Curriculum

Students in this program will choose either an Early Childhood emphasis or an Adolescence emphasis. In addition, students will choose a culminating experience focused on either a Practitioner track or a Research track.

Early Childhood Emphasis

Total Program: 33 semester hours (Practitioner Track) or 39 semester hours (Research Track)

Core Courses: 12 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
ASCD 500 Academic Writing 3
ASCD 503 Educational Psychology 3
ASCD 504 Methods of Research 3
ASCD 550 Human Development 3

Areas of Concentration: 15 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
ASCD 510 Infant and Toddler Development 3
ASCD 518 Language, Reading, and Concept Development 3
ASCD 551 Studies in Attachment 3
ASCD 557 Teaching Adults 3
ASCD 558 Cognition and Brain Development 3

Electives

3 semester hours of courses selected on the advice of the program chairperson. Choose one of the following:

Code Course Title Units
ASCD 530 Motivation in Education 3
ASCD 570 Adolescent Development 3
ASCD 575 Adolescents and Risk 3

Students may choose an alternative elective course, with the approval of the program chair.

Students who have completed 21 semester hours, applied for graduation, and completed specific assessments required by the College’s assessment system may apply for Advanced Standing. Once Advancement to Candidacy is processed, students can complete their remaining units, including the Culminating Activity that corresponds to their chosen track (either Practitioner Track or Research Track).

Culminating Activities

Code Course Title Units
Practitioner Track
ASCD 596 Graduate Seminar 3
Research Track
This track is selected on the advice of the program chair and is designed for students who want to complete independent research in the form of a Master’s Thesis. A statistics course (3 semester hours) and a year-long thesis course (6 semester hours) are required.

Adolescence Emphasis

Total Program: 33 semester hours (Practitioner Track) or 39 semester hours (Research Track)

Core Courses: 12 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
ASCD 500 Academic Writing 3
ASCD 503 Educational Psychology 3
ASCD 504 Methods of Research 3
ASCD 550 Human Development 3

Areas of Concentration: 15 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
ASCD 530 Motivation in Education 3
ASCD 557 Teaching Adult  
ASCD 558 Cognition and Brain Development 3
ASCD 570 Adolescent Development 3
ASCD 575 Adolescents and Risk 3

Electives: 3 semester hours

Choose one of the following.

Code Course Title Units
ASCD 510 Infant and Toddler Development 3
ASCD 518 Language, Reading, and Concept Development 3
ASCD 551 Studies in Attachment 3

Students may choose an alternative elective course, with the approval of the program chair.

Students who have completed 21 semester hours, applied for graduation, and completed specific assessments required by the College’s assessment system may apply for Advanced Standing. Once Advancement to Candidacy is processed, students can complete their remaining units, including the Culminating Activity that corresponds to their chosen track (either Practitioner Track or Research Track).

Culminating Activities

Code Course Title Units
Practitioner Track
ASCD 596 Graduate Seminar 3
Research Track
This track is selected on the advice of the program chair and is designed for students who want to complete independent research in the form of a Master’s Thesis. A statistics course (3 semester hours) and a year-long thesis course (6 semester hours) are required.