The HDCLS master's program has four areas of concentration: College Teaching, Cultural Perspectives on Schooling, Individualized Studies, and Psychology for Teachers.
The College Teaching concentration is intended for individuals who have or are working on a degree in a discipline other than is represented by our faculty, but who wish to develop their credentials as college level instructors in hopes of securing a teaching position in a postsecondary setting (college or university, community college, training in the private sector). What distinguishes this specialization is that the program of work would include an internship in actual college classes under the mentorship of course instructors.
This specialization is for those aiming to teach in an institution of postsecondary education such as a community college. We also see it as an additional credential for teaching at four-year colleges and universities for doctoral students enrolled in any other degree program around the university.
Cultural Perspectives on Schooling
The Cultural Perspectives on Schooling concentration is intended for individuals who are interested in broadening and strengthening their appreciation of the research on cultural psychology, a multicultural society, and diversity issues as these impact well-being and schooling. Any student already pursuing other master’s or doctoral degree programs could obtain a master’s degree with this specialization, as well as students interested in these cultural issues who wish to stop with a master’s degree.
This concentration would add credentials to those planning to teach at all levels, K-12 teachers as well as those planning to teach at the postsecondary level. We envision attracting individuals from the helping professions (social work, psychology, human ecology) as well as humanities (anthropology, English) who are interested in the psychological perspective our faculty takes on multicultural issues.
The Individualized Studies concentration is intended for individuals who are interested in broadening and strengthening their appreciation of the research represented by our faculty with expertise in human development, learning and cognition, social psychology, cultural issues, and motivation and instruction, especially as these apply to education. Any student already pursuing other master’s or doctoral degree programs could obtain a master’s degree in educational psychology, tailoring the choices of courses and focus of the report or thesis to reflect their interests.
This concentration is for those for whom a master’s degree would be beneficial, either because of the job they already have or because they are aiming to teach in an institution of postsecondary education such as a community college, or because they plan to apply to doctoral programs related to the field of educational psychology.
Psychology for Teachers
The Psychology for Teachers concentration is intended for practicing teachers who wish to know more about the psychology of their students and their families or of their teaching, or who wish to take advanced degrees for career advancement. Courses will give them a more thorough grounding in research and application of Educational Psychology than is represented in the undergraduate program, especially for those who chose alternative certification. Most courses could be completed either in the summer or late afternoons/early evenings to accommodate a teacher’s schedule.
This concentration is for certified teachers or those wanting to enhance their prospects of getting hired as K-12 teachers. This would also be useful for charter school teachers or alternative certification teachers who want to get a deeper understanding of learning and motivation for teaching.