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

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:

  • Provide learning opportunities at the appropriate school levels that support learners’ intellectual, social, and personal development;
  • Create at the appropriate grade levels learning experiences that fit the different approaches to learning of diverse learners;
  • Use at the appropriate school levels learning environments that encourage student development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills;
  • Plan instruction for the appropriate school levels based on understanding of subject matters, students, the community and curriculum goals;
  • Foster cross-subject matter collaboration and other positive relationships with school colleagues, and positive association with parents and others in the larger community to support earning and well-being;
  • Embrace the attitude of a professional, particularly the role of “becoming a teacher.”

Career Possibilities

  • K-6  elementary teacher
  • Curriculum developer in public and private settings
  • Docent in museums and like institutions
  • Positions with companies that develop, publish, and market k-6 materials