M.Ed. in Education: Elementary Education
The Master of Education in Elementary Education program seeks to fulfill its mission by preparing professional teachers to be: 1. Teacher leaders who demonstrate effective communication, collaboration and team building, while promoting educational initiatives that have a positive impact on students; 2. Teacher leaders who establish and facilitate positive and productive learning environments and culturally rich instruction for diversity in the classroom and beyond; 3. Teacher leaders who have a deep knowledge of the content they teach and expertise in instruction and assessment of that content ; and 4. Teachers leaders who model systematic reflection of their practice and the development of professional goals.
Outcome 1- Teacher Leadership
Teacher leaders will be able assume roles and responsibilities of collaborative leaders in schools and communities. Teachers demonstrate leadership in their classrooms, schools and professional organizations; they advocate for students and effective educational practices and policies; and they are role models for ethical leadership
Outcome 2: Respectful Educational Environments
Teacher leaders will be able to model leadership by establishing a positive and productive environment for a diverse population of students, their families, and the community. Teachers are knowledgeable about cultures and global issues and how they are contextualized locally. Teachers help colleagues develop effective strategies for students with special needs. They encourage positive, constructive relations among colleagues and students.
Outcomes 3: Content and Curriculum Expertise
Teacher leaders will be able to demonstrate a deep knowledge of the subjects they teach and understanding of curriculum theory and development. They value collaboration and the interconnectedness of disciplines. They understand the importance of curriculum relevance in engaging students in content.
Outcome 4: Student Learning
Teacher leaders will be able to facilitate student learning through evidence-based practice informed by research. They understand and apply research in child and adolescent development, cognitive development, and general and specialized pedagogy. They encourage critical reading, writing and thinking in the learning process. They foster instructional and evaluation methods that embrace variety and authenticity. They promote student reflection and self-assessment. They encourage colleagues and students to take on leadership roles and work in teams.
Outcome 5: Reflection
Teacher leaders will be able to contribute to systematic, critical analysis of learning in their classrooms and beyond. They are lifelong learners who model and support ongoing professional development. Teachers embrace critical thinking, problem solving, and innovation.