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UCDS College for School Culture

Academics

Elevating the Practice of Education

The UCDS College for School Culture awards a Master of Education degree with a teaching leadership focus. The program prepares educators to invigorate and innovate the art of teaching. Graduates are the next generation of leaders in their classrooms and schools.

Academic Programs 1

Our students experience...

• Two years of practicum experience in innovative classrooms and schools, collaborating with skilled practitioners and educational leaders
• A cohort of degree candidates reflecting, questioning and learning as a community
• Capstone design that contributes to your knowledge of how school culture shapes education and sets a professional path
• An emphasis on process, practice, and skill in the core areas of collaboration, reflection, inquiry, and innovation
Giving 5

Our graduates...

• Understand and apply educational theory to classroom and school practice
• Work with others to leverage individual strengths and opportunities to improve the design of learning programs
• Engage in ongoing professional reflection and inquiry
• Strategically affect school culture and design programs to facilitate vibrant teaching communities and meaningful learning for every student

Course of Study

Year One

Summer

EDU 531 Story and Design Process – 1 credit

EDU 521 Constructing Mathematical Thinking – 1 credit

EDU 591 Learning Communities – 2 credits

EDU 541 Peer Learning and Professional Development Cohort I – 1 credit

Fall

EDU 592 Elements of Assessment – 3 credits

EDU 533 Effective Communication – 2 credits

EDU 583 Opportunistic Design – 2 credits

EDU 542 Peer Learning and Professional Development Cohort II – 1 credit

Winter

EDU 523 Learning About Learning – 2 credits

EDU 593 Designing Assessment – 3 credits

EDU 581 Individualizing Instruction or EDU 584 Design for Critical Thinking – 2 credits

EDU 543 Peer Learning and Professional Development Cohort III – 1 credit

Spring

EDU 524 Comparative School Cultures – 2 credits

EDU 595 Designing a Culture of Inquiry – 3 credits

EDU 586 Designing for Democracy or EDU 582 Semiotics of Schools – 2 credits

EDU 544 Peer Learning and Professional Development Cohort IV – 1 credit

Year 1 Total – 29 credits

Year Two

Summer

EDU 561 Understanding Research Design – 2 credits

EDU 594 Designing Connected Curriculum – 1 credit

EDU 545 Capstone I: Reflection and Proposal – 1 credit

Fall

EDU 532 Collaborative Teaching and Leading – 2 credits

EDU 562 Interpreting Research for Schools – 2 credits

EDU 585 Classroom Cultures – 2 credits

EDU 701 Capstone II: Design and Practicum – 2 credits

Winter

EDU 563 Ethics of Education – 2 credits

EDU 522 Cultural Competence – 2 credits

EDU 581 Individualizing Instruction or EDU 584 Design for Critical Thinking – 2 credits

EDU 702 Capstone III: Practicum and Synthesis – 2 credits

Spring

EDU 564 Leading for Change – 2 credits

EDU 586 Design for Democracy or EDU 582 Semiotics of Schools – 2 credits

EDU 703 Capstone IV: Reflection and Composition, Presentation – 2 credits

Year 2 Total – 26 credits

Program Total55 credits

Everything about this was worthwhile and extraordinarily valuable. The provocations and activities planned by the instructors were relevant, timely, and easy to use immediately. Group discussions, brainstorming, and reflection were also insightful and helpful. I know I’m a better educator now.
UCDS Institute Student