techniques, writing process instruction, reading strategy and vocabulary instruction, and methods for reaching a diverse group of learners. An underlying goal of this course is for teachers to approach their chosen profession in a spirit of reflection, continuous improvement, and collaboration. Fall semester.
ED 269a Pedagogy of History
This course supports the aspiring secondary school history teacher as he or she prepares for the internship. Emphasis is placed on building a content-specific personal resource library, planning for cohesive lessons and units, teaching a variety of history content to students of diverse personal backgrounds and academic abilities, and developing collegial relationships in the teaching profession. Fall semester.
ED 270a Pedagogy of Science
Provides students with an overview of the trends, issues, strategies, and resources specific to the teaching of secondary school science. Focuses on the following key concepts as they relate to teaching secondary science: inquiry, teaching for understanding, knowing students as learners, strategies and resources to support science teaching, successful laboratory activities, professionalism, and social justice. Fall semester.
ED 271a Pedagogy of Tanakh
This course is designed to provide opportunities to develop the intellectual and pedagogical skills needed for teaching Tanakh in Jewish day schools. Fall semester.
ED 265b Field Internship
Supervised teaching internship or practicum designed to help connect theory and practice. Students gradually build proficiency in teaching, adding responsibilities and skills over time. Students have guided opportunities to observe, plan, and teach core subjects, manage classrooms, get to know students and families, and participate fully in the life of the school. Interns receive regular mentoring from school cooperating teachers and university field instructors. Spring semester.
ED 266a Teacher Research
Students design and carry out a systematic investigation addressing a question or problem arising in their practice. Students explore principles and methods of classroom-based research and review examples of published teacher research. Students present their inquiry projects to fellow students, mentor teachers, and faculty in a teacher research colloquium at the conclusion of their second summer session. Summer 2.
MAT secondary students take four graduate level courses in their area of concentration: one in the first summer, two in the fall semester, and one in the second summer. The fall content courses are individually selected to strengthen each student’s interests and content knowledge.