Master of Arts in Education, Emphasis in Teaching
After the completion of the credential year at Mills, students have five years to return to Mills to complete the two additional courses required for an MA in education with an emphasis in teaching (MEET). Students are also classroom teachers, so these courses are offered in the late afternoons or early evenings. The course's content and projects aim to provide support and ongoing professional development during teachers' induction phase. Also MEET students gain sustained connection with their colleagues and faculty and have increased support as they enter their classrooms as new teachers.
- Prepare teachers to be guided by an ethic of care and to serve as agents of change.
- The preparation of reflective teachers requires active and systematic inquiry for learning.
- Prepare students to be learners and to be guided by the principles that learning is developmental and constructivist.
- Prepare students to acquire, understand, and construct subject matter knowledge.
- Prepare teachers to work as part of a team and to develop collegial relationships and to serve as agents of change.
- Inquiry stance: The program's course work is designed to support students as they build an inquiry stance into their teaching. Mills students have the opportunity to develop and conduct a research project focused on their practice and their students' learning.
- Professional development: All students in the MEET year are employed as either full- or part-time teachers.
Building on the foundation of the credential year, MEET course work aims to further develop the teachers' inquiry stance, which prepares them well for dealing with the complex and yet exciting uncertainties of urban school teaching. The culminating experience for the program is a year-long classroom-based research project. The students present the results in a research forum at the end of the MEET year. Because all students in the program are employed as either full- or part-time teachers, their research allows them to grapple in depth with the questions they face in their daily classroom work. See the Requirements page for a list of courses required for this program; see the Course Descriptions page for paragraph-length descriptions of individual courses.
Graduates from the MEET Program may obtain jobs in public, charter, and independent schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Most MEET graduates choose to teach upon receiving their degree. However, some decide to take other positions in education where they draw upon the knowledge, skills, and dispositions they gained in their two years of graduate study. In addition to the strong alumnae/i support network, the Mills Career Services Office provides placement support for graduates of the MEET Program.
MEET is a 37–42 credit MA program designed to prepare teachers for professional practice in urban schools. At the end of the first year students receive their preliminary California teaching multiple or single subject credential. After this year students teach or work in some capacity with school-aged students on a regular basis while taking seminar-style courses designed to facilitate the continued building of their inquiry stance and professional practice. Classes after the credential year of study are held late afternoon or early evening to accommodate working schedules. Post-credential students engage in a range of classroom-based research projects, which they design and conduct to build their knowledge of their students' learning and their teaching practice.
Any time within five years of completing their credential, students can enter the post-credential program. This consists of a seminar each semester which meets in the late afternoon, early evenings, and on the weekends.
Successful completion of master's project within five years of commencing post-credential course work,
31–36 Mills course credits from the Mills credential program,
6 additional Mills course credits, which include the following:
- Multiple Subject Credential
- Single Subject Credential in Humanities (Art, English, or Social Science)
- Single Subject Credential in Mathematics or Science
- MA in Education (MEET)
- Language, Culture, and Trauma Certificate in Teaching
Early Childhood Education
- MA in Early Childhood Education—MA/ECE
- MA in Education, Child Life in Hospitals—MA/ECE/CL
- MA in Early Childhood Leadership—MA/ECL
- MA in Educational Leadership
- Joint MBA/MA in Educational Leadership
- Doctorate (EdD) in Educational Leadership
- Administrative Services Credential
Infant Mental Health
Accelerated Degree Programs
- BA/MA Child Development & Elementary Education
- BA/MA Early Childhood Education
- BA/MA Early Childhood Special Education/Teaching Credential
- BA/MA Education/Teaching Credential
- BA/MA Infant Mental Health