A satisfactory review by at least two faculty members of the draft or the completed portfolio for the general education portfolio meets the comprehensive examinations requirement.  The review must take place during the last four weeks of the last semester prior to graduation.

Requirements for the Master’s in General Education

CourseCreditsDescription

General Education Core

GED500 Educational Research3The student is exposed to contemporary practices in educational research. Topics investigated include: research design, data analysis and interpretation, and literature review. Designs for researching problems and issues in public schools are emphasized through use of the Action Research model. Prerequisite: 21 graduate credits or by permission of the Division Chairperson. Fall and spring course.
GED501 Contemporary Issues in Education or a Contemporary Issue Course3This course will focus on the identification, definition and analysis of some of the most important problems facing the contemporary, public elementary and secondary schools. Students engage in problem solving strategies which address the routine of daily school operations. Many topics and discussions are designed to bring forth an exposure to local and national issues which impact the school community. Fall course.
GED505 Educational Psychology3Students will examine fundamental principles and concepts which apply to teaching. Learning theories, instructional methods, student diversity, organization and management of the classroom, and assessment approaches will be examined. Application of principles will occur through written exercises and simulations. Field observations will illustrate course-related concepts, and literature reviews will be assigned for exploring particular issues. Students in the School Counseling Program are expected to continue working on entries for their initial licensure portfolio (typically Entry 1). Summer course.

A Law Course

3Students are required to complete one of the following:
GED502 Law and the Education of Children3The operation of public elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher learning as they are affected by the Constitution, acts of Congress, state statutes and regulations and the common law. Areas of consideration will include state control of education, church-state matters, tort liability, teacher and student rights, collective bargaining, desegregation, and the rights of individuals with disabilities. Fall Course.
GSP508 Special Education Law3This course reviews the requirements of the federal law Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It looks at pertinent court cases which have influenced this law. The state regulations of both Vermont and New York are studied. A case study requiring a comprehensive evaluation and an individualized education plan is required. The relationship of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the American with Disabilities Act and the unique Vermont state statutes and their relationship to IDEA are also studied. Summer course.

A Curriculum Course

3Students are required to complete on of the following:
GED503 Curriculum Development3The course will explore the foundations for curriculum development, curriculum procedures and practices. The role of philosophy in curriculum planning as well as the impact of current trends in educational reform will direct class activities. Work on curriculum projects will center around Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Model Core Teaching Standards. (Student taking GED503 may not take for GSE503 for credit.) Fall course.
GSE503 Curriculum Development - Secondary3The course will explore the foundations for curriculum development, curriculum procedures and practices. The role of philosophy in curriculum planning as well as the impact of current trends in educational reform will direct class activities. Work on curriculum projects will center around Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Model Core Teaching Standards. Fall course.
GSP505 Instruction and Curriculum in SPED3The course will explore the foundations for curriculum development, curriculum procedures and practices. The role of philosophy in curriculum planning as well as the impact of current trends in educational reform will direct class activities. Work on curriculum projects will center around Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Model Core Teaching Standards. Fall course.
Electives21Any graduate Education or Graduate Psychology Electives chosen with academic advisor Approval
Total36