There are three master’s degrees offered in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI). The Integrated Bachelors/Masters (IB/M) Program and the Teacher Certification Program for College Graduates (TCPCG) Program both lead to initial teacher certification. The EDCI master’s degree described here does not lead to initial teacher certification, but instead prepares students to serve as instructional leaders in elementary and secondary schools.
Students who are not also enrolled in the IB/M program take courses that develop both foundational skills and other electives that allow them to achieve focus and depth in developing expertise. At least four courses — 12 credit hours — focus on three foundational aspects of teaching: social justice/human rights; learners; and language and literacy. An illustrative list of courses that address these areas is available from the department upon request. Additional elective courses and a culminating portfolio allow students to demonstrate growth toward a focus the student will define in consultation with an advisor.
Current requirements for MA students enrolled in the IB/M or TCPCG program are available from those programs via each program’s plan of study form (IB/M Plan of Study information; and sample TCPCG Plans of Study). Normally, applicants for the MA degree who are not also enrolled in one of the Neag School’s teacher education programs have already earned teacher certification. It is not possible to use this degree program to gain initial teacher certification. Individuals interested in applying for the MA degree who are not already in our teacher education program and who do not already have teacher certification should consider TCPCG or contact a potential advisor before applying to determine whether the program is a good match for their particular purposes. Refer to the Neag School’s faculty and staff directory, which includes an option to filter for faculty in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
Areas of Concentration Offered
- General Elementary Education
- Reading/Language Arts Education
- Bilingual and Multicultural Education
- Reading/Language Arts
- Social Studies/History
- World Languages