Master of Education - Curriculum & Instruction; Multicultural 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 an 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:

  • Acknowledge, through self-reflection and analysis, differences in and out of school contexts (as students and teachers), and the implications of these experiences for teaching children from similar and dissimilar experiential backgrounds.
  • Understand, through reading and facilitated dialogue, dimensions of difference at the intersections of sociocultural, socioeconomic, and sociopolitical systems of privilege and marginalization in the United States and beyond U.S. borders.
  • Recognize, through individual and collaborative research, the role that schools can and should play in the promotion of a socially just society.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to teach all students in any educational setting.
  • Articulate complex understandings of the concepts of equity, inequity, equality, inequality, diversity, teaching and learning, schooling, Eurocentric and multicultural education, demographics (individual, cultural, and institutional), and broadly defined dimensions of difference (related to race; color; ethnicity; Deafhood; geographic origin; immigration status; language; caste; socioeconomic class background; employment status; sex; gender; gender identity and expression; family configuration; sexual orientation; physical, developmental, or psychological ability; Veteran’s status; age or generation; religious, spiritual, faith-based, or secular belief; physical appearance; environmental concern; political affiliation; and, on the basis of the exercise of rights secured by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States).

Career Possibilities

  • PreK-12 curriculum coordinator
  • PreK-12 equity and diversity coordinator
  • Community college instructor (interdisciplinary studies)
  • Higher education equity and diversity staff
  • Community-based organization (non-profit, NGO, collaborative) staff

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