Professional Educator Option

Objectives

Students who complete the Professional Educator option of the Curriculum & Instruction Master’s degree are expected to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of a Master Teacher.

Four options are available:

  • Elementary (K-8) Teachers
  • Secondary (6-12) Teachers
  • K-12 Music Teachers
  • Library Media Certificate Core

Graduates will exhibit:

  1. Deep understanding of student development, diversity, and learning processes;
  2. Content mastery of the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students;
  3. Skill in managing, monitoring, and assessing student learning;
  4. Systematic reflection regarding their professional practice and experience; and
  5. Commitment to membership in a community of learners.

Program of Study for Elementary (K-8) Teachers

Signature Content - 12 credits12
Assessment and Evaluation in Education
Applied Educational Research
Mentoring New Teachers
Contemporary Issues in Education
Core Content - 15 credits; choose from the following15
Issues and Trends in Social Studies Instruction
Writing and Its Improvement
Visual Arts and Learning
Improvement of Instruction in Science
Improvement of Math Instruction
General School Curriculum
Middle Years School
Literacy Assessment and Instruction
Construction of Curriculum
American Indian Studies for Ed
Education Technology: Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
Advanced Educational Psychology
Or Electives relevant to licensure area and approved by graduate advisor
Master's Capstone - 3 credits3
Professional Paper/Project
Total Credits30

Program of Study for Secondary (6-12) Teachers

Signature Content - 12 credits12
Assessment and Evaluation in Education
Applied Educational Research
Mentoring New Teachers
Contemporary Issues in Education
Core Content - 15 credits; choose from the following15
Qualitative Educational Research
Advanced Educational Psychology
General School Curriculum
American Indian Studies for Ed
Or Electives relevant to licensure area and approved by graduate advisor
Master's Capstone - 3 credits3
Professional Paper/Project
Total Credits30

Program of Study for K-12 Music Teachers

Signature Content - 12 credits12
Assessment and Evaluation in Education
Applied Educational Research
Mentoring New Teachers
Contemporary Issues in Education
Core Content - 9 credits 9
Studies in Hist and Analysis
Music, Society, Education
Music Ed: Res and Practice
Music Education Electives - 6 credits; choose from the following6
Advanced Conducting
Graduate Vocal Pedagogy
Comp App Mus Ed
General Music Practicum
Applied Music
upper division ensembles
Master's Capstone - 3 credits3
Professional Paper/Project
Total Credits30

Program of Study for Library Media Certificate Core 

A student must apply to the full MEd program either initially or before 9 credits of Library Media coursework have been completed.

Signature Content - 21 credits21
Info Resources & Services
Organization of Information in School Library Media Centers
School Library Media Specialist
Info Inquiry & Ed Change
Management of Information & Resources
Applications of Literature for Children and Young Adults
Internship
Master's Content and Capstone - 9 credits9
Contemporary Issues in Education
Applied Educational Research
Professional Paper/Project
Total Credits30