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Concentrations

M.S. in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: Advanced Studies

At the concentrations stage, students have an opportunity to match their degree to their career goals through in-depth study. With the approval of the academic adviser, students can customize their own concentration (18 credits) from education classes or select one of the following:

Educational Administration

Students acquire the practical knowledge to advance their teaching skills to a leadership role within an elementary or secondary school in rural, city, and suburban areas. Coursework examines the relationship between school culture and classroom instruction with study of the elements that factor into leadership, from new technologies to the importance of collaboration and interpersonal connections. This concentration does not include the School Principal Certification.

Global and International Education

With a steady increase in global teaching opportunities, this concentration provides students with an understanding of the skills required to analyze, implement, and evaluate educational policies within the complex economic, political, cultural, and social structures that shape learning around the world. Students study the various dimensions of educational interventions, analyze the implications for diverse learners, and acquire a familiarity with international educational research.

Instructional Technology

Advances in technology have had an enormous impact on educating instructors to customize learning to an individual’s needs using a broad range of new tools. This concentration introduces students to the latest learning technologies and provides them with an understanding of how instructional technology is designed, its role within curricula, and how learners can use it to succeed.

Higher Education

For students interested in pursuing a terminal degree or advancing their career to an executive level within a higher education environment, this concentration provides an overview of the field. Coursework covers the organizational and administrative structure, as well as the policies and practices that characterize higher education institutions in the 21st century, including financial management, accreditation, curriculum, and institutional planning.

Customizing Your Concentration

One of the key features of the Teaching, Learning and Curriculum—Advanced Teaching program is its flexibility and the broad range of opportunities to which it can be applied. This customized option allows students to select another concentration following a consultation with their academic advisor. Consideration may be given to study areas such as English as a Second Language Program Specialist, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Educational Policy and Evaluation and Assessment.