General Studies Graduate Program
This M.S. General Studies degree program (thesis or non-thesis) is designed for both the licensed secondary or middle level teacher who seeks a major in education with a cognate or a minor in another field (Track I), and for those who wish to pursue a graduate degree in education that broadly will inform their own professional practice (Track II). Track I requires a teaching license; Track II does not require, nor does it lead to, teacher licensure.
The T&L Department cooperates with the Department of Educational Foundations & Research in offering an M.S. in Education: General Studies.
The General Studies program Track I is dedicated to educating the classroom teacher in educational philosophies and theories and knowledge of curriculum, pedagogy and learners. The program is committed to the professional development of teachers who are lifelong learners, who value diversity, promote the learning of all students, use effective instructional practice and assessment, and systematically reflect on their practice in order to support learners and their learning.
The General Studies program Track II is dedicated to the pursuit of education as field of study. Historical, philosophical, sociological, anthropological, and psychological aspects of education are viewed through multiple perspectives of culture, gender, community and organizations. The program is committed to the development of professionals who value lifelong learning, diversity, inquiry and critical thinking.
The program goals for the Track I and Track II emphasis areas are designed to expand your awareness of philosophical, social and historical education issues, to enhance your understanding of curriculum and to promote your research knowledge and skills. The Track I emphasis area adds one more goal: to study and utilize various instructional and assessment strategies.
In this program you will:
- Explore and understand the historical, philosophical, sociological, and psychological foundations of education, schooling, and curriculum.
- Study current learning theories, instructional principles, and curriculum development principles.
- Demonstrate awareness of individual differences in learning needs, cultural heritage, economics, ability/disability, religion, gender, etc.
- Develop competencies in accordance with North Dakota ESPB Standards and the National Board Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)
- Learn to design, develop, implement and evaluate curriculum.
- Collaborate with others professionals to consider learning theory and practice.
- Acquire knowledge, skills and dispositions for understanding and conducting educational research.
- Study current trends in assessment design and practices.