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Master of Education/Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction; Elementary Education

The Department of Teaching & Learning holds as its central mission the preparation and development of educators at all levels. The department ensures that its professional education programs are based on essential knowledge, established and current research findings, and sound professional practice. The Department offers a M.Ed. in 17 areas of concentration as well as a M.S. in 13 of those areas. The master's degree consists of required core courses coupled with courses specifically related to the area of concentration. A culminating experience or thesis concludes the degree and provides evidence of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions gained while in the program.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Understand the strength and weakness of different teaching strategies and their research bases;
  • Recognize the relationship among teaching strategies, needs of individual students and assessment of student learning;
  • Recognize the influences of teachers’ beliefs on their decisions about teaching strategies;
  • Comprehend history, perspectives, process, components of curriculum development, and research bases for curriculum development;
  • Observe, reflect, and analyze different teaching strategies in action and choose proper teaching strategies for particular teaching goals and objectives.

Career Possibilities

  • Teacher in an elementary school in public or private institutions
  • Teacher in a child care facility for young children
  • Manager or coach in a recreational facility
  • Curriculum developer