The Master in Education (M.A.) is a 36-hour, non-thesis program with 18 hours in Education and 18 hours in a teaching specialization. Teaching Field Concentrations are available in Computer Science, English Literature and Language, Political Science and International Relations.
The Education masters program is designed for educators who seek a hands-on, interactive, professional growth experience that emphasizes real-world application of current theory and best practices. Special emphasis is placed on expanding and enriching content knowledge, enhancing classroom instruction, and serving the needs of an increasingly diverse student population. This program brings people with multifaceted and, at times, conflicting perspectives together in a richer and more complex search for what is reliable, worthwhile, and true. When such people come together, we are able to achieve one of the highest purposes of education – a community that respects every individual within it.
The coursework fosters an integration of knowledge and disciplinary specialization with academic exposure outside of education as an integral part of the program. This holistic rationale is an approach to education that emphasizes a teacher’s not only being truly present to students, but also teaching, loving and respecting them. Such teachers expect competence and compassion of their students, a solid grasp of subject matter, and a living awareness of the inescapably moral and spiritual dimension of education and life. Accordingly, this program emphasizes a total view of curriculum and instruction, one that promotes ethics, service, learner-centered philosophy, uniqueness of the individual, and application of theory into practice in the school setting.
Program Specific Admission Requirements
Generally, admission is granted only to those with high promise for success in graduate study. Potential may be demonstrated by experience in increasingly responsible positions, previous schooling, and test scores on the GRE or MAT. Generally, students must provide acceptable test scores at the time of enrollment. If students are otherwise highly qualified, they may take the GRE or MAT during their first semester of enrollment, with further enrollment contingent upon test results.
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