Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Kathleen Donalson
This Master of Education (M.E.D.) program provides an advanced knowledge base for licensed elementary teachers who are interested in continuous professional development, curriculum leadership or career advancement.
This multicultural program focuses on the teacher's role in improving learning for students of all languages and cultures. These experiences empower and guide candidates toward mastery of the following competencies:
- Proficiency in a language other than English
- Knowledge of culture
- Proficiency in the English language
- Instructional methodology
- Community and family involvement
- Professional leadership
The program features nine hours of core courses followed by 27 hours of emphasis classes. Students may select the thesis, graduate project or non-thesis option. All options include a writing proficiency and written comprehensive exams. The thesis option requires a comprehensive oral defense of the thesis or graduate project.
All professors hold terminal degrees in special education or a related field. They bring a wealth of public school experience to blend theory and practice in providing positive student learning opportunities.
Advisors check student progress using multiple methods to assess student work.
The program incorporates use of technology in classroom instruction.
A bilingual endorsement may also be obtained through this program. This may require leveling courses to meet the language proficiency required for licensure.