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Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Urban Education Online

Gain a comprehensive understanding of urban education and prepare to effect positive change in urban schools. No teaching certificate is required to enter the program. Qualified applicants in certain programs may qualify for the TEACH Grant of up to $3,752 for the 2018-19 award year.**

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Program Overview

Learn to develop and implement strategies for positively relating to, and interacting with, educational institutions within the context of urban communities in this online program. You will also learn how to build mutually respectful relationships with diverse students; engage individuals from different cultural backgrounds; and create and sustain a safe, caring, and inclusive classroom using restorative practices that engender a positive learning environment. With theory-to-practice courses, you will gain firsthand knowledge of how to create and implement action plans for community partnerships and become equipped to participate in urban school reform.

Total Program Tuition icon $11,203.10* Total Program Tuition
Program Duration icon As few as 10 months Program Duration
Credit Hours icon 30 Credit Hours
Total Program Tuition icon $11,203.10* Total Program Tuition
Program Duration icon As few as 10 months Program Duration
Credit Hours icon 30 Credit Hours

This program will prepare you for job opportunities such as a Community Liaison, Urban Education Consultant, Urban Education Teacher, or Mentor Teacher.

The MEDCI – Urban Education online program offers:

  • Personal development of a justice-oriented, culturally responsive mindset and applications specific to urban education and community outreach
  • The critical frameworks and pedagogical foundations needed to teach in urban schools
  • A strong support network and online learning community to help you succeed
CAEP Accredited

The teacher education programs at Louisiana State University Shreveport meet rigorous national standards for educator preparation set by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Why choose the LSU Shreveport online Master of Education?

  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts "good to excellent" job opportunities for teachers over the next 10 years
  • CareerBuilder® says elementary school teachers with master's degrees earn starting salaries 32% higher than teachers with a bachelor’s
  • O*NET OnLine forecasts 573,200 job openings for elementary school teachers between 2010 and 2020
  • "The most rewarding opportunities will be offered to master's-educated teachers with the in-demand skills this program offers." – (University official)

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The Urban Education online graduate program from LSUS is the only program of its kind in the state of Louisiana!

Tuition

The MEDCI – Urban Education online program offers affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition. All fees are included in the total tuition.

Total Program Tuition
$11,203.10* Total Program Tuition
Total Program Tuition
$373.44 Tuition Per Credit Hour

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Per Credit Hour Per 3 Credit-Hour Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$307.49 $65.95 $373.44 $922.46 $197.85 $1,120.31

Qualified applicants in certain programs may qualify for the TEACH Grant of up to $3,752 for the 2018-19 award year.**

Calendar

The MEDCI – Urban Education online program is designed to be convenient for working professionals, featuring 7-week courses and multiple start dates per year.

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Start Date App Deadline Doc Deadline Registration Begins Early Registration & Final Tuition Deadline
5/13/2019 4/22/2019 4/29/2019 4/8/2019 5/8/2019
7/8/2019 6/17/2019 6/24/2019 4/8/2019 7/3/2019
9/2/2019 8/12/2019 8/19/2019 4/8/2019 8/28/2019
10/28/2019 10/7/2019 10/14/2019 4/8/2019 10/23/2019

Note: All payments must be made no later than 11:30 p.m. CST. Payment for classes added after the Final Tuition Deadline will need to be made prior to 11:30 p.m. the next day. Students who register and/or pay after the Final Tuition Deadline may be subject to a $50 late fee.

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Admissions

Take the first step toward earning your degree and reaching a new milestone in your education. We’ve simplified the process so you can get started quickly and easily. Students interested in the MEDCI – Urban Education online program must meet the following requirements for admission.

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  • Submit graduate application and $20 application fee
  • Graduate degree from an accredited university, OR
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university, with a minimum 2.5 overall GPA or minimum 2.5 GPA in last 60 semester hours of course
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended and any other required official documents

Official transcripts, official test scores, and other materials that come from third-party sources should be mailed to:

LSUS
Admissions and Records Office
One University Place
Shreveport, LA 71115

Transcripts may also be submitted via secure means—e.g., eSCRIP-SAFE—to admissions@lsus.edu.

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To be considered for admission to any of our graduate programs, students must first meet the LSUS Graduate School admission requirements.

Graduates of colleges or universities accredited by the proper regional accrediting association may apply for admission to graduate study at LSUS. Admission is restricted to include only those students whose academic records indicate they can successfully undertake graduate work in the proposed area. Admission to graduate study at LSUS requires that all previously undertaken graduate work meets LSUS academic standards.

Unconditional Admission: For unconditional admission to graduate study, students must be in satisfactory standing at the last institution attended and meet all admission requirements of a degree program. The following categories of students are eligible for unconditional admission to graduate study at LSUS.

Students With a Graduate Degree From a Regionally Accredited University [+]

Unless specified otherwise by individual programs, graduate students who possess a graduate degree previously earned from a regionally accredited university are eligible for unconditional admission.

Students With an Undergraduate Degree and Some Graduate Course Work [+]

Applicants who have some graduate course work but do not possess a previously earned graduate degree must have a minimum 2.50 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) on the undergraduate degree or a 2.50 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 hours attempted in the undergraduate degree program and a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) on any graduate work attempted, with no grades of D or F.

Students With an Undergraduate Degree and No Previous Graduate Course Work [+]

Applicants who do not possess a previously earned graduate degree must have a minimum 2.50 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) on the undergraduate degree or a 2.50 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 hours attempted in the degree program.

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International applicants must meet regular admission requirements for their selected program. In addition, you may be required to submit the following additional information.

  • Submit graduate application and $30 application fee
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores
    • If your native language is not English, you must submit a score of at least 550 on the paper administered test, 80 on the internet-based version, or 213 on the computer-based version on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), unless a degree has been obtained from an accredited United States institution. Additional information regarding the exams can be found at teofl.org or ielts.org.
    • Applicants may be exempt if they meet one of the following criteria:
      • U.S. citizens (this includes U.S. territories: Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa)
      • Permanent resident
      • Citizen of a TOEFL/IELTS exempt country. Exempted countries can be verified here.
  • An official transcript (sent directly from the registrar) from all colleges/universities attended should be sent to the Admissions and Records Office. Transcript(s) should reflect all graduate and undergraduate work and any degrees previously awarded.

Hand-delivered evaluations must remain in the original, sealed, unopened envelope to be considered official. Official transcripts may be mailed directly from the granting institution(s) to:

LSUS
Admissions and Records Office
One University Place
Shreveport, LA 71115

Transcripts may also be submitted via secure means—e.g., eSCRIP-SAFE—to admissions@lsus.edu.

Courses

Students in the MEDCI – Urban Education online program must complete 30 credit hours of course work, including six foundation courses (18 credit hours), and four specialization courses (12 credit hours).

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Students must complete the following courses.

EDL 740: Introduction to Graduate Research

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of research methods and their empirical foundations. It provides basic practical knowledge on how to find, review, and critique academic and applied research in education and leadership. In addition, students will learn to develop appropriate research questions.

ED 720: Curriculum

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A systematic study of the history, theory and practice of curriculum development in American education.

ED 780: Educational Technology Applied to the Classroom

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A hands on, project-centered course using technology in the classroom, with attention to selection of hardware and software, use of multimedia authoring tools and communications technology in the development of instructional materials.

ED 734: Creating Multicultural Connections through Literature

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course emphasizes a critical approach to examination and selection of literature for K-16 school settings. Review and analysis of theories establish a foundation upon which to critique examples of literature, to view personal practice, and to adjust instructional approaches. Candidates will explore and identify literature selections to generate a stronger connection for all learners.

EDL 700: Creating a Professional Learning Community

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The Professional Learning Community (PLC) provides potential teacher leaders and administrators with a structure for continuing professional growth and information and activities aligned with best practices and current research on initiatives that support the Louisiana Accountability System, the School Improvement Process, and the Standards for School Principals in Louisiana.

EDL 707: Utilizing Data for School Improvement

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the collection and analysis of data sources relevant in educational settings and emphasizes analyses of work samples, observations, inquiry data, artifacts, and standardized test scores. Throughout the course students collect and analyze school improvement data.

Students must complete the following courses.

ED 750: The History of Urban Education

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The History of Urban Education exposes students to historical and contemporary urban education data and legislation. Specifically, this course investigates: (a) the interplay of race, power, and politics in urban schools; (b) underscores the concomitant impact these factors impose on urban children, their families, and the community at large; and (c) highlights the resilience of these communities. As such, this course helps students cultivate a justice-oriented, culturally responsive mindset.

ED 751: Urban Schools and the Community

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students explore research-based theories and best practices in school, family, and community collaboration. Educators will develop strategies for positively interacting with, relating to, and understanding the context of urban communities, their identified strengths and challenges, and citizens. The emphasis of the course is on students researching, creating, implementing, and evaluating an action plan for community partnerships in the urban setting.

ED 752: Culturally Responsive Classroom Organization and Management

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course intends to critically address school discipline and urban schools. It offers specific approaches and strategies for enacting culturally responsive classroom management (CRCM). It explores how educators can establish an equitable and socially just classroom culture. Particular consideration is given to building mutually respectful relationships with diverse students, engaging parents/guardians/families from different cultural backgrounds, and creating and sustaining a safe, caring and inclusive classroom using restorative practices that engender a positive learning environment.

ED 753: Urban School Reform

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines systemic school reform movements in the urban school context. Various reform strategies at different levels as well as theories, policies, practices, and controversies of various mechanisms of reform will be evaluated including the K-8 movement, small high schools, school choice (charters and vouchers), mayoral control, merit-pay, and alternative routes to teaching. Participants will synthesize information about school reform in urban schools and systems and will reflect on their role in this process. Final evaluation of reform strategies will be grounded in the effect these reforms are having on improving learning for all students in urban schools.

In this program, you will create an e-portfolio that showcases the work completed in the program—an excellent tool for future employment options.

*Includes tuition and fees based on Spring 2019 pricing and subject to change without notice.

**The maximum grant amount can vary by year. TEACH Grants are available to qualified applicants and require approved recipients to sign a service agreement for certain teaching service obligations for four academic years. If obligations are not met within eight years after graduation, the grant will turn into a Direct Unsubsidized Loan that must be repaid with all accrued interest from the date of disbursement. For more information, please visit Federal Student Aid or contact the Louisiana State University Shreveport Financial Aid Office.

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