Program Mission and Philosophy
Within the conceptual framework of the College of Education and the
Department of Curriculum and Instruction, both the Reading
Education and Storytelling concentrations reflect the
importance of the process and products of education and the need
for graduates to be flexible thinkers as they deal with an
increasingly diverse and changing society. Both programs exhibit
collaboration with schools and other agencies. The two programs
differ from each other in the specific elements the comprise goals.
The specific goals of each option are designed to produce competent
professionals with expertise in each major field of study.
In order to enhance the philosophy, purposes and
assumptions within the M.A./M.Ed. Reading/ Storytelling Program
curriculum the candidates, as accomplished practitioners, will know
and be able to:
- commit to students and their learning by (1) recognizing
differences among students and adjusting their practice
accordingly; (2) taking into account how children develop when
planning learning activities; and (3) fostering students'
self-esteem, civic responsibility, and respect for one
- understand how knowledge in their subjects is created,
organized, linked to other disciplines, and used in the real
world by (1) using a repertoire of effective teaching methods to
convey a subject to students; and (2) helping students learn by
having them solve problems and make their own discoveries.
- manage and monitor student learning by (1) modifying their
teaching methods and classroom environment to meet students'
needs, and try new approaches when others fail; (2) knowing how
and when to get students, colleagues, and classroom volunteers to
assist them; (3) using varied assessment methods to evaluate
individual students as well as the entire class; and (4) clearly
explaining performance to parents.
- think systematically about their practice and learn from
experience by (1) becoming lifelong learners who regularly seek
advice from colleagues and others to strengthen their practice;
(2) drawing upon education research - as well as their own
classroom experience - to improve teaching; and (3) being
enthusiastic for and committed to continued learning providing a
compelling model for their students.
- reach beyond the classroom to work creatively and
collaboratively with colleagues, parents, and the community by
(1) striving with colleagues to improve school-wide curriculum
and instruction, and bolstering the teaching of the entire
faculty; (2) working with parents to promote student growth; and
(3) taking advantage in the community of resources to enrich and
supplement student learning.