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Qualified students may pursue master's degrees which focus on two different goals: advanced training in disciplines related to Education, which generally lead to a Master of Education degree (M.Ed.), and graduate programs whose primary focus is on initial graduate level licensure for prospective teachers or clinicians. The latter programs may involve the College of Arts and Sciences and involve in-depth study of the teaching process or areas related to educational issues or health, leading to a Master of Teaching (M.T.) degree.
All master's programs (M.Ed and M.T.) require at least 30 credits of study (or more if specified by the program area). Most programs also require a practicum experience related to the area of specialization.
Admission Requirements The student desiring to pursue the Master of Education degree must submit an application to the Admissions Office of the Curry School of Education. The applicant to this degree program must:
Program Requirements To earn a Master of Education degree the following minimum requirements must be met:
Comprehensive Examinations When nearing completion of the program of study, with the advisor's approval, the student will take a comprehensive examination in his or her area of specialization. (In some programs, a formal thesis or project may substitute for the comprehensive examination.) This examination will be developed and administered in accordance with procedures determined by the department and approved by the dean. Satisfactory performance must be demonstrated before the student can be graduated. A student who fails to perform satisfactorily on the comprehensive examination may petition for one re-examination. Such re-examination, however, cannot be taken sooner than the next semester at the scheduled administration of the comprehensive examinations. (Failure to appear to take the test, after having applied for it, shall constitute one failure).
Transfer Credit A student with permission of the advisor may transfer from another college or university a maximum of six graduate credits into a Master of Education or Master of Teaching degree program.
Time Limit No requirements, including transferred credit, completed more than five years before the M.Ed. is to be awarded may be credited toward that degree. Exceptions must be approved by the advisor and the Dean of the Curry School of Education, and are granted only when some emergency, such as illness, interrupts the student's work. In such cases, the student may be required to validate out-of-date work by examination.
The Master of Teaching (M.T.) degree is the appropriate degree for individuals who have completed a bachelor's degree, and now wish to qualify for a teaching license. The elementary and special education M.T. programs require two years of study. The M.T. programs in secondary areas (English, math, science and foreign language) are fifteen-month programs and begin in the summer session. These degree programs include academic course work in the specialization field, and teacher education experiences leading to initial endorsement in one or more specialities. (Opportunities for applicants to correct deficiencies in liberal arts preparation may also be required based on undergraduate course work.) A pilot 15-month M.T. program is available for certain secondary teaching areas. Contact the Office of Teacher Education for additional information.
M.T. degree programs are available in elementary education (NK-8), special education, (behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, and mental retardation), physical education, and secondary education with specialization in English, foreign languages (French, German, Latin, Spanish), mathematics, science (biology, chemistry, earth and space science, general science, physics), or social studies (anthropology, economics, geography, government, history, psychology, sociology, social studies).
Admission Requirements (Also see Master of Education Admission Requirements.) Post-graduate Master of Teaching applicants seeking teacher licensure must have a B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited institution, with the equivalent of an academic major in the arts and sciences or an appropriate discipline, and an acceptable general studies component. The general studies component should be a well-planned sequence of courses and experiences that must include theoretical and practical knowledge gained from studies in mathematics, natural science, social science, U.S./American history, English, communication, literature, and other humanities. The following are examples of acceptable courses within the specified areas. Natural Science: astronomy, biology, chemistry, environmental science, and physics. Social Science: anthropology, economics, government and foreign affairs, linguistics, psychology, sociology, and Western Civilization (a course in some area of non-Western studies is also desirable). Humanities: English, literature, speech communications, public speaking, debate, drama, art, music, philosophy, religious studies, foreign literature in translation, and foreign language.
Program Requirements The following requirements for a Master of Teaching degree must be met:
|EDLF 501||Learning and Development||3|
|EDLF 388||IT Laboratory||2|
|EDIS 501||Curriculum and Instruction||2|
|EDIS 500||The Exceptional Child||3|
|EDIS 488||Field Practicum||2|
|EDIS 502||Instruction and Assessment||2|
|EDIS 587||Seminar in Teaching Field||3|
|EDIS 586||Seminar: Multicultural and Health Topics||1|
|EDIS 588||Teaching Associateship||6-12|
|EDLF 710||Contemporary Education Issues||3|
|EDIS 788||Field Project||3|
Students pursuing endorsement in Elementary Education or Special Education must also take:
|EDIS 530||Language Skills Block||6|
|EDIS 531||Reasoning Skills Block||6|
Students pursuing endorsement in Special Education must also take:
|EDIS 510-513||Characteristics of BD, LD or MR||6|
|EDIS 514||Curr. Exceptional Child||2|
|EDIS 508||Teaching Exceptional Child||2|
|EDIS 504||Psycho-Educational Assessment||3X|
|EDLF 345||Introduction to Educational Technology||2|
|EDIS 500||Exceptional Child||3|
|EDIS 704||Positive Classroom Discipline||3|
|EDIS 502/488||Secondary Instruction and Assessment||4|
|EDLF 721||Adolescent Development||3|
|EDLF 760||Social Foundations of Education||3|
|EDIS 586||Special Topics||1|
|EDIS 587||Teaching Seminar||3|
|EDIS 588||Teaching Associateship||12|
|EDIS 788||Field Project||3|
|Course work in subject area|
|Course work in subject area pedagogy|
The Education Specialist degree, a planned 30-credit (minimum) post-master's program, 24 credits of which must be taken on-grounds, and 18 credits which must be taken after admission. In this program candidates are expected to attain (1) a broad and systematic understanding of professional education, (2) a definitive knowledge of a particular field of specialization, and (3) ability to integrate and apply theoretical concepts of education in an actual educational context. This program is designed for the accomplished, experienced practitioner with specific professional aspirations. It is not designed for those who wish to pursue a research emphasis as a prelude to doctoral study. The Ed.S. degree may be pursued in the following areas:
Administration and Supervision
Curriculum and Instruction
Program Requirements To earn an Education Specialist degree the following minimum requirements must be met:
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