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Why is the AMP in Middle Level Education a great choice for you?

Earn both your Bachelor's degree and a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in just 5 years!

If you are an undergraduate student at the University of Vermont with room in your schedule to take 3-9 Middle Level Education credits before graduation, the Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) is a great opportunity to begin your graduate coursework early and save money on graduate tuition.

Through the AMP, 6 credits are double-counted towards both your Master’s and undergraduate degrees. Plus, an additional 3 credits of graduate coursework may be taken while you're still an undergraduate.

When does the Middle Level AMP start?

Admitted students may begin taking courses that count towards the Middle Level Education AMP in their junior or senior year.

Which program is right for me — the AMP or the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)?

If you have already earned your Bachelor’s degree from UVM or another institution OR if you are a senior at the University of Vermont without room for 3-9 Middle Level Education credits before graduation, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is the right choice for you.

Our Teaching Approach

Our graduate program is built around several core themes that are central to our curriculum:

  • Middle level best practices that address the nature and needs of young adolescents
  • Interdisciplinary teaching approaches that promote student voice in their learning
  • Teaching approaches that emphasize real-world learning such as place-based, problem-based, and project-based learning
  • Teaching approaches that engage young adolescents in democratic citizenship such as social justice education and sustainability education

Our Unique Vermont Context

Due to our unique Vermont context, we prepare our students for teaching in personalized, proficiency-based learning environments. With this in mind, students in our graduate program have multiple opportunities to experience proficiency-based learning and personalized learning approaches that emphasize student voice and individual growth.

Fully-funded Professional Development Opportunities

All Middle Level Education graduate students are eligible for funded attendance — including registration, airfare, and housing — to the following annual professional conferences:

  • Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) national conference
  • New England League of Middle Schools (NELMS) regional conference

This opportunity is subject to the availability of funds from a generous donor.

AMP/MAT Course of Study

Summer (3 cr.)

EDML 207. Young Adoles Learning, Behavior & Cognitive Perspectives. 3 Credits. (Varies)

The middle school concept is based on the developmental traits of young adolescents. Participants will explore the social, emotional, physical, moral, and intellectual traits of the 10-15 year-old and understand school structures and teaching strategies that support such needs.

Fall (12 cr.)

EDSP 201. D2: Foundations of Special Ed. 3 Credits. (PM class 1x/wk)

Examination of historical and current trends in the treatment of individuals with disabilities including effects of discrimination, advocacy, litigation, legislation and economic considerations on educational services and community inclusion.

EDML 287. Content Literacy in Mid Grades. 3 Credits. (AM class 1x/wk)

Examination of disciplinary literacy, culturally responsive pedagogy, and strategies for supporting English
Language Learners in middle level content areas. Special emphasis placed on the development of a social justice
project.

EDML 260. Teaching Young Adolescents. 3 Credits. (AM class 1x/wk)

Focus on understanding and reflecting on an integrative and developmental approach to the design of middle level
curriculum with special emphasis on problem-based learning, project-based learning, and place-based learning.
Taken for 6 credits if also taking Social Studies Methods (EDML 260 Part B).

EDML 261. Mid Lev Teaching Practicum II. 3 Credits. (Full day 3x/week & 1x/wk seminar)

Teaching practicum on middle level team in one or two areas of academic concentration, acquiring knowledge of
and skills in curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment. Special emphasis placed on personalized

Spring (15 cr)

EDML 285. Middle Level Student Teaching. 9 Credits. (5 days/week)

Full-time supervised student teaching internship as a member of a middle school team.

EDML 286. Internship Support Seminar. 3 Credits. (PM class 1x/wk)

Support seminar designed to prepare and reflect on internship experiences with special emphasis places on working through teaching dilemmas and developing middle level advocacy skills. Seminar also supports candidates in the development of the Vermont Licensure Portfolio.

EDML 270. Middle School Org & Pedagogy. 3 Credits. (PM class 1x/wk)

Focus on exploring theory and practice in responsive school organization for young adolescents, including interdisciplinary/partner teaming, block scheduling, and teacher advisories. Taken for 6 credits in the Spring if also taking Science Methods (EDML 270 Part B).

Methods Courses (3-6 credits; only those that apply to your focus area[s])

Fall:

  • EDML 260 Part B (Social Studies Methods) (AM class 1x/wk)
  • EDML 177. Young Adolescent ELA Methods (PM class 1x/wk)

Spring:

  • EDML 200 Math Methods (PM class 1x/wk)
  • EDML 270 Part B (Science Methods) (PM class 1x/wk)

Questions

Email us at: Penny.Bishop@uvm.edu

How to Apply

  • Students can apply as a Junior or first-semester Senior.
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admissions

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What We Consider:

  • GPA
  • Required essay explaining why the AMP is a good option for you and how you have demonstrated the ability to perform at the graduate level
  • Interview