For dedicated teachers who are ready to deepen their skill base, the Hood College Graduate School's master's in Curriculum and Instruction is the direction to take. The program is designed to enrich the certified teacher’s knowledge in the context of the profession’s shifting landscape. Offered at the school's Frederick, Maryland campus, the evening and summer classes make it possible for students to pursue the degree while continuing to teach.
All graduate students in the Curriculum and Instruction and Multidisciplinary Studies in Education programs are required to have regular access to a U.S. PreK-12 classroom throughout their program in order to successfully complete course assignments and the capstone action research project. Students who are not currently teaching must submit evidence of regular access to a classroom in the form of an approval letter from the school principal. Letters must be submitted annually to the student’s advisor. Applicants are responsible for meeting all requirements for school volunteers, as determined by the individual school and/or district, and for meeting any school and/or district requirements for conducting research in the school setting.
Hood’s education faculty and adjunct instructors are professional educators in the very fields in which they teach. They know, from everyday experience in community schools, how the Common Core State Standards and PARCC affect content delivery and learning. They understand what effective inquiry-based learning, co-teaching and inclusion look like in a high-performing class. As a direct result, students have the advantage of relevant activities that put current theory into practice.
Concentration choices, small classes
Courses support concentrations in elementary or secondary education, elementary school science and mathematics and special education. Students may advance through the master’s program in three phases and finish with a capstone research project. A new Elementary STEM certificate program is an option for those interested in developing in-demand expertise in science, technology, engineering and math education. Small classes mean individual assistance and guidance.
The Education Department is recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is aligned with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).