Shanghai American School Partnership

Individuals teaching at Shanghai American School (SAS) in Shanghai, China, may take advantage of professional development completed during their work at SAS in combination with PSU courses to earn a Master of Education (MEd) in Curriculum and Instruction.

Twice a year, Plymouth State University professors travel to Shanghai to provide face-to-face courses and advising to graduate students. The balance of the courses required for the MEd are facilitated by SAS personnel to provide a seamless integration of theory and practice while working in the SAS environment.

Program of Study

  • Master’s Core Component – 15 credits
  • 3
    This course will provide an in-depth study of the social/cultural basis of behavior and examine the role of mythology as a vehicle for intrapersonal and interpersonal understanding. The major theoretical, empirical, and applied lines of work in the following topics in contemporary social psychology will be explored, including social cognition, interpersonal perception, attitudes, stereotyping and prejudice, the self, and interpersonal and group relations. Mythology will be employed as a mechanism for cross-cultural comparison and as a unifying construct to enhance multicultural understanding.
  • 3
    A study of the historical, philosophical, and social-philosophic foundations of education. Emphasis is placed upon the ideas of the classical, medieval, Enlightenment, and post-Enlightenment periods that have influenced types of American educational systems relative to their mission and purpose. Analysis of how these systems have defined ethics and the characteristics of the virtuous person.
  • 3
    Knowledge and understanding of the commonly accepted research designs. Study of research instruments and statistics used in educational research. Wide reading in various types of research design. Critical analysis of research design.
  • 3
    Participants in this course will utilize myPlymouth to access email, online course, and Lamson Library and Learning Commons' resources along with navigate and operate within Moodle, download resources, and upload documents. Participants will research using Google Scholar and Lamson Library's online resources, identify and critique scholarly literature, practice synthesizing literature, format writing and identify sources using APA formatting, and critique others' writing offering suggestions for substantive improvement.
  • 3
    This course examines the connection between arts and learning in the classroom by providing opportunities for exploration in the arts as a way for students to understand, firsthand, how arts integration helps to engage and empower learners. Students will participate in a wide variety of arts experiences and will discuss how the arts can be used to enhance classroom instruction as well as the connection between the arts and learning theory.
    • Specialization Component – 15 credits

Minimum of 15 credits

  • Capstone Experience – 3 credits
  • 3
    The purpose of the graduate capstone is to apply knowledge learned in previous coursework through an approved project. Capstone projects should focus on the following questions: How will the theories learned throughout the program be integrated into a coherent project or experience? How will this work enhance individual career goals? Who are the stakeholders and how will this work assist them? How does this work serve the professional community? How will this work help move the profession forward? Process: Students should plan for approximately 40 hours of work per credit to be earned. The total number of credits earned must be approved by their advisor and noted on their program contract. Candidates must submit Graduate Capstone Project forms with their registration and Capstone Projects must be approved by candidates' advisors and the Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies. Once completed, candidates are expected to present their final products to their adviser and/or PSU faculty members. Students who anticipate working on their project for more than one term should register for the appropriate number of credits in each term so that they remain registered throughout the course of the project. Repeatable up to 12 credits.
  • Minimum Total for MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Shanghai American School Partnership Concentration – 33 credits

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