Program of Study

Program of Study

Program Requirement

Candidates in the Advanced Studies program are required to complete a capstone project that will result in a product and presentation. Each candidate works with the advisor to establish a committee of three, including the advisor and two faculty members, and to develop a capstone proposal, due to the committee no later than November 1. The capstone proposal must include: (1) a justification for the project; (2) goals and learning outcomes; (3) learning activities; and (4) assessments of the learning outcomes. The proposal must also specify the nature of the product and a plan for the presentation. The committee will meet with the candidate to review and approve the proposal within two weeks of the submission. An approved capstone proposal must be signed off by the MA program director no later than December 1. The capstone project, including the presentation, must be completed on or before April 15th.

Course of Study

The advanced studies course of study is individually designed by the student and advisor within the following framework (approximate credit hours indicated):

  • Advanced foundations in education (16 credits covering the following 5 areas):
    • EDU 771 Trends in Special Education (3)
    • EDU 707 The Structures and Applications of ASL/English in the Classroom (4)
    • EDF 720 Introduction to Research (3)
    • EDF 731 Home, School, and Community Collaboration for Diverse Learners (3)
    • DST 714 Critical Pedagogy (3)
  • Bilingualism (6);
  • Professionalism (Content areas or Specializations) (11-12)
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