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curriculum and teaching_pt

Across all programs in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching, the preparation of teachers, educational leaders, teacher educators, and educational researchers is designed to provide them with the intellectual tools needed to re-imagine schools and other educational settings.

We aim to prepare the next generation of outstanding educators who have broad repertoires of knowledge, practices, and dispositions that enable all children, including those who have acquired labels, to gain access to and succeed with the kind of education that historically has been reserved for children of privilege. Teacher inquiry, critical perspectives, knowledge of content and pedagogy, a curricular stance, and the interrelationship of theory and practice are also woven throughout our certification and our advanced programs.

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art and art education_pt

In the Art and Art Education Program, the study of art encompasses the traditions of fine and contemporary art and the popular arts of media and mass culture. A central tenet of the Program is the role of the arts in nurturing human growth and development throughout the lifespan.

Within this context, courses in art education examine the different environments in which the various art forms reach their audiences: private and public schools, colleges, museums, community arts centers, hospitals and other such settings. Coursework is designed to integrate both the theory and practice of art and art education providing a foundation for the kind of reflective, imaginative and artistic-aesthetic thinking that promotes disciplined pedagogical and critical competencies.

The Art and Art Education Summer program (In-Step) provides a low-residency experience and an in-service opportunity for art teachers to gain their Masters degree while studying in New York City over three summers. The experience is centered around an array of practices that integrate students theoretical inquiries with studio explorations in response to contemporary classroom issues.

This 34-point Master of Arts degree is specially designed for individuals seeking in-service opportunities, or who need the Master's degree to complete state Professional Certification. The Program offers courses combining work in pedagogy and instruction, research, studio, and contemporary studies in art education and is designed to allow some flexibility in course selection so that candidates may build upon prior academic work and teaching experiences.

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music and music education_pt

The Program in Music and Music Education embraces humanistic values as they relate to contemporary musical and educational life while respecting the musical traditions of the past. The faculty in Music and Music Education recognize the importance and unique nature of the arts in our society and strive to offer flexible and individualized programs for the preparation of musician-educators attuned to the richness of musical experience as it is learned, taught, and researched.

Faculty members are seasoned practitioners, who reflect a wide range of expertise in comprehensive musicianship, early childhood music, instrumental and jazz pedagogy, vocal and choral performance, assessment, improvisation, , technology. Their scholarly work addresses learners vis--vis the full spectrum of public and private school music through graduate school and research practices.

  • The Master of Arts leading toward PreK-12 Initial New York State Certification degree program (40 points)
    is designed for candidates with an undergraduate degree in music who wish to prepare for teaching music in the public schools. The program leads to both the M.A. degree and New York State Teacher of Music PreK-12 Certification. Candidates in this M.A. program take coursework followed by two semesters of carefully guided student teaching in schools that reflect the Music Program's philosophy of creative and responsive musical pedagogy.

  • The Master of Arts Professional Certificate degree program (32 points)
    is designed for music educators (a) certified to teach in other states, or (b) who hold New York State Initial certification to meet the New York State requirements for the Professional Certification in Music Education. The program requires graduate studies with work in pedagogy, research, comprehensive musicianship and performance. The degree program is designed to allow some flexibility in course selection, so that each candidate may build upon his or her previous academic work and teaching experience, as well as prepare for his or her professional career in music education.

  • The Master of Education with Initial Teacher Certification (60 points)
    is a program designed for candidates with a master's degree in performance who wish to prepare for teaching music in the public schools. The program leads to both the Ed.M. degree and New York State Teacher of Music PreK-12 Initial Certification. Candidates in this Ed.M. program take coursework followed by two semesters of carefully guided student teaching in schools that reflect the Music Program's philosophy of creative and responsive musical pedagogy.Watch a video of Gary Heimbauer, a second year INSTEP Music Education candidate, and his band.


physical education_pt

In the Art and Art Education Program, the study of art encompasses the traditions of fine and contemporary art and the popular arts of media and mass culture. A central tenet of the Program is the role of the arts in nurturing human growth and development throughout the lifespan.

Within this context, courses in art education examine the different environments in which the various art forms reach their audiences: private and public schools, colleges, museums, community arts centers, hospitals and other such settings. Coursework is designed to integrate both the theory and practice of art and art education providing a foundation for the kind of reflective, imaginative and artistic-aesthetic thinking that promotes disciplined pedagogical and critical competencies.

The Art and Art Education Summer program (In-Step) provides a low-residency experience and an in-service opportunity for art teachers to gain their Masters degree while studying in New York City over three summers. The experience is centered around an array of practices that integrate students theoretical inquiries with studio explorations in response to contemporary classroom issues.

This 34-point Master of Arts degree is specially designed for individuals seeking in-service opportunities, or who need the Master's degree to complete state Professional Certification. The Program offers courses combining work in pedagogy and instruction, research, studio, and contemporary studies in art education and is designed to allow some flexibility in course selection so that candidates may build upon prior academic work and teaching experiences.

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teaching of english_pt
The mission of the Programs in the Teaching of English/English Education is to establish and maintain instructional, service, and research programs that prepare caring and highly qualified teachers, teacher-educators, researchers, university scholars, curriculum coordinators, consultants, program officers, and other professionals in the fields of English education and English studies to serve and assume leadership positions in public and private schools, colleges, universities and other educational organizations, including corporate and governmental agencies. We identify highly qualified, and caring educators in our field as reflective, principled, and theoretically sophisticated practitioners, who systematically examine their own practice, contribute to professional knowledge in the field, attend to the diverse learning needs of all candidates  critically interrogate policies that define and constrain instruction in the language arts, and promote language uses that serve to clarify and liberate thought and promote intellectually responsible discourse in a democratic society.  These aims are served by the following programs:
  • The Master of Arts with New York State Professional Certification degree program (34 Points) prepares professionally qualified classroom teachers through a range of methods and content courses that focus on pedagogical content knowledge, teaching methods, substantive knowledge, and advanced skills in the areas of literature, writing, language, and twenty-first century literacies.
  • The Master of Arts – Transitional B degree program (35 Points) serves to advance the professionalism and professional knowledge of in-service teachers through a variety of methods and content courses.
  • The Master of Arts Leading to Initial Certification in New York State degree program (38 Points) serves to prepare pre-service teacher-candidates for teaching careers in the state of New York through a variety of methods and content courses.

The coursework provides candidates with pedagogical and substantive knowledge and skills within the institutional framework that emphasizes reflective and theoretically informed practice, ongoing inquiry, ethical and intellectually responsible discourse, and social justice. Methods courses focus on the design and implementation of curriculum as well as diverse strategies and methods for the teaching of literature, writing, and language. Content courses include literature and writing electives that refine and advance critical and discursive skills while modeling the various practices that can be useful in teaching secondary students in English classrooms.

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teaching of social studies _pt
The Program in Social Studies combines history and the social sciences for purposes of instruction. The program particularly emphasizes the historical development of the field, the selection, and organization of subject matter, and analysis of instructional materials for candidates of diverse backgrounds in both urban and suburban school settings. Social studies teachers must be schooled in subject matter, practiced in the arts of pedagogy, attuned to the needs of candidates, and alive to the interplay of theory and practice.  It is our mission to create educational professionals with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with both the historic and contemporary emphases of this Program. These individuals will serve as leaders in the field of social studies no matter where they ultimately take employment-in schools, colleges, universities, or publishing houses, to name just a few of the places where graduates are currently placed
  • The Master of Arts in Social Studies with Initial Teacher Certification degree program (38 points) is designed for those with little or no experience teaching secondary social studies. Successful completion of this program of study leads to the M.A. degree and recommendation for New York State Initial Certification (grades 7-12). Student teaching is undertaken in cooperating middle and high schools, in the New York Metropolitan area.
  • The Master of Arts (MA-PROF) degree program (32 points) is designed for experienced teachers and those engaged in private school teaching.  This degree program focuses on social studies teaching in middle and high schools and fulfills the requirements for New York State Professional Certification.
  • The Master of Arts Transitional B degree program (32 points) is divided into four constituent parts: 1) Foundations and Methods of Social Studies,  2) Social Studies Content,  3) Professional Development, and 4) Student Teaching. Together, these components are intended to develop candidates' content knowledge in the social studies core disciplines as well as their knowledge of various aspects of social studies pedagogy.

The program prepares candidates for professional positions in schools, colleges, universities, and allied institutions. Our faculty's strengths in history and social education, as well as pedagogy, are well suited to that purpose. These strengths, along with the full resources of Teachers College and Columbia University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences are, of course, available to every candidate.


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