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Curriculum Studies & Teacher Education
Degree Offered: MA
Admission to the CTE Master's program is very limited and largely depends on a close alignment of a prospective student's interest with a professor at the Graduate School of Education who would be willing to serve as the student's advisor. Interested applicants should identify faculty who are accepting MA students and whose interests coincide with their own and could therefore serve as the student's advisor. The following faculty are accepting applicants for 2015-16: Arnetha Ball, Bryan Brown, and Jonathan Osborne,
Applicants should contact these prospective advisors about the possibility of admission to the program. Applicants should then go through the admissions process as described on the Admissions pages.
The program had been designed for people with experience in schools or other educational settings (e.g. museums, community-based organizations, etc.) who are interested in furthering their ability to work at the intersection of theory and practice around issues of teaching, learning, curriculum, teacher education, and school reform.
In this small program, students work closely with a faculty advisor to develop an individualized program of study that reflects the student’s particular interests. Students also have the opportunity to develop specializations around particular subject matters (English, literacy, mathematics, science, or history). These specializations are negotiated individually with faculty in the subject area and are contingent upon course offerings and directed reading/research opportunities. Students have ample opportunity to take courses both across the Graduate School of Education and the university at large. In addition to coursework, students conduct a final project that will allow them to focus in depth on a particular area of interest. The CTE Master's program aims to prepare students to serve as educational leaders in a variety of contexts as well as paving the way to further graduate study.
The MA program in CTE is not designed to lead to teacher certification. Those interested in teacher preparation should apply to the STEP program.
Professor Claude Goldenberg is the CTE Area Chair.
Please see the CTE section in the Master's Degree Handbook for program requirements.
The final project provides an opportunity for students to delve into an area of particular interest to them and to use what they are learning in a different context. The project could include: the development and evaluation of curriculum materials, an empirical research study, a literature synthesis, or other project as agreed upon with one's advisor. Part of the purpose of the final project is to help students identify how they want to put their learning to use once they graduate from Stanford. Students work with their advisors to develop an idea for their final project.