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Academic Catalog '13-'14 | Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed.)

 

Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed.)

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Degree Description

The School of Education offers the Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) in curriculum and instruction to currently certified classroom teachers who want to pursue advanced study in Teaching of Reading. Students may also pursue a general Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (Educating for Change) which does not require a teaching certification for entrance. All certification programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (N.C.A.T.E.). Each program requires students to complete a range of courses in their chosen concentration. Some concentrations require field work. Completion of the Teaching of Reading concentration allows students to qualify for an additional teaching credential in the District of Columbia and other jurisdictions.

Concentration Descriptions and Requirements

Educating for Change

This concentration provides an opportunity for practitioners in education and those who will serve as advocates for students in K-12 education, particularly in urban environments, to better understand the dynamics of working for change to improve the quality of education for all students. Taught in a multidisciplinary context, this advanced degree program draws from the insights provided by a range of disciplines, including sociology, psychology, history, political science, economics, and education. This interdisciplinary perspective equips students to engage both intellectually and through practice, while addressing social inequalities within educational systems, associated with gender, ethnicity, social class, and disabilities.

Students in the program work together to understand the political, social, and economic factors and processes that impact learning opportunities and educational processes; students learn to become leaders and educational change agents. The uses of instructional technology are integrated into all classes; therefore, students matriculating into this program are expected to demonstrate functional computer skills.

Within this 36-credit program, students learn about models for curriculum change and implementation, current research and best practices in teaching and learning, and equitable methods of assessment. Experiential learning and field experiences are central components of the learning process and foster student interaction with the community.

Required Courses (36 credits)

ALL of the following courses:

EDCC 601 Transition to Graduate School Seminar
EDCI 505 Psychology of Children and Youth Facing Poverty
EDCC 600 Research in Education
EDCI 607 Cultural Diversity and Global Concerns
EDCI 611 Role of Social, Economic, and Political Systems in Education
EDCI 612 Conflict Management and Resolution
EDCI 650 Glob & Ethical Persp of Diverse Learners
EDCI 655 Spanish Language & Culture
EDCI 652 Literacy Issues in Urban Education
EDCI 653 Current Issues in Urban Education
EDCI 654 Urban Curriculum and Program Design

ONE Capstone Project:

EDCI 699 Capstone in Curriculum and Instruction

The Teaching of Reading

The concentration in the Teaching of Reading is designed to prepare experienced classroom teachers for new roles such as specialized reading teachers, reading specialists, or literacy coaches. Guided by the standards of the International Reading Association, the program includes advanced coursework in  K-12 literacy teaching, learning, and assessment as well as experiences designed to develop the skills needed to be effective school-based instructional leaders. The capstone experience, a 6-credit intensive clinical practicum and seminar, is taken when all coursework has been completed and the comprehensive examination passed.  Candidates who successfully complete the program and fulfill the other requirements of their state or jurisdiction are eligible for certification as a Reading Specialist.

Students who have previously taken one of the required core or concentration courses may substitute an elective approved by their academic advisor in order to fulfill the 36-credit requirement for the degree.

Candidates admitted to the Reading Program in Fall 2005 and following are required to take and pass the Comprehensive Examination in Reading prior to being admitted to EDCI 690.

Required Courses (36 credits)

ALL of the following courses:

EDCC 601 Transition to Graduate School Seminar
EDCC 600 Research in Education
EDCI 622 Emergent Literacy & Beginning Reading
EDCI 627 Language Acquisition and Development
EDCI 632 Methods of Teaching Writing
EDCI 633 Organization and Supervision of School Reading Programs
EDCI 634 Advanced Diagnosis in Literacy
EDCI 635 Literacy Across the Curriculum
EDCI 636 Foundations of Reading and Writing
EDCI 637 Diagnostic and Prescriptive Instruction in Literacy

ONE Directed Elective

ONE Practicum

EDCI 690 Advanced Clinical Practicum in Literacy Assessment and Instruction

Course Descriptions

Explanation of Course Prefixes and Numbers
Courses designated EDCC are education core and common courses across various programs in the School of Education. The Curriculum and Instruction Program directly sponsors courses prefixed by EDCI. Courses designated EDTE are largely specific to the M.A.T. teacher education program, although students in other programs may be required to take some of these courses. Undergraduates with at least junior status may enroll in courses at the 500-level, with permission of their academic advisor. Only graduate students may enroll in courses numbered 600 and above.

EDCC - Education Core and Common Courses

EDCC 601 Transition to Graduate School Seminar
EDCC 600 Research in Education

EDCI - Curriculum and Instruction Courses (by Program)

Curriculum and Instruction: Educating for Change Courses

EDCI 505 Psychology of Children and Youth Facing Poverty
EDCI 607 Cultural Diversity and Global Concerns
EDCI 611 Role of Social, Economic, and Political Systems in Education
EDCI 612 Conflict Management and Resolution
EDCI 650 Glob & Ethical Persp of Diverse Learners
EDCI 651 Leadership in Family, School and Comm
EDCI 652 Literacy Issues in Urban Education
EDCI 653 Current Issues in Urban Education
EDCI 654 Urban Curriculum and Program Design
EDCI 655 Spanish Language & Culture
EDCI 699 Capstone in Curriculum and Instruction

Curriculum and Instruction: The Teaching of Reading Courses

EDCI 622 Emergent Literacy & Beginning Reading
EDCI 632 Methods of Teaching Writing
EDCI 633 Organization and Supervision of School Reading Programs
EDCI 634 Advanced Diagnosis in Literacy
EDCI 636 Foundations of Reading and Writing
EDCI 635 Literacy Across the Curriculum
EDCI 637 Diagnostic and Prescriptive Instruction in Literacy
EDCI 690 Advanced Clinical Practicum in Literacy Assessment and Instruction
Directed Elective: In consultation with their advisor students select an elective best suited to further their professional growth in a particular area of interest.


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Questions may be directed to Virginia Broaddus, Ph.D., Provost at BroaddusV@trinitydc.edu.

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