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Master of Education

Master of Education
School of Arts, Education, and Humanities

Major Requirements

Curriculum and Instruction Option

The Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) Option in the master's program in education promotes the development and enhancement of teacher leadership for classroom teachers. The program strives to instill an understanding of self and others in conjunction with the development of skills, knowledge, critical thinking, and compassion required for creating an equitable and engaging learning environment for diverse learners.

The program’s goal is to provide a customized experience leading to the development of teacher leaders committed to school improvement based on the National Board of Professional Teachers 5 Core Propositions and the student's individual professional goals. The program combines core coursework with an individually designed specialization and culminates with the design and implementation of a school-based action research project that showcases the individual student's area of expertise and leadership capacity.

Action research is central to each student's plan of study. It is used as a tool for deep inquiry into the dynamics of teaching and learning in the school setting. At the end of the program, students present the results of their research and are encouraged to use their findings to support a leadership initiative, which may include leading workshops, seeking grant funding, publishing an article and/or presenting at a professional conference.

Three Ways to a Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction

  1. Professional Development - For working classroom teachers. Two to three years, part-time for a total of 36 credits.
  2. New Teacher as Leader - For recent graduates with teacher certification or other education credential. One year full-time, intensive for a total of 36 credits.
  3. Post-baccalaureate into Master’s degree - For certified teachers with up to 24 post-baccalaureate transfer credits. One to two years, part-time, for a total of 36 credits.

Students in all programs are carefully matched with KSC faculty as they contribute to school-based projects related to curriculum, instruction, and leadership. Using research, assessment, diagnosis, and evaluation methodologies, these projects reflect school system interests and are tailored to meet the academic and professional goals of the master’s candidate.

1. Curriculum and Instruction: Professional Development

36 credits

The C&I Professional Development track is a part-time M.Ed. The C&I Professional Development program is designed for classroom teachers currently employed in an appropriate school setting.

The C&I Professional Development program offers flexibility and individualization for highly motivated professional teachers who are looking for a leadership role in a specified area of focus of their choice. Students can expect their graduate work at KSC to be a time of reflection and renewal as they explore themselves and their relationship with colleagues, students, family, and the community. Throughout the program students are challenged to deepen their understanding of the world from multiple perspectives, explore the dynamic nature of the teaching and learning process, demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors by meeting high expectations and standards, and contribute to a just and equitable world.

2. Curriculum and Instruction: New Teacher as Leader

36 credits

The New Teacher as Leader program is a full-time one-year cohort model designed to support high-achieving new teachers to develop leadership skills while earning their Master’s degree in one-year of full-time study. Candidates in this program are expected to be available for problem-based school change projects in area schools. Sample projects will reflect school system interests as well as those of cohort members. Seminars and class sessions will be held during the day (once/week) as well as evenings or Saturdays, beginning in July and ending in June. Courses are offered through a ‘hybrid’ blended learning format, with campus classes and on-line instruction and demonstration of learning. The program will provide deep connections with faculty mentors and the cohort, as well as the opportunity to work with experienced educators.

3. Curriculum and Instruction: Post-Baccalaureate into Master’s degree

36 credits, including approved post-baccalaureate credits

The Post-Baccalaureate into Master’s degree program provides the option for certified teachers who have earned their certification through a post-baccalaureate program from Keene State College, or from an approved collaborating institution, to build on their post-baccalaureate work and achieve their Master’s degree. The program can be completed in one to two years, part-time, depending on the number of post-baccalaureate credits accepted. Seminars and class sessions are typically held evenings or Saturdays and in the summer. Courses are offered through a ‘hybrid’ blended learning format, with campus classes and on-line instruction and demonstration of learning. Education Department Chair or designated program faculty will assist the candidate in determining the number of credits accepted and courses required for completion of the program.

C&I Option – Professional Development and New Teacher as Leader Requirements

36 credits

Foundations

15 credits

EDUC 611 Contemporary Issues and Effective Schools
EDUC 621 Curriculum Theory and Development
EDUC 631 Curriculum Management & Student Assessment
EDUC 641 School Law
EDUC 651 School Leadership

Focus: Curriculum & Instruction

12 credits

EDUCCI 625 Technology-Integrated Teaching
EDUCCI 620 Specialization I
EDUCCI 630 Specialization II
Elective(s) on the graduate level for a total of 3 credits

Applied Research

9 credits

EDUC 670 Educational Research Foundations
EDUC 675 Educational Research Design
EDUC 699 Capstone

Admission Criteria – Curriculum and Instruction

Candidates for admission to the Curriculum and Instruction: Professional Development program must submit an Application for Graduate Study in Education, including required materials, to the Graduate Studies Office. For additional information refer to the Graduate Application.

Requirements: Post-baccalaureate into Master’s degree

Individuals who have successfully completed a post-baccalaureate teacher certification program from Keene State College, or from an approved collaborating institution, and have been certified by a state Department of Education, or are in the process of earning teacher certification, may receive up to twenty-four (24) credits toward completion of the M.Ed. C&I, based on an evaluation by the Keene State College Education Department Chair, or that person’s designee. Granite State College has a specific MOU that articulates the process and expectations for their students; Keene State College students are evaluated by transcript review.

The evaluation process will consist of a review of an individual’s professional competency, including the relevance and recency of the individual’s post-baccalaureate program in relation to teaching experience. Only credits completed as a post-baccalaureate student from an accredited institution may be considered for the M.Ed. C&I degree. Therefore, credits used to complete a bachelor’s degree will not qualify.

Individual course grades must be a ‘B’ or above (minimum of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0) to qualify. A grade of ‘P’ for clinical experience(s) is accepted. Candidates who receive fewer than the maximum number of 24 credits must complete approved graduate level courses. Grades from post-baccalaureate courses do not count toward the 3.0 minimum grade point average required for completion of the M.Ed. C&I degree. The award of graduate credit is limited to individuals who become matriculated at KSC in the Master of Education: Curriculum & Instruction degree.

Post-Baccalaureate into Master’s students must complete the following:

  • EDUC 641 School Law or EDUC 651 School Leadership (selection of course determined after consultation with program coordinator)
  • EDUC 670 Educational Research Foundations
  • EDUC 675 Educational Research Design
  • EDUC 699 Capstone
  • Additional approved electives as needed to earn a total of 36 credits.

School Counselor Option

Effective 10/24/2016 this program is under administrative review. There will be no admission to the program for both current and prospective students while on administrative hold.

Educational Leadership Option

36 credits

(Meets New Hampshire Certification Competencies for Principal: Grades K-12)

The Educational Leadership Option will provide the candidate with the framework and expertise in the knowledge, skills, and dispositions for transformational school leadership for the 21st century. Through the perspectives of the conceptual framework of the Keene State College education program, candidates for the Educational Leadership Program will:

  • Explore the dynamic nature of the teaching and learning process
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors that meet high expectations and standards
  • Understand the world from multiple perspectives
  • Contribute to a just and equitable world

School principals are leaders who function in many roles to meet the diverse needs of individuals and groups in an increasingly complex society and a rapidly evolving world. To lead effectively, school principals must be prepared with the knowledge, skills, and ethical understandings necessary to create an environment that promotes human potential in terms of learning and citizenship.

Admission Criteria – Educational Leadership Option

Candidates for admission to the Educational Leadership Option must submit an Application for Graduate Study in Education, including required materials, to the Graduate Studies Office.

For additional information, refer to the Graduate Application.

Educational Leadership Option Requirements

36 credits

Foundations

15 credits

EDUC 611 Contemporary Issues and Effective Schools
EDUC 621 Curriculum Theory and Development
EDUC 631 Curriculum Management & Student Assessment
EDUC 641 School Law
EDUC 651 School Leadership

Specialization: School Principal

12 credits

EDUCEL 631 Staff Selection, Supervision, and Evaluation
EDUCEL 652 Budget, Facilities, and Safe Schools
EDUCEL 696 Internship I: School and Community Relations
EDUCEL 697 Internship II: Connections

Applied Research

9 credits

EDUC 670 Educational Research Foundations
EDUC 675 Educational Research Design
EDUC 699 Capstone

Special Education Option

38 credits

This option is designed for individuals who seek certification by the New Hampshire Department of Education in General Special Education (K-12) and a Master of Education degree. The M.Ed. Special Education Option is designed to support individuals to achieve special education certification at the initial level as well as enhance competence and extend learning beyond certification competencies in the area of special education. The option combines certification coursework with a professional leadership experience and culminates with the design and implementation of a school-based research project that showcases an individual student's area of expertise and leadership capacity in special education. The program begins in the summer and can be completed in one year (full-time) or two years (part-time). The certification aspects of this portfolio-based program blend special education content knowledge courses with a yearlong internship experience. The internship may be conducted on the job (for students employed as a teacher in an appropriate special education setting) or in a field experience approved by the faculty coordinator(s) of this program. The certification component follows standards set forth by the National Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (NCATE), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and the New Hampshire Department of Education. The KSC Conceptual Framework for Educator Preparation Programs provides students with a frame of reference as they work through the program.

Faculty in the M.Ed. Special Education Option are dedicated to preparing special educators by partnering with local special education professionals in the larger KSC community. Guiding principles include assisting candidates to:

  1. apply special education knowledge and skills so that the individuals with disabilities who they teach can develop academic, social, and transition skills to become meaningful and productive members of a community
  2. design instruction, assessment, and individualized programs with the student and family at the center of the process
  3. utilize expertise of special education stakeholders within and outside a school system in a collaborative framework
  4. celebrate diversity in the context of supporting individuals with disabilities
  5. act as advocates for individuals with disabilities
  6. develop belief and value systems that provide a focus for acting as a special educator
  7. reflect on practice to increase special education knowledge, skills, and beliefs.

Applicants to the M.Ed. Special Education Option must demonstrate an appropriate foundation in "regular" education. Individuals who possess a recognized form of teacher certification have demonstrated this required competency. Candidates who do not have the required educational foundation must complete a Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program in order to demonstrate competency in "regular" education.

Graduates from the Keene State College early childhood, elementary or secondary education programs who seek certification in General Special Education (K-12) are encouraged to apply to the M.Ed. Special Education Option during their senior year. Graduates of the KSC early childhood, elementary or secondary education programs who have completed coursework in special education foundations have already addressed fundamental certification competencies. If accepted into the M.Ed. Special Education Option, these individuals will be required to complete fewer credits (see below).

Granite State College students who receive initial or advanced special education certification may transfer these credits into the M.Ed. option (see Granite State College Partnership below).

Admission Criteria – Special Education Option

Candidates for admission to the Special Education Option must submit an Application for Graduate Study in Education, including required materials, to the Graduate Studies Office.

For additional information, refer to the Graduate Application.

Special Education Option Requirements

38 credits

Special Education Certification

29 credits

EDUCSP 601 Foundations in Special Education (3 credits)
EDUCSP 602 Curriculum and Instructional Design (3 credits)
EDUCSP 603 Positive Behavior Supports (3 credits)
EDUCSP 604 Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education (3 credits)
EDUCSP 605 Transition Planning and Programming (3 credits)
EDUCSP 660 Internship in Special Education I (8 credits)
EDUCSP 665 Internship in Special Education II (6 credits)

Demonstration of Professional Leadership

9 credits

EDUC 670 Educational Research Foundations (3 credits)
EDUC 675 Educational Research Design (3 credits)
EDUC 699 Capstone (3 credits)

Granite State College Partnership

Individuals who become certified by the New Hampshire Department of Education (NH DOE) after completion of an approved Post-Baccalaureate program at Granite State College (GSC) may qualify to transfer a block of credits via EDUC 612: Demonstrated Certification Competence into the Master of Education degree at KSC. The following GSC certification areas have been approved for transfer into the Certification component of the M.Ed. Special Education option at KSC:

  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • General Special Education
  • Emotionally and Behavioral Disabilities
  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The successful applicant from GSC will have earned at least 18 post-baccalaureate credits with a GPA of 3.0 or higher for each course. Individuals who earned fewer than 26 qualified credits from GSC will be required to complete additional graduate coursework at KSC.

Transfer students from GSC must complete the following:

  • EDUC 651 School Leadership
  • EDUC 670 Educational Research Foundations
  • EDUC 675 Educational Research Design
  • EDUC 699 Capstone

Additional electives if required

All KSC graduate courses must be completed with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher before transfer credit for EDUC 612: Demonstrated Certification Competence will be awarded. Additional program requirements are outlined in the most recent Memorandum of Understanding between KSC and GSC.

Students who transfer from GSC are encouraged to participate in Institutes and offerings in other KSC graduate programs that serve to enhance their understanding of serving students with disabilities.