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Dr. Nikki Votaw
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Master of Arts in Teaching (6-12) Classes

Ministry of the Master (Required for students who have not completed 9 or more undergraduate or 3 or more graduate credits in Biblical Studies and/or Theology from an accredited institution approved by Johnson University. Students may meet this requirement prior to entering the program or concurrently while completing the other coursework.)

A graduate-level study of the ministry of Jesus as depicted in Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and various other biblical witnesses. The aim of the course is to acquire knowledge of Jesus in his historical setting and to make contemporary applications of his ministry for the Christian.

Introduction to Education II
This course moves students from a broader view of teaching an introductory lesson plan to an in-depth look at a Learning Segment. Emphasis is placed on analyzing and reflecting upon lesson plans, instruction, and assessments as well as incorporating research-based learning theories into each of those areas. Additional focus is put on academic vocabulary, learning environments, and academic feedback.

Topics & Trends in Secondary Education
This course focuses on the most recent topics in education for students going into a middle and/or high school classroom. These topics include, but are not limited to, technology, school policy, and ethics. Emphasis will also be placed on child development for students in grades 6-12.

Diversity & Special Education
This course continues the study of holistic education with special emphasis on diversity and special education in schools today.

Introduction to Secondary Education
This course is an introduction to education for students in grades 6-12. It includes an introduction to educational philosophy, student development, learning styles, and methodology.

Reading in the Content Area
This course focuses on reading and critical thinking in secondary education content areas. Specific strategies are explored that enhance comprehension, concept development, and vocabulary knowledge. Effects of text organization and the relationship between reading and writing are examined for all content areas.

Teaching in the Christian School
This course focuses on historical and philosophical foundations for the Christian school. During the course, three main components are addressed: historical perspectives and contributions to Christian education, theology and philosophy of Christian education, and biblical integration in Christian education.

Classroom Management
This course explores two areas of significant and potential difficulty for the beginning teacher: effective classroom management and successful organization of the inclusive classroom. In this course, students will study management theory and teacher style and will study a variety of strategies for developing a plan for classroom management based on Christian principles. They will also seek to understand the special needs of the mainstreamed child and ways to meet these needs within an effective inclusive setting.

Student Teaching: Secondary Education
This course involves a term of student teaching in secondary grades in the prepared discipline area of preferred licensure.

Observation Practicum
This practical field experience is designed to acquaint students with a variety of schools and classrooms in the Knoxville area. Students examine various aspects of the classroom environment, management, and teaching methods in the classrooms they visit. Candidates will spend four full days in four different schools.

Elective: Choose one of the following:

Teaching English
Teaching History
Teaching Biology
Teaching Mathematics
Teaching Business