Distinctions of the Elementary Teaching Concentration
Focus on Reflection and Inquiry
Our students learn to become truly reflective educators who are able to continuously assess and improve their own professional practice. The master's research project
trains students as action researchers who can systematically study and solve problems they encounter in their classrooms.
Emphasis on the Social Contexts of Education
What students learn is tied to the social context in which they learn. In order to be effective and ethical educators, students must examine the roles of public and private schools in the larger social context. Therefore, in addition to instruction in teaching methodology, students receive instruction in the social contexts of education and have field experiences in both urban and suburban schools.
Collaborative Environment Enhances Student Learning
We believe that learning is a social practice. Our program recruits a diverse group of the best and brightest students, and faculty conduct courses in a collaborative environment that helps students best take advantage of the knowledge, insights and experiences of their peers.
Connecting Theory to Practice
Students learn how theories suggest questions and ideas about practice, as well as how practice (partnered with inquiry and reflection) suggests modifications to theory. Our faculty is comprised of teachers with decades of experience, as well as researchers engaged in improving teaching and learning. These experienced educators aid students in integrating theory with professional practice and building their own philosophy of teaching.
The program's flexible scheduling allows full-time students to complete the degree in as little as one calendar year. Students can also pursue the degree on a part-time basis. Core courses meet in the evenings and just once per week to accommodate working students, although students must be available during the day in quarters that they are completing their student teaching. Students may begin the program in any academic quarter.