Educating for Change (M.Ed.)
- Are you a certified teacher who wants a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction?
- Are you passionate about social justice and education and do you want to become a leader and an educational change agent?
If you fit into either or both of these categories, our Masters in Education (M.Ed.) program Educating for Change is designed for you.
This program in curriculum and instruction will help you better understand the dynamics of how to improve the quality of education for all students — and particularly those in urban environments. You will interact with a range of disciplines — including sociology, psychology, history, political science, economics and education — so that you can effectively address social inequalities within educational systems, particularly those associated with gender, ethnicity, social class and disabilities. Our graduates advocate for transformations in education, and we want to help you add your voice to those important conversations.
Featured CoursesEDCI 505 Psychology of Children and Youth Facing PovertyProvides a diagnostic and descriptive profile of the impact that poverty in the United States has on psychology and emotional growth of children in general, and particularly children in the inner city and rural environment. Invited speakers broaden the scope of the course by sharing current trends, information, and programs. This course informs educators of the need for understanding and sensitivity and discusses program designs that offset environmental and social poverty.
3 credits EDCI 607 Cultural Diversity and Global ConcernsExplores the issues related to diversity and equality in education. Stereotypes, biases, and prejudices in relation to power will be examined. Cultural attitudes, values, customs, worldview, spirituality, and learning styles will be addressed. Concrete activities for developing an appreciation of self and sensitivity to others will be introduced. Curriculum and pedagogy for diverse groups will be addressed. A grade of B or higher is required to advance.
3 credits EDCI 611 Role of Social, Economic, and Political Systems in EducationExplores the issues related to diversity and equality in education. Stereotypes, biases, and prejudices in relation to power will be examined. Cultural attitudes, values, customs, worldview, spirituality, and learning styles will be addressed. Concrete activities for developing an appreciation of self and sensitivity to others will be introduced. Curriculum and pedagogy for diverse groups will be addressed.
3 credits EDCI 612 Conflict Management and ResolutionExamines causes of violence and its repercussion. Emphasis is on positive strategies and techniques of conveying anger, frustration, and doubt. Considers the influence of resolving conflicts creatively and stresses the importance of communication as a vehicle for conflict resolution and helping students work together to express feelings in a respectful atmosphere. Stepwise solutions will be offered and modeled for educators. This course also studies the contributions to peacemaking by Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day, and others. Formerly EDU 514L Peace Education.
3 credits EDCI 652 Literacy Issues in Urban EducationThis course provides an overview the literacy issues confronting teachers and schools. Specific attention will be given to different literacy programs that have been implemented nation wide. A field experience is required.
3 credits EDCI 654 Urban Curriculum and Program DesignThis course reviews, evaluates, and develops curricula used in urban setting, emphasis is on programs that have demonstrated success in urban settings. A field experience in required.
3 credits EDCI 699 Capstone in Curriculum and InstructionProvides students with the opportunity to explore an area of particular interest within their specialization. Under the directon of their faculty advisor, students design a project and develop a research topic. Students design an approved model that addresses the research problem and subsequently share their project with other students in a seminar format. Formerly EDU 600I Capstone Project in Curriculum and Instruction. A grade of B or higher is required to advance.
- Diversity Officer
- Curriculum Evaluator and Designer
- Conflict Mediator
Dr. Deborah Litt, Associate Professor of Education, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Program Chair for Reading
Dr. Bweikia Steen, Assistant Professor of Education and Coordinator of Early Childhood Programs
Trinity’s Educating for Change program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (N.C.A.T.E.).