Master of Science in Educational Studies: Policy and Secondary Education Strands

Contact: Timothy Reagan (860-832-2574)

Strand I: Educational Studies with Discipline Specific Specialization

Strand II: Secondary Education

Program Rationale:

This program is designed to offer educators working in the field of education the opportunity to pursue graduate studies in Educational Studies. There are two strands of study. Strand I: Educational Studies with Discipline Specific Specialization. Strand II: Secondary Education. Strand I, Educational Studies with Discipline Specific Specialization, is designed to increase student knowledge of contemporary education issues, theories, and politics. Strand II, Secondary Education, is designed to increase knowledge and skills related to curriculum and instruction in secondary schools.

The capstone for Strand I, Educational Studies with Discipline Specific Specialization entails the following. Students may choose between two possible capstone experiences: writing a thesis, or completing a Comprehensive Examination. Students who select the thesis also take ED 599 (3 credits). Those who choose the Comprehensive Examination take one additional 500-level EDF course (3 credits).

The capstone for Strand II, Secondary Education is comprised of a capstone block in which the student earns 3 credits for EDSC 586. The capstone prerequisite is completion of all Block 1 courses and at least 12 credits in Blocks 2 and 3.

Program Learning Outcomes for Educational Studies with Discipline Specific Specialization:

Students will:

  • use social, cultural, political, and historical perspectives to critically analyze and assess policy and school practices;
  • demonstrate growth in professional self-knowledge by engaging in reflective inquiry;
  • demonstrate research skills through the collection and interpretation of literature-based studies; and
  • demonstrate knowledge of how issues of diversity impact schools.

Program Learning Outcomes for Secondary Education:

Students are expected to:

  • use social, cultural, political, and historical perspectives to critically analyze and assess policy and school practices;
  • extend knowledge and understanding of the subjects that they teach, the theories, curriculum and instruction, models and procedures for assessment of learning, and environments for diverse learners;
  • demonstrate growth in professional self-knowledge through engaging in reflective inquiry;
  • demonstrate research skills through the collection and interpretation of literature-based studies; and
  • demonstrate knowledge of educational programs that promote learning for a diverse student body.

Course and Capstone Requirements for Educational Studies with Discipline Specific Specialization:

30 credits total

  • 15 credits chosen from core EDF courses
  • 9 credits of Specialization Area courses
  • 3 credits EDTE 598
  • 3 credits ED 599 or EDF 500-level course (depending on Capstone choice).

Core courses include:

EDF 500 Contemporary Educational Issues

EDF 516 School and Society

EDF 524 Foundations of Contemporary Theories of Curriculum

EDF 525 History of American Education

EDF 526 Philosophy of Education

EDF 528 Comparative and International Education

EDF 535 Special Topics in Educational Foundations

EDF 538 The Politics of Education

EDF 583 Sociological Foundations of Education

Capstone for Strand I, Educational Studies with Discipline Specific Specialization:

Students may choose between two possible capstone experiences: writing a thesis, or completing a Comprehensive Examination. Students who select the thesis also take ED 599 (3 credits). Those who choose the Comprehensive Examination take one additional 500-level EDF course (3 credits).

Plan A: Thesis and Satisfactory Completion of ED 599

Plan B: Comprehensive Examination and one additional 500-level EDF course

Strand II: Secondary Curriculum, Foundational and Instructional Issues:

30 credits total

Introductory Block 1 (9 credits):

EDTE 502 Focus on Diversity in Education

EDF 516 School and Society

EDTE 598 Research in Educational Settings

Curriculum and Instruction

Block 2 (9 credits):

EDSC 505 Innovations in Secondary Education

EDSC 556 Instructional Theory and Practice

EDF 524 Foundations of Contemporary Theories of Curriculum

Specialization Block 3 (9 credits):

Choose from the following options:

a) Foundations: EDF 583, EDF 528, EDF 525, EDF 538, EDF 500

b) Subject areas: Choose 3 courses in the subject area in which certified or in literacy.

Capstone Block (3 credits):

EDSC 586 (all students are Plan E).

Capstone prerequisite is completion of all Block 1 courses and at least 12 credits in Blocks 2 and 3.

Program Sequence: Students are encouraged to complete the Introductory Block 1 before taking courses in the Curriculum and Instruction and Specialization Blocks 2 and 3. Courses in the Curriculum and Instruction and Specialization Blocks may be taken concurrently with courses from the Introductory Block with permission of advisor.

Note: No more than 9 credits at the 400 level, as approved by the graduate advisor, may be counted toward the graduate planned program of study.

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