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M.A. in Education

Since 1989 the M.A. in Education has been an integral component of teacher professional development for educators across the state of Minnesota. The program offers a core curriculum and the option to specialize in one of two areas: Curriculum and Instruction or Culturally Responsive Teaching.

This cohort-based design consists of blended courses taught by experienced practitioners. Blended classes include collaborative discussions, engaging online activities, and an emphasis on teamwork and practical educational strategies that ensure the success of all learners.

Delivery

The program is offered in a blended delivery format, offering the flexibility of online learning paired with the opportunity to collaborate during face to face sessions. Cohorts of 12-15 people attend classes at facilities near their workplace and/or home. To best serve working educators, most face to face class sessions are held one night per week for four hours with supplemental online instruction and activities. Summer term courses are condensed during the months of June and July so that no courses are taken during the month of August.

Currently, the Culturally Responsive Teaching specialization is only offered on the Twin Cities Campus.

Curriculum and Instruction specialization courses are scheduled at locations in and near the seven-county metropolitan area, as well as in a number of locations throughout the state of Minnesota.

Specializations

Curriculum and Instruction
This 15-credit specialization focuses on providing you with the attitudes, skills and knowledge to become a better teacher in your classroom, school and district. You will:

  • Dig deeper into understanding your students and the environment you create for them.
  • Better integrate technology to enhance your curriculum.
  • Make practical changes to your classroom and instruction based on current educational theory relating to research strategies and assessment.

Culturally Responsive Teaching
The CRT specialization offers educators the opportunity to explore and integrate their students’ cultures and prior experiences into instructional design. The 15-credit specialization provides educators proven practical strategies to enhance instruction for all learners based on foundational theory and research. Intentional work on awareness, sensitivity and professional disposition are embedded in the courses. You will:

  • Understand and implement culturally responsive pedagogy and strategies.
  • Use multiple perspectives.
  • Understand the impact of race/culture on data.
  • Grow racial/cultural consciousness and adaptability.

Degree Requirements

Contact

Kristin Branlund-Girod  |  kbranlun@smumn.edu  |  (612) 728-5122