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Community College Teaching Concentration

The concentration in community college teaching qualifies students to teach entry-level courses in rapidly growing fields at community colleges. In addition, it may be an appropriate graduate credential for some faculty currently teaching in community colleges.

In addition to required courses and a knowledge area, students pursuing this concentration are required to take a one-credit proposal course and complete a project or thesis. The concentration in community college teaching is administered by the Higher Education Program.

Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

Students pursuing this degree must successfully complete 36 credits of graduate course work in one of the concentrations below. Students must submit a curriculum worksheet that has been approved by their faculty adviser and the director. 

Courses applied to the degree are subject to the following restrictions: a maximum of 6 credits may be earned through independent study or directed readings and research courses; a maximum of 6 credits may be taken through the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area; a maximum of 15 credits may be transfer credits; a maximum of 6 of the transfer credits may be from other accredited institutions.

Transfer credits include credits taken before first enrolling as an admitted degree-seeking student (at another institution, in another Mason graduate program, or in Mason nondegree status) or credits taken at another institution after admission to the degree program through study abroad or study elsewhere (which requires prior written approval of the director and the dean). Additional information may be found in the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

All students complete their work in the program with a project or thesis. Students are required to take MAIS 796 - MAIS ProSeminar (1 credit), MAIS 797 - Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal (1 credit), and either MAIS 798 - Interdisciplinary Studies Project (1-4 credits) or MAIS 799 - Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (3-4 credits). Students electing to complete the concentration in community college teaching with a thesis will complete 38 credits.

◊ Concentration in Community College Teaching (CCT)

This concentration qualifies students to teach entry-level courses in rapidly growing fields at community colleges. In addition, it may be an appropriate graduate credential for some faculty currently teaching in community colleges.

In addition to required courses and a knowledge area, students pursuing this concentration are required to take a one-credit proposal course and complete a project or thesis. The concentration in community college teaching is administered by the Higher Education Program.

One required course of proseminar (1 credit)

MAIS 796 - MAIS ProSeminar

Four required courses (12 credits) in college teaching

HE 601 - The Community College

HE 602 - College Teaching

HE 603 - Higher Education in the Digital Age

HE 685 - Practicum

Seven required courses (21 credits) in a knowledge area chosen from the following:

  • communication
  • English
  • information systems
  • mathematics
  • Spanish
  • teaching English as a second language

Communication

Four core courses (12 credits)

COMM 602 - Theories and Research of Mass Communication or COMM 634 - Theories of Interpersonal Communication Credits: 3

COMM 605 - Intercultural Communication or COMM 635 - Organizational Communication Credits: 3

COMM 650 - Research Methodologies in Communication

COMM 653 - Graduate Seminar in Instructional Communication

Three elective courses (9 credits)

Electives are chosen from graduate-level communication courses in consultation with a faculty advisor. They may include core courses listed above not already used to meet the 12 credit requirement.

Knowledge area total: 21 credits

English

Two to three core courses (6-9 credits)

ENGH 701 - Research in English Studies

ENGH 610 - Proseminar in Teaching the Reading of Literature and/or ENGH 615 - Proseminar in Composition Instruction Credits: 3

Four to five elective courses (12-15 credits)

Electives are chosen from graduate-level English courses in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Knowledge area total: 21 credits

Information Systems

Three core courses (9 credits)

INFS 515 - Computer Organization Course and Operating Systems

INFS 612 - Principles and Practices of Communication Networks

INFS 614 - Database Management

Four elective courses (12 credits)

Electives must be graduate-level INFS or INFS-related courses chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Knowledge area total: 21 credits

Mathematics

Two core courses (6 credits)

MATH 621 - Algebra I

MATH 675 - Linear Analysis

Five elective courses (15 credits)

Electives are from graduate-level courses in mathematics and related disciplines (including statistics) chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Knowledge area total: 21 credits

Spanish

Three core courses (9 credits)

SPAN 502 - Hispanic Sociolinguistics

SPAN 505 - Applied Spanish Stylistics

SPAN 510 - Introduction to the Graduate Study of Literature in Spanish

Four elective courses (12 credits)

At least three elective courses (9 credits) must be graduate-level SPAN courses; one (3 credits) may be a graduate-level FRLN course. Electives should be chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Knowledge area total: 21 credits

Teaching English as a Second Language

Six core courses (18 credits)

LING 520 - Introduction to Linguistics

LING 521 - Applied Linguistics: Teaching English as a Second Language or LING 507 - Field Work in Applied Linguistics Credits: 3

LING 522 - Modern English Grammar

LING 523 - English Phonetics

LING 525 - Practicum in ESL

LING 582 - Second Language Acquisition

One elective course (3 credits)

Elective should be from graduate-level courses in linguistics or a related area chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Knowledge area total: 21 credits

Proposal (1 credit)

MAIS 797 - Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal

Project (1 credit) or thesis (3 credits)

MAIS 798 - Interdisciplinary Studies Project

or

MAIS 799 - Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 3 credits)

Total: 36-38 credits

Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

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