Program Highlights & Benefits
Synchronous online format for flexibility and convenience
20 month completion time, including breaks
No GRE or admission tests
No weekend classes
Early Childhood teachers professionally certified in Elementary Education, Birth thru K, or Special Education K-5 General Curriculum with a desire to become more effective in the classroom.
What You Learn
Thomas University’s graduate programs for certified teachers are designed to enhance the role of the teacher as a leader in the school community. The program’s professional practices include candidate proficiencies related to expected knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions that are aligned with the expectations in professional and state standards. Coursework and experiences will be designed to address the following advanced outcomes:
- Advanced Professional and Pedagogical Knowledge: The candidate uses research-based, discipline-specific knowledge and pedagogy in coordinated and engaging ways to facilitate student learning.
- Research and Inquiry Skills: The candidate designs and implements research and assessment practices to improve teaching and learning for all learners.
- Professional and Ethical Practice: The candidate possesses and practices a core set of professional and ethical dispositions, serves as a teacher leader and mentor, and models practices that embrace the importance of life-long learning.
How You Learn
The courses in this program are eight weeks in length. Each course meets online from 5:45 – 8:45 p.m. every-other-week using Zoom. These synchronous face-to-face meetings will be supplemented by additional online activities which may include assignments, webinars or chats, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities completed electronically outside of class. Following this schedule, you will complete the program in less than 2 years.
*Students must report a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 or an identified writing deficiency may be considered for provisional admission. Provisionally admitted students may be required to take one or more writing classes prior to or during the first semester. Decisions about additional admission requirements are determined by the University Graduate Council after a complete review of all materials presented by the applicant.
Upon completion of this program, students will have earned a Master of Education degree in Elementary with a K-5 Math or Reading Endorsement and a level T-5 certificate upgrade.
Advanced Professional Knowledge (12 hours):
|EDU 620||Applying Technologies for Effective Instruction||3|
|EDU 622||Current Issues and Trends in Education||3|
|EDU 623||Educational Assessment and Decision Making||3|
|EDU 624||Collaborative Classrooms Through Social Emotional Learning||3|
Research and Inquiry Skills (6 hours):
|EDU 610||Educational Research||3|
|EDU 612||Teacher as Researcher||3|
Professional and Ethical Practice (3 hours):
|RSC 600||Intro to Graduate Programs||3|
|Advanced Graduate Professional Dispositions||0|
Reading Concentration (12 hours):
|RDE 651||Foundations of Literacy and Assessment||3|
|RDE 652||Application of Literacy Practices||3|
|RDE 654||Enhancing Literacy with Literature||3|
|RDE 656||Patterns of Practice in the English Language Arts||3|
|Total Program Hours:||33|
Mathematics Concentration (12 hours):
|MTH 670||Set Theory||3|
|MTH 674||Developing Algebraic Concepts||3|
|MTH 675||Developing Geometric Concepts||3|
|MTH 685||Concepts & Applications of Probability and Statistics||3|
|Total Program Hours:||33|
This course outline is tentative and is subject to change. Courses may be offered in a different order than outlined above.
Applicants to the M. Ed. in Early Childhood with K-5 Mathematics Endorsement must have at least 1 year of professionally certified teaching experience.