Master of Urban Secondary Teaching (MUST)

MUST Overview

Master of Urban Secondary Teaching (MUST)

The Master of Urban Secondary Teaching Program (MUST) is a selective, field - based graduate teacher education program that prepares secondary teachers who are committed to teaching in urban schools. In response to the critical shortage of secondary teachers, MUST exemplifies the College of Education and Human Service's commitment to educational professionalism and urban school renewal. In particular, MUST prepares urban educators in the areas of mathematics, science, social studies, and English. The program's goal is to graduate reflective, responsive teachers who are prepared to promote students' learning while consciously addressing the effects of race, class, and gender on student achievement.

The MUST program recruits interns who demonstrate a commitment to urban schooling and community renewal. Admission requirements include: at least a Bachelor's degree in mathematics, science, English, history or a a related field; above average grades in that field; and competency or potential in communication, leadership, collaboration, and problem - solving.

Interns are admitted as cohorts who take classes together for the duration of the program.

MUST integrates graduate education courses with a school - based teacher training experience. The program is 14 months in duration, including a 9 month, unpaid, school - based internship. Outside employment or graduate assistantships during the program are permitted, but not encouraged and are limited to a maximum of 10 hours per week. MUST interns work side - by - side with their mentor teachers at an urban high school. In the fall, they are in the classroom half days, Mondays through Thursdays, where they are observing, planning, and slowly developing their teaching skills. During this time, they are supervised by a mentor teacher and by a university coordinator. In addition, education classes and seminars meet regularly throughout the fall. In the spring, interns are engaged in a 16 - week intern teaching experience. As exit requirements, interns complete a classroom research project and a professional teaching portfolio, both of which demonstrate their competencies as reflective, responsive urban teachers. MUST graduates earn a Masters of Education degree with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction. Upon satisfactory completion of the Praxis II exam, they are licensed to teach.