Students must successfully complete 30 semester hours of approved coursework while maintaining at least a B (3.0) average in all work attempted while enrolled. During the final spring semester (or after completing at least 21 credits in the degree program), students enroll in a capstone course, where they must successfully complete a teacher research project/major paper. The Master’s degree must be completed within four years.
Students develop a degree plan in consultation with their faculty advisor, typically in their first semester. The frequency of individual course offerings varies; therefore, candidates should plan ahead so that the required 30 semester hours are completed within the four year limit. Approved coursework meets the following distribution requirements:
- At least 3 semester hours focused on learning and/or development.
- At least 3 semester hours focused on foundations of education, curriculum, or educational research.
- At least 12 semester hours focused on curriculum and instruction in the humanities.
- An additional 9 semester hours of electives. Electives may be selected from any School of Education program area with the agreement of the advisor. Students may also wish to deepen their content knowledge in humanities by taking courses in the Arts & Sciences at the 3000-or-above level if taught by graduate faculty. A maximum of 6 credit hours may be completed at the 3000 or 4000 level.
- A 3 semester hour capstone course, EDUC 6964: Inquiry in the Content Areas, is required. Students must have 21 credit hours completed prior to enrollment in the capstone course. The capstone course is always offered in the spring semester and therefore you should plan your coursework accordingly. Students who plan to graduate in summer must enroll in spring semester. Students who plan to graduate in fall semester should check with their advisor one year prior to graduation to determine when to enroll in the capstone course.
The master’s comprehensive examination requirement is satisfied by the successful completion of the teacher research project/paper completed in the Capstone Course, EDUC 6964 Inquiry in the Content Areas. The teacher research project and paper is evaluated by both the course instructor and at least one outside reader who holds a graduate appointment. Students must be registered for at least one credit hour during the semester they complete the teacher researcher project/major paper.
Transfer of Credit
- Students who began CU’s Teacher Education Program as Post-Baccalaureate Students may transfer two of the following courses as electives:
- EDUC 5205-3 Mathematics in the Elementary Classroom
- EDUC 5215-3 Science Education in the Elementary Classroom
- EDUC 5316-3 Nature of Social Studies Education
- EDUC 5355-4 Methods in Secondary Social Studies
- EDUC 5325-3 Literature in Middle and Secondary School
- EDUC 5365-4 Methods in Secondary English
[Note: Those transferring from secondary programs will transfer 7 credits; therefore, they will complete a 31-credit master’s degree.]
- Students who began CU’s Teacher Education Program as Undergraduate Students may be eligible to transfer two of the courses listed in item one above. Contact the Teacher Education Student Advisor or the Graduate Studies Coordinator.
- Students who completed initial teacher preparation at another institution may transfer credit under the following guidelines. Transfer credits from accredited institutions are accepted by CU Boulder only after approval by the student’s advisor and the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and under the special conditions outlined in the Graduate School Rules. Transfer credit is defined as any credit earned at another accredited institution, credits earned on another campus of the CU system, or credits earned as a non-degree student within the CU system. The maximum amount of work that may be transferred from another accredited institution to CU Boulder is nine semester hours. All courses accepted for transfer must be graduate level courses. A course in which a grade of B- or lower was received will not be accepted for transfer. Transfer course work must not be more than five years old. Credit may not be transferred until the student has completed 6 credits of graduate level course work as a degree-seeking student on the CU Boulder campus with a 3.0 GPA.
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