(81 Post Baccalaureate Hours)
1. Total hours required:
A minimum of 81 hours beyond the baccalaureate degree, the last 30 of which must be completed no more than eight years prior to graduation.
In addition to The Graduate School’s application requirements, applicants must submit a letter of intent.
3. Program of study:
The student’s program advisory committee will evaluate previous course work and experiences and recommend appropriate courses to ensure that at the completion of the program the student can demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions typically developed in the following course work:
Area of Specialization:
A minimum of 27 hours in elementary education
A. Pedagogical Content Knowledge: (9 Hours)
9 hours in pedagogy courses within or across the core content areas of mathematics, science, language arts, and social studies. Two courses must be at the 800 level.
B. Teaching and Learning: (9 Hours)
9 hours advanced and doctoral level course work involving instruction.
Required Course (3 hours):
Recommended Courses (6 hours):
- EDEL 815 - Models of Instruction
- EDTE 759 - Teaching Reasoning and Inquiry Skills
- EDPY 706 - Growth and Development: Childhood
- EDPY 741 - Basic Processes: Cognition
- EDPY 751 - Learning and Instruction
- EDPY 805 - Contemporary Research in Human Development and Education
C. Curriculum: (9 Hours)
Required Course (3 hours):
- · EDCS 821 - Curriculum Theory
Diversity in Education Curriculum (3 hours):
- · EDCS 721 - Social Class Diversity and the Curriculum
- · EDCS 722 - Racial and Ethnic Diversity and the Curriculum
- · EDCS 723 - Understanding Sexual Diversity in Schools and Other Social Institutions
- · EDCS 724 - Gender Diversity in Schools and Communities
- · EDTE 776 - Educating African-American Students
- · EDRD 811 - Cultural Perspectives on Psychological and Social Foundations of Literacy Learning
Foundations or Curriculum Course (3 hours)
- · One additional general education foundations or curriculum course
4. Research (12 hours in educational research to include):
- EDRM 710 - Educational Statistics I
- EDFI 731 - Qualitative Inquiry
5. Internship (6 hours):
- EDTE 850 - Internship in Teaching
- EDTE 851 - Internship in Research in Teaching and Learning
6. Cognate (9 hours):
A minimum of 9 hours must be in one area outside the Department of Instruction and Teacher Education.
7. Dissertation (12 Hours):
- EDTE 899 - Dissertation Preparation
- · 3 hours may be in EDRM 897 - Dissertation Seminar in Education
8. Electives (15 Hours):
A minimum of 15 hours in advanced graduate work.
9. Language Research Tool Requirement
The candidate must have a reading knowledge of one foreign language or an approved alternative selected from the Department of Instruction and Teacher Education language/research tool options.
Demonstrate competency in a foreign language or in an alternative language for the visually or hearing impaired by completion of one of the following courses with a grade of B or better:
- · Foreign Languages: 615 course or satisfactory performance on an examination administered by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
- · EDEX 682 - Introduction to Braille
- · EDEX 687 - Communication Systems for Students who are Deaf or Hearing Impaired
Substitute courses from other accredited institutions may be acceptable in place of EDEX 682 and EDEX 687.
Demonstrate competency in a computer language or software package with potential for research applications by one of the following: 1) enroll in and pass EDET 603 - Design and Development Tools I with a grade of B or better, 2) enroll in and pass both EDRM 710 and EDRM 711, Educational Statistics I and II, with grades of B or better, 3) submit artifacts at a time of comprehensive examination that demonstrate the ability to use a software package approved by the advisor for qualitative research; faculty in the program area will evaluate the artifacts using a departmental rubric, or 4) Demonstrate competency in a computer-related area of study outside of the College of Education by completion of one of the following courses or sets of courses with a grade of B or better (please check the bulletin section for the College of Engineering and Information Technology for prerequisites):
- · CSCE 145 - Algorithmic Design I and
- · CSCE 146 - Algorithmic Design II
- · OR
- · CSCE 500 - Computer Programming and Applications
- · SLIS 703 - Introduction to Information Sources and Services
- · SLIS 706 - Introduction to Information Technologies
- · SLIS 740 - Online Information Services
With the flexibility that exists within Pedagogical Content (9 hours), Cognate (9 hours), and Electives (15 hours) students may choose to take courses in specific disciplines (mathematics, science, language arts, and social studies within and outside of the College of Education. For example, a student may prepare to be a teacher educator in science by taking graduate level science courses (in the College of Arts and Sciences) to meet the needs of cognate and electives and taking pedagogical content courses that focus on science methods (early childhood, elementary, and middle/secondary courses). On the other hand, a student may want to specialize in particular grade level teacher preparation, for example, middle level. That program of study would include various discipline combinations and methods courses that are appropriate for preparing teachers of students in grades 6-8. Psychology and foundation courses that focus on cognition, learning theories, and child development of preteens would become part of the program of study. Internships in Teaching and Research would also reflect that grade level preference.