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Master of Science, Educational Studies/Discipline Specific Specialization and Secondary Education Strands


Program Rationale:
This program is designed to offer educators working in the field of education the opportunity to pursue graduate studies in Education Studies focused on increasing student knowledge of contemporary education issues, theories, and politics.  There are two strands of study:

Strand 1: Educational Studies with Discipline Specific Specialization.  This strand is designed for study in a specialization area that will aid students' professional development.

Strand 2: Secondary Education.  This strand is designed to increase knowledge and skills related to curriculum and instruction in secondary schools.

The capstone for Strand 1: Educational Studies with Discipline Specific Specialization entails the following: writing a thesis or completeing a Comprehensive Examination.  Students who select the thesis take ED 599 (3 credits).  Those who choose the Comprehensive Examination take one additional 500-level EDF course (3 credits).

The capstone for Strand 2: Secondary Education (Plan E) 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 Strand 1 - 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 Strand Strand 2 - Secondary Education

Students will:

• 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;

• ddemonstrate 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.

 

Admissions Requirements:

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.  Applicants must also have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a 4.00 point scale (where A is a 4.00), or its equivalent, and good standing (3.00 GPA) in all post-baccalaureate course work.

Secondary Education (Strand 2) requires teacher certification.

The admissions application, application fee, and official transcripts from each college and university attended (except Central Connecticut State University) must be submitted to the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office. 

 Contact: (860) 832-2135
www.ccsu.edu/grad

 

Course and Capstone Requirements:

Strand 1 — Educational Studies with Discipline Specific Specialization (30 credits):

Core Courses: (15 credits, no sequence specified; take any 5 of the following):
EDF 500 Contemporary Education 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

Discipline Specific Specialization (9 credits)
Students must discuss and gain approval for their specific discipline interest with their advisor before enrolling in courses.

EDTE 598 (3 credits; required course)

ED 599 or 500-level EDF course (depending on Capstone choice) (3 credits)

Capstone:
Plan A, Thesis (and satisfactory completion of ED 599)

or
Plan B, Comprehensive exam (and one additional 500-level EDF course)

 

Strand 2  — Secondary Education (30 creditsIntroductory Block 1 (9 credits):
EDTE 502 Focus on Diversity in Education
EDF 516 School and Society
ED 598 Research in Education

Curriculum and Instruction Block 2 (9 credits):
EDSC 505 Innovations iin 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 - Plan E (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 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 Educational Studies graduate planned program of study, regardless of the strand chosen.


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