This program is designed to accommodate different student needs and interests related to the curriculum of schools and other educational institutions. A student may choose to focus upon curriculum theory and practice or, alternatively, on the pedagogy of a particular discipline or subject field. Concentrations in the education of young adolescents, teaching English as a second language and supporting learners with diverse needs and exceptionalities are also offered. Programs are developed in consultation with the faculty advisor, who must approve all course selections.
As well, cohort groups of interested participants have been organized in a variety of focus areas including teaching learners with diverse learners, technology integration, curriculum leadership, teaching English as an additional language and rural education. All on campus programs are now treated as concentrations rather than cohort groups with the exception of technology integration.
Minimum requirements for admission to the program are a bachelor’s degree and evidence of one year successful teaching experience (or equivalent). For those teaching in the public school system, a BEd or its equivalent is also required. Those involved in education other than in the school system do not require a BEd for admittance to the program and are encouraged to apply. Additional specific requirements may be in place for certain cohorts and concentrations.
Only students who show the potential to perform well in graduate studies (normally a minimum B average (GPA of 3.0) in previous university coursework will be considered for admission.
This degree may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis and a variety of delivery modes are possible.