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.
- Design and teach curricula and pedagogy that are informed by fair and reliable assessment of students and content knowledge.
- Formulate inquiry questions about education and teaching practice that are informed by current research and theories.
- Analyze and evaluate resources, curricula and pedagogy utilized at schools with attention to equity and social justice.
- Analyze and evaluate inquiry collectively, assessing K-12 students' learning and designing appropriate curricular and pedagogical adaptations.
- 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, Social Science, or Spanish or French as world languages)
- 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 Child Life—MA/ECE/CL
- MA in Early Childhood Leadership—MA/ECL
- MA in Educational Leadership
- MA in Educational Leadership (online)
- Joint MBA/MA in Educational Leadership
- Doctorate (EdD) in Educational Leadership
- Administrative Services Credential
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