2017-2018 Catalog

Elementary Education

http://education.und.edu/teaching-and-learning/elementary-education/graduate/index.cfm

FACULTY: Baker, Barrentine, Beck, Combs, Gourneau (Graduate Director), Guy, Helgeson, Keengwe, Rogers, Shafer, and Walker

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.) and Master of Education (M.Ed.)

The Master of Science (MS) and the Master of Education (M.Ed) degrees are offered by the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and Human Development. These two Elementary Education Master Programs strive for excellence in education for all learners. The Programs are dedicated to the professional development of responsive teachers as learners, active agents of learning, and articulate visionaries. We provide high quality educational experiences that emphasize inquiry, reflection, and collaboration. In order to be accessible to our graduate students we offer Programs in a variety of formats including campus based and distance degrees.

Details pertaining to admission and degree requirements can be found in the Degrees section.

Master of Science (M.S.)

Mission Statement and Program Goals

The Master of Science: Elementary Education is committed to preparing knowledgeable and responsive educators through the advanced study of research, creative scholarship, and educational theory. Students in the program will:

  • Commit to the continuing process of learning with an emphasis on learning to teach.
  • Become more confident, responsive, and reflective as decision-makers in their educational learning communities.
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate strategies of research in education.
  • Examine practices and assumptions in schools, including moral and ethical standards along with the concerns of schools in society.
  • Embrace inclusive diversity by meeting the varied needs of students and communities.

This program is offered entirely on-line. Note: Licensure is not required for admission; however. this program does not lead to initial licensure.

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Mission Statement and Program Goals

The Master of Education Degree in Elementary Education: Elementary Education is committed to preparing knowledgeable and responsive educators through the advanced study of professional practice, theory, and foundations of education. Students in the program will:

  • Commit to the continuing process of learning with an emphasis on learning to teach.
  • Examine best practices, skills, and values to effectively teach all students.
  • Become more confident, responsive, and reflective as decision-makers in their educational learning communities.
  • Learn to adapt curricular experiences to provide for individual needs, backgrounds, interests, and learning standards.
  • Embrace inclusive diversity by meeting the varied needs of students and communities.

Master of Science (M.S.)

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies’ current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

  1. Teacher Licensure or a baccalaureate degree
  2. A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.75 for all undergraduate work or a GPA of at least 3.0 for the junior and senior years of undergraduate work (based on A= 4.00).
  3. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

Refer to the Admissions section of the graduate catalog for additional information on admission requirements and application procedures.

Degree Requirements

Degree requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Elementary Education include:

A detailed description of the M.S. degree may be found in the Degree Requirements section. Scholarly tool requirements are described in the Education departmental section.

The Master of Science Degree in Elementary Education is available in two tracks. Track I, either thesis or non-thesis, is open to licensed or non-licensed persons who wish to follow a research-oriented program of study. Track I requires a minimum of five credits of scholarly tool coursework and allows a maximum three credits of readings.

Track II, available only in the non-thesis option, provides opportunity for non-licensed persons to study Elementary Education at the graduate level. Track II requires a minimum of six credits of coursework in Foundations of Education.

Non-Thesis Option:

  1. Thirty-two (32) credits including credits required for the major.
  2. A minimum of three credits of Independent Study
  3. At least one-half of the credits must be at or above the 500-level.
  4. A maximum of one-fourth of the credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another institution.
  5. Preparation of a written independent study approved by the faculty advisor.

Thesis Option:

  1. A minimum of 30 semester credits in a major field, including the credits granted for the thesis and the research leading to the thesis.
  2. At least one-half of the credits must be at or above the 500-level.
  3. A maximum of one-fourth of the credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another institution.

Required Courses for the Master of Science

Major: Elementary Education (Track I)

Required Core
T&L 518Science in the Elementary School3
T&L 519Social Studies in the Elementary School3
T&L 522Mathematics in the Elementary School3
T&L 530Foundations of Reading Instruction3
T&L 580Practicum in Schools1-4
Electives
Depends on thesis or non-thesis option3-9
Scholarly Tools
T&L 569Action Research3
EFR 509Introduction to Educational Research3
Other Required Coursework
T&L 995Scholarly Project2-6
or T&L 997 Independent Study
or T&L 998 Thesis
Total Credits24-37

Major: Elementary Education (Track II)

Required Core Courses
T&L 518Science in the Elementary School3
T&L 519Social Studies in the Elementary School3
T&L 522Mathematics in the Elementary School3
T&L 530Foundations of Reading Instruction3
T&L 580Practicum in Schools1-4
Electives
Depends on thesis or non-thesis option3-9
Foundations
EFR 500Introduction to the Foundations of Education3
EFR Elective3
Other Required Coursework
T&L 995Scholarly Project2-6
or T&L 997 Independent Study
or T&L 998 Thesis
Total Credits24-37

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies’ current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

  1. Teacher Licensure
  2. A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.75 for all undergraduate work or a GPA of at least 3.0 for the junior and senior years of undergraduate work (based on A= 4.00).
  3. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

Refer to the Admissions section of the graduate catalog for additional information on admission requirements and application procedures.

Degree Requirements

Licensed persons are eligible for the Master of Education degree. The major portion of the program includes coursework that addresses practical aspects of teaching at the elementary school level—literacy development, mathematics, science, social studies, curriculum development, and working with families. Available courses focus on the relationship between theories of child development and educational practices designed to foster that development. The program culminates in a final paper, project, or thesis.

Non-Thesis Option:

  1. Thirty-two (32) credits including credits required for the major.
  2. A minimum of three credits of Independent Study
  3. At least one-half of the credits must be at or above the 500-level.
  4. A maximum of one-fourth of the credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another institution.
  5. Preparation of a written independent study approved by the faculty advisor.

Thesis Option:

  1. A minimum of 30 semester credits in a major field, including the credits granted for the thesis and the research leading to the thesis.
  2. At least one-half of the credits must be at or above the 500-level.
  3. A maximum of one-fourth of the credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another institution.

Required Courses for the Master of Education

Major: Elementary Education

Required Core Courses
T&L 518Science in the Elementary School3
T&L 519Social Studies in the Elementary School3
T&L 522Mathematics in the Elementary School3
T&L 530Foundations of Reading Instruction3
T&L 580Practicum in Schools1-4
Cognate
T&L 569Action Research (Recommended)3
Elective3
Foundations
EFR 500Introduction to the Foundations of Education3
EFR Elective3
Other Required Coursework
T&L 995Scholarly Project2-6
or T&L 997 Independent Study
or T&L 998 Thesis
Electives3
Total Credits30-37

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