The Catholic University of America

M.A. in Learning and Instruction

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General Program Information

Catholic University’s Master of Arts in Learning and Instruction is designed for graduate students from the United States and other countries with diverse academic interests and from diverse backgrounds who wish to study complex issues related to the teaching-learning process. Distinct from other Master level programs offered by the Department of Education, this program is designed as a non-teacher certification or non-licensure program; in other words, completion of this program does not lead to a teaching license from a state board of education in the United States. The program prepares graduate students to develop an understanding of the multifaceted nature of education using theory and results from educational research to improve students’ learning from preschool to 12th grade in a variety of contexts. Students will integrate their knowledge, skills, and understanding of research methods to examine issues related to challenges in various educational settings by analyzing culturally and academically diverse students’ learning experiences within the structure of the American educational system. The program places students in internships to extend their understanding of individual differences and provide a model for effective teaching methodologies in various types of schools and community settings.
 
Students who graduate from this program have access to job opportunities in settings that include for-profit and non-profit organizations, government agencies, and educational settings such as museums and children’s multimedia programming. Depending on their completed tracks, graduates are prepared for a variety of professional positions, for example, educational consultants, professional development staff members, curriculum developers, special education advocates, literacy experts, reading specialists, tutors, and policy makers. In addition, graduates who seek employment overseas may be interested in pursuing college teaching or Ministry of Education positions.
 

Graduate Handbook and other Documents

For additional information, contact Dr. Agnes Cave: cave@cua.edu

 

Program Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree (M.A.) in Learning and Instruction

The M.A. program consists of 30 semester hours of post-baccalaureate coursework, the completion of two research papers as course requirements in EDUC 699 and EDUC 702, and a comprehensive examination. All M.A. students are required to complete nine credit hours of study in general education courses (i.e., departmental core requirement), nine credit hours in the area of Learning and Instruction, nine credit hours in a specialty area, and three credit hours as an elective.
 

I. Departmental Core Requirement

The departmental core requirement comprises three 3-credit courses in general education. Successful completion of the following courses is mandatory for fulfilling this requirement:
 
  Course Number Course Title  
1. EDUC 525 Psychology of Learning for Diverse Populations CORE
2. EDUC 699 Introduction to Educational Research CORE
3. EDUC 702 Foundations of Education CORE
 

II. Learning and Instruction Core Requirement

The Learning and Instruction core requirement comprises three 3- credit courses. Successful completion of the following courses is mandatory for fulfilling this requirement:
 
  Course Number Course Title  
4. EDUC 637 Curriculum and Program Evaluation L&I CORE
5. EDUC 765 Principles of Curriculum and Instruction L&I CORE
6. EDUC 700
Seminar in Application of Learning and
Instruction
L&I CORE
 

III. Coursework in Area of Specializations

The Area of Specialization requirement comprises three 3-credit courses. Successful completion of the following courses is mandatory for fulfilling this requirement. A suggested elective is also
listed for each area of specialization. Students can select any course as an elective but should discuss their choice with their advisor so it is incorporated into their programs of study.
 
Specialty areas in the program are available in Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, Early Childhood Special Education, Special Education, and Literacy.
 

Sample Coursework in Elementary Education

EDUC 512
Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood and Elementary
School
EDUC 513 Classroom Management for Regular and Special Needs Children
EDUC 581 Educating Diverse Learners
  Elective - Pick ONE
EDUC 511 Children's Literature in Curriculum
EDUC 521
Teaching Early Childhood and Elementary Science, Health
and Physical Education (PreK-6th Grade)
EDUC 522 Race, Class, Gender, and Disability in Education
EDUC 523 Methods and Materials in Modern Elementary Mathematics
EDUC 524 Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary School
EDUC 545 Contemporary Issues in American Education
EDUC 639 Human Growth and Development
MUS 460 Music in the Early Childhood and Elementary Instruction
 

Sample Coursework in Secondary Education

EDUC 581 Educating Diverse Learners
EDUC 582 Reading in the Content Areas: Learning to Learn from Text
EDUC 586 Curriculum and Methods in Adolescent Education
Elective - Pick ONE  
EDUC 513
Classroom Management for Regular and Special Needs Children
EDUC 522
Race, Class, Gender, and Disability in Education
EDUC 545
Contemporary Issues in American Education
EDUC 579
Teaching Mathematics in Middle Schools and High Schools
EDUC 580
Teaching English in Secondary Schools
EDUC 585
Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools
EDUC 639 Human Growth and Development

Sample Coursework in Special Education

EDUC 521 Interpersonal Communication, Consultation & the Process of Change
EDUC 522 Race, Class, Gender and Disability in Education
EDUC 535 Current Trends in Ethical and Legal Issues in Special Education
Elective - Pick ONE  
EDUC 513
Classroom Management for Regular and Special Needs Children
EDUC 545
Contemporary Issues in American Education
EDUC 581
Educating Diverse Learners
EDUC 639 Human Growth and Development

Sample Coursework in Early Childhood Special Education

EDUC 531 Language and Literacy Development of Children with Disabilities 
EDUC 542 Models of Early Childhood Education
EDUC 581 Educating Diverse Learners
Elective -  Pick ONE  
EDUC 513
Classroom Management for Regular and Special Needs Children
EDUC 522
Race, Class, Gender, and Disability in Education
EDUC 545
Contemporary Issues in American Education
EDUC 572
Language and Cultural Issues in Bilingual Education
EDUC 573
Family Support Using a Strengths-Based Model
EDUC 639 Human Growth and Development

Sample Coursework in Literacy

EDUC 531 Literacy Instruction and Engagement for Diverse Readers
EDUC 670 Processes of Language Development and Literacy Acquisition
EDUC 530
Learning from Text: Literacy Materials for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Contexts- Elementary
OR  
EDUC 582 Reading in the Content Areas: Learning to Learn from Text - Secondary 
Elective-Pick ONE  
EDUC 524
Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary School 
EDUC 530
Language and Literacy in Multicultural Contexts
EDUC 581 Educating Diverse Learners

 

  1. An application indicating a desire to pursue a Master's degree in education in the area of Learning and Instruction specifying the specialty the applicant wishes to pursue.
  2. A statement of goals that demonstrates motivation, is well written, and gives evidence that the applicant's goals fit with Department programs.
  3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Aptitude (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing) score or a Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score.
  4. Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 .
  5. Three letters of recommendation, at least one of which should be from a person familiar with the applicant's academic performance.
  6. An admission interview with the program coordinator or department chair. For non-local or international students, a Skype interview can replace the in-person interview.