Plymouth State University has a partnership with the Seacoast Center for Education in Stratham, NH. Through that partnership, students who have participated in an accredited Montessori preparation program may receive 15 graduate credits for their post-baccalaureate work once they are admitted to the MEd in Elementary Education program. The rest of the 33-credit program is completed through a combination of MEd core courses, electives, and a graduate capstone or practicum. All Montessori work must be evaluated by the Seacoast Center for Education prior to being accepted by Plymouth State University’s College of Graduate Studies.
Program of Study
- Master’s Core Component – 9 credits
3Seeks to examine the manner in which the behavior, feelings, or thoughts of one individual are influenced by the behavior or characteristics of others. Topics to be considered include social perception, attitudes, gender, social cognition, conflict, social influence, intercultural awareness, prejudice, discrimination, aggression, and group behavior. Fall, spring, and summer.
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3This 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.
3A 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.
3ED 5030 Research DesignKnowledge 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.
- Montessori Component – 15 credits
Approved by Seacoast Center for Education
- Electives – 3-6 credits
Selected with advisor approval, dependent upon your capstone choice.
- Capstone Experience – 3-6 credits
6ED 5120 Graduate Practicum
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3ED 6900 Graduate Capstone ProjectThe 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.
- Total for MEd in Elementary Education, Montessori Concentration – 33 credits
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