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 DiversityExplores the historical issues related to diversity and equity/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. This is an experintial course.
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 ResolutionThe examination of conflict and violence and its repercussions will be explored in depth in this course. Emphasis will be placed on developing communication skills and techniques that effectively and appropriately convey feelings and emotions. The course considers the influence of resolving conflicts creatively and stresses the importance of communication as a vehicle for conflict resolution and helping people work collaboratively to express feelings respectfully. Conflict management programs and models, such as restorative justice, will be presented, reviewed and models for educators and mental health practitioners. Harassment and bullying issues will be sub-topics of this course. Positive psychology, restorative justice and strength based and peacemaking theories and philosophies will be presented along with the presentations of historical contributors of effective peacemaking and conflict resolution. This course is cross-listed with Counseling, so that candidates have the opportunity to interact with those candidates who will be school counselors.
Prerequisites: None EDCI 652 Literacy Issues in Urban EducationThis course provides an overview of the literacy issues confronting teachers and schools. Specific attention will be given to different literacy programs that have been implemented nationwide. 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 direction of their faculty advisor, candidates design a project and develop a research topic that transforms to a capstone. A capstone topic usually encompasses the development of a model or intervention that addresses the identified research problem. Candidates will write a thesis like paper and make and oral presentation to their peers in the program and faculty. Candidates can receive an "In Progress" (IP) designation, if they are unable to complete the major assignment in one semester. A grade of B or higher is required to meet the graduation requirements for the degree.
- Diversity Officer
- Curriculum Evaluator and Designer
- Conflict Mediator
Trinity’s Educating for Change program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (N.C.A.T.E.).