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MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers a course of study leading to the Master of Science in Education (MS/Ed) degree with a major in secondary education and a concentration in any one of 9 teaching fields. The program is designed for professional educators who hold teaching positions in middle schools, junior and senior high schools, community colleges, or adult education agencies. The approved teaching fields are art, biology, chemistry, earth and space sciences, English/language Arts, foreign languages, history, mathematics, and physics.
The curriculum addresses two sets of program objectives: those related to professional education and those related to the teaching field. The following objectives are appropriate to professional education: (1) to develop the ability to read with understanding published research in the teaching field; (2) to increase knowledge of philosophical, political, or social aspects of education; (3) to increase knowledge of how adolescents learn and develop; and (4) to develop the ability to critique one's own instruction. Teaching field objectives are: (1) to increase knowledge associated with a specific teaching field (e.g., art); (2) to increase knowledge associated with a related specific teaching field (e.g., an algebra teacher might wish to take advanced work in geometry); and (3) to enhance the ability to teach certain skills (e.g., science laboratory skills). Thus, the program generally aims at providing opportunities for self-renewal in pedagogy.
In addition to the Graduate School requirements, the requirements for admission include a grade point average of at least 3.0 (A=4.0) during the last two years of undergraduate study, and a grade point average of 3.0 or better in the teaching major. Applicants not holding a valid teaching certification must pass the Illinois Certification Testing System (ICTS) Basic Skills Test. Applicants who do not meet these program requirements may be considered for admission; however, some conditions may be applied to that admission. Applicants may not enroll in any courses applicable to the graduate degree until they have consulted with the director of the graduate program in secondary education and with the graduate adviser in the teaching field.
PROGRAM OF STUDY
The program of study is more than a series of individual courses. While courses must necessarily have a beginning and an end, students should view the program in its entirety. A minimum of 36 semester hours is required for degree completion. These are ordinarily distributed as follows:
General professional core (9 hours): EPFR 50l, 520 or 521, 515.
Secondary education (12 hours): CI 510. The remaining course hours are determined in consultation with the student's adviser.
Teaching field (15 hours): These hours are determined in consultation with the teaching-field adviser. The student must complete at least 42 semester hours in the teaching field (graduate and undergraduate course work combined) in order to be eligible for the degree. Thus, some students' programs of study will include more than 36 hours in order to satisfy this requirement.
While there is no general thesis requirement for this degree, a candidate may elect to prepare a thesis. Candidates who elect to prepare a thesis should refer to the thesis section in Chapter 1 of this publication and consult with appropriate advisers regarding adjustments in the final examination process. In lieu of a thesis many candidates choose to prepare an action research project that directly relates to their school and/or classroom. Candidates who choose this option will be provided specific information regarding their action research project.
Candidates must pass both written and oral final examinations based on the content of courses taken in the program. For candidates who prepare a thesis, the final oral examination will include a defense of the thesis.
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION
SECONDARY EDUCATION/EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCES
SECONDARY EDUCATION/ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
SECONDARY EDUCATION/FOREIGN LANGUAGES
For a complete description of the programs of study in these nine teaching fields, please see the corresponding program descriptions. Earth and Space Sciences is housed in the Physics Department.