The Department of Education offers a graduate program leading to a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction in peace education.
This program is designed for candidates who are already certified educators (PK-12) seeking graduate study in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis upon peace education, including issues of social justice, student rights, conflict resolution, community capacity, culturally responsive methods, and student/teacher advocacy.
This degree affords students the advantages of a unique and practical curricular focus in curriculum and instruction supported by a constructivist course sequence which promotes individualized assessments, real application to current classroom practice, and applied research relevant to grade bands across the PK-12 continuum.
To achieve maximum flexibility in teaching and learning, promote the connection of theory into practice, and offer timely access to the department’s teacher-scholars, the program is delivered through accelerated blended learning modules which combine synchronous and asynchronous on-line opportunities.
Student Learning Outcomes for the Curriculum and Instruction Program:
Students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of curriculum mapping, theory, models, and pedagogical approaches using peace education techniques.
- Apply these models, theories, and pedagogical approaches in their own practice, across sociocultural contexts, and in diverse learning environments.
- Exhibit understanding of educational policy, law, and structures of governance which influence classroom and school climates, formal curriculum, and instructional models.
- Display commitment and leadership for building learning communities through collaborative strategies and among key stakeholders, including students, parents, educators, and staff.
- Use and apply formal and informal assessment strategies to promote and evaluate the continual intellectual, social-emotional, and personal development of all learners.
- Use and apply instructional technologies to promote and evaluate the continual intellectual, social-emotional, and personal development of all learners.
- Design and conduct research that explores peace education strategies related to classroom, community, or comparative issues.
Requirements of Acceptance:
- Baccalaureate Degree from accredited institution.
- Current Teaching Certification (PA or other).
- 3.0 cumulative GPA or above.
- Statistics or equivalent course.
- Provide three letters of recommendation in support of your academic and professional abilities for success in program.
- Submit a writing sample which demonstrates higher-order thinking, writing, and communication skills.
- In addition to these required elements, candidates may elect to submit GRE or MAT scores for consideration in the application process.
All courses are in an online educational format.