M.A.: Multicultural College Teaching and Learning
Effective July 1, 2015 this program has moved from the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning to the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development.
Our student-centered master's program emphasizes the development of reflective practitioners who can design and implement inclusive learning environments that effectively incorporate engaged pedagogy and technology.
In this program, you will learn to apply current theory and practice related to access, persistence and student achievement to successfully address the changing needs of postsecondary education.
- Undergraduate teaching
- Academic support programs such as TRiO, McNair Scholars, Summer Bridge programs
- Student affairs and student services
- Teaching and learning centers
Planning Your Course of Study
This program is individualized according to student background, academic interests, prior educational experience, and professional goals.
Students have two options for the degree: Plan A (with master's thesis) or Plan B (with capstone project). In consultation with their adviser, students will plan a program of coursework that prepares them to evaluate scholarly research related to postsecondary teaching and learning and that will constitute a solid foundation for the student's Plan A thesis or Plan B capstone.
Students must complete the program within 5 years of their initial enrollment. Although many students may finish the program in 2 years, the 5-year time frame provides flexibility for working professionals.
Offering two plans to support your academic interests and goals.
Plan A Requirements
The Plan A degree requires a minimum of 34 credits, including 10 thesis credits. Students who choose the Plan A master's degree will complete a thesis and conduct independent field research. The thesis includes a literature review, methodology, results, analysis, and conclusions. Extensive guidelines for the master's thesis are available on the Graduate School website.
Plan B Requirements
The Plan B degree requires a minimum of 30 credits. Students who choose the Plan B master's degree complete a capstone project which demonstrates use of research and relevant scholarship. The format and mode of output for the capstone project are intentionally flexible and are to be determined according to the specific focus, intended contribution, and target audience of the project.
For example, projects may be:
- Practitioner-oriented for those who work directly with students (instructors or student development personnel)
- Developed for direct use with students in a particular context (e.g., advising session, classroom)
- Topic-oriented (e.g., a more classic research paper for a scholarly-focused audience, investigating a topic through relevant literature and cases).
The project has 3 components: proposal; project; evaluation or reflection paper.
Questions regarding the admissions process, admissions documents, or general information about the program should be directed to:
Specific questions regarding course content should be directed to:
Revised July 8, 2016