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M.A. Program Structure

M.A. Program Structure, with a Concentration in Education

The Master of Arts with a Concentration in Education program consists of five learning components.

  • Theory. Students learn educational philosophy, theory, and learning paths.
  • Methods. Students master policies, procedures, plans, techniques, and styles of instruction.
  • Praxis. Students apply theory and methods in actual teaching/learning environments, through such mediums as case studies, demonstrations, pictorial presentations, and practicums.
  • Reflection. Students evaluate and integrate theory, methods, and praxis by means of a capstone course, independent research, and a mission statement.
  • Consultation. The Pedagogical Team members (instructor, preceptor, mentor) provide feedback and make suggestions for individual student progress and strategy for educator excellence.
  • Summer Symposium. As part of the M.A. 590 Thesis course (LAS 590 Capstone Thesis: The Liberating Arts and Education), students develop:
    • A professional mission statement and strategy
    • A classroom Action Plan
    • A demonstration of the liberating arts in their educational mission, philosophy, values, reflections, and action plans.

The Responsibilities of the Pedagogical Team Members:

  • Instructor. The team leader, course manager, primary source of instruction, and student evaluation.
  • Preceptor. The primary observer and consultant of student projects and practicums.
  • Mentor. The student’s educational and professional advisor and coach.


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