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College of Education
006 Bluemont Hall
1114 Mid-Campus Drive North
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506

785-532-7304 fax

Dr. Thomas S. Vontz
Professor and Director

Eileen Wertzberger
Coordinator of Field Experiences

Julie Hunt
K-State Online
College of Education
Academic Program Coordinator
1-800-622-2578 (toll free)

Teaching and Learning Portfolio

To ensure that all MAT students possess the necessary knowledge and competencies for effective teaching, the faculty of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction adopted a final project system – the Teaching and Learning Portfolio.

The Teaching and Learning Portfolio requires students to synthesize, apply, and use ideas from the program to demonstrate teaching competence.

Completed Teaching and Learning Portfolios will be uploaded to the EDCI 890 course during the spring term.

What is the MAT Portfolio?

The MAT Teaching and Learning Portfolio requires you to demonstrate teaching competence and describe the ways the program has prepared you to be a wise, reflective, and effective teacher. Using the College of Education’s Conceptual Framework, the MAT emphasizes the following domains of learning: 1) The Learner and Learning, 2) Content Knowledge, 3) Instructional Practice, 4) Professional Responsibility, and 5) Education Research:

  • The Learner and Learning
    • Entry 1: Learner Development
    • Entry 2: Learning Differences
    • Entry 3: Learning Environment
  • Content Knowledge
    • Entry 4: Content Knowledge
    • Entry 5: Application of Content
  • Instructional Practice
    • Entry 6: Assessment
    • Entry 7: Planning for Instruction.Entry 8: Instructional Strategies
  • Professional Responsibility
    • Entry 9: Professional Learning and Ethical Practice
    • Entry 10: Leadership and Collaboration
  • Education Research
    • Entry 11: Action Research Project

What is Included in Each Entry?

For each entry you will select one to three artifacts to demonstrate your mastery and application of ideas and skills in the COE Conceptual Framework and, for entry #11, your ability to successfully conduct action research to improve your teaching. Each entry will also contain a reflection/discussion section (a maximum of 400 words).

An artifact is compelling evidence that you have mastered one or more of the ideas and skills contained in the COE Conceptual Framework and your ability to conduct action research. A good artifact is professionally presented, personally meaningful, and accompanied by an insightful, thoughtful, and clear reflection/discussion. All artifacts should be clearly labeled. Example artifacts include:

  • Course papers, lessons, units, projects, reflections, or other relevant materials.
  • Field experience observations, reflections, video, or other relevant materials.

The first paragraph of your reflection/discussion should provide an analysis of the ideas or skills associated with entry. In other words, the first paragraph should address the following question:

  • In what specific ways do the ideas and skills of this entry promote effective teaching and/or foster student learning?

Subsequent paragraphs discuss they ways in which the artifacts you have selected demonstrate your thinking and ability to apply the entry to learning and teaching.

  • In what specific ways does this/these artifact(s) demonstrate a synthesis and/or application of the ideas and skills associated with this entry?

How Do I Submit the Portfolio?

The portfolio is submitted in K-State Online in the EDCI 890 course. Unlike other courses, EDCI 890 is available to students throughout their program to enable continuous access to the portfolio. Every entry includes a place to upload artifacts and a space to provide reflection/discussion.

How is the Portfolio Evaluated?

Your master’s degree supervisory committee (three faculty members) will examine and assess your MAT Portfolio. Grading for this course will be by Credit or No Credit.