Master's Degree in Sociology in Tennessee in USA

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A masters refers to the completion of a graduate study program that prepares students to further their knowledge of a specific subject or advance their careers. The majority of masters are granted by state or public universities.

Sociology is a field of study that aims to understand how societies and the structures and institutions that govern them operate. Topics such as social class, relationships between civilizations, and history are often included in the curriculum.

Education in the United States is mainly provided by the public sector, with control and funding coming from three levels: state, local, and federal, in that order. The common requirements to study at a higher education level in United States will include your admissions essay (also known as the statement of purpose or personal statement), transcript of records, recommendation/reference letters, language tests

Tennessee is a state full of natural and manmade beauty. The state lies across the Appalachian mountains and alternates between big cities and rolling hills. Tennessee is home to hundreds of universities, many of which are world renown for their academic prowess.

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Masters of Education in Community Development and Action

Vanderbilt Peabody College
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Nashville

The Masters of Education program in Community Development & Action is a two-year practitioner-focused degree in the HOD department, preparing students for professional leadership as change agents in local communities. [+]

Masters in Sociology in Tennessee in USA. The Masters of Education program in Community Development & Action is a two-year practitioner-focused degree in the HOD department, preparing students for professional leadership as change agents in local communities. The program combines theory, research, and practice to equip students with the tools to study, design, and sustain change in the context of organizations, communities, and policy that support positive human development. As a student of communities and human development, you are expected to make a strong commitment to your education by recognizing the intention behind program goals and making an effort to learn and grow beyond the minimum degree requirements. You are expected to commit to your best work and maintain your personal integrity as well as the integrity of the program. Coursework entails a minimum of 30 hours of required and elective classes in content areas. Course selection may vary according to career objectives of the student and recommendations made by his or her major advisor. Sample Program of Studies Fall 2014 Professional Seminar – Becoming a Change Agent* Community Inquiry* Community Development Theory* Spring 2015 Consulting Pre-Practicum* Community Intervention & Change Fall 2015 Theories of Inequality Program Evaluation Spring 2016 Community Organizing Global Dimensions of Community Development *Denotes required course A student may also choose to take an additional 6 hours and complete a concentration in an area of his or her choosing. Examples of areas of concentration include topics such as Leadership and Management, International Development, Education, Public Policy, Community Health and Wellness, and Program Evaluation. Practicum Supervised field experience is a critical component for the learning and development of each CDA student. The purpose of the practicum experience is to allow each student the opportunity to apply foundational community development principles and coursework and to build professional skill sets in meaningful settings. Most frequently, these experiences take place in off-campus organizational or public agency settings, but they may also take other forms. Over some summers, the Department of Human and Organizational Development offers opportunities to participate in a Fieldschool of Intercultural Education, which can also be counted toward practicum requirements with prior approval. Final Assessment Options CDA students are required to complete, at a minimum, 30 hours of coursework, 300 hours of practicum work and one of the following three final assessment options: Master's Thesis - This is an experience in independent scholarly research which is intended to contribute to the field of community development. Click here to see examples of past theses. Final Project - This opportunity allows students to integrate CDA core philosophy, coursework and field experience. The student will communicate meaningfully how these three elements are related and how they have contributed to their personal and professional growth during the project's life span. Click here to see examples of past student projects. Comprehensive Exam - This is an in-depth writing experience intended to display the student's full understanding of the material covered by the CDA degree program and to encourage the student to think critically about this material. Each final assessment option provides the student with a different method of expressing what they have learned and how to apply it. Each student should speak with their major advisor upon matriculation to discuss which assessment option is appropriate. Because the thesis and final project options require a great deal of preparation, a student must plan to stay in the program for four semesters; LINK students and those graduating in three semesters must choose the comprehensive exam option. [-]