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General Information

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.

Admission Requirements

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.

Master of Education (Curriculum Studies)

This is a non-thesis degree program consisting of 5.0 units of coursework. Students follow a program of study which blends compulsory components with options drawn from required and elective courses. Elective courses may be taken within other program areas in graduate education:

Program Requirements

Required Courses
 ❏GCRD 63010.5 unit
 ❏GCRD 63020.5 unit
 ❏2.0 units of GCRD electives
(selected in consultation with a faculty advisor)
2.0 units
 ❏2.0 units of graduate level electives
(selected in consultation with a faculty advisor)
2.0 units

 

Master of Arts in Education (Curriculum Studies)

The Master of Arts in Education program consists of 4.0 units of study plus a thesis. A student may focus upon curricular theory and practice, in which case courses should be selected from among philosophy and theory of curriculum, critical analysis, design, implementation, and so forth. Alternatively, a student may elect to study the pedagogy of a particular discipline or subject field, in which case the courses chosen should deal with such matters as the structure of knowledge within the particular discipline or field of interest, research on teaching, and so forth.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
 ❏GCRD 63010.5 unit
 ❏GCRD 63020.5 unit
 ❏GEDU 61700.5 unit
 ❏GEDU 61301.0 unit
 ❏0.5 unit chosen from the following:0.5 unit
    GEDU 6100
    GEDU 6107
    GEDU 6150
0.5 unit
0.5 unit
0.5 unit
 ❏1.0 unit of GCRD electives
(selected in consultation with a faculty advisor)
1.0 unit
 ❏1.0 unit of graduate level electives
(selected in consultation with a faculty advisor)
1.0 unit

 

Master of Education in Curriculum Studies: Supporting Learners with Diverse Needs and Exceptionalities (SLDNE)

The MEd Curriculum Studies: Supporting Learners with Diverse Needs and Exceptionalities meets the general requirements for the MEd Curriculum Studies. It is a non-thesis graduate degree consisting of 5.0 units of coursework including a project. Students admitted to this concentration will follow a prescribed set of courses designed to explore, consider, and analyze how school organizational structures and overall culture can become responsive to the strengths, needs and interests of learners. Collaborative school cultures that embrace diversity as a point of strength are examined. Students will engage in a critical review of curriculum, student assessment and individualized programming through the use of differing teaching/learning strategies in various discipline areas that include accommodations, adaptations and the integration of assistive technology with an emphasis on supporting learners with diverse needs and exceptionalities.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
 ❏GEDU 61400.5 unit
 ❏GEDU 61700.5 unit
 ❏GCRD 63010.5 unit
 ❏GCRD 63020.5 unit
 ❏GCRD 63300.5 unit
 ❏GCRD 63320.5 unit
 ❏GCRD 63350.5 unit
 ❏ 1.5 units of graduate level electives
(selected in consultation with the faculty advisor)
1.5 units

 

Master of Education in Curriculum Studies: Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

The MEd Curriculum Studies: TESL is a non-thesis graduate degree including 5.5 units of coursework. In place of the research, general curriculum, and elective course in the general MEd Curriculum Studies, students opting for this route will follow a prescribed set of courses designed to address the classroom instruction needs of teachers working with English as second language learners. The program is designed primarily as a pedagogical rather than a research degree. This program is offered and conferred jointly by Mount Saint Vincent University and Saint Mary’s University.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
 ❏GCRD 63010.5 unit
 ❏GCRD 63020.5 unit
 ❏GCRD 63060.5 unit
 ❏GCRD 63070.5 unit
 ❏ GCRD 6308 0.5 unit
 ❏GCRD 63090.5 unit
 ❏SMU EDUC 5661/MSVU GCRD 60010.5 unit
 ❏SMU EDUC 5656/MSVU GCRD 60020.5 unit
 ❏SMU EDUC 5657/MSVU GCRD 60050.5 unit
 ❏SMU EDUC 5658/MSVU GCRD 60030.5 unit
 ❏SMU EDUC 5659/MSVU GCRD 60040.5 unit

 

Master of Education in (Curriculum Studies): Education of Young Adolescents Concentration

This concentration is designed to provide opportunities for teachers of young adolescents to explore how classrooms and schools can become more responsive to the needs of these young people through rethinking curriculum, assessment and school organization.

Note: The Education of Young Adolescents Concentration is under review and will be available in the 2013/2014 academic year. Specific updates will be avilable online when approved. Please consult with the program head.

Program RequirementsThis program consists of 5.0 units of coursework.

Required Courses
 ❏GEDU 61700.5 unit
 ❏GCRD 63010.5 unit
 ❏GCRD 63020.5 unit
 ❏GCRD 63170.5 unit
 ❏GCRD 63180.5 unit
 ❏1.5 units of GCRD
(selected in consultation with a faculty advisor)
1.5 units
 ❏1.0 unit of graduate level electives
(selected in consultation with a faculty advisor)
1.0 unit

 

Master of Arts in Education (Curriculum Studies): Education of Young Adolescents Concentration

This concentration is designed to provide opportunities for teachers of young adolescents to explore how classrooms and schools can become more responsive to the needs of these young people through rethinking curriculum, assessment and school organization.

Note: The Education of Young Adolescents Concentration is under review and will be available in the 2013/2014 academic year. Specific updates will be avilable online when approved. Please consult with the program head.

Program RequirementsThe Master of Arts degree program requires 4.0 units of coursework and a thesis.

Required Courses
 ❏GEDU 61700.5 unit
 ❏GCRD 63010.5 unit
 ❏GCRD 63020.5 unit
 ❏GCRD 63170.5 unit
 ❏GCRD 63180.5 unit
 ❏GEDU 61301.0 unit
 ❏0.5 unit chosen from the following:0.5 unit
    GEDU 6100
    GEDU 6107
    GEDU 6150
0.5 unit
0.5 unit
0.5 unit
 ❏1.0 unit of graduate level electives
(selected in consultation with a faculty advisor)
1.0 unit

 


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