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EdM: Master of Education
The Ed.M. is an advanced master’s degree (between an M.A. and an Ed.D.) that offers a flexible program of study focusing on leadership in curriculum and teaching in a range of educational settings. This degree program offers students the opportunity to develop specialized understandings and a capacity for leadership in curriculum and pedagogy. Leadership is interpreted broadly in this program to include developing curricula, studying teaching, designing professional development, and engaging in action research, all with a focus on challenging inequalities and imagining new possibilities for education.
The Ed.M. is a 60-point program, with the possibility of transferring in 30 points from relevant graduate study. It does not lead to New York State certification as a teacher or building administrator. Two years of teaching experience or the equivalent is a prerequisite for admission. Many students hold an initial master's degree.
The program of study for Ed.M. students is as follows:
Curriculum & Teaching Courses
A minimum of 15 points (including 9 points for core courses and 6 points for social context courses) must be taken in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching.
Core Courses (9 points)
- C&T 4002 Curriculum theory and history (3)
- C&T 4005 Principles of teaching and learning (3-point option only)
- C&T 4052 Designing curriculum and instruction (3-point option only)
Social Context Courses (at least 6 points selected from the following)
- C&T 4000 Disability in contexts
- C&T 4001 Differentiating instruction in inclusive classrooms
- C&T 4010 Immigration and curriculum
- C&T 4078 Curriculum and teaching in urban areas
- C&T 4114 Multicultural approaches to teaching young children
- C&T 4145 Critical perspectives in secondary education
- C&T 5037 Literacy, culture, and the teaching of reading
- C&T 4004 School change
- C&T 4023 Differentiated curriculum for gifted students
- C&T 4032 Gender, difference, and curriculum
- C&T 4121 Early childhood teaching strategies within a social context
- C&T 4161 The teacher: Socio-historical, cultural contexts of teaching
- C&T 4615 Young children and social policy: Issues and problems
- C&T 5074 Curriculum and teaching policy
- C&T 5199 (Topics vary; consult advisor)
Students must also complete the College’s breadth requirement, which consists of three Teachers College courses taken outside of the Curriculum and Teaching Department.
Breadth Courses (6 points)
- Teachers College courses taken out of the C&T Department
- See the course schedule for a sample of TC courses.
An Integrative Project allows students to focus their studies on particular issues related to their professional background and aspirations in the field. Students begin conceptualizing this project in the EdM Project Seminar.
C&T 5500: Ed.M. Project Seminar (1 point)
- An initiating seminar is usually taken in the fall semester of the first or second year of the program depending on student’s individual timeline for program completion. The purpose of this seminar is to initiate a project that will integrate each student’s learning experiences and expand her/his knowledge and practice of leadership. The project may take a number of forms, including an article for publication, curriculum development and analysis, or action research. Students have a total of four semesters (not including summer semesters) to complete the integrative project.
The Ed.M. program allows students considerable latitude to design a program of study in consultation with their advisor. Program advisors draw on knowledge of the many Teachers College programs and professors to help students construct a program of high interest, interdisciplinary coursework, and educational relevance. This flexibility allows Ed.M. students to select additional courses that support their unique professional goals for curriculum leadership.
Internships | Research
The program does not require an internship, but one can be arranged as part of the student’s program plan. Research opportunities are available at the discretion of faculty.
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