Social and Cultural Studies Courses: 4 quarter hours required
Educational Leadership Core Courses: 12 quarter hours required
Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree Requirements: 4 quarter hours
The Master’s Thesis is completed in conjunction with faculty advisement. Preparation for the writing of the Thesis should begin well in advance of the completion of coursework. Oral examination on Thesis required. Consult the M.A. Thesis Handbook for additional information.
Students must maintain a 3.0 average or higher to continue in the program. Any grade below a C will not count for credit toward completion of the program.
ADVANCED DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
Current research and theories in human development relating to motivation, personality, learning and socialization. Case studies and an analysis of various developmental problems.
PSYCHOLOGY OF LEARNING
Study of the learning-teaching process with specific emphasis on the person as a learner, human capacity and potential, learning theories and materials, motivation, concept formation, and behavior.
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING: ELEMENTARY
This course will focus on the developmental processes of school-age children, kindergarten through middle school, by beginning with the study of the young child's social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth and change. The theoretical and observational study of child development will be framed by an examination of culture, gender, and socio-economic factors as they inform assumptions about normative processes. The relationship between development and learning in a social context will be examined with particular attention to children's developing concepts in math, science, and language arts. Attention will also be given to the role of teachers and schools and other institutions in fostering the healthy development and learning of young people.
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING:SECONDARY
This course focuses on the multiple factors that contribute to the period of adolescence, bridging childhood and adulthood. Particular attention is given to the intrapsychic, interpersonal, biological, and socio-cultural processes that are mediated by the meanings that youth give to their identity vis a vis rac, class, and gender formations within the broader society. Students will engage in interdisciplinary study of theories to examine the implications for teaching and learning processes and the role of educational institutions in fostering the healthy development of youth in society. Forms of inquiry will include students' examination of their own lives and assumptions, critique of theory, and observations of young people in a variety of contexts.
EDUCATION AND SOCIETY
A study of social forces that impinge upon the educational enterprise and analysis of the relationship to major social problems in urban education with emphasis on their social, economic, political, historical and philosophical dimensions.
PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF SUPERVISION
Supervision viewed from a human resources perspective, dealing with motivation, responsibility and successes at work as a means to intrinsic satisfaction.
Status as an Advanced Masters Education student is a prerequisite for this class.