The mission of the Teacher Education and School Improvement (TESI) doctoral concentration is to prepare reflective, informed, and research-oriented scholars and practitioners in the fields of teacher education, teacher development, and school improvement. The TESI concentration is committed to supporting research and practice that advance the aims of educational equity and social justice.
|EDUC 791A||Review & Retrieval of Research||3|
|EDUC 790C||Historical and Social Foundations||3|
|Content Area #1 Sociopolitcal Context of Education: at least 1 course|
|EDUC 726||Introduction to School Leadership||3|
|EDUC 755||Urban Education||3|
|EDUC 837||Social Contexts of Schools and Politics of Reform||3|
|EDUC TBD||African-American Literacies||3|
|Content Area #2 Teacher Education Research and Practice: at least 1 course|
|EDUC 722||Research on Teacher Education||3|
|EDUC 851||Principles of Supervision||3|
|Content Area #3 Curriculum Teaching and Learning: at least 1 course|
|EDUC 692K||Foundations & Theories of Learning||3|
|EDUC 694G||Theories of Interest and Motivation||3|
|EDUC 730||Research on Teaching/Theories of Critical Pedagogy||3|
|EDUC 797M||Children's Thinking and Learning||3|
|Content Area #4 Conducting Original Research: 4 courses (2 quantitative*)|
|EDUC 555||Introduction to Statistics I*||3|
|EDUC 619||Qualitative Research Methods||3|
|EDUC 652||Mixed Methods Research*||3|
|EDUC 656||Introduction to Statistics II*||3|
|EDUC 661||Education Research Methods I*||3|
|EDUC 718||Action Research||3|
|EDUC 794D||Critical Discourse Analysis||3|
|EDUC 797A||Qualitative Data Analysis||3|
|EDUC 815||Ethnography (2 semesters)||3|
|Electives and Dissertation|
|Elective Courses||Non-Thesis Writing||9|
This course introduces doctoral students to key historical and philosophical legacies and debates in American public education, with particular attention to those relevant to current issues in the fields of curriculum, instruction, and teacher education.
An introduction to basic concepts, skills, strategies, and research related to leading and managing schools. Topics include organizational culture, and models of decision making, leadership, learning, and instruction.
Survey of curriculum techniques, methods, materials, and programs related to teaching urban children. Students develop innovative methods and curricula for urban schools.
Research and overviews of initial and inservice education of novice and veteran teachers. Typical topics include induction programs, peer coaching, mentoring, programs for new teachers, programs for experienced teachers, and evaluation of pre- and inservice programs.
Entry-level course for anyone involved in supervision of students for prepracticum, practicum, microteaching or administrative internships. Emphasis on introduction, examination, and practice of various models of supervision.
The proposed course is an in-depth survey of major psychological and socio-cultural theories of human learning as they have been developed over the last 125 years. It is designed to provide master degree and first year doctoral students with a broad understanding of the various learning theories currently held by professional educators and educational researchers, as well as an understanding of the historical roots of these theories. Participants will engage in readings, discussions, and individual and group projects in both face-to-face and online learning environments as a means of constructing their knowledge of this area. The course is centered on the explication of two major theories regarding human learning; the information processing theory of cognition and the situated learning theory of cognition.
In-depth treatment of theories of motivation and interest in- and out-of-classrooms. Historical treatments of the subject, psychological models of motivation and interest, and contemporary socio-cultural theories of engaged participation in cultural practices.
Examination of the ecology of the classroom. Typical topics include a historical perspective of research on teaching, research on effects of teaching, teachers' knowledge, research on teaching specific subjects and grade levels, and responding to students' alternative conceptions of subject matter.
The application deadline for fall admission is January 2.
- Master's degree
- Minimum of 3 years experience as an educator (classroom teacher or other teaching experience)
Students who demonstrate intellectual curiously, desire to conduct original research, and demonstrated academic preparation or potential to conduct original research are encouraged to apply.
- 2 letters of reference
- Personal statement
- A writing sample of scholarly work (thesis, course paper, etc.)
- Online application
- GRE is not required
For more information about the Teacher Education and School Improvement program, please contact Meg Gebhard at firstname.lastname@example.org or (413) 577-0863/545-0246.