The individualized Interdisciplinary Master of Education Degree Program is designed for those students who have specific needs not addressed in existing areas of concentration. The interdisciplinary approach allows students to tailor a program specific to their personal and professional goals.
This program is not intended to lead to initial certification or specialized advanced certification.
- Read and use research in areas of speciality and related fields.
- Develop knowledge in two separate fields which can be linked for personal and professional reasons.
- Relate human growth and development to areas of speciality.
- Analyze and practice contemporary curriculum development.
Special Admission Criteria
Applicants to this program must meet initially with the Interdisciplinary program coordinator and then the coordinators of the two departments that are to be part of the individualized Interdisciplinary Program. A study plan with signatures from coordinators from both areas and the Interdisciplinary Program are required.
The student may develop an individualized, interdisciplinary program of study through the cooperation of at least two departments with courses approved for graduate credit. Approval of the study plan is required by the chairs of the departments involved and the Chair of the Department of Educational Professions. The study plan (available in the Office of Graduate Services) is the means by which your interdisciplinary degree program is documented and routed for required approvals. Upon completion of the study plan form with the necessary signatures, it must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Services.
Teacher certification is NOT an admission requirement for this program nor is initial teacher certification a goal of this program.
Professional Education Core
EDUC 603 Principles and Practices of Research
EDUC 606 Developmental Theory and Experiential Growth
EDUC 640 Curriculum Development
Interdisciplinary Content Areas (21 credits)
Courses selected with Department Chair / program coordinator's approval.
Capstone (3-6 credits)
EDUC 700 Research paper / project or 6 credit option with coordinator's approval
Special Degree Requirements
- Study Plan: A study plan is required for all students in interdisciplinary studies. It is required to be completed at the beginning of the program at the interview with the coordinator. This is expected to occur prior to registering for the first course. Once approved, changes require the permission of the advisor and program coordinator.
- Admission to Candidacy: Admission to Candidacy occurs when the student has completed a minimum of 15 credits and a maximum of 18 credits. Students must have completed the three Professional Core courses (EDUC 603, EDUC 606, and EDUC 640) as part of this admission process. Six credits within the program concentration must have been completed. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required as well as the approval of the advisor and two other faculty members who have taught the student. Transfer courses are not counted toward the 15-18 credits unless they are accepted as equivalent courses and then the grades are not calculated in the GPA. The advisor and the Program Coordinator have the right to require that a student remediate deficiencies even if that requires extra courses or to require that a student be disenrolled from the program based on the student's aptitude and professional growth and potential. If disenrolled, the student has the right to appeal to the Educational Professions Graduate Leadership Team and, if disenrolled, may reapply to the program after one year.
Interdisciplinary Coordinator: Dr. Thomas Palardy / Phone: 301-687-3095