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Content Area Concentration Program

The Content Area Concentration Program in Teacher Education provides in-depth advanced study in the content area in which a teacher is licensed.  Core requirements provide breadth of knowledge related to best practices in teaching, along with a research base for these practices.  The content area concentration provides in-depth content knowledge, and in some cases, leads to a content area certificate.  The completion of this master’s degree, along with the certificate, enables teachers to teach in the College Credit Plus Program. 

Core Requirements
TCED 6936Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction to Improve Learning3
TCED 6933Brain Based Teaching and Learning3
or PSYC 6903 Psychology of Learning and Education
TCED 6932Action Research in Urban and Rural Education3
or FOUN 6904 Introduction to Educational Research
TCED 6922Principles of Instruction3
TCED 6905Introduction to Digital Teaching and Learning3
Content Area Courses 18
Students choice of 18 semester hours of content area coursework in the respective area of licensure.
Content Area, Art
Content Area, Economics
Content Area, English
Content Area, Family & Consumer Science
Content Area, Foreign Language
Content Area, Health
Content Area, History
Content Area, K-12 Reading Endorsement
Content Area, Mathematics
Content Area, Music
Content Area, Physical Education
Content Area, Science
Content Area, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Students choose content coursework from one of the following approved CCP certificate programs:
Biological Sciences
Environmental Sciences
Total Semester Hours33

Candidates must purchase a TaskStream account at the beginning of their studies, which is necessary for our accrediti The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). 

Content Area majors are to consult with assigned graduate faculty advisors regarding the choice of content coursework.  For students choosing the CCP certificate programs, they are required to consult with the individual departmental graduate faculty or director for acceptance and advisement.  Please contact the Department of Teacher Education for CCP program director contact information. 

All candidates must take and successfully pass the Comprehensive Examination which covers the Core Requirements (TCED 6936, TCED 6933, TCED 6932, TCED 6922, and TCED 6905) in order to apply for graduation. Please see the Department of Teacher Education for applications, times, and dates for the examination.  Effective Summer 2017, all candidates will be completing a comprehensive eportfolio instead of the Comprehensive Examination. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Candidates develop a deep understanding of the critical concepts and principles of their field of preparation and, by completion, are able to use professional specialty practices flexibly to advance the learning of all P-12 students toward attainment of college- and career- readiness standards.
  • Candidates demonstrate their proficiencies to understand and apply knowledge and skills appropriate to their professional field of specialization so that learning and development opportunities for all P-12 are enhanced, through:
    • Applications of data literacy;
    • Use of research and understanding of qualitative, quantitative and/or mixed methods research methodologies;
    • Employment of data analysis and evidence to develop supportive school environments;
    • Leading and/or participating in collaborative activities with others such as peers, colleagues, teachers, administrators, community organizations, and parents;
    • Supporting appropriate applications of technology for their field of specialization;
    • Application of professional dispositions, laws and policies, codes of ethics and professional standards appropriate to their field of specialization.
  • Advanced program completers learn and apply specialized content and discipline knowledge contained in approved state and/or national discipline-specific standards.