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Teaching, Learning and Advocacy

Master of Education

(36 Credit Hours)

Teaching, Learning, and Advocacy

The School of Education, Health and Human Performance offers an M.Ed. in Teaching, Learning and Advocacy (MTLA) to provide advanced study for certified P-12 teachers who are interested in becoming educational leaders with the skills and knowledge needed to advocate for students, public schools and the teaching profession. The program focuses primarily on improving educational practices, policies and learning environments for students, especially those living in poverty. All students complete a set of six (18 credits) core courses that develop the following skills: research, advocacy, policy analysis, self-reflection and the application of theory to practice.

Students deepen their knowledge and skills in one of four concentrations: Curriculum and Instruction, Diverse Learners, New Literacies or Science and Math. Each concentration involves 18 credit hours.


Curriculum and Instruction Concentration

This concentration allows students to gain and deepen knowledge of theories and practices that inform the development and implementation of P-12 curriculum and instruction. They increase their skills in curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation that drive curricula and instructional strategies. Depending on the students’ interests, they may pursue an endorsement in Project-Based Learning.

Diverse Learners

This concentration deepens students’ understanding of the nature and needs of diverse learners, as well as appropriate curriculum and instructional and differentiation strategies, while accounting for relevant social and cultural influences. Depending on students’ interest, they may also earn a Certificate in Special Education or English to Speakers of Other Languages.

New Literacies

This concentration allows students to deepen and gain knowledge and skills in foundational and new literacies that align with the state standards. They deepen their content and pedagogical knowledge of the foundational literacies of reading and writing while connecting these to the new literacies such as digital technologies, non-print texts and multimodal texts.

Science and Mathematics

This concentration allows students to gain new and deepen existing knowledge and skills to better teach the STEM subjects. They increase their knowledge of science and math content, learn new, reform-based teaching strategies and develop expertise in inquiry while advocating for equity and excellence through high quality science and math instruction.

Admissions Criteria

  • Official transcripts from all academic institutions
  • TOEFL scores if your primary language is not English
  • Either a minimum GPA of 2.5 for the bachelor's degree or teacher certification, or official GRE scores
  • Initial teacher certification
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Applicant essay

2016-17 Tuition

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Application Deadlines

Fall priority deadline for completed applications: March 1. (This deadline is for those students seeking scholarships and assistantships.)
Fall deadline for all other completed applications: July 1.
Spring: November 1
Summer: March 1

Contact Information

Christine Finnan
program director

Additional Information