Mission Matters

Education

Theory and practice

Theory and practice
Local educator: Yaya Morales ’11 is an intern teacher at Sacred Heart Nativity School. Photo by Charles Barry
by Marisa Solis |
For teachers, a new program that combines a master’s plus credential.

The School of Education and Counseling Psychology class of ’13 includes nearly 50 individuals who are the first in the new Master of Arts in Teaching + Teaching Credential (MATTC) program. Earning a teaching credential has been possible at Santa Clara since the 1950s. But some opportunities are reserved for graduate students, such as a richer curriculum and restricted financial aid. Earning a master’s also gives teachers an advantage when it comes to starting salaries.

SCU’s program was introduced to meet the needs of local educators, with an eye toward working with Catholic elementary and secondary education as well as public schools. Many enrolled students are new to teaching, while others currently work in area Catholic schools and are studying for the credential, as required by the Diocese of San Jose.

The rigorous 12-month MATTC program integrates demanding master-level coursework with teacher-preparation experience—with a particular emphasis on ethical teaching practices, says Pedro Hernández-Ramos, chair of the education department. “Social justice and equity issues are key in the curriculum.”

Spring/Summer 2013

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Features

Walk Across California

An epic journey whereby one foot is put in front of the other to discover, up close and personal, who and what and where is the Golden State.

Miller's Tale

To tell the story of Bob Miller ’67 is to tell the coming-of-age tale of Las Vegas itself. And it’s the chronicle of a man who served a decade as governor of Nevada. Quite a journey for the son of an illegal bookie from Chicago.

Blood. Sweat. Tears. Repeat.

Nina Acosta ’82 was a tough enough cop to pass the test for the LAPD’s SWAT team. Then she learned the hard way about gender discrimination. So how did she do on Survivor?

Mission Matters

When justice is kidnapped

The 2013 Alexander Law Prize honors Chen Guangcheng, a Chinese civil-rights activist and attorney who protested government abuses—including excessive enforcement of the one-child policy—then escaped house arrest to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.

Double trouble

Growing up tennis with Kelly Lamble ’13 and John Lamble ’14. And Bronco teams that are a force to be reckoned with nationally.

Keep the door open

For teaching and advising and a ministry that’s blessed this place for 48 years—paying tribute to Charles Phipps, S.J.