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MASTER OF ARTS IN EDUCATION

Concentration Areas

Several areas of concentration drawing from strengths within and across departments in the College of Education are being offered. They include special education, technology and learning, P-12 school and postsecondary leadership, literacy education, sport coaching and leadership, and science and mathematics education.

 

Designed for educators who want to know more about working with students with mild disabilities in K-12 schools. This concentration focuses on policies and practices that will help students with learning and behavioral difficulties succeed in the general education classroom. You can choose three courses from the following list. You are encouraged to select courses that are most relevant to your current position and future career goals. If you have no prior experience in special education, you should start the concentration by taking CEP 840.

  • CEP 801A   Collaboration and Consultation in Special Education
  • CEP 804A* Literacy Instruction for Students with Mild Disabilities
  • CEP 840     Policies, Practices, and Perspectives in Special Education
  • CEP 841      Classroom & Behavior Management in the Inclusive Classroom
  • CEP 842**  Content Area Instruction for Students with Mild Disabilities
  • CEP 843*** Autism Spectrum Disorders: Characteristics and Educational Implications
  • CEP 850**  Technology and Literacy for Students with Mild Disabilities
  • CEP 866      Psychoeducational Interventions for Children and Youth

*Students should have a background in special education before enrolling for this course.
**It is recommended, but not required, that students take CEP 840 prior to CEP 842 or CEP 850.

***MSU students need to have access to a student with ASD in order to complete required coursework.


Note: This concentration is not designed to meet special education endorsement requirements.

Students interested in the Special Education Concentration may also be interested in related courses that may be taken as elective or core issues courses.

  • CEP 802 Developing Positive Attitudes toward Learning
  • CEP 832 Educating Students with Challenging Behavior
  • CEP 883 Psychology of Classroom Discipline

 

 

Designed for individuals who work (or plan to work) in school, university, or community sports programs.  This concentration focuses on the psychological, sociological, physical, legal, administrative, leadership, and ethical issues involved with coaching and leadership in amateur athletics.  Coursework provides essential knowledge that will enable coaches and administrators to deliver positive and safe sport programs for youth and student athletes.  Students are encouraged to select courses that are most relevant to their current position and future career goals.   Students who successfully complete this concentration area will qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Coaching and Leadership.  More information about this certificate can be found here

To fulfill this concentration, students must complete 9 credits from the following courses:

 

  1. One of the following courses for the Psychosocial Competency (3 credits):

    KIN 855 Psychosocial Bases of Coaching Athletes 3
    KIN 857 Promoting Positive Youth Development through Sport 3
    KIN 865 Stages of Athlete Development 3

  2. One of the following courses for the Physical Competency (3 credits):

    KIN 856 Physical Bases of Coaching Athletes 3
    KIN 868 Skill Development in Athletes 3

  3. One of the following courses for the Legal/Safety Competency (3 credits):
KIN 829 Safety and Injury Control 3
KIN 854 Legal and Administrative Issues 3

 

Prepares teachers, administrators, and other educational professionals for the thoughtful use of technologies to support teaching and learning in a range of educational environments. Coursework focuses on stimulating deeper understanding of the role of technology, as well as projects designed to enhance students' technology skills. Students are encouraged to select courses that are most relevant to their current position and future career goals. Students will choose three courses from the following list to fulfill this concentration.

  • CEP 805 Learning Mathematics with Technology
  • CEP 813 Electronic Assessment for Teaching and Learning
  • CEP 815 Technology and Leadership
  • CEP 816 Technology, Teaching & Learning Across the Curriculum
  • CEP 817 Learning Technology through Design
  • CEP 818 Creativity in Teaching & Learning
  • CEP 820 Teaching Students Online

Students may take more than three of the courses listed above, as well as electives in the online master's program that are consistent with their goal statement and objectives. Advisor approval is required.

 


Enhances educational and leadership skills of those currently working in schools or higher and adult education settings. It emphasizes experiences that aim to promote depth and breadth of knowledge, skills, and dispositions in P-12 education and higher and adult education leadership. Students will choose three courses from the following list to fulfill this concentration. It is strongly suggested that students consider taking additional course work in this area in order to deepen their knowledge of school or postsecondary leadership.

  • EAD 801 Leadership & Organizational Development
  • EAD 822 Engaging Diverse Students and Families
  • EAD 830 Issues in Urban Education: Racial Achievement Gap
  • EAD 850 Issues & Strategies in Multicultural Education
  • EAD 860 Concept of a Learning Society
  • EAD 861 Adult Learning
  • EAD 863 Training & Professional Development
  • EAD 864 Adult Career Development
  • EAD 866 Teaching in Postsecondary Education
  • EAD 867 Case Studies in Educational Leadership
  • EAD 870 Foundations of Postsecondary Education
  • EAD 876 Budgeting and Finance in Higher Education
  • EAD 877 Program Planning and Evaluation in Postsecondary Contexts

*Note: This concentration area is not designed to meet your local/state school administrative certification requirements. However it is possible to receive a Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning. For complete information on this certificate option, please visit the Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning website at http://education.msu.edu/ead/HALE/certificate/.

 

 

Focuses on reading, writing, listening and speaking-- central concerns in elementary and secondary schooling. This concentration is comprised of three required courses, which cover various components of literacy learning and provide innovative examples of different aspects of the teaching of literacy. Students will complete three of the following courses to fulfill this concentration.

  • TE 836   Awards & Classics of Children's Literature
  • TE 838   Children's Literature in Film
  • TE 842   Elementary Reading Assessment and Instruction
  • TE 843   Secondary Reading Assessment and Instruction
  • TE 845   Language Diversity and Literacy Instruction Assessment
  • TE 846* Accommodating Differences in Literacy Learners
  • TE 848   Writing Assessment and Instruction (formerly Methods of Writing Instruction)
  • TE 849   Methods and Materials for Teaching Children's and Adolescent Literature
  • TE 850   Critical Reading for Children and Adolescents

If you took a course in this concentration with an old name, it will still count toward this concentration.

*This course is required for all Michigan teachers who apply for the Professional Certificate after July 1, 2009.

 

 

 

Designed to help practicing educators enrich the knowledge and skills needed to improve student learning in these two academic areas. The five courses in this concentration are designed to expand and update teachers' background by introducing recent research on approaches to teaching and learning in mathematics and science. The courses also utilize teachers' experiences by providing structured opportunities to implement new practices in their classrooms and reflect on the outcomes. Students will choose three courses from the following list to fulfill this concentration.

  • TE 831 Teaching Subject Matter with Technology
  • TE 855 Teaching School Mathematics
  • TE 861A Teaching Science for Understanding*
  • TE 861B Inquiry, Nature of Science and Science Teaching*
  • TE 861C Action Research in K-12 Science and Mathematics Classrooms*

Note that it is not necessary to take these courses sequentially.

 

 

Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Postsecondary Education

It is possible to receive a Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning by completing certain courses in the P-12 School and Postsecondary Leadership concentration. For complete information on this certificate option, please visit the Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning website at http://education.msu.edu/ead/HALE/certificate/.

Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching and Leadership

This is a type II transcriptable certificate that may be completed as a stand-alone program, or as part of a Master's degree program. Interested students should contact Dr. Andy Driska (driska@msu.edu; 517-432-8399) in the Department of Kinesiology.  Certificate information is also provided at https://reg.msu.edu/academicprograms/ProgramDetail.aspx?Program=6768.

Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology

It is possible to receive a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology by completing CEP 810, CEP 811, and CEP 812. For complete information on this certificate option, please visit the Educational Technology website at http://edutech.msu.edu/programs/certificate/certificate-in-educational-technology/.

Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning

It is possible to receive a Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning by completing CEP 813, CEP 817, and CEP 820. For complete information on this certificate option, please visit the Educational Technology website at http://edutech.msu.edu/programs/certificate/online-teaching-and-learning/.