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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 should be uploaded to the EDCI 890 by May 1st. Advisors will review and evaluate them in collaboration with the other members of the student’s supervisory committee.

→ MAT Student Teaching Portfolio (coming soon)

Guidelines for the MAT Teaching and Learning Portfolio (PDF)

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 and includes 11 entries:

  • 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.

Points of Contact

Master of Arts in Teaching Program

Dr. Thomas S. Vontz
Professor and Director
203 Bluemont Hall

Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Programs

Dr. Kay Ann Taylor
Associate Professor and 
Graduate Program Coordinator
228 Bluemont Hall

College of Education
Field Experiences

Dr. David Allen
Associate Professor and
Director, Office of Field Experiences
246 Bluemont Hall

Department of Curriculum
and Instruction

Dr. F. Todd Goodson
Associate Professor and
Department Chair
261 Bluemont Hall

Global Campus Program

Rosemary Boggs
College of Education
Academic Program Coordinator

K-State Global Campus

1615 Anderson Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66502
1-800-622-2578 (toll free)

Kansas State University
Graduate School

103 Fairchild Hall
800-651-1816 (toll free)