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Master of Arts in Education
Early Childhood Education Reading/Language Arts

For:

Early Childhood Education or Early Childhood Education/Special Education K-5 certified teachers with a desire to become leaders and mentors who are critical thinkers and reflective decision makers in their schools. 

What You Learn:

Thomas University’s graduate programs for certified teachers are designed to enhance the role of the teacher as a leader in the school community. The programs professional practices include candidate proficiencies related to expected knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions that are aligned with the expectations in professional and state standards. Coursework and experiences will be designed to address the following advanced outcomes: 

    Advanced Professional and Pedagogical Knowledge: The candidate uses research-based, discipline-specific knowledge and pedagogy in coordinated and engaging ways to facilitate student learning. 

    Research and Inquiry Skills: The candidate designs and implements research and assessment practices to improve teaching and learning for all learners. 

    Professional and Ethical Practice: The candidate possess and practices a core set of professional and ethical dispositions, serves as a teacher leader and mentor, and models practices that embrace the importance of life-long learning. 

How You Learn:

This is a hybrid cohort program. For five nights out of each 8 week course, class will be held from 5:45 p.m to 8:45 p.m. These class meetings will be supplemented by additional online activities which may include assignments, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities done electronically outside of class. You will finish one course every 8 weeks. Following this schedule, the program can be completed in less than 2 years. Students must report a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 may be considered for provisional admission. Any student provisionally admitted must take the 1-credit Scholarly Writing course during the semester before taking any Master’s level courses.

Career Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program students will have earned a Master of Education degree in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Mathematics or Reading/ Language Arts and will be eligible for a certificate upgrade in the state of Georgia.

Degree Requirements:

Advanced Professional Knowledge:

Course #

Title

Hours

EDU 614

Program Planning

3

EDU 620

Applying Technologies for Effective Instruction

3

EDU 622

Current Issues and Trends in Education

3

EDU 623

Educational Assessment and Decision Making

3

EDU 624

Collaborative Classrooms Through Social Emotional Learning

3

 

Total Hours:

15

Research and Inquiry Skills:

Course #

Title

Hours

EDU 610

Educational Research

3

EDU 612

Teacher as Researcher

3

 

Total Hours:

6

Professional and Ethical Practice:

Course #

Title

Hours

EDU 601

Orientation to Advanced Programs in Education

0

 

Advanced Graduate Professional Dispositions

0

 

Total Hours:

0

Reading/Language Arts Concentration:

RDE 651

Foundations of Literacy and Assessment

3

RDE 652

Application of Literacy Practices

3

RDE 654

Enhancing Literacy with Literature

3

RDE 656

Patterns of Practice in the English Language Arts

3

 

Concentration Hours:

12

 

Total Program Hours:

33

Mathematics Concentration:

MTH 670

Set Theory

3

MTH 674

Developing Algebraic Concepts

3

MTH 675

Developing Geometric Concepts

3

MTH 685

Concepts & Applications of Probability and Statistics

3

 

Concentration Hours:

12

 

Total Program Hours:

33

Note:

This course outline is tentative and is subject to change. Courses may be offered in a different order than outlined above.

Education that Engages... Empowers... TRANSFORMS

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