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  Nov 24, 2017
 
ARCHIVED 2012-2013 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education - Comprehensive Education (M.A.Ed.)


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Program Admission Requirements

In addition to the Graduate School Admission Requirements , applicants for all M.A.Ed. programs must submit a satisfactory score on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). All programs require three recommendations from former instructors or employers who are in a position to judge the applicant’s aptitude for graduate study. Applicants must meet the requirements for admission based on the admissions test and an undergraduate grade point average for the last sixty hours of the baccalaureate program. Applicants must hold or be eligible to hold a North Carolina Class A teaching license, or a comparable license from another state, in the chosen field unless admission is sought to certain programs in which licensure is not a factor. Concentration specific requirements include:

  • Comprehensive Education - English must submit a senior level analytic essay that synthesizes multiple sources and articulates an argument.
  • Comprehensive Education - TESOL must submit a writing sample (such as an undergraduate paper) in addition to a cover letter detailing student’s interest in the discipline and the program.
  • Comprehensive Education-Music must contact the Music Department to conduct an interview or schedule an audition.
  • Educational Supervision (Curriculum-Instruction and Instructional Technology Specialist-Computer concentrations) must have one of their three letters of recommendation come from a building administrator familiar with the applicant’s teaching; must successfully complete an interview and a spontaneous writing assignment; and must have at least three years of teaching experience prior to admission.
  • Educational Supervision (International Studies concentration) may be required to provide a satisfactory score on the TOEFL and a satisfactory score on an examination similar to the Graduate Record Examinations. They must also successfully complete an interview with program faculty.
  • Comprehensive Education-Elementary and Middle Grades must submit a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (above 30th percentile) or the Miller’s Analogy Test.  Additional prerequisite coursework may be required.  Each applicant will be interviewed prior to admission.

Program Description

The program leading to the M.A.Ed. degree in comprehensive education requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate study consisting of a professional core of 12 semester hours and a concentration of 24 hours. Each of the concentrations leads to a recommendation for Advanced Competencies licensure from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Concentrations may have additional requirements for admission specific to the concentration. Completion of degree requirements includes a satisfactory portfolio demonstrating advanced competencies for all concentrations. Candidates with current National Board Certification in the concentration area have demonstrated advanced competencies and are exempted from the required portfolio. An oral and/or written exam may be required for some concentrations.

Program Admission Requirements for M.A.Ed. Programs 

Professional Core - 12 Hours


The Professional Core is common to all M.A.Ed. Programs.

Leadership Capstone (3 hours)


Differentiation/Diversity Core Theme (3 hours)


 Select 3 hours from:

Technology Core Theme (0 hours)


Select three Technology Seminar offerings during the program.

Art Concentration (24 hours)


Twenty-four hours in addition to the Professional Core. Six hours of Methods courses and eighteen hours of Art Content courses are required.

Art Content Area


18 hours of Art Content courses are required. as follows: nine hours of studio, six hours or upper level art history, and three hours of independed study or thesis.

Biology Concentration (24 hours)


Twenty-four (24) hours in addition to the Professional Core. Six hours of Methods courses and eighteen hours of Biology Content courses are required.

Biology Content Area


18 hours of Biology courses as follows: Eighteen semester hours from any 500-600 level Biology course, except BIOL 699. At least 6 hours must be taken from courses numbered 600 or above.

Chemistry Concentration (24 hours)


Twenty-four (24) hours in addition to the Professional Core. Six hours of Methods courses and eighteen hours of ChemistryContent courses are required.

Chemistry Content Area


18 hours of Chemistry as follows: Eighteen semester hours from any 500-600 level chemistry course. At least 6 hours must be taken from courses numbered 600 or above.

Elemetary Education Concentration (24 hours) to include


In additional to the Professional Core

Elementary Education Core


 The Elementary Education Core are requirements beyond the Professional Core

Elementary Education Subject Matter (15 hrs)


SUBJECT MATTER SPECILIZATIONS

 Students must complete one of the four specializations options listed below.

Option 1: Elementary Education - Interdisciplinary

Choose fifteen hours. Six hours must come from the Theory & Practice list and six hours must come from the Content Area list, and three additional hours from either area. Alternately students may choose to complete one of the more specialized options below.

Option 2 - Elementary Education Reading/Language Arts

Choose fifteen hours. Six hours must come from the Theory & Practice list and six hours must come from the Content Area list, and three additional hours from either area. 

Option 3 - Elementary Education Social Studies

Choose fifteen hours. Six hours must come from the Theory & Practice list and six hours must come from the Content Area list, and three additional hours from either area.

Option 4 - Elementary Education Mathematics

Choose fifteen hours. Six hours must come from the Theory & Practice list and six hours must come from the Content Area list, and three additional hours from either area.

Option 5: Elementary Education Science

Choose fifteen hours. Six hours must come from the Theory & Practice list and six hours must come from the Content Area list, and three additional hours from either area.

English Concentration (24 hours)


In addition to the Professional Core

British Literature


Three hours of British Literature are required. Choose any British Literature Course (500 or higher)

American Literature


Three hours of American Literature are required. Choose any American Literature Course (500 or higher)

Guided Electives


 Nine hours of guided electives in English are required. Elective courses are chosen in consultation with the program director.

Additional Information


English Comprehensive Examinations on both early and later literature and a Master Teacher Project are required. Neither a thesis nor foreign language proficiency is required. For reading lists, sample exams, and other information about the English concentration, see the current Guide to Graduate Studies in English, available online.

Health and Physical Education Concentration (24 hours) to include


 In addition to the Professional Core

Mathematics Concentration (24 hours)


The program leading to the MAED degree in comprehensive education with an emphasis in secondary mathematics requires a minimum of 36 hours of graduate study consisting of a professional core of 12 semester hours.  The program leads to recommendation for advanced competency licensure from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.  Completion  of degree requirements includes satisfactory portfolio demonstrating advanced competencies.  Candidates with current National Board Certification in the concentration are have demonstrated advanced competencies and are exempted from the required portfolio.

In addition to the Professional Core

Mathematics (18 hours)


9 hours as selected from at least three (3) of the following areas:

Electives


9 hours of elective mathematics courses except MATH 601, 602, and 603.

At least 3 hours must be taken from courses numbered 600.

Middle Grades Concentrations (24 hours) to include


 In addition to the Professional Core

Middle Grades Core


 The Middle Grades Core are requirements beyond the Professional Core.

Middle Grades Subject Matter (12 hours)


Option 1 - Middle Grades Reading/Language Arts

Choose nine additional hours from the courses lsted below. A minumum of three hours must come from the Content Area list.

Option 2 - Middle Grades Social Studies

Choose nine additional hours from the courses listed below. A minimum of three hours must come from the Content Area list.

Option 3 -Middle Grades Mathematics

Choose nine additional hours from the courses listed below. A minimum of three hours must come from the Content Area list.

Option 4 - Middle Grades Science

Choose nine additional hourse from the courses listed below. A minimum of three hours must come from the Content Area list.

Music Concentration (24 hours) to include:


 In addition to the Professional Core

Music Core


Leadership and Research (5 hours)


Music Education Methods (6 hours)


Music Electives (4 hours)


Electives: 4 hours of graduate level Music courses.

Social Sciences Concentration (24 hours)


Twenty-four hours in addition to the Professional Core. Six hours of methods courses and eighteen hours of social science courses in the areas indicated are required. 

Social Science Content Area


18 hours of social science coursework as follows: 12 hours in history, 3 hours in second social science area, 3 hours in third social science area.

Special Education Concentration (24 hours) to include


 In addition to the Professional Core

Emphasis:


 Must declare and complete twenty-four (24) hours from one of the three emphasis options listes below:

Option 1 - Gifted Education


Choose nine (9) hours from Content Area list of courses and fifteen (15) hours from Methods list.

Option 2 - Mild to Moderate Disabilities


Choose six (6) hours from Content Area list of courses and eighteen (18) hours from the Methods list.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) concentration: (24 hours)


Nine semester hours of TESOL methods courses:

Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Add-on Licensure (K-12)


Licensure in AIG may be obtained by teachers holding or eligible for a North Carolina license in any area.  The licensure program is completely online with the exception of a one-week field experience associated with SPED 500 that takes place in the summer.  Credits earned may be applied to the gifted concentration in the MAEd program in special education.

The program requires 12 hours and includes the following:

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