LST, Master's of Science in Education
The one-year M.S.Ed. program in Learning Science and Technologies at GSE is designed for students who wish to investigate at an advanced level the interdisciplinary connections between learning environments (both online and offline), design issues, and educational concerns. Focusing on the intersection of collaboration, creativity, complexity, and computation, the program values rigorous academic work that goes beyond analysis to produce knowledge and propose contemporary solutions. LST students enjoy personalized courses of study in a small, community-oriented cohort of well-focused students.
Our faculty work as both designers and researchers of both formal and informal learning environments that are often computer-based in some form; they work in school clubs, museums, classrooms, and virtual worlds, and often across multiple settings.
An exciting piece of the program is the two-semester internship program, which the school set up in close collaboration with several institutions in the Philadelphia area. Our partners range from major science institutions to small museums; all are characterized by having dedicated staff who focus on developing informal learning programs. Sites that students will be matched with in 2013-14 incude the world-renowned Franklin Institute, the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, and the Philadelphia Zoo,and collaborations are under preparation with other institutions. At the start of the fall semester, students are paired with a site for their two-semester internship. Over the course of the academic year, students work at their internship site and, in parallel, enroll in the internship seminar that addresses informal learning, site-specific topics, and reflexive practice.
The M.S.Ed. curriculum gives students the knowledge, skills, and techniques needed to assess, design, and implement programs in learning settings that range from after-school opportunities for children to corporate professional development. The LST master’s degree and internship experience provide them with an in-depth understanding of how learning occurs in information-rich environments that lends itself to broad applications. Our graduates from the p ast two years have gone on to find employment in non-profits, to teach in classrooms, and to pursue doctoral studies.
Program of Study
As degree programs in the Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division are student-driven, LST students work closely with their academic advisor to tailor their particular program of study to their interests. The M.S.Ed. degree in Learning Science and Technologies requires completion of 10 course units of approved graduate-level work, an internship, and a final master's paper. Students may enroll on a full-time or part-time basis.
Because the majority of classes at the Graduate School of Education carry 1 course unit, this typically translates to 10 courses. Most students take 3.5 courses a semester, with classes generally meeting once a week in the late morning, afternoon, or evening. The majority of courses at GSE are offered in the fall and spring, while some classes are offered in the summer. Students generally complete their degrees in three semesters (fall, spring, and summer, or fall, spring and fall). All students in the LST program conclude their studies with a Master’s Paper, generally submitted during the spring semester after completion of EDUC 668 (Master’s Paper Seminar). This paper represents a capstone academic experience in which students explore an area of interest in depth.
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