The major purpose of this degree is to improve the quality of teaching at the elementary level by broadening the background of teachers in the areas of study related to elementary teaching and preparing teachers as action researchers.Students seeking admission to graduate programs in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction must first meet general requirements of the School of Graduate Studies. Matriculation: The coordinator of the program to which the prospective candidate has been admitted serves as the initial advisor. When students become eligible for candidacy, their advisory committees are selected by the student and approved by the program coordinator. Students who anticipate candidacy for a degree are strongly encouraged to take courses based on guidelines provided by their advisor.Students determining to complete the Master of Education degree in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning are required to meet with the chair of the advisory committee to plan the sequence of courses leading to the degree. They must successfully complete the required professional development courses.A comprehensive oral final examination is required of all students completing graduate programs in advanced education. Presentation of the Professional Level of Teaching portfolio is a required part of the oral examination. Candidates meet with their advisor at the beginning of the final semester to plan for these examinations.