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Demonstrate your growth as educators and leaders through completion of professional portfolios. State and national Standards will be addressed in the portfolio, where appropriate, through inclusion of work samples, reflections and multimedia.  Portfolios will be submitted for review upon completion of each component.   

Component I:  Through the exploration of quantitative and qualitative educational research, you will develop strategies to make informed decisions for intervention, as well as appropriate assessment for diverse student populations. Action research will be a major focus in preparing you for planning and writing your final thesis or project that will be a focus throughout the M.S.E. program.  

Component II: Will prepare you at the advanced level for successful instructional leadership as well as facilitation of student learning through integration of the curriculum, and the practice of action research to validate instructional decisions for all students.   

Component III: The third component of the program engages you in coursework to develop and expand expertise in the chosen area of specialization. It involves you in culminating, enriching and rewarding learning projects or theses. You will collaborate with colleagues in the dissemination of knowledge, and skills acquired and enhanced through action research and "teacher as researcher" activities.   

Emphasis is placed on classroom and school improvement strategies which enable you to collaborate with professional colleagues, parents, and community resources within continuously changing educational situations. Upon completion of the program, you will possess the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to facilitate and enhance student achievement in classrooms and schools.   

Note that each concentration is designed to meet Nebraska state teacher certification requirements. To find information about teacher certification in a specific state, please go to that state's department of education web site for certification information.  

Mission of the M.S.E. Program    

CSM Teacher Education Graduate Faculty are committed to a creative academic environment for scholarship, research, teaching and learning that promotes the mission of College of Saint Mary for all students. Graduate education programs follow affirmative action guidelines and are extended to people of all races, religions, cultures, ages, and handicapping conditions.  Professional leadership is emphasized throughout the program.  

The mission of the Graduate Teacher Education Program at College of Saint Mary is to improve society through education. This goal is achieved through excellent teaching, modeling, research and service. Students are prepared to serve diverse populations as teachers, educational leaders, and researchers. You are prepared to advance knowledge, inform policy, and improve practice. As teachers, scholars, and learners, faculty and students engage in collaborative school and community improvement efforts. The fundamental goal of the program is to improve society, encourage creativity, and to promote social justice.   

Philosophy of the M.S.E. Program    

The Teacher Education Master of Science Program is based on the philosophy that learning and growing as a teacher and leader in education is best accomplished when knowledge of theory and practice is balanced by appreciation of creativity and understanding gained through diverse experiences in schools. The faculty believe that it is important that you' knowledge of theory and practice culminate in personal reflection on that learning. It is important that educators genuinely understand and appreciate the numerous ways in which children learn, express and apply knowledge and learning so that all children in your classes progress. You will not only read and write about education, but will also demonstrate your ability to put your knowledge into action.   

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