Education & Social Change – M.S.Ed.

Teaching and Learning

Education & Social Change

M.S.Ed.

The Education and Social Change Master’s program focuses on the complexities of the world of education beyond classroom walls, the classroom context of teaching, and the students in urban classrooms.

The three primary goals of the program include improving instruction for diverse populations, preparing teachers for leadership roles within their schools, and preparing teachers to lead future change efforts in support of public education. The program includes coursework required by the Florida Department of Education for teachers with temporary certification who are seeking full certification.


There are two program tracks available for this program, one emphasizing teaching and learning, and the second emphasizing social change. While both tracks prepare teachers to work in classrooms, the teaching track includes a teaching methods course and the social change track includes a class in understanding education policy and school organization. Both tracks consist of 30 credit hours (10 graduate courses) designed to be completed in two summers and two or three academic semesters (Fall and Spring). Classes meet on the UM Coral Gables campus; however there are some hybrid classes offered during the summer. All classes are offered during evening hours, (i.e., 5:00-7:40 p.m. during the academic term and 4:25-8:30 p.m. during summer terms).

All students take the Core Courses (27 credits), which include both teaching/learning and social change courses, and then choose one class with either a Teaching or Social Change Emphasis to complete the required number of credits for the degree. Additionally a capstone project, integrated within the program’s coursework, is required to complete the program’s requirements and is due during the last semester of enrollment in the program prior to graduation.

This program does not lead to Florida teaching certification; however, in combination with other sources, the required coursework may be offered and completed based on the Florida Department of Education’s Statement of Eligibility received by applicants granted Temporary Certification.

As a track within the Advanced Professional Studies program, the University of Miami offers a 30-credit Master of Science degree in Education and Social Change. Classes are taken following a cohort model and specified course sequence. The track’s conceptual framework focuses on the world of education beyond classroom walls, the classroom context of teaching, and the students in classrooms, comprising a holistic, developmental approach across the three areas. Overall, the goals of the program track are to improve instruction for diverse populations, to prepare teachers for leadership roles within their schools, and to develop capacity to lead future change efforts in support of public education.


Required Coursework

The Education and Social Change program’s conceptual framework focuses on the world of education beyond classroom walls, the classroom context of teaching, and the students in classrooms, comprising a holistic, developmental approach across the three areas. Overall, the goals of the program track are to improve instruction for diverse populations, to prepare teachers for leadership roles within their schools, and to develop capacity to lead future change efforts in support of public education.

There are two tracks with three possible program plans: 1) Teaching Track and 2) Social Change Track. The Teaching Track includes a choice of two program plans (1. Core Classes plus one course for the Teaching Track for those with a Florida Temporary or Full Teaching Certificate, or 2. Professional Teaching Option for those wishing to pursue a Florida Temporary Teaching Certificate), and the Social Change Track is made up of the Core Classes plus one Social Change Track course.


Major Requirements 40-45 Credits

TAL 601 Educational Assessment and Accountability
TAL 627 Understanding Culture in the Classroom
TAL 629 Educating Exceptional Students
TAL 634 Language and Reading Instruction
TAL 666 Introduction To The Politics Of Education, Teaching, And Learning
TAL 668 Human Development, Learning and Schooling
TAL 669 Psychosocial Change and Well-Being in Education


Choose one of the following Tracks:

Social Change Track

TAL 667 Education Reform, Policy And The Social Organization Of Schooling


Teaching Track

Select one of the following:

TAL 661 Instruction in Secondary English
TAL 662 Instruction In Secondary Mathematics
TAL 663 Instruction In Secondary Science
TAL 664 Instruction In Secondary Social Studies
TAL 665 Methods Of Teaching In The Elementary School


Electives

Electives (6 credits): With advisor approval, students may select up to 6 credits (2 courses) to be included in their program plans. -or- Professional Teaching Option: Leading to FL DOE Temporary Teaching Certification upon successful completion of the Teaching Track.

Core Courses: 30 - 36 credit hours required

A minimum of 18 credit hours (6 courses) to a maximum of 24 credit hours (8 courses) from among the following:



TAL 601 Educational Assessment and Accountability
TAL 606 Issues and Strategies for ESOL
TAL 612 Classroom and Behavior Management
TAL 627 Understanding Culture in the Classroom
TAL 629 Educating Exceptional Students
TAL 666 Introduction To The Politics Of Education, Teaching, And Learning
TAL 668 Human Development, Learning and Schooling
AL 669 Psychosocial Change and Well-Being in Education


Select one of the following:

TAL 660 Instruction and Assessment in the Secondary School
TAL 665 Methods Of Teaching In The Elementary School


Select one of the following:

TAL 610 Literacy and Learning Strategies in the Content Area
TAL 634 Language and Reading Instruction
TAL 647 Language and Early Reading Instruction


Select 6 credits (2 courses) from the following electives:

TAL 616 Mathematics in the Elementary School
TAL 617 Science in the Elementary School
TAL 625 Online Teaching and Leadership
TAL 650 Literature for Children and Adolescents

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Program Director

Mary A. Avalos

Research Assoc. Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning

305-284-6467


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