A. Introduction and Overview of Master of Education
The M.Ed. offers a program designed to develop the knowledge and skills of classroom teachers. The program centers on a professional education core of 16 credits, taken by all M.Ed. candidates, and a series of concentrations of 15-17 credits each. The Curriculum Committee, the Graduate Council and the Faculty Senate on campus approved the M.Ed. program. Concentrations have been developed, and approved, in the areas of elementary mathematics, special education, English education, gifted and talented education and elementary education. Program design grids for each of these concentrations are provided following this introduction.
In the fall of 2003, an ad hoc committee was established by the Graduate Council to administer and oversee the M.Ed. program. The membership of this committee includes the Director of the M.Ed. program and a representative from each of the concentration areas. This committee is charged with suggesting administrative policies and procedures, which are then taken to the Graduate Council for final approval. In addition, the committee has worked to establish an assessment plan for the M.Ed. program, aligned with standards provided by NCATE, the State of North Dakota and National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. This assessment plan is described in detail in the final section of this report.
State Standards 9.5.1 9.5.6 are met through the core in the M.Ed. program and are discussed first in the standards report following this introduction. The M.Ed. degree is a unique degree, combining features of content area specialty teaching with professional education; thus, State Standard 9.5.7, both A and B, is addressed in the standards reports for the concentrations.