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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 three areas: Curriculum and Instruction, Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) and Gifted Inclusive Education (GIE). 

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.

Some highlights of the core curriculum include:

  • 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.
  • Apply the most modern knowledge in child growth and development.
  • Increase your professional competencies and become more marketable as you advance your career in education.
  • Our instructors are highly effective teachers and professionals who have proven results helping students in the field.

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.

The Culturally Responsive Teaching and Gifted Inclusive Education specializations are only offered at select locations. Curriculum and Instruction specialization courses are offered at locations in and near the seven-county metropolitan area, as well as in a number of locations throughout the state of Minnesota. Visit our Upcoming Cohorts page for a listing of potential specialization locations in your area.

Specializations

Curriculum and Instruction

The 15-credit Curriculum and Instruction 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 in order to create an engaging learning environment.
  • Design curriculum, instruction, and assessments to monitor learning and increase achievement.
  • Learn how to communicate with multiple stakeholders, resolve conflicts, and apply a model of decision making to plan for collaboration in your workplace.

Culturally Responsive Teaching
The 15-credit CRT specialization offers educators the opportunity to explore and integrate their students’ cultures and prior experiences into instructional design. Enhance your cultural fluency by developing critical skills to successfully engage ALL learners through effective culturally responsive teaching instructional practices. The 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.

Gifted Inclusive Education
The 15-credit GIE specialization is designed for the K-12 teacher who wants to take a proactive approach to creating constructive challenges for all students. A foundational framework for the program is the belief and understanding that all students have gifts and exceptionalities and are all equal in the K-12 general classroom. Tenets of culturally responsive teaching, ethical and professional practice, and advocacy for all students are embedded throughout the program. Students in the program also learn how to support and coach others, serving as a key resource in their building and school.

  • Identify and understand learning differences and other characteristics of gifted learners.
  • Design, adapt, and modify curriculum that promotes creativity and acceleration.
  • Explore and utilize tools to advance the learning of all gifted students.

Degree Requirements

Contact

Michelle Dougherty | mdougher@smumn.edu | (612) 728-5122