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.
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