Our goal in the M.S.Ed. program in Elementary Education is to help prepare you, our students, to understand and meet the challenges to teachers in the 21st century. As our introductory course states in its title, we want to prepare you in “Learning, Teaching, and Leading.” We want to help you find effective balances between the often conflicting challenges of meeting increased accountability mandates, responding to the needs of diverse learners, teaching subjects you have a passion for, taking on the growing roles that are demanded of teachers, adjusting to changed working conditions, finding supportive professional communities, and committing to all students, especially those who come to school least ready to learn.
We invite you to become part of and build our “scholar-practitioner learning communities for engaging in a democratic and diverse society.” You will learn to use research and scholarship to inform your practice and create new scholarship through practice. We hope that this will enable you to be the best teacher you can be, and that your efforts will be reflected in the growth and good work of your students, and your own feelings of increased effectiveness and satisfaction. All aspects of our Elementary Education graduate program contribute to that goal. As you progress through the M.S.Ed. program, we hope your experiences will be a journey of growth as you aspire to be a scholar-practitioner who thrives in and contributes to learning communities for engaging in a democratic and diverse society.
In the M.S.Ed. Elementary Education program, you will be required to keep a portfolio. Your portfolio has two main purposes: 1) to allow you to document growth according to specified criteria as you progress through the program, and 2) to allow the University, the State (OELD) and our accrediting agency, NCATE, to see that you are meeting the goals of our programs. It has the potential, therefore, to be a growth experience for you, and an accountability instrument for the SOE. In almost every class you will have the opportunity to reflect on your understanding of the six areas of the Schools of Education’s Conceptual Framework, as well as on the Five Core Propositions of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
Through your graduate work, we invite you to become a part of educators united to face the increased demands for educating ALL children well. Gain the conceptual and practical skills to make you better at your craft! Join our learning communities of concerned educators by enrolling in our Masters program!
A Bachelor's Degree program in Elementary Education is also available.