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Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Urban Education, M.A.


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All LMU|TFA Partnership students in Multiple Subjects or Single Subject teaching assignments (General Education) that are successfully progressing in their teaching credential program requirements are eligible to apply for admission into the Master of Arts in Urban Education degree program. Both the traditional and Early Completion Option program pathways are designed to help meet the program requirements for the Master of Arts in Urban Education degree so that LMU|TFA Partnership students can complete their two-year teaching commitment with TFA and graduate with a credential and Master of Arts degree from LMU. Coursework taken in the teaching credential program, with the exception of Fieldwork and TPAs, can be transferred to the Master of Arts degree program. Candidates may transfer up to 15 semester hours of coursework from their first year and complete the remaining units (a minimum of 16, depending on their program pathway) in their second year. During their MA program coursework, students work alongside a faculty advisor to complete a comprehensive research project of their own design. This culminating research project offers students an opportunity to develop research skills in addition to addressing an issue of interest in urban education. Students must select one of the four concentrations offered under this degree and complete four courses in their concentration. All students must take the required research methods course in which they begin their project and a culminating 1-semester-hour course in which they finalize it. In addition, students are expected to fully participate in the Urban Education Symposium held in the spring semester. Attendance at the Symposium is required.

Admission Requirements


Admission into the Master of Arts in Urban Education degree program is contingent on admission into the LMU|TFA Partnership program and successful progression in the teacher credential program coursework. Students must also complete an internal admission application.

Required Coursework


All students in this degree program must take the following course in order to begin their culminating research project:


Students must also take one of the following courses in order to complete their research project:


Note:


In addition to these courses, students must select a concentration and take the four courses (3 semester hours each) listed under each concentration. Students completing the Early Completion Option program pathway must take an additional elective course (3 semester hours), to be selected under advisement and approval from the Program Director. Exceptions to the recommended sequence must be approved by the Program Director and Department Chair.

Master of Arts in Urban Education Concentrations


Literacy:


The Literacy concentration is designed for candidates interested in studying literacy practices effective in urban settings. This concentration is offered in collaboration with the Literacy Program in the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

In addition to EDUR 5018 and 6995 or EDUR 5020, candidates in this concentration take the following courses:


Digital Learning:


This concentration explores the role of technology in teaching and learning in urban schools. It is designed for candidates who would like to explore the role of technology in teaching and learning. Candidates develop skills to integrate technology into teaching, question the role of technology in promoting equity in society, and learn how to use technology to work with students with special needs.

In addition to EDUR 5018 and 6995 or EDUR 5020, candidates in this concentration take the following courses:


Educational Policy and Administration


Candidates in this concentration learn about administrative practices that promote effective teaching and learning in urban education. Candidates also study federal and state policies in education. Candidates who wish to become leaders in Catholic schools can be offered in discussion with the Program Director. This concentration is offered in collaboration with the Administration Program in the Department of Educational Leadership and has developed in response to Teach for America’s request and data, which shows that many TFA alumni become administrators in charter schools. The courses in this concentration also allow candidates to have a deeper understanding of American education and this knowledge can help candidates become advocates for social justice even if they are working in non-education fields.

In addition to EDUR 5018 and 6995 or EDUR 5020, candidates in this concentration take the following courses:


Language and Culture


The Language and Culture concentration is offered in collaboration with the Bilingual/Bicultural Programs within the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Candidates in this concentration have the option of studying for a bilingual authorization (in Spanish or Mandarin) for their Preliminary credential.

In addition to EDUR 5018 and 6995 or EDUR 5020, candidates in this concentration take the following courses:


  • EDUR 5324 Bilingualism, Cognition and Identity Development 3 semester hours
  • EDUR 5322 Intercultural Education 3 semester hours
    or
  • EDUR 6430 Educational Linguistics 3 semester hours

Plus two of the following, according to their language specialization:


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