The master teacher education program provides advanced professional preparation for teachers, administrators, and school guidance counselors. The Department of Teacher Education houses seven specialty program areas for post baccalaureate study toward the M.S. in Education: curriculum and instruction master, early childhood master, middle childhood master, content area concentration master, adolescent/young adult master and/or, licensure, literacy master and/or reading specialist (pre K-12) endorsement, and educational technology master and/or (K-12) endorsement.
The program focuses on the development of professionally committed practitioners so that they can reflect on and apply the current state of knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary for these individuals to function effectively in their chosen field. Central to the development of such professionals is the refinement and conveyance of competencies in the areas of scholarship, instruction, leadership, management, and interpersonal relations. Essential to the development of committed practitioners is the belief that all children can learn regardless of their specific diversities.
The Department of Teacher Education’s mission is to empower teachers for professional practice. The mission commits the faculty to a theme of critical reflectivity where students are engaged in the pedagogies of critique in comparison and contrast to traditional practices of teaching and schooling. Faculty members are committed to education candidates in values and ideas that motivate educators for the transformation of students and educational institutions. The Department also offers a variety of professional development courses and workshops.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission