Master of Education (MEd)

 

Section Two: Master of Education (MEd)

Students pursuing the MEd program can specialize in any of the following three concentrations. Curriculum Studies and Instruction, Educational Administration, Educational Psychology and Philosophy of Education.

 

Program Objective

The main objectives of the graduate program in Education are: To develop the skills of practicing curriculum and instructions with particular emphasis on theoretical basis for curriculum practices; To provide high level research personnel who will be able to contribute significantly in the fields of curriculum studies and psychology by providing needed teaching and other services in higher education; Upon graduation, the candidate will be expected to: To present a research project to be defended and examined in accordance with the graduate regulations; Each candidate must demonstrate practical experience in teaching in his area of concentration.

 

Core Courses (16 Credits)

All students in an MEd program must take the following 4 courses.

 

Course Descriptions

EDU 610: Philosophical and Sociological Foundations of Education

EDU 620: Measurement and Evaluation in Education

EDU 630: Psychology of Learning

EDU 640: Research Methods in Education

 

 

EDU 610: Philosophical and Sociological Foundations of Education

A survey of the philosophical and sociological foundations of education. It deals with the different philosophical ideas that have influenced development in education thought including some schools of thought like idealism, naturalism, pragmatism and humanism. It also deals with the functions of schools in society and the socialization process of the school.

 

EDU 620: Measurement and Evaluation in Education

A coverage of basic educational tests and how students’ cognitive, social and personality behaviors can be measured and evaluated.

 

EDU 630: Psychology of Learning

The course will focus on an overview of the principles and theories in the area of learning including up-to-date research findings in the field. It deals with an in depth consideration to such topics as learning theories, motivation, retention and forgetting transfer of learning, intelligence, creativity etc.

 

EDU 640: Research Methods in Education

The course examines the various paradigms, designs, instruments, procedures and data analysis methods in Education. The course examines the philosophical and sociological foundations of educational research and how educational research can be carried out in order to help inform policy.

 

Concentration Courses (16 Credits)

 

MEd IN CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

 

Program objective

A master’s degree in curriculum and instruction is the choice of many teachers who wish to stay in their current positions and enhance their teaching abilities. This program is equally geared towards the graduation of professionals in Curriculum development and improvement. It trains students who will be well grounded in issues concerning present day career orientations and then draft school curricula that are sensitive to the needs of the society and the global economy.

 

Career Prospects

A master’s degree program in curriculum and instruction can prepare graduates for positions that are on the administrative side of the educational system as opposed to having direct contact with students. Most instructional design jobs in public schools require a master’s degree or higher, preferably in education or a related field, plus a state teacher or administrator license. A post-graduate degree is preferred for most other jobs in this profession. Curriculum developers not only work in schools, they also work for companies on employee training and development. People with training in curriculum design find jobs in schools, government, corporations, and nonprofit organization. Some are self-employed or work with individual and family services, in research and development, or in technical consulting. Job titles vary considerably and include the following:

  • Curriculum Consultant
  • Curriculum Coordinator
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Staff Development Specialist
  • Director of Instructional Material

 

Course Description

CUR 650: Theory and Practice in Curriculum Development

CUR 655: Curriculum Innovation and Improvement

CUR 660: Principles of Learning and Instruction

CUR 665: School organization and administration

CUR 670: Instructional Communication and technology

 

 

CUR 650: Theory and Practice in Curriculum Development

A survey of theory of curriculum and curriculum changes. Analysis of the principles and process of curriculum approaches to curriculum construction, organization and evaluation.

 

CUR 655: Curriculum Innovation and Improvement

It deals with an analysis and examination of strategies, classroom activities and contents of curriculum for the purpose of revision. It deals with principles of curriculum improvement, research works on curriculum innovation are to be critically analyzed.

 

CUR 660: Principles of Learning and Instruction

A survey of the teaching processes with emphasis on readiness attitude, mindset, skills, transfer of training, classroom climate and stimulus variation. It tackles factors that withhold and facilitate learning.

 

CUR 665: School Organization and Administration

It’s aimed at preparing students for active and intelligent participation in school organization and management. It focuses on line and staff relationship, principalship and heads of departments. The roles and functions of the Headmaster, principal, staff and student personnel in the management of discipline and school community relation.

 

CUR 670: Instructional Communication and Technology

This is the application of the theories of communication to education and learning. It involves the systematic use of new technology and media facilities for instructional purposes, with emphasis on systems and task analysis.

 

 

In addition to the concentration courses, students are expected to do the following courses

CUR 693: Practicum

CUR 698: Research Thesis in Curriculum Studies and Instruction

 

CUR 693: Practicum

A period of about four weeks in an educational environment that enables the candidate to interact with students and put to practice the techniques of classroom management.

 

CUR 698: Research Thesis in Curriculum Studies and Instruction

A supervised empirical study of some educational issues in the areas of teaching and learning.

 

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