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The Curriculum and Instruction program, leading either to a Master of Education (M.Ed.) or a Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) degree is designed to foster the development of teaching skills that result in increased pupil performance. Read more
The Curriculum and Instruction program, leading either to a Master of Education (M.Ed.) or a Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) degree is designed to foster the development of teaching skills that result in increased pupil performance. By analyzing curriculum choices and strategies, along with best teaching practices, those who complete either of these programs will be better equipped to provide an environment in which students engage in relevant and meaningful learning activities. Upon enrollment in a Curriculum and Licensure program, students will select either the research path or the practicum path. MTSU offers a specialization in secondary education licensure. This specialization offers a path for non-licensed degree-holding individuals seeking licensure to teach in secondary public schools. The Womack Educational Leadership department also offers a non-licensure generalist Curriculum and Instruction major.

The Department of Elementary and Special Education offers the Master of Education degree with a major in Curriculum and Instruction. The major in Curriculum and Instruction offers concentrations in Early Childhood Education, Elementary School Education, and Middle School Education. A specialization in inclusion education is available as is a specialization leading to initial licensure.

Career

Graduates from the Curriculum and Instruction programs may be employed in a variety of positions. Examples include, but are not limited to:

Central office personnel
Department chairs
Instructional leaders or supervisors
Team leaders

MTSU graduates are employed through various school districts throughout Tennessee; examples include:

Cannon County Schools
Coffee County Schools
Franklin County Schools
Franklin Special School District Schools
Murfreesboro City Schools
Rutherford County Schools
Tullahoma Schools
Van Buren County Schools
Warren County Schools
Wayne County Schools
White County Schools
Williamson County Schools

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The Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment MA will enable students to develop their expertise in curriculum development, teaching and learning, and assessment practices. Read more
The Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment MA will enable students to develop their expertise in curriculum development, teaching and learning, and assessment practices. Students will be able to analyse and reflect on their professional experience, and examine new developments in policy and practice, giving them the skills to become a successful leader, and helping them to create and sustain change.

Degree information

This programme will help students understand, analyse, debate and evaluate viewpoints, improving their research literacy and research skills, as well as helping them to contribute ideas on what young people need to learn in today's society, and most importantly, why.

Students take modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules
-Curriculum Development: Issues and Principles
-Investigating Research Into Schooling, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Optional modules
-Assessment Issues and Practice
-Educational Testing
-Assessment for Learning
-Guiding Effective Learning and Teaching

Dissertation/report
Students undertake a dissertation of 20,000 words, a 10,000-word report and an additional module.

Teaching and learning
Teaching is delivered in collaborative learning groups. Our aim is to develop communities of learners, and we expect students to be active participants in creating new knowledge. All assessment is through coursework.

Careers

Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as heads of department, deputy heads and head teachers in UK schools, while others have jobs as curriculum developers in government education departments. Graduates can also be found working as university lecturers, researchers and PhD students.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute of Education is a world-leading centre of research and teaching in the field of education, and this programme is unique in the United Kingdom. You will study alongside students from all over the world, learn from tutors who are experts in the area, and become a leader of curriculum reform.

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Curriculum Studies includes, but is not limited to investigations into. teacher education, the social construction or knowledge, curriculum and instructional discourses, and the role of curriculum and curricular reform in K–12 and other learning environments. Read more

Program Overview

Curriculum Studies includes, but is not limited to investigations into: teacher education, the social construction or knowledge, curriculum and instructional discourses, and the role of curriculum and curricular reform in K–12 and other learning environments. Students learn about issues of planning and development, program implementation and evaluation, and pre-service teacher education. Inquiry in the field is multidisciplinary and includes numerous perspectives and orientations such as: cultural studies, historical consciousness, post structuralism, feminism, multicultural education, semiotics, and critical theory. International faculty and graduate students interested in curriculum theory are actively involved in the Centre for the Study of the Internationalization of Curriculum Studies .

The MA programs require 30 credits, or a 9-credit research thesis and 21 course credits. The MEd programs require 30 credits, or typically 9 courses plus a graduating paper (for TQS certification in British Columbia). A minimum of 24 credits must be in graduate-level courses (including the 9-credit MA thesis or 3-credit MEd graduating paper) for all master’s programs. All on-campus master’s programs in the Department can be pursued either full time or part time. Theses and graduating papers often focus on questions or issues that cut across disciplines and professional fields. This year there are approximately 300 students studying in the department’s various graduate programs.

The MEd degree is designed primarily for students wishing to pursue professional study in education or to prepare for positions of leadership in varied settings and is often the choice of professionals who want to reflect on issues of practice with colleagues through a breadth and depth of courses. The MA degree is particularly recommended for students who may wish to pursue a doctorate at a later date, although the MEd does not preclude application to advanced study.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Arts (research-based), Master of Education (course-based)
- Specialization: Curriculum Studies
- Subject: Education
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Faculty: Faculty of Education

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A look into any public school classroom across the state or nation would reveal a variety of learners with specific needs. Read more
A look into any public school classroom across the state or nation would reveal a variety of learners with specific needs. It is a common occurrence for a highly gifted English speaker, a special needs student, and students whose first languages may reflect Arabic, Burmese, Farsi, Kurdish, Somali, Spanish, and Swahili (to name a few) to be working together. The multi-lingual classroom is now typical instead of unique. The challenges posed by the classroom structures and populations require teachers to gain knowledge and understanding while developing expertise in the areas of second language acquisition, appropriate strategies and models for effective instruction, assessment tools and accommodations, and literacy frameworks, practices, and overall language learning. In addition, today’s classrooms require educators to become skillful examiners in order to conduct classroom action research that leads to improved practice and teacher efficacy. The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in English as a Second Language is delivered online.

Degrees

This online licensure-based program, offered by the Womack Educational Leadership Department and leading to a Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) with a major in Curriculum and Instruction and a concentration in English as a Second Language is designed for: a) candidates seeking the master’s degree with Add-on Endorsement in ESL, b) candidates seeking the Initial Professional License in ESL, and c) candidates seeking the Add-On Endorsement in ESL (without degree).

The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with concentration and licensure in ESL focuses on preparing professional educators to meet the needs of students who are currently enrolled in U.S. public school classrooms in grades PreK-12. These populations may include students who represent immigrant populations, newly arriving non-English speakers, children of immigrants, and diverse populations with a variety of language and learning needs. The program is designed specifically for teachers and those who plan to teach second language learners in multilingual classrooms within the U.S.

Coursework is aligned with the Tennessee Department of Education Professional Licensure Standards for ESL and the CAEP Standards and Professional Dispositions for public school educators. The program takes a literacy-based approach to teaching ELs and is grounded in state and national education initiatives. The program is revised on an ongoing basis to reflect current practice.

This program is delivered online and does not prepare candidates to work exclusively with adult learners in EFL settings.

Career

The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with Concentration and Licensure in ESL offers preparation to candidates to teach in public schools, private schools, and faith-based learning environments. The program also seeks to prepare teachers to work with early learners who are also second language learners in preschool settings, nursery school settings, and early learning classrooms. Candidates who successfully complete the program meet requirements for the Pre-K through 12th grade professional license in ESL.

In addition to teaching in public, private, faith-based, and preschool classrooms, the program enables graduates to pursue the following careers:

Adjunct professor
Curriculum writer for PreK-12
ESL curriculum design for PreK-12
ESL instructional consultant
ESL instructor
Faith-based ESL coordinator
Faith-based ESL teacher (missionary)
Lead teacher in ESL
PreK ESL coordinator

Employers of MTSU Alumni include, but are not limited to, the following:

Public Schools - Tennessee

Bedford County Schools
Cannon County Schools
Coffee County Schools
Dekalb County School District
Franklin County Schools
Franklin Special Schools District
Giles County Schools
Hamilton County Schools
Knox County Schools
Lawrence County School District
Lebanon School District
Lincoln County Schools
Marshall County School District
Maury County School District
Memphis School District
Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
Moore County Schools
Murfreesboro City Schools
Robertson County School District
Rutherford County School District
Shelby County Schools
Smith County School District
Tullahoma School District
Warren County Schools
Williamson County School
Wilson County School District

Public Schools – Outside of Tennessee

Boston Public Schools
New York City Department of Education

Private Schools

Franklin Road Academy
The Webb School

Other

Cumberland University
ELS Nashville
Grand Valley State University
International English Institute
Middle Tennessee State University
Motlow State Community College
Nashville State Community College
Tennessee Foreign Language Institute
Tennessee Technological University
Tennessee State University

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Research degrees embrace the notion of preparing "Stewards of the Discipline", scholars capable of generating new knowledge, conducting research with a high degree of competence and integrity, transforming knowledge, and communicating the results to advance the field. Read more
Research degrees embrace the notion of preparing "Stewards of the Discipline", scholars capable of generating new knowledge, conducting research with a high degree of competence and integrity, transforming knowledge, and communicating the results to advance the field.

The Master of Arts (MA) is a research-intensive (thesis-based) degree intended to prepare students for further research. This program is available in the on-campus format only.

Master of Arts (MA) in Curriculum and Learning

Master of Arts students in Curriculum and Learning will have opportunities to understand how interpretive disciplines in curriculum and emergent theories of learning offer meaningful and potentially transforming ways of thinking about schooling, knowledge, research, teaching/learning, and the nature of pedagogical relationships. Curriculum and Learning encompass issues of content, context, and teaching in both formal and non-formal educational settings. Students can explore contemporary themes of curriculum and learning, including issues of globalization, gender, culture, power, traditions of wisdom, ecology in education, and the ideas and practices of social justice, examined from social, cultural, historical, political, discursive, ecological and other interpretive perspectives.

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As a student in the Master of Education (General) study theme in Curriculum and Assessment, you will become a leader in. » enacting curriculum and assessing learning. Read more
As a student in the Master of Education (General) study theme in Curriculum and Assessment, you will become a leader in:

» enacting curriculum and assessing learning
» harnessing innovations in curriculum theory for the benefit of your classrooms, schools, and school districts
» demonstrating how to use classroom assessments to improve student learning, advance teaching, and develop ethical programming.

See the website http://www.uleth.ca/education/programs-degrees/graduate-programs/future-grad-students/curriculum-assess

Course detail

Important features of this program include:

• an emphasis on providing significant opportunities to integrate local issues into class
activities, discussion and assignments
• flexible exit requirements (capstone, project, or thesis)
• a blended-delivery model which includes online courses in fall and spring semesters, as well as face-to-face courses in July. On-campus accommodation is available.

PLEASE NOTE

To ensure success in academic study, all applicants, regardless of citizenship or country of origin, must meet the English Language Proficiency requirement through recognized study or a valid standardized test score.

The Master of Education program does not lead to teacher certification.

Why study at the University of Lethbridge?

As a graduate student at the University of Lethbridge, you’ll find yourself at the centre of a student-focused environment that nurtures innovation, critical thinking and creativity.

The University of Lethbridge is one of Canada’s top-ranked universities and leading research institutions.

At the foundation of our graduate programs is a multidisciplinary and personalized experience. A collaborative environment is encouraged between faculty and students. This means you have flexibility in decisions regarding the research and learning path you take.

At the U of L, we are committed to helping every one of our students thrive. From aiding with financial support to one-on-one mentorship to individualized career advice, you’ll find support every step of the way.

When you graduate, you will have the confidence you need to succeed in whatever you do, whether that means pursuing further education, teaching in an academic setting or establishing a professional career.

We’re here to help as you find the answers to your questions. As Alberta’s Destination University, the U of L gives you room to think, create and explore, providing a university experience unlike any other.

How to apply

In order to apply, you will need to provide the following documentation:

• Academic Transcripts
• Curriculum Vitae
• Three Letters of Reference
• Letter of Intent
• English Language Proficiency (ELP)

All applications and supporting documents must be provided through the online portal: http://www.uleth.ca/graduatestudies/apply

Funding

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.uleth.ca/education/programs/graduate-studies/financial-assistance

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MTSU’s Initial Licensure Program provides students with the opportunity to earn a master’s degree with a major in Curriculum and Instruction as well as a license to teach kindergarten through fifth grade. Read more
MTSU’s Initial Licensure Program provides students with the opportunity to earn a master’s degree with a major in Curriculum and Instruction as well as a license to teach kindergarten through fifth grade. The Initial Licensure Program differs from other programs by welcoming students with bachelor’s degrees outside of education. In addition, courses are offered on-line, on weekends, and through the traditional format of one evening per week. The program is specifically designed for career changers and their busy schedules.

Career

Graduates of the Initial Licensure Program have a high success rate of becoming a teacher immediately upon graduation. Courses offered are intended to prepare graduate students with the tools and network connections needed to excel upon entering the educational field. Graduates can be found across the middle Tennessee area as well as across the country including Arizona, Illinois, Texas, and South Carolina to name a few.

Some potential careers include:

classroom teacher
curriculum specialist
director of curriculum and instruction
instructional coordinator
teacher mentor
textbook reviewer

Alumni from the Curriculum and Instruction Program have been employed across the nation as well as in many districts including:

Bedford County Schools
Franklin Special Schools
Lebanon School District
Metro-Davidson Schools
Murfreesboro City Schools
Rutherford County Schools
Sumner County Schools
Tullahoma City Schools
Williamson County Schools
Wilson County Schools

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The Master of Education (M.Ed) in Curriculum and Instruction program at The University of Tampa has a reputable, long-standing relationship with Tampa Bay area school districts and administrators. Read more
The Master of Education (M.Ed) in Curriculum and Instruction program at The University of Tampa has a reputable, long-standing relationship with Tampa Bay area school districts and administrators. The program enhances the teaching and leadership skills of currently certified teachers and can be completed in as little as 13 months. Faculty members, many of whom have worked as teachers, hold doctorate degrees in education. Their powerful combination of academic expertise and firsthand knowledge was used in the development of the M.Ed. curriculum.

Visit the website http://www.ut.edu/med/

Who enrolls in this program?

Students who enroll in the M.Ed. program wish to become better educators and recognized leaders. Candidates are teachers currently working in K–12 classrooms or those who are taking a break from the classroom but have a strong background in education. M.Ed. candidates must have an undergraduate degree in education or hold a professional teaching certificate. These educators come to UT with a background in a wide array of specializations.

What is the structure of the M.Ed. program?

The M.Ed. emphasizes curriculum theory, pedagogy and innovation in education, educational advocacy, social dimensions of learning, instructional design, leadership and research, which can be applied in the teacher’s current field of work or toward advanced studies in education. Coursework is designed with the working education professional in mind and takes advantage of slower periods, such as summer months. Candidates in the M.Ed. program may be required to complete a thesis, special project or oral examination as a culminating experience.

What courses are offered?

A comprehensive list can be found in the course catalog. A small sampling of the courses in the M.Ed. program includes:

- Human Development and Inclusive Learning Environments
- Curriculum Theory
- Pedagogy and Innovation in Education
- Research in Education
- Technology for Education and Leadership
- Social Advocacy, School Reform and Leadership in Education
- Philosophy and Epistemology
- Cross Cultural Diversity

What are the benefits of the M.Ed. program?

- Advanced professional coursework supports classroom teaching and advancement in the school system
- Opportunities for mentoring and scholarly collaboration with university faculty
- Potential for teaching undergraduate classes at universities and community colleges
- Preparation for candidates seeking to pursue doctoral studies and advanced research
- Provides deeper understanding of human development and learning
- Offers candidates a new professional network within a class of their peers

Find out how to apply here - http://www.ut.edu/apply

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The Innovative Pedagogy and Curriculum PGCert uses a practitioner enquiry approach. It encourages teaching professionals to take a practical and informed approach to the 'plan, do, review' cycle. Read more
The Innovative Pedagogy and Curriculum PGCert uses a practitioner enquiry approach. It encourages teaching professionals to take a practical and informed approach to the 'plan, do, review' cycle. We will encourage you to engage intelligently with evidence from multiple sources.

Course participants come from across educational phases (early years to HE) and between educational sectors (schools, museums, colleges and universities, and educational consultancies). This diversity helps to create a dynamic and supportive learning environment in which you learn considerably from each other as well as from the course leaders.

You develop both case study and action research approaches. This enables you to make informed judgements about pedagogic, assessment and curriculum matters. You will become more critically reflective to develop approaches rooted in evidence.

The course is suitable for teachers and other educators, whether just starting out in your career or taking significant responsibilities for educational excellence and actively supporting other professionals.

Course tutors are active scholars, have had or hold leadership roles within the education sector and all teach and supervise across a range of courses. This provides them with a wide knowledge base and a genuine concern for the challenges of educational contexts. The course is led by Rachel Lofthouse, and co-tutored by David Leat.

The course draws on the expertise developed in the North Leadership Centre and the Research Centre for Learning and Teaching which are based in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences.

Delivery

The course is made up of two modules, taught on four days between October and March. Support sessions (which can be replaced by email support) run on three evenings.

Teaching is fairly intense, and the learning from the modules extends into practical and reflective engagement with the workplace. Modules are taught in a number of ways to allow flexibility for part-time students. Some are taught on Saturdays, and some are scheduled for afternoons and evenings.

Modules can be combined with other Master's level credits (including the PGCE), to complete a full Master's with a dissertation.

It is also possible to study additional Master's level modules, including a dissertation, in order to gain an MEd qualification.

If there are sufficient numbers of students in a school or cluster group, it is also possible to organise an out-posted group.

Placements

You are expected to work or volunteer in a professional educational setting. This provides the context for much of your practitioner enquiry.

You should also be able to engage in professional practice development in the areas of curriculum, assessment and/or pedagogy.

Facilities

You will be taught in the King George VI Building. You have access to the Education Resource Centre and associated borrowing rights.

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A minimum overall GPA of 2.75 (A4.0) in most recent 60 credits of undergraduate study. A letter of intent expressing professional and educational goals as applied to the program. Read more
• A minimum overall GPA of 2.75 (A=4.0) in most recent 60 credits of undergraduate study.
• A letter of intent expressing professional and educational goals as applied to the program.
• Submission of three letters of recommendation, using the required recommendation form.
• Resume or curriculum vitae.

E-mail: • Phone: 315-267-2165

Visit http://www.potsdam.edu/graduate to view the full application checklist and online application.

The Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction has been designed to meet the needs of (A) candidates who hold Initial New York certification and who seek to complete the academic requirements for Professional certification in one of the following areas: Business/Marketing; Childhood Education (1-6); Dance; Early Childhood Education (B-2); English 7-12; French 7-1; Health Education; Mathematics 7-12; Music; Social Studies 7-12; Spanish 7-12; Theatre; or Visual Arts, (B) International students who wish to develop their English-language skills and learn about teaching in United States schools, but who are not eligible to receive Professional certification in New York, or (C) International students and non-certification seeking professional seeking a master’s in education but who are not eligible to receive Professional certification in New York State. Program start date: Summer, Fall, Spring; Program also available at Watertown JCC campus.

Required Program Courses

Options A and C: Minimum of 33 credit hours:
*GRED 616, Curriculum and Evaluation .........................3 credits
GRED 634, Philosophical Foundations of Curr and Inst ........3 credits
*GRED 635, Ed Research in Curr and Inst ........................3 credits
GRED 687, Action Research ..........................................3 credits

Content, or content-linking courses: 6 credit hours
Graduate Education Electives: 15 credit hours
*indicates content linking course

Option B: Minimum of 34 credit hours:
GRED 558, Literacy I: Methods— Childhood ......................3 credits
GRED 559, Literacy II: Methods—Childhood ....................3 credits
GRED 576, Praciticum I (Immersion in Eng lang usage) ........2 credits
GRED 586, Practicum II (Formal Obs and Participation) ......2 credits
GRED 634, Philosophical Foundations of Curr and Inst ........3 credits
GRED 660, Educational Research ...................................3 credits
GRED 665, Language and Culture ..................................3 credits
GRED 699, Thesis Research ...........................................3 credits

Graduate Education Electives: 12 credit hours

Individuals not having initial certification in approved professional certification areas can still enter the program, with additional re- quirements in order to be eligibile for professional certification. They will also need to apply for certification directly to the state.

Automatic admission options exist for this program.

Program Tracks

Students presently holding Initial Certification in Business/Marketing, Early Childhood/Childhood (B-6), Dance, English 7-12, French 7-12, Health, Mathematics 7-12, Music, Social Studies 7-12, Spanish 7-12, Theatre, or Visual Arts may use this as functionally relevant to be eligible for Professional Certification. Other domestic or international students may use this program to obtain an MS Ed degree without being eligible for certification.

Testimonial

“Potsdam’s graduate program afforded me great opportunities that allowed me to excel as a future educator and stand out among a crowded field of job seekers.” —John Liquori ’14

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The Faculty of Education at Memorial University offers graduate programs at the graduate diploma, master’s, and PhD levels. The Master of Education (MEd) programs are offered in the following areas. Read more
The Faculty of Education at Memorial University offers graduate programs at the graduate diploma, master’s, and PhD levels. The Master of Education (MEd) programs are offered in the following areas: Educational Leadership Studies, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Studies, Counselling Psychology, Post-Secondary Studies and Information Technology. Educational Leadership Studies is designed to prepare candidates for leadership in Education. The MEd in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Studies provides opportunities for students to investigate pertinent issues in these interrelated areas from a variety of perspectives: philosophical, historical, social, cultural, cognitive, and technological. The mission of the program in Counselling Psychology is to prepare highly knowledgeable, skilled, dedicated, and ethical professional practitioners, who will endeavour to enhance human potential throughout the life span and who can effectively practice within a variety of settings. The graduate programs in Post-Secondary Studies are designed to prepare candidates to function in a variety of roles in informal and formal post-secondary learning environments (including academic, technical, professional, adult education, health professional education, and student services/development). The graduate program in Information Technology is offered in partnership with Cape Breton University (CBU). It is designed to facilitate the educational use of information technology in a wide variety of settings.

Memorial’s Faculty of Education is responsible for the professional preparation of those who will give leadership in education. The responsibility includes the professional preparation of teachers, administrators, and specialists who will work in primary, elementary, and secondary schools, and post-secondary institutions. The work of the faculty incorporates undergraduate, and graduate studies, and continuing education. The mandate includes specialized research for the improvement of pedagogical practice, and broadly based research for the advancement of knowledge. The faculty initiates and responds to change through a wide range of programs and a variety of field services. It seeks to prepare educators who will have a reasoned philosophy of education, an appreciation of what knowledge is of most worth, a genuine love of learning, and the ability to think critically. It strives to prepare educators who have an understanding of the past, a plan for the present, and a vision for the future.

The MEd program is designed to prepare candidates to function in a variety of roles in informal and formal post-secondary learning environments (including academic, technical, professional, adult education, and student services/development). There are five areas of specialization: 1) educational leadership studies, 2) curriculum, teaching, and learning studies, 3) post-secondary studies, 4) counselling psychology, and 5) information technology.

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The MSc (Kinesiology) program commenced in 2005. In its short history, 10 master’s students have continued on to doctoral programs. Read more
The MSc (Kinesiology) program commenced in 2005. In its short history, 10 master’s students have continued on to doctoral programs. Graduate students have authored or co-authored approximately 20 peer-reviewed articles in that period. The laboratories are well equipped with 3 EMG acquisition systems, 2 metabolic carts, hypoxic air generator, force platform, muscle stimulation unit, immersion tank, accelerometers, lumbar motion monitor, and a variety of strain gauges among other equipment.

Memorial conferred its first degree in Master of Physical Education (MPE) in 1975. Beginning September 2008, the MPE program may be completed entirely online via distance education. The MPE program provides professional training to leaders in the fields of physical education, sport, and recreation. While some students concentrate in the areas of administration, curriculum, and supervision in physical education, others opt for studies in related professional areas. These areas include parks and recreation, sport and leisure administration and management, and sport science.

Students completing their MPE can focus on administration, curriculum, or supervision, while those completing their MSc can focus on exercise and work physiology, biomechanics/ergonomics, sport psychology, and socio-cultural studies of physical activity and health. Seven new courses have been introduced that reflect the present issues in the physical education curriculum. Graduates have moved on to a variety of professions and include university professors, lawyers, engineers, administrators, and teachers. Many graduate students have also gone on to pursue doctoral studies in a number of exciting fields. Graduate programs are offered in both full-time and part-time formats, with a number of different options available to students.

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Jointly run by the University of Salford and Manchester Metropolitan University, UNIGIS is a three year programme, with the first two years comprising taught units, and a final year to complete a dissertation. Read more
Jointly run by the University of Salford and Manchester Metropolitan University, UNIGIS is a three year programme, with the first two years comprising taught units, and a final year to complete a dissertation.

The Geographical Information Systems (GIS) pathway aims to provide students with a broadly based postgraduate qualification in the field of GIS. Importantly, it offers students choice in the selection of their application area (with a range of units available). The pathway helps students to develop an in-depth knowledge of the issues involved in applying GIS to solving spatial problems with an understanding of the constraints imposed by the application area(s) and the interactions between data, methods, people, and technology.

The first year of study (equivalent to PgC in GIS) involves three core units:

Foundations of GIS -
This unit provides an introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS) from conceptual, theoretical, and practical perspectives. Students will learn about the different methods used in geographic encoding and spatial data modelling before employing such datasets in a software environment. The unit concludes with a review of contemporary issues in GIS. Key elements of the curriculum include: Origins of GIS; Representation, Modelling and Geovisualisation; Software Skills; GIS: Today and Tomorrow.

Spatial Data Infrastructures -
Spatial data is key to any GIS project. This unit investigates how spatial data is sourced and also aims to provide students with the requisite knowledge and practical skills to identify and evaluate, against recognised national and international quality standards, spatial data for use in GI-based projects. Key elements of the curriculum include: Spatial Data; Data Standards and Infrastructures; Sourcing Spatial Data; Data Quality; Evaluating Fitness for Purpose.

Databases -
GIS are fundamentally information systems which provide specialist facilities for the creation, storage and manipulation of spatial and attribute data. Much of the functionality offered by GIS software is shared with conventional database software. Indeed, most GIS - at their core - have a conventional database management system (DBMS) around which spatial functionality has been wrapped. It is essential that GIS specialists have a thorough understanding of database theory, design and implementation. Key elements of the curriculum include: Why Databases?; Relational Databases; Critiquing Relational Databases; Implementation and Interrogation.

The second year of study (equivalent to the PgD in GIS) involves one core and two elective units:

Methods in GIS (core) -
The concepts, theories and methods behind the application of GIS are examined in detail. The unit explores research design, data analysis and interpretation and presentation. Special focus is given to methods of spatial analysis and their implementation using GIS software. Key elements of the curriculum include: Research Design; Qualitative and Quantitative Techniques; Fundamentals of Spatial Analysis; Recent Advances in Spatial Analysis.

Two elective units are chosen from:

Distributed GIS -
This unit discusses the most vibrant and rapidly developing area of geospatial technology. Desktop GIS packages are increasingly looking like the specialist packages for serious users that, in truth, they always were. Now, for the very large majority of people who really only want to look at the location of things, we can offer WebGIS systems that deliver what they need directly into their web-browsers. This unit explains the concepts and methods of Internet GIS, development and its applications. Key elements of the curriculum include: From Desktop to Distributed GI Services; Technologies in Distributed GIS; Building the GeoWeb; Tutorials.

Environmental Applications of GIS -
GIS and related technologies such as remote sensing have been widely employed in environmental applications for almost forty years. The advent of satellite remote sensing allowed reliable synoptic data to be available to scientists who have developed numerous models. This together with the decision-making tools and spatially-referenced framework of GIS offers significant support to researchers investigating different environmental phenomena. Data from remote sensing, GPS and other sources provide a valuable input into GIS models for environmental monitoring, modelling and prediction. This unit introduces case study examples of how GIS and related technologies can be used in environmental applications and seeks to critically evaluate their potential value. Key elements of the curriculum include: Applicability and benefits of GIS; Practical Problem Solving and Evaluation using techniques such as Terrain Analysis, Multicriteria Evaluation, Landscape Metrics etc.

Remote Sensing for GIS Applications -
This unit provides students with an introduction to the principles of remote sensing and explores its role in data gathering/information extraction for GIS applications. Key elements of the curriculum include: Principles of Remote Sensing; Satellite Systems; Quantitative Data; GIS Integration.

Social Applications of GIS -
Where an investigation into social, economic, political, and cultural characteristics and phenomena is required, GIS provides a powerful tool. For social applications such as crime mapping and healthcare resource management, GIS can be used effectively to help model, monitor and enable (spatial) decision making based on existing criteria. Social systems are often highly organised and complex - GIS allows this complexity to be effectively distilled into an abstraction representing the most causally related behaviour. This unit introduces case tudy examples of how GIS can be used in social applications and seeks to critically evaluate their potential value. Key elements of the curriculum include: Exemplars of GIS use in Social Applications, e.g. health, crime and urban transportation; Evaluation of the Benefits of GIS; Practical Problem Solving techniques.

Spatial Databases and Programming -
The importance of programming and GIS as part of a larger system, which involves spatial databases, software development and programme coding, has been increasingly realised in GIS practice. This unit aims to develop your geospatial skills in building enterprise oriented databases (e.g. geo-database and server) and creating application-oriented GIS models through programming. This unit also helps you to critically evaluate the issues and trends in enterprise GIS and GIS application development from the perspective of software engineering and geospatial technology. Key elements of the curriculum include: Spatial Databases; Design and Quality; Programming; Tutorials.

The final year of study (the MSc stage) requires the student to design and undertake a substantial and unique independent research project, to be presented as an academic dissertation (max. of 15,000 words).

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Jointly run by the University of Salford and Manchester Metropolitan University, UNIGIS is a three year programme, with the first two years comprising taught units, and a final year to complete a dissertation. Read more
Jointly run by the University of Salford and Manchester Metropolitan University, UNIGIS is a three year programme, with the first two years comprising taught units, and a final year to complete a dissertation.

The Geographical Information Systems (GIS) pathway aims to provide students with a broadly based postgraduate qualification in the field of GIS. Importantly, it offers students choice in the selection of their application area (with a range of units available). The pathway helps students to develop an in-depth knowledge of the issues involved in applying GIS to solving spatial problems with an understanding of the constraints imposed by the application area(s) and the interactions between data, methods, people, and technology.

The first year of study (equivalent to PgC in GIS) involves three core units:

Foundations of GIS -
This unit provides an introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS) from conceptual, theoretical, and practical perspectives. Students will learn about the different methods used in geographic encoding and spatial data modelling before employing such datasets in a software environment. The unit concludes with a review of contemporary issues in GIS. Key elements of the curriculum include: Origins of GIS; Representation, Modelling and Geovisualisation; Software Skills; GIS: Today and Tomorrow.

Spatial Data Infrastructures -
Spatial data is key to any GIS project. This unit investigates how spatial data is sourced and also aims to provide students with the requisite knowledge and practical skills to identify and evaluate, against recognised national and international quality standards, spatial data for use in GI-based projects. Key elements of the curriculum include: Spatial Data; Data Standards and Infrastructures; Sourcing Spatial Data; Data Quality; Evaluating Fitness for Purpose.

Databases -
GIS are fundamentally information systems which provide specialist facilities for the creation, storage and manipulation of spatial and attribute data. Much of the functionality offered by GIS software is shared with conventional database software. Indeed, most GIS - at their core - have a conventional database management system (DBMS) around which spatial functionality has been wrapped. It is essential that GIS specialists have a thorough understanding of database theory, design and implementation. Key elements of the curriculum include: Why Databases?; Relational Databases; Critiquing Relational Databases; Implementation and Interrogation.

The second year of study (equivalent to the PgD in GIS) involves one core and two elective units:

Methods in GIS (core) -
The concepts, theories and methods behind the application of GIS are examined in detail. The unit explores research design, data analysis and interpretation and presentation. Special focus is given to methods of spatial analysis and their implementation using GIS software. Key elements of the curriculum include: Research Design; Qualitative and Quantitative Techniques; Fundamentals of Spatial Analysis; Recent Advances in Spatial Analysis.

Two elective units are chosen from:

Distributed GIS -
This unit discusses the most vibrant and rapidly developing area of geospatial technology. Desktop GIS packages are increasingly looking like the specialist packages for serious users that, in truth, they always were. Now, for the very large majority of people who really only want to look at the location of things, we can offer WebGIS systems that deliver what they need directly into their web-browsers. This unit explains the concepts and methods of Internet GIS, development and its applications. Key elements of the curriculum include: From Desktop to Distributed GI Services; Technologies in Distributed GIS; Building the GeoWeb; Tutorials.

Environmental Applications of GIS -
GIS and related technologies such as remote sensing have been widely employed in environmental applications for almost forty years. The advent of satellite remote sensing allowed reliable synoptic data to be available to scientists who have developed numerous models. This together with the decision-making tools and spatially-referenced framework of GIS offers significant support to researchers investigating different environmental phenomena. Data from remote sensing, GPS and other sources provide a valuable input into GIS models for environmental monitoring, modelling and prediction. This unit introduces case study examples of how GIS and related technologies can be used in environmental applications and seeks to critically evaluate their potential value. Key elements of the curriculum include: Applicability and benefits of GIS; Practical Problem Solving and Evaluation using techniques such as Terrain Analysis, Multicriteria Evaluation, Landscape Metrics etc.

Remote Sensing for GIS Applications -
This unit provides students with an introduction to the principles of remote sensing and explores its role in data gathering/information extraction for GIS applications. Key elements of the curriculum include: Principles of Remote Sensing; Satellite Systems; Quantitative Data; GIS Integration.

Social Applications of GIS -
Where an investigation into social, economic, political, and cultural characteristics and phenomena is required, GIS provides a powerful tool. For social applications such as crime mapping and healthcare resource management, GIS can be used effectively to help model, monitor and enable (spatial) decision making based on existing criteria. Social systems are often highly organised and complex - GIS allows this complexity to be effectively distilled into an abstraction representing the most causally related behaviour. This unit introduces case tudy examples of how GIS can be used in social applications and seeks to critically evaluate their potential value. Key elements of the curriculum include: Exemplars of GIS use in Social Applications, e.g. health, crime and urban transportation; Evaluation of the Benefits of GIS; Practical Problem Solving techniques.

Spatial Databases and Programming -
The importance of programming and GIS as part of a larger system, which involves spatial databases, software development and programme coding, has been increasingly realised in GIS practice. This unit aims to develop your geospatial skills in building enterprise oriented databases (e.g. geo-database and server) and creating application-oriented GIS models through programming. This unit also helps you to critically evaluate the issues and trends in enterprise GIS and GIS application development from the perspective of software engineering and geospatial technology. Key elements of the curriculum include: Spatial Databases; Design and Quality; Programming; Tutorials.

The final year of study (the MSc stage) requires the student to design and undertake a substantial and unique independent research project, to be presented as an academic dissertation (max. of 15,000 words).

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The road less traveled. Your journey to the Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) at Penn starts with you. your passions, your questions and your unique combination of academic interests. Read more
The road less traveled
Your journey to the Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) at Penn starts with you: your passions, your questions and your unique combination of academic interests. You state your goals, and we help you craft your course of study within the rigorous academic environment of the Ivy League.

A curriculum created with you, for you
The MLA offers intellectual explorers like you the opportunity to design your own curriculum at the intersection of your interests in the liberal arts. With the support of Penn professors and program staff, you’ll choose nine courses that deepen and broaden your engagement with the ideas, questions and practices that matter most to you. Most of our courses take place in a small seminar format, allowing you to connect with both professors and peers in an intimate setting.

The program culminates in a large-scale capstone project tailored to your professional and intellectual goals. Our alumni have found the capstone—whether a research paper, memoir, screenplay, novel or other form of expression—to be both a defining process of intellectual self-discovery and a professional asset as they consider a career shift or prepare for a PhD program.

Why choose the MLA at Penn?
The MLA at Penn provides a powerful combination of customizability, advising and the outstanding resources of one of the nation’s top research universities.

Whether as a full- or part-time student, you’ll have access to classes in over 50 liberal arts course areas, and the chance to study in other world-renowned departments throughout the university. You’ll have the full run of our unmatched libraries and archives. You’ll enjoy the support and challenge of your MLA peers: driven, curious and accomplished professionals like you.

And most importantly, you’ll receive one-on-one guidance from MLA program staff and your professors as you clarify your goals for the program and design your course of study.

The MLA beyond Penn
Our alumni have used their MLA degrees to enrich their current working lives or launch themselves into their ideal careers by gaining expertise at the precise nexus of interests about which they’re most passionate. Many of our alumni successfully enter advanced degree and PhD programs, and state that they find themselves better equipped to pursue their chosen career path. The MLA degree has helped our alumni advance in the workplace professionally and financially and even discover new career paths. We welcome you to read more alumni stories to learn how the MLA can work for you in the real world.

Connect with the MLA today
The Penn MLA program prioritizes the power of personal connection — between students, teachers and program staff. We’re available to answer any questions that may arise as you explore the MLA program at Penn.

Courses and Curriculum

Individualized curriculum
Students in the Master of Liberal Arts degree program have the rare opportunity to develop their own concentration in the liberal arts from courses across the University. As an MLA student, you will design an individualized curriculum of nine graduate-level courses that center on a particular theme that interests you, culminating in an individual capstone project. The capstone is a large-scale academic project of your own choosing, created with the guidance of your professors and advisors. Previous capstones include memoirs, poetry cycles and research papers. The process of developing your capstone both tests and celebrates your education at Penn, and can be used to demonstrate the value of your time here to employers or graduate schools.

The range of courses available means you can construct a course of study at the precise nexus of your interests, or sample several different fields before settling on an ongoing focus. Moreover, the process itself of curating your own curriculum is one of the most valuable aspects of the MLA program. In doing so, you learn how to listen to your own instincts and curiosities, as well as to strategically direct your own development as a person, an academic and a professional in your field.

During the process of choosing your courses, you’ll be supported by the Program Director and our program staff. We take an intensive student-by-student approach, offering the open conversation and long-term advising relationships you need to help you choose the MLA path that meets your needs.

MLA course requirements and Proseminars
Your Master of Liberal Arts degree curriculum will consist of nine graduate-level courses. At least seven of these courses must be taken in the School of Arts and Sciences. Your curriculum may include up to two classes from other Schools in the University, such as the Annenberg School for Communication, the Graduate School of Education and the School of Social Policy & Practice.

Of the nine courses in your individualized curriculum, one to three of them must be MLA Proseminars. A Proseminar is a small, intensive class that asks you to integrate research, writing, discussion and other methods of inquiry. The small class size fosters thoughtful conversation and debate, and provides a powerful environment for intellectual growth. We offer multiple Proseminars each semester, and the topics change every semester as well.

MLA certificates
While earning your Master of Liberal Arts degree, you have the opportunity to earn a certificate in one of several subject areas, including Latin American Studies, Urban Studies, Cinema Studies and more. Each certificate program consists of an interdisciplinary set of classes, which was chosen by faculty members to help students explore and master the given topic. Please visit the certificate page to learn more.

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