Program Coordinator - Dr. Lynn C. Hart
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The Master of Education (M.Ed.) program in Elementary Education is a graduate degree designed for teachers who wish to pursue advanced preparation in a specific content area at the elementary level (reading, mathematics or science). Successful completion of the program leads to a master’s degree (T-5) and qualifies the candidate for an endorsement in the area of the content concentration. Through an integrated approach that provides choices and opportunities for decision making and dynamic group interactions, the degree program provides graduates with the content and pedagogical knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to serve as effective teachers and decision makers in their schools and communities.
The M.Ed program in Elementary Education is based on the assumption that learning is a constructive process which builds on the knowledge and experience of the learner. The teacher functions as a collaborator with parents and children to focus on strategies for enhancing effective child learning. Therefore, all ECE coursework and instruction will incorporate reflective practice, collaboration, theories of child development, strategies for managing classrooms and affirming diversity. Through advanced study in a specific content area, teachers will become knowledgeable of current research and methods for teaching the content and establishing learner-centered classrooms consistent with the appropriate national and state standards.
The M.Ed. program begins each semester and is a 36 semester hour program. Courses may be taken in any sequence with the exception of ECE 7410, ECE 7390, ECE 7400 and ECE 7800 (see program of study below). Courses are typically offered at traditional times in the College of Education Building with some courses offered online.
Teachers who apply for the program choose one area of content concentration: Elementary Literacy, Elementary Literacy in Reading Recovery, Elementary Mathematics or Elementary Science. The designated content concentration courses which meet requirements for endorsements in the chosen content area are embedded in the program of study. The endorsements are K-5 Mathematics, K-5 Science, Reading (at the level of the base certificate) and Reading Recovery.
All applicants must meet minimum college admission criteria and have obtained teaching certification (Georgia T-4 clear and renewable in Early Childhood Education or equivalent).
Program Degree Requirements:
The Elementary Education Core Courses are offered in a modified cohort structure. Students will take the Elementary Education Core Courses in the prescribed order outlined below with a group of peers. Other courses in the program of study may be taken at your own pace. Students may enter the program in the spring or summer and enroll in the COE Professional Studies and/or the content concentration courses. The Mathematics and Science content concentration courses for endorsement require at least one year of teaching experience before enrolling. The Elementary Literacy Concentration in Reading Recovery requires each candidate to submit a school district or consortia site application or the school of employment must be an approved Reading Recovery site.
Elementary Education Core Course Sequence
Program of Study
A. Professional Studies (9)
B. Elementary Education Core Courses (9)
C. Concentration (15): Select ONE Concentration
o Elementary Literacy Concentration (15):
o Elementary Literacy Concentration in Reading Recovery (15): This concentration includes a fixed sequence of required courses (ECE 7360, 7370 and 7380) with enrollment fall through spring term. Successful completion of ECE 7360, 7370 and 7380 qualifies an individual for the reading endorsement at the level of the base certificate. Prior to enrolling in the required Reading Recovery courses the student must submit a school district or consortia site application or the school of employment must be an approved Reading Recovery site. The student must complete the Observation Survey Institute in the summer semester prior to enrolling in the required course sequence.
o Elementary Mathematics Concentration (15): Candidates must have 1 year of teaching experience to be eligible to enroll in mathematics concentration courses for the K-5 Mathematics Endorsement.
o Elementary Science Concentration (15): Candidates must have 1 year of teaching experience to be eligible to enroll in science concentration courses for the K-5 Science Endorsement.
The Georgia Professional Standards Commission is reviewing the K-5 Science Endorsement. Students should not enroll in the endorsment courses until it is approved.
D. Capstone (3)
Total Program Hours: 36 hours