The School of Teaching and Learning offers an M.A. program that serves practicing teachers at all levels (preschool, elementary, middle, high school) and provides an important first step for graduate students who wish to pursue a doctorate and become scholars and teachers at the university level. Students in this program experience a program that is committed to developing reflective practitioners, facilitating social justice orientations that enable graduates to become agents of change in their settings, and ensuring that graduates are skillful users of academic, disciplinary knowledge.
The program provides a foundation for previously certified or licensed teachers who are interested in offering educational services in a wide variety of settings, including public schools, social service fields that develop programming for children and young adults, education departments in museums, or educational service programs connected with park and recreational systems. Many students design programs of study that include the coursework required for one of the Endorsements offered by the School of Teaching and Learning.
At the Mansfield Campus, each M.A. student will be assigned a faculty advisor, with whom the student will develop a program of study that includes the M.A. core classes, a set of focused study courses and experiences that facilitate the professional and scholarly development of the student, and a final culminating examination (may be thesis or nonthesis). The thesis plan requires a minimum of 34 graduate semester hours, and the nonthesis option requires a minimum of 50 graduate semester hours. All hours to be counted in the student’s program must be taken within a six-year period, and up to 10 graduate semester hours taken prior to admission to the program may be transferred into the student’s program with the permission of the faculty advisor.
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