Master of Arts
Education, Curriculum and Instruction
The Elementary Education track in the Education, Curriculum and Instruction M.A.. program is designed to help professionals acquire and contribute to the advancement of knowledge and leadership so necessary to address the dynamic challenges of contemporary education at the elementary level. Emphasized within the track are, for example, the following:
- a focus on interdisciplinary approaches to curriculum development
- the use of inquiry as a key pedagogical approach
- the importance of a strong understanding of diversity and its social and educational implications
- child development and learning theories as the foundation for research and teaching in elementary settings
Our graduate students can explore a number of research questions as well as develop an area of concentration from the several content fields offered within the department in conjunction with coursework across the University. Students also benefit from the many area and content centers in the University, such as those that deal with holocaust and genocide studies, gender studies, environment and international studies, and moral development. Through these questions and areas of concentration, students enhance their knowledge of specific content fields, understand new as well as persistent issues in general education, and put themselves in better positions for educational leadership.
The program's faculty is made up of scholars, teachers, and administrators who are internationally recognized for their work, and therefore, attract students from around the world. Working with this faculty, students have many opportunities to engage in joint research projects dealing with issues that bring together several disciplines. The program is closely tied to the elementary and secondary schools in the Twin Cities region and draws from pre-kindergarten, community, and post-secondary settings as well.
Graduate Studies Coordinator
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