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MACSME Features

Student Teaching

MACSME students experience a gradual immersion into teaching. In the first year, they work in a variety of settings and gradually make the transition from working with individuals and small groups to whole-class instruction. In the second year, they are ready to fully teach one class on their own with support from the regular teacher, while observing and helping in a second.

Schedule

Students follow the public school calendar for the year, which is considerably longer than the University's academic year. This allows them direct experience with every aspect of each teaching season, from the emotions of the opening of school through the steadiness of winter to the final challenges of June. This ongoing classroom experience is designed to allow students to connect theory and research at the University to the reality of schools at each point in the program.

MACSME Course Plan

First Semester - FALL
Course No. Course Title Units
SME 210 First Year Seminar: Paper Review 4
EDUC 224A
or
EDUC 290C 03
Mathematical Thinking & Problem Solving
or
Understanding and Teaching Scientific Inquiry
3

EDUC 289
 

Health for Educators
 
1

EDUC 231
or
Chem 303
Instruction in Secondary Schools: Teaching Methods
or
Apprentice Teaching in Science
2
EDUC 390D Supervised Teaching 2
EDUC 223B Research Group 2
Total Units: 14

 

Second Semester - SPRING
Course No. Course Title Units
EDUC 283F Urban Education 3
EDUC 290C Methods for Classroom-based Research 3
EDUC 231
or
Chem 303
Instruction in Secondary Schools: TeachingMethods (Math)
or
Apprentice Teaching in Science
2
EDUC 390D Supervised Teaching 3
EDUC 223B Research Group 2
Total Units: 13

 

Third Semester - FALL
Course No. Course Title Units
EDUC 283F Urban Education 3
EDUC 207D Teaching Exceptional Children 2
EDUC 231
or
Chem 303
Instruction in Secondary Schools: Teaching Methods (Math)
or
Apprentice Teaching in Science
2
EDUC 390D Supervised Teaching 6
EDUC 223B Research Group 2
Total Units: 15

 

Fourth Semester - SPRING
Course No. Course Title Units
EDUC 246A Teaching Linguistic and Cultural Minority Students 3
EDUC 295B Technology, Curriculum, and Instruction 3
EDUC 289 Comprehensive Health Ed for Teachers 1
EDUC 231
or
Chem 303
Instruction in Secondary Schools: Teaching Methods (Math)
or
Apprentice Teaching in Science
2
EDUC 390D Supervised Teaching 2
EDUC 223B Research Group 2
Total Units: 13

Typically, MACSME students are occupied from around 7:30 a.m. until around 4:00 p.m. either working in their assigned school or on campus taking classes. Few classes take place in the evening, leaving time for study. Student teaching in public schools is in the morning and can take from 1 to 4 hours depending on the semester and the demands of the school. Day Care centers exist close to Berkeley for students with children. Nearby BART, a perimeter bus, on-campus restaurants, libraries, and student lounges create a convenient environment for students.

Generous Financial Aid

A variety of student aid is available:

Type of Aid Amount
Block Grants $2,500-$10,000
GOP Grants $7000 + Fees
Flanders Awards $2,500-$10,000
APLE Up to $18,000 to repay student loans in return for a 4-year commitment to teaching in a low income school.*
CAL T. Grant $3,600 for grad fees
G.S.R An hourly wage to work as a T.A, Grader or Researcher
ATDP Up to $6000 to work summers teaching H.S. students
Teacher Scholar All grad fees paid in return for a 4-year commitment to teaching in a low income school.*

*Half of all public schools in California qualify including almost all in San Francisco, Alameda, and West Contra Costa Counties.

The first step in obtaining financial aid from UC Berkeley is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The application is available online at: FAFSA.ed.gov. You may also pick one up at 318 Sproul Hall on the UCB Campus. Several private scholarships are also available to students who take the effort to seek them out and complete their own applications. For complete financial aid information, please contact Liliana Hernandez in 1600 Tolman Hall, (510) 642-0841.

After You Graduate

MACSME graduates are in great demand in the job market. Typically, graduates have their choice of multiple job offers. By graduating with a masters degree and between 54 and 62 units, they are able to begin teaching at a higher salary.

Salaries fluctuate often, and most, but not all, MACSME graduates obtain 60 units. Contact school districts directly to get the most current salary information.

Report to Commission on Teacher Credentialing

In 1999 the MACSME program submitted its final report to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing on the progress as an experimental program and made the transition to being a regularly authorized program of teacher preparation. Read the full report.