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  Oct 18, 2017
 
ARCHIVED 2007-2008 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Comprehensive Education


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 18 semester hours and a concentration of 18 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.

Master of Arts in Education Degree Programs (M.A.Ed.)


All programs leading to the Master of Arts in Education degree require a minimum of 33 to 48 semester hours of graduate study, inclusive of coursework and individual problems or a thesis. Comprehensive examinations, either written or oral or both, must be passed in both the major and minor fields with the exception of some programs that require a portfolio. Successful completion of a program and requirements related to licensure will lead to recommendation for a North Carolina teaching license except for the two-year college and nonschool programs.

Professional Core - 18 Hours


  • 6 hours in methods (Note: See Methods section in each concentration for options.)

Art Concentration (18 hours)


18 hours as follows: 9 semester hours selected from one studio course area; 6 semester hours of contemporary art seminar courses, 3 hours from thesis/exhibition.

Methods (6 hours)


Biology Concentration (18 hours)


18 hours 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.

Methods (6 hours)


  • SCI 612

Chemistry Concentration (18 hours)


18 hours 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.

Elementary Education Concentration (18 hours)


18 hours as follows:

Subject Matter Core (9 hours)


9 hours selected from three (3) of following areas:

Subject Matter Electives (6 hours)


Selected from subject matter core options.

English Concentration (18 hours)


A minimum of 36 hours of coursework is required, 18 of which must be in English, including:

Methods (6 hours)


There is a 6-hour English methods coursework requirement:

Additional Information


English Comprehensive Examinations on both early and later literature (based on the Shorter Reading List) and a Professional Teaching Comprehensive Exam (or portfolio) are also required. Neither a thesis nor foreign language proficiency is required. For reading lists, sample exams, and other information about the English concentration, see the 2004 Guide to Graduate Studies in English, available online.

Mathematics Concentration (18 hours)


18 hours as follows:

  • 9 hours of mathematics courses except for MATH 601, 602, and 603. At least 3 hours must be taken from courses numbered 600.
  • 9 hours as selected from at least three (3) of the following areas:

Middle Grades Concentration (18 hours)


18 hours as follows:

Subject Matter/Pedagogy Core (15 hours)


6 hours in each of two areas approved by the adviser, including the following:

Music Concentration (18 hours)


18 hours as follows:

Core Curriculum (14 hours)


Physical Education Concentration (18 hours)


18 hours as follows:

  • PE 696

Reading Concentration (18 hours)


18 hours as follows:

  • electives

Social Sciences Concentration


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

Special Education Concentration


18 hours as follows:

Special Education Core (3-6 hours)


Emphasis (12-15 hours)


Emphasis in behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, mental retardation, or severe/profound disabilities, 12-15 hours as follows:

Learning Disabilities Emphasis


  • guided electives

Methods (6 hours)


The methods courses for the gifted emphasis are SPED 577 and 687.  The methods courses for all other Special Education concentrations are SPED 631 and 687.

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


Nine semester hours of TESOL methods courses:

  • ENGL 628 and ENGL 683 are required courses.  (These courses are being developed.)