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Overview of the Site-Based
Fitchburg State University
Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching


The M.Ed. Program is a total of 36 credits, made up in the following way:

EDUC 7000 Seminar in Action Research: Parts I and II: 3 credits each; Part I is a CORE course; Part II is a curriculum "elective" that must be taken by all candidates (This total of six credits is also part of the Professional Licensure credits for all Professional Licensure candidates.)

In the summer semesters, this Seminar meets every Wednesday for a minimum of 2 hours per session. In the fall and spring semesters, this Seminar meets every other Wednesday for a minimum of 2 hours. On the alternate Wednesday during the fall and the spring, a CORE course will be offered at this Seminar site wherever possible.

Each semester of this Seminar is organized around a different theme with readings and assignments related to the themes.

Semester One: Teacher as Reflective Learner
Semester Two: Teacher as Change Agent
Semester Three: Teacher as Leader
Semester Four: Presentation of Capstone Projects

The Capstone Project: Credits for this project are contained in the Seminar in Action Research, Part II.

The Capstone Project is begun during the first semester in the Research course. The end product of the Research course is a Literature Review on a carefully selected content/curriculum subject. The Literature Review is then taken back to the Action Research Seminar and, with the advice of the Seminar Leader, a plan of action is determined for implementation of the Literature Review in the candidate's classroom. There are separate requirements for the Capstone Project in each of the four semesters. Seminar Leaders guide candidates through the entire Capstone process.

Six CORE Courses: 3 credits each

EDUC 8300 Research in Education
EDUC 7000 A Reading Course appropriate for the candidate's teaching level
EDUC 9005 Dynamic Perspectives in Education
SPED 7035 The Psychology of Learning: Inclusion for All Students
EDUC 7500 Curriculum Design and Implementation for Multi-Needs Populations
EDUC 7000 Action Research, Part I

Six Additional Elective Courses (in addition to Seminar in action Research Part II): 3 credits each, for a total of 18 credits; 9 elective credits must be in the area of Curriculum and 9 must be in the area of Teaching.

Electives will not be offered until the second semester of the candidate's program.
Electives vary each semester and will be announced at the mid-point of each semester so that the candidate may plan for the next semester.

Action Research, Part II is an elective that must be taken by all candidates starting in their third semester.

Transfer credits are treated as electives. Our Fitchburg State University program advisor will review each candidate's Transfer of Credit Request Form and determine the eligibility of courses based on the regulations set forth by the college and the courses' applicability to the candidate's Plan of Study. Students will be notified by the college of the status of their transfer requests.

12 accepted transfer credits: candidate must take one elective
9 accepted transfer credits: candidate must take two electives
6 accepted transfer credits: candidate must take three electives
3 accepted transfer credits: candidate must take four electives
0 accepted transfer credits: candidate must take five electives.

Regulations on Transfer Credit Set Forth by the College:

  1. Courses must be of graduate level (not at the professional development level) and taken from an accredited institution.
  2. Grade received must be a "B" or better; pass/fail grades are not accepted.
  3. Courses must not be older than six years upon the candidate's completion of the program.
  4. A total of 12 credits may, upon approval, be transferred. No more than 6 of these credits may be from a college other than Fitchburg.
  5. The courses must be considered by the program advisor to be appropriate for the candidate's M.Ed. program/ Plan of Study.
  6. Transfer credits must have been taken before matriculation begins.

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