The School of Education offers graduate programs in the following: Master of School Administration (M.S.A.), Master of Arts (M.A.) in Mental Health Counseling, Master of Education (M.Ed.) in school counseling, and M.Ed. in education for elementary, middle grades, secondary, and K-12 vocational. We also offer an add-on license in School Administration, School Counseling, Pre-K licensure, Special Education, and (AIG) Academically and Intellectually Gifted.
The theoretical foundations for the professional education programs are derived from an ongoing study of individual and group aspects of human development and the philosophy, sociology, and history of education. While this study is concentrated in education and psychology, it is complemented by the breadth of the liberal arts experience in the core curriculum for undergraduates and by further exploration of the discipline areas for graduate students. The professional dimension of the program emphasizes problem solving techniques, communication and leadership skills, the mentor-protégé experience in carefully planned internships and other field experiences, ethical issues related to professional life, the role played by research, and the impact of varied contexts on educational endeavors.
Thus, the knowledge base that supports the conceptual framework for all the professional education programs can be defined as ten interacting domains, each one of which fosters the development of the exemplary educator as problem solver:
1. General education and discipline area knowledge
3. Theoretical foundations
6. Professional skills
8. Educational and information technology
The master’s degree programs in the School of Education provide additional depth and specialization by assisting practicing professionals to relate theory and research to current professional practices, trends, and issues. Core courses in theoretical foundations, research, ethics, curriculum, and contexts under gird specialization in each of the licensure areas. Individualized projects, assignments, and field experiences allow graduate students to renew and refine existing skills and competencies while developing new ones. The ability to integrate information, knowledge from varied experiences and courses, and to apply the results in professional settings is emphasized.
During 1991 and 1992, a set of programs designed especially for bachelor’s degree holders wishing to earn Initial license to teach and later the M.Ed. degree and advanced-level licensure was made available to prospective elementary, middle grades, and secondary school teachers of English, social studies, or mathematics, as well as to prospective K-12 teachers of physical education. Each of these three Initial license-plus-Masters programs is made up of three stages:
1. general education and methods courses,
2. the internship semester, and
3. remaining courses to complete the graduate major.
In 1999, the Master of Education program in Interdisciplinary Studies was initiated to provide an individualized degree program for persons not involved in K-12 education.
The area coordinator for the Initial-plus-Masters programs works with the Dean and the discipline area coordinators to formulate individualized plans of study for students in the programs; these individualized plans may require prerequisite course work. The Initial-plus-Masters area coordinator also acts as advisor for this group of students. Graduate study is more demanding than undergraduate study in the following ways:
1. The graduate student is expected to assume greater responsibility and to exercise more individual initiative;
2. More extensive and intensive reading is required;
3. Greater emphasis is placed on developing research and problem solving skills related to the student’s professional role;
4. Class participation more often involves the integration of theory and practice; and
5. More instruction is provided in specialized areas.
For more information please go the Graduate Bulletin link.
For information regarding Campbell University accreditations, please visit www.campbell.edu/accreditation .