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Individually Designed Program: MS Degree

Are you a preliminary credentialed teacher interested in selecting from a variety of graduate level courses to earn your Masters Degree in Education?

MS Degree in Education: Emphasis Individually Designed Program

The Individually Designed Program (IDP) Masters Degree is a 30-unit program (for teachers already possessing a preliminary credential) that allows you to “mix and match” graduate level education courses to best suit your unique needs and interests. Options for units include clearing your credential (requires separate admission), applying BTSA portfolio work towards credit, working towards additional authorization on your credential (either elementary or secondary), taking select Instructional Leadership or Special Education courses, and more. You may choose to petition for up to six units of graduate credit to be transferred towards your degree. The program can be completed in five semesters or at your own pace. The culminating activity is a masters project that you conduct in your own classroom or school, putting into practice the skills you have developed in your courses.

Possible Electives (24 units)
EDU 205 Technologies for Educators (2)
EDU 213B Healthy Environments for Student Learning (2)
EDU 240 Curriculum Design and Evaluation (3)
EDU 241 Effective Practices for Coaching and Mentoring Teachers (3)
EDU 242 Creating Inclusive and Motivating Classroom Environments for All Students (3)
EDU 243 Teacher Leadership in Professional Development (3)
EDU 246 Grant Writing for Classroom Resources (3)
EDU 250 Elementary Instruction: Theory and Practice (3)
EDU 251 Child and Adolescent Development and Learning Across Cultures (3)
EDU 252 Culture and Cultural Diversity (3)
EDU 266 Principles of Secondary Education & Content Area Modules (4)
EDU 268 Content-Based Reading Instruction & Content Area Modules (4)
EDU 270B Special Populations: Supporting Educational Equity and Access (2)
EDU 271 Assessment of Students with Disabilities (3)
EDU 272 Positive Behavior Supports for Students with Special Needs (3)
EDU 275 Literacy Instruction for Struggling Readers and Writers (3)
EDU 276 Content Area Instruction for Students with Special Needs (3)
EDU 279 Supporting Students with Neurological Disorders (3)
EDU 289 English Learners: Supporting Educational Equity and Access (2)
EDU 299 Special Topics in Education (3)

Clear Credential Courses (EDU 225A, 225B, 225C, 225D – 1 unit each) (requires separate admission into our Clear Credential Program)

Certificate in Inclusive and Responsive Teaching (CIRT)

Candidates enrolling in the Individually Designed (IDP) masters program are eligible to concurrently earn the Certificate in Inclusive and Responsive Teaching (CIRT) without taking any additional units beyond the 30 required for the masters degree. This certificate program invites you to improve both your marketability and classroom practice. Approved elective courses focus on expanding skills related to working with students with diverse special needs. This 12-unit program can be fully embedded within your masters program when you select electives from the following set of approved courses: 

EDU 208B Responsive Teaching for All Learners (1.5)
EDU 242 Creating Inclusive and Motivating Classroom Environments for All Students (3)                       
EDU 270B Special Populations: Supporting Educational Equity and Access (2)                
EDU 272 Positive Behavior Supports for Students with Special Needs (3)            
EDU 278 Program Leadership for Education Specialists (3) 
EDU 279 Supporting Students with Neurological Disorders (3)
EDU 251 Child and Adolescent Development and Learning Across Cultures (3)
EDU 256 Language and Literacy: Elementary Curriculum (3)
EDU 268 Content-Based Reading Instruction and Content Area Modules (4)

Ask your advisor about adding this program to your plan!

Download the CIRT Description File to learn more about how earning the CIRT strengthens your ability to address the needs of diverse students in your classroom.

Masters Program Courses (6 units)
EDU 200 Research Methods (3)
EDU 296A Masters Project Proposal Seminar (1)
EDU 296B Masters Project Seminar (2)

Application Procedures

Goals and Learning Outcomes for the MS in Education: Individually Designed Program

You can be confident that your MSMC program will benefit you and your future students. Mount St. Mary's College is proud to be part of a culture of assessment. As part of our Mount family, we will ensure that you achieve the skills necessary to successfully take up leadership positions within the education profession. You will be joining a team that has an outstanding record of candidate success. You will be guided every step of the way and enjoy personal advisement and attention as you achieve the goals and learning outcomes of our program.

GOAL #1  Individually Designed Program masters candidates will demonstrate knowledge of techniques and concepts specific to their areas of study.

  • Individually Designed Program masters candidates will demonstrate knowledge of techniques and concepts specific to their area of study.

GOAL #2  A Mount St. Mary's graduate candidate will demonstrate the ability to access, analyze, synthesize and evaluate information effectively.

  • Individually Designed Program masters candidates will demonstrate the ability to access, analyze, synthesize and evaluate educational research and professional education literature.

GOAL #3  A Mount St. Mary's graduate candidate will demonstrate research skills and methods through the ability to gather, document, investigate, analyze, interpret and evaluate information.

  • Individually Designed Program masters candidates will design and implement sound teacher inquiry activities that demonstrate competent research skills and methods that give evidence of gathering, documenting, investigating, analyzing, interpreting and evaluating information.

GOAL #4 – A Mount St. Mary's graduate candidate will disseminate and communicate information effectively in verbal and written form.

  • Individually Designed Program masters candidates will produce scholarly writing and professional presentations in education.

GOAL #5  A Mount St. Mary's graduate candidate will understand individual differences and demonstrate the skills to address the moral and ethical challenges within the profession or field.

  • Individually Designed Program masters candidates will understand and appreciate learner differences, and demonstrate skillful engagement of all learners.
  • Individually Designed Program masters candidates will demonstrate skills in addressing ethics within teacher inquiry.