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Graduate Program Learning Objectives


Graduate Programs

The School of Teacher Education and Leadership offers an array of graduate degrees including a Master of Education in Instructional Leadership, Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction.

M. Ed. in Instructional Leadership
The School of Teacher Education and Leadership offers an M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership with two areas of concentration: Administrative Licensure or Higher Education/Student Affairs.

Selected Core Learning Objectives

Examine current educational issues and trends within contexts of history, philosophy, and cultural foundations.
Examine theories, principles, and foundations of curriculum, emphasizing program planning and current curriculum trends.
Analyze the role of education in a culturally and linguistically diverse society.
Explore multiple ways educators work with and for transnational communities.
Explore theories of organizational behavior and practices of managing and leading people within the context of a school organization.

M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (Elementary and Secondary)
The goal of the M.Ed. in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership is to provide teachers with experience that enhances their classroom effectiveness. The program for the M.Ed. degree offers two choices: Plan B or Plan C. The plan B program of study (36 credits) culminates in the preparation of a creative project applied to practical teaching issues. At the conclusion of Plan B option, an oral examination under the supervision of the student’s chairperson and committee is required. The Plan C program of study (36 credits) requires core courses along with coursework an area of concentration (e.g., reading, math, English as a second language, gifted and talented learners, etc.) At the conclusion of Plan C program of study, a culminating experience/interview is conducted.

Selected Core Learning Objectives

Examine current educational issues and trends within contexts of history, philosophy, and cultural foundations.
Examine theories, principles, and foundations of curriculum, emphasizing program planning and current curriculum trends.
Analyze the role of education in a culturally and linguistically diverse society.
Examine the place multicultural education and inclusive pedagogies have in advancing educational equity and social justice.
Explore multiple ways educators work with and for transnational communities.
Understand the nature of scientific theories and how they inform classroom instruction, compare different paradigms and the theories linked to each, understand major models of learning/instruction related to different theories.
Apply new knowledge of curriculum and instruction to practical problems in K-12 settings.

M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction (Elementary and Secondary)
The goal of the M.S. degree in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership (36 Credits) is to provide experienced teachers with additional research tools and perspectives for not only addressing education problems, but also communicating new insight to others. These degrees offer students the opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor in a well-defined research study. A thesis or review of literature is required (6 credits).

Selected Core Learning Objectives

Examine current educational issues and trends within contexts of history, philosophy, and cultural foundations.
Examine theories, principles, and foundations of curriculum, emphasizing program planning and current curriculum trends.
Analyze the role of education in a culturally and linguistically diverse society.
Examine the place multicultural education and inclusive pedagogies have in advancing educational equity and social justice.
Explore multiple ways educators work with and for transnational communities.
Understand the nature of scientific theories and how they inform classroom instruction, compare different paradigms and the theories linked to each, understand major models of learning/instruction related to different theories.
Develop and carry out an independent project or thesis examining an issue of curriculum or instruction in a chosen focus area.

Ph.D. and Ed.D in Education (specialization in Curriculum and Instruction)
The School of Teacher Education and Leadership also offers a doctoral degree in Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction. Three formal areas of concentration are currently available: Instructional Leadership, Mathematics Education and Leadership, and Literacy Education and Leadership.

Selected Core Learning Objectives

Explore the interrelationship between education, schooling, and society.
Analyze how the constructs of teaching and learning have been conceptualized by major scholars of the past century.
Analyze the relationship among and between curriculum, teacher, students, and context.
Develop research skills using qualitative and quantitative methods.
Design and carry out research to examine a problem or issue in education.

Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction
The School of Teacher Education and Leadership also offers an education specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction. 

Selected Core Learning Objectives

Explore the interrelationship between education, schooling, and society.
Analyze how the constructs of teaching and learning have been conceptualized by major scholars of the past century.
Analyze the relationship among and between curriculum, teacher, students, and context.
Develop research skills using qualitative and quantitative methods.
Design and carry out research to examine a problem or issue in education.