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  Oct 17, 2017
 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History, Non-licensure, M.Ed.


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Program Description


The intention is to provide qualified students with the opportunity to pursue graduate-level training in American history, combined with the requirements for a master’s in education. Students may be teachers seeking an advanced degree, or others whose primary interest is in receiving a master’s degree with a concentration in history. The academic goal of the program is three-fold:

  1. to increase the students’ knowledge of the facts of American history,
  2. to provide the students with a familiarity with questions of interpretation of major aspects of American history,
  3. to help students develop expertise in historical research and evaluation.

Admission Requirements


Admission decisions are made by the department’s graduate committee, consisting of three specialists in American history, and one other elected member of the department with the approval of the Graduate Dean.

Prerequisites:

  1. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  2. at least 24 semester credit hours in history or their equivalent as assessed by graduate advisors
  3. an overall cumulative average of 2.6, or 3.0 for the last two years of undergraduate work
  4. a cumulative average of 3.0 in history
  5. an acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test, as determined by the graduate committee.

Program Requirements


  1. Completion of a total of 36 credits, of which 30 must be in history and six in education;
  2. Six graduate credits reflecting coursework appropriate to the degree may be transferred from other graduate-level institutions, at the discretion of the department’s graduate committee;
  3. Satisfactory completion of a master’s thesis, approved by the thesis director and with a thesis defense before the department’s graduate committee (and other members of the department who may choose to attend). Only members of the graduate committee may participate in the actual vote to determine whether a student has passed the thesis defense.

Specific Requirements


a.) History - 18 Credits


Completion of 18 graduate credits in history, which must include the following three-credit courses, or their equivalent in transfer credits:

b.) Independent Research - 6 Credits


Completion of 6 credits of independent research, selected from the following:

c.) Research and Evaluation - 6 Credits


Research and evaluation, as evidenced by completion of six graduate credits as follows:

d.) Education - 6 Credits


Completion of six graduate credits in Education, which must include: EDUC 0633 - Social Cultural Theories: Foundations of Education  and any graduate 600 level course offered by the Department of Education, taken with the approval of the Graduate Program Advisor.

Note:


With the exception of the courses listed below, which will be directed study under the supervision of a thesis director, no directed study will be allowed as part of this program, and neither the department chairperson nor the graduate committee shall accept any courses as equivalent to any degree requirements.

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