Master of Science in Advanced Teaching Practices

The MS in Advanced Teaching Practices provides pathways to inspired teaching and learning. The program engages candidates in opportunities, based on Universal Design for Learning design theory, to gain skills, knowledge, and expertise to become more effective teachers and transformative change agents in education. From five specialization choices identified by practicing educators, candidates select one for a Core Courses Specialization and a second for the Elective Specialization. The two combined specializations with ATP 600, The Inspired Educator, and ATP 699, the Digital Portfolio Capstone, create an in-depth study for increasing competency as an INSPIRED educator. The evidence of professional educator growth is presented in a portfolio capstone.

The five specialization areas for focus include: Instructional Literacy, Assessment Literacy, Digital Literacy, National Board Certified Teacher Leadership, and Reading. Candidates develop a personal teaching growth plan that is grounded in both historical and current practices as well as professional ethics to create a pathway for continuous growth. The inquiry based approach to learning integrated throughout the program allows candidates to apply action research to design and implement exceptional experiences for diverse learners.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Create a personal INSPIRED educational philosophy that is grounded in historical/current practices and professional ethics to include a pathway for continuous growth.
  • Integrate increasingly sophisticated instruction, assessment and digital learning skills for research, curriculum design and professional growth.
  • Design exceptional learning experiences that promote social justice, and that include the principles of Universal Design for Learning.
  • Apply research based knowledge and skills to create/transform effective, diverse learning environments.


To receive a Master of Science in Advanced Educator Practices students must complete 45 quarter units of graduate work. ATP 600 and ATP 699 must be taken at National University. A total of 4.5 quarter units of graduate credit may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed, as it applies to this degree and if the units were not used in earning another advanced degree.
Requirements for the Major (10 courses; 45 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Students must select one core sequence and complete 18 quarter units as described as core.
Core Requirements Sequence I Advanced Instructional Literacy (4 courses; 18 quarter units)
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Core Requirements Sequence II Advanced Digital Literacy (4 courses; 18 quarter units)
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Core Requirements Sequence III Advanced Assessment Literacy (4 courses; 18 quarter units)
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Capstone Requirement (1 course; 4.5 quarter units)
All students must complete the following capstone course.
Core Requisite(s):
Candidates must choose one of the following specializations: