Oct 14, 2019  
2017-2018 Caspersen School of Graduate Studies 
    
2017-2018 Caspersen School of Graduate Studies [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Education


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About the Program

The Master of Education program is a 30-credit advanced-degree program that focuses on theory and pedagogy in a variety of specialization  areas,  including:

English as a Second Language (includes coursework for NJ certification)
Teaching Students with Disabilities (includes coursework for NJ certification)
Teaching and Learning
Literacy and Technology
Equity and Culture
Conflict Resolution
Religion, Theology and Society

Each specialization allows for the development of skills and knowledge that deepen an educator’s understanding of the field. The program does not lead  to certification to teach; however, currently certified teachers may earn secondary endorsements in Teacher of Students with Disabilities or English  as a Second Language  as part of their program coursework. The flexible curriculum allows students to tailor their coursework to explore their interests and to build interdisciplinary knowledge.

Requirements for the Master of Education (30 credits)


II. Electives ( 6 Credits)


Taken from existing Caspersen School of Graduate Studies courses with approval by advisor.

III. Area of Specialization (15 credits, selected from one area):


A. English as a Second Language


The specialization in English as a Second Language develops knowledge  and skills in the teaching of English as a foreign or second language. The degree is appropriate for international students who want to teach English as a foreign language outside of the United States or for domestic students who do wish to pursue New Jersey K-12 teacher certification but would like to teach ESL in other education settings. Teachers who already hold a primary certification in elementary or content teaching in New Jersey can fulfill the requirements for an endorsement in ESL through the program’s coursework and with approval from the program director and advisor.

ESL Electives (15 credits, taken from the following):

B. Teaching Students with Disabilities


The specialization in Teaching Students with Disabilities develops  knowledge and skills in teaching special education. The degree does nol lead  to certiflcation but will prepare teachers  who do not wish to pursue  New Jersey  K-12  teacher certification to teach students with disabilllies in other educational  seftings.  Teachers  who already hold  a primary certification in elementary or content  teaching  in New  Jersey can futlill the requirements  for an endorsement in Teachers of Students  with Disabilities through the program’s  coursework and with approval from the program director  and advisor.

Teaching Students with Disabilities Electives  (15 credits, taken from the following):

C. Teaching and Learning


The specialization in Teaching  and Learning develops  pedagogical  knowledge and skills. The degree will prepare teachers who do not wish to pursue New Jersey K-12 teacher certification to assess students and plan instruction in other educational settings. 

Teaching and Learning Courses (15 credits, taken from the following):

D. Literacy and Technology


The specialization in Literacy  and Technology  explores the intersections  between literacy and technology  by approaching the study of literacy from both print and digital perspectives. By understanding the impact  technologies have on literacy practices,  educators  can develop effective practices  for teaching literacy  and integrating technology into instruction  in thoughtful ways.

Literacy and Technology Electives (15 credits, taken from the following):

E. Equity and Culture


The specialization in Equity  and Culture  allows educators to explore the role that culture, background, and identity plays  in learning. By recognizing the diversity of families,  schools, and communities, the program  focuses on the effects of policies on education  and the role of educators in advocating for diverse  students.  An interdisciplinary approach  offers opportunities to look at issues  of race, culture, and equity  from multiple perspectives  and to develop practices that move toward social justice.

ii. Equity and Culture Electives (9 credits, taken from the following)


 

NOTE:  Additional courses  from Caspersen  School of Graduate Studies may count toward specialization with approval by advisor.

F. Conflict Resolution


The specialization in Conflict Resolution  allows educators or administrators to gain vital skills in leadership, mediation and conflict resolution.  By exploring historical and culiural forces around the globe, educators build in depth knowledge about religion, nationality,  heritage, and social identity as drivers of conflict. An interdisciplinary  approach offers opportunities to learn from experts  in the fields of dispute  resolution and law enforcement  in order to understand effective conflict resolution practices in an education setting.

G. Religion, Theology, and Society


This specialization provides a distinctive learning opportunity for educators who want to work at the intersections of K-12 education  and private religious education.  Providing a basic foundation  in theological traditions and the study of religions and society, the program prioritizes crllical, ethical, and constructive engagement with  faith traditions.  This knowledge is relevant to education in religiously-affiliated  private schools.

ii. Religion and Pluralistic Society Electives (3 credits, taken from the following):


  • CSOC 500 - Religion and the Social Process
  • CSOC 550 - Religion and the Earth
  • CSOC 543 - The Changing Religious Landscape of the United States
  • PSTH 563 - Music of the World’s Religions
  • TPHL 508 - Challenge of World Religions to Christian Faith and Practice

iii. Religion and Social Justice Elective (3 credits, taken from the following):


  • BBST 610 - African American Visionaries and the Bible
  • BBST 687 - The Kin-dom of God and Social Change
  • CSOC 530 - Global Hip-Hop and Youth Activism
  • CSOC 551 - Christianity and Ecology
  • CSOC 619 - The Search for the Good Community
  • CSOC 620 - Religions and Food: Feast, Fast, Farming and Famine
  • CSOC 644 - Ethically Responding to Violence Against Women
  • TPHL 630 - Religion and Incarceration

NOTE:  Additional courses  from Caspersen  School of Graduate Studies may count toward specialization with approval by advisor.

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