Students in the Dual Program in Secondary Education and Moderate Special Needs can pursue a Master of Education (M.Ed.), if they possess a strong background in their content area. Prerequisite for the program is a bachelor's degree in a liberal arts major in the field of desired licensure or an equivalent degree. Those applicants with less content knowledge in the particular field should consult a faculty member in that field. Students in this dual program will also complete coursework to teach students with mild and moderate disabilities, such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, specific learning disability, emotional and behavioral disorders, and mild developmental disabilities.
In addition to required courses in the field of education, secondary education master's degrees require courses taken at the graduate level in the arts and sciences department of specialization. M.Ed. students take a minimum of two graduate courses in A&S, and M.A.T./M.S.T. students take five graduate courses in their content area. Students also complete coursework in Moderate Special Needs.
These degree programs lead to eligibility for (grades 8-12) initial licensure in one of the following disciplines: English, history, biology, chemistry, geology (Earth Science), physics, classics, Spanish, French and mathematics and initial licensure in Mild/Moderate Disabilities.
The goal of the program is to prepare teachers to work as either a secondary general educator or as a special educator or learning specialist who is able to collaborate with other educators and service providers, and parents.
The teacher candidate will promote the learning and growth of all students by providing high-quality and coherent instruction, designing and administering authentic and meaningful student assessments, analyzing student performance and growth data, using this data to improve instruction, providing students with constructive feedback on an on-going basis, and continuously refining learning objectives.
The teacher candidate will plan individually-appropriate curricula through the IEP as well as in inclusive classroom settings.
The teacher candidate will promote the learning and growth of all students through instructional practices that establish high expectations, create a safe and effective classroom environment, and demonstrate cultural proficiency.
The teacher candidate will promote the learning and growth of all students through effective partnerships with families, caregivers, community members, and organizations.
The teacher candidate will promote the learning and growth of all students through ethical, culturally proficient, skilled, and collaborative practice.
The teacher candidate will promote an inquiry stance of critical reflection about personal practice through individual and collaborative inquiry in service of improving pupil academic, emotional, and social learning.
This program consists of 21 (TELL/TDLL: 22) courses and practicum, for a total of 58 (TELL/TDLL: 61) credits.
Full time students will typically complete the program in 2 years. Part time students will take 4 or more years to complete the program.
Students can begin the program in the spring, summer, or fall semesters.
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