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Master Apprenticeship Program (MAP) Curriculum

The MAP program is an intensive one-year program leading to a Master of Arts Degree in Education and State of Ohio licensure in the individual candidate's stated area of acceptance to the program. Licensures are available in the following areas: 

  • Early Childhood
  • Middle Childhood
  • Adolescent to Young Adult or Multi-Age Visual Arts
  • Special Education
The program begins with a ten-week summer session during which students take foundational courses in education, diversity, human development and curriculum. During the fall, students are on site in the classroom for four days per week and are on the Ursuline campus one day and one evening per week for their academic work. During the spring, the candidate's schedule is designed to allow maximum time in the classroom. The candidate is in the residency/internship classroom five days a week.

Each full time candidate is required to take 15 hours of graduate work in the summer and 15-18 hours of graduate work in the fall and 9-15 hours in the spring, depending on the area of licensure pursued. The program is approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The related standards from professional specialty association form the structural foundation for all key assessments for MAP.

College transcripts are evaluated to ensure that pre-program licensure requirements are met.

Course of Study


Early Childhood Licensure Credit Hours
EDE 500 Foundations of Education - 3 Credit Hours
EDE 501 Graduate Skills - 2 Credit Hour
EDE 510 Introduction to Human Development and Learning - 2 Credit Hours
EDE 520 Systematic Phonics in the Integrated Language Arts - 3 Credit Hours
EDE 530 Curriculum, Materials & Methods Block - 3 Credit Hours
EDE 527 Addressing the Diverse Learner - 2 Credit Hours
EDE 525 Literature in an Integrated Curriculum 3 - 3 Credit Hours
EDE 511 Advanced Studies in Development and Learning: Early Childhood - 3 Credit Hours
EDE 521 Reading and Assessment in Early Childhood Education - 3 Credit Hours
EDE 531 Curriculum, Materials & Methods Block - 3 Credit Hours
EDE 550 Professional Development Seminar I - 3 Credit Hours
EDE 560 Teaching Internship - 3 Credit Hours
EDE 523 Balanced Literacy - 3 Credit Hours
EDE 533 Curriculum, Materials & Methods Block - 3 Credit Hours
EDE 551 Professional Development Seminar II - 3 Credit Hours
EDE 560 Teaching Internship - 3 Credit Hours

Middle Childhood Licensure
EDM 500 Foundations of Education - 3 Credit Hours
EDM 501 Graduate Skills - 2 Credit Hour
EDM 510 Introduction to Human Development and Learning - 2 Credit Hours
EDM 520 Systematic Phonics in an Integrated Middle School Curriculum - 3 Credit Hours
EDM 525 Literature in an Integrated Curriculum - 3 Credit Hours
EDM 527 Addressing the Diverse Learner - 2 Credit Hours
EDM 530 Curriculum, Materials & Methods Block - 3 Credit Hours
EDM 512 Advanced Studies in Development and Learning: The Middle Child - 3 Credit Hours
EDM 522 Reading and Assessment in Middle Child Education - 3 Credit Hours
EDM 531 Curriculum, Materials & Methods Block - 3 Credit Hours
EDM 550 Professional Development Seminar I - 3 Credit Hours
EDM 563 Teaching Internship - 3 Credit Hours
EDM 523 Balanced Literacy - 3 Credit Hours
EDM 533 Curriculum, Materials & Methods Block - 3 Credit Hours
EDM 551 Professional Development Seminar II - 3 Credit Hours
EDM 563 Teaching Internship - 3 Credit Hours

Adolescent to Young Adult or Multi-Age Visual Arts Licensure
EDA 500 Foundations of Education - 3 Credit Hours
EDA 501 Graduate Skills - 2 Credit Hours
EDA 510 Introduction to Human Development and Learning - 3 Credit Hours
EDA 524 Content Area Reading - 3 Credit Hours
EDA 527 Addressing the Diverse Learner - 2 Credit Hours
EDA 540 Curriculum, Materials & Methods Block - 3 Credit Hours
EDA 513 Advanced Studies in Development and Learning: Adolescent to
Young Adult - 3 Credit Hours
EDA 541 Curriculum, Materials & Methods Block - 3 Credit Hours
EDA 545 Integrated Methods for the Content Area - 3 Credit Hours
EDA 550 Professional Development Seminar I - 3 Credit Hours
EDA 565 Teaching Internship - 3 Credit Hours
EDA 509 Content Area Studies - 3 Credit Hours
EDA 543 Curriculum, Materials & Methods Block - 3 Credit Hours
EDA 551 Professional Development Seminar II - 3 Credit Hours
EDA 565 Teaching Internship - 3 Credit Hours

Special Education Licensure
EDS 500 Foundations of Education - 3 Credit Hours
EDS 501 Graduate Skills (Students may test out) - 1 Credit Hour
EDS 510 Introduction to Human Development and Learning - 3 Credit Hours
EDS 515 Language Development & Communication Disorders - 3 Credit Hours
EDS 520 Systematic Phonics in the Integrated Language Arts - 3 Credit Hours
EDS 525 Literature in an Integrated Curriculum - 3 Credit Hours
EDS 527 Addressing the Diverse Learner - 2 Credit Hours
EDS 530 Curriculum, Materials & Methods Block - 3 Credit Hours
EDS 570 Introduction to Special Education - 3 Credit Hours
EDS 513 Advanced Studies in Development and Learning: Adolescent to
Young Adult - 3 Credit Hours
EDS 521 Reading and Assessment in Early Childhood Education - 3 Credit Hours
EDS 550 Professional Development Seminar I - 3 Credit Hours
EDS 560 Teaching Internship - 3 Credit Hours
EDS 571 Introduction to Issues & Intervention in Behavior and Assessment
for Students with M/M Needs - 3 Credit Hours
EDS 551 Professional Development Seminar II - 3 Credit Hours
EDS 560 Teaching Internship - 3 Credit Hours
EDS 572 Advanced Intervention in Behavior and Assessment 3- 3 Credit Hours
EDS 575 Intervention Specialist Block: Curriculum, Materials & Methods - 3 Credit Hours
EDS 524 Content Area Reading - 3 Credit Hours
EDS 576 Consultation & Collaboration within School & Community - 3 Credit Hours

Course Descriptions


EDE, EDM, EDA, EDS 500 Foundations of Education (3 Credits)
This course encompasses a critical, reflective inquiry into the philosophical, historical, and sociological theories that affect practice within the socio-cultural milieu of educational institutions. Critical pedagogy, constructivist theory, progressivism, interaction theory and labeling theory are key theoretical perspectives which underlie study in the course.

EDE, EDM, EDA, EDS 501 Graduate Skills (2 Credits)
This course encompasses the academic and technological skills needed for success in graduate study and for the pre K-12 teacher. The student will learn to create a web page, PowerPoint presentations, desk top publishing, and electronic grade book preparation. Students will also learn to maximize their use of library resources and to refine their academic writing skills.

EDA 509 Content Area Studies (3 Credits)
Adolescent to Young Adult and Multi-Age students bring their content area knowledge to a greater degree of sophistication as they continue to increase their depth of content area knowledge and to explore literature and standards from the learned organizations which inform that discipline. Their increasing expertise is demonstrated as they write lessons and the curriculum units they will also teach. Along with content area knowledge, emphasis is placed on purpose, pedagogy, success, planning and materials.

EDE, EDM, EDA, EDS 510 Introduction to Human Development and Learning (2 Credits)
Designed to introduce graduate students to the theoretical framework of learning, this course provides a foundation of learning and development theory for all licensure areas.

EDE, EDM, EDA, EDS 511/512/513 Advanced Studies in Development and Learning (3 Credits)
This course provides both theoretical background and substantive field experience. Students apply their knowledge of developmental influences and stages through actual work with students on a daily basis. Designed with emphasis on the appropriate range of age groups, a comprehensive study of a student becomes the cornerstone of the course and becomes the vehicle through which theory and practice are explored.

EDE, EDM, EDS 520 Systematic Phonics in the Integrated Language Arts (3 Credits)
This course addresses the nature and role of systematic phonics and phonemic awareness both in isolation and within meaning-centered reading and writing processes. Current research regarding phonics instruction will be explored; the integration of phonics into the language arts program; and strategies and materials for applying theoretical perspectives in teaching practice will be included.

EDE, EDM, EDS 521/522 Reading and Assessment (3 Credits)
Application of current philosophies and practices in the teaching of reading with emphasis on the individuality of the reader and his/her needs and on the integration of reading, writing, and the language arts. Age appropriate instruction, strategies and study skills in content areas will be explored. This course applies developmentally appropriate strategies for assessing students through observation, interaction and informal analysis.

EDE 523 Balanced Literacy (3 Credits)
This course will focus on the application of current philosophies and practices in the teaching of reading with emphasis on the integration of reading, writing, and the language arts. Attention will be given to issues of language and language acquisition, word attack skills, vocabulary development, levels of comprehension, critical and creative reading, and reading and writing across the curriculum. Students will be exposed to trade books, literature based basal texts and expository materials. Diagnostic and assessment procedures will be applied and methods for observation, reporting of progress and intervention strategies will be introduced.

EDA, EDS 524 Reading in the Content Area (3 Credits)
Designed especially for Adolescent to Young Adult and Multi-Age licensure apprentices, this course introduces reading theory with specific emphasis on strategies to use in reading in the content area.

EDE, EDM, EDS 525 Reading Literature in an Integrated Curriculum (3 Credits)
This course encompasses a survey of literature for children and young adults, covering a variety of literary genres. Special attention to criteria and procedures for teacher selection of literature will support a complex, literature-based curriculum.

EDE, EDM, EDA, EDS 527 Addressing the Diverse Learner (2 Credits)
This course orients apprentices to the range of diversity among learners. Diversities studied include cultural, linguistic, learning disabilities, special education and various exceptionalities. Apprentices learn to create and modify environments and experiences to meet the individual needs of all children, including children with disabilities, developmental delays and specific abilities.

EDE, EDM, EDS 530/531/533 Curriculum, Materials and Methods Block Early Childhood and Middle Childhood (9 Credits)
The methods-curriculum block begins with an introduction to models of teaching followed with a clinical practicum. As the graduate apprentices initiate practice models of instruction in their classroom placements, a survey of curriculum theory and design guides beginning lesson and theme planning. The courses progress with in-depth study of content areas within an integrated, theme-based curriculum and the teaching of a theme or unit apprentices have designed and written. Special methods, peer observation, video-tape analysis and conferencing are features of this series.

EDA 540/541/543 Curriculum, Materials, and Methods Block Adolescent to Young Adult and Multi-Age (9 Credits)
During this sequence of courses that spans the school year, apprentices participate in at least two, and typically three, grade level placements including public, private, urban and suburban settings. Apprentices work extensively in classrooms with thematic and subject integrated curriculum designs and are assigned to a curriculum mentor team representing the subject in which licensure is sought. A variety of instructional strategies are used to incorporate differing student approaches to learning. Instructional strategies for developing critical thinking, problem solving and performance skills are practiced. Planning and management of instruction is strongly guided by knowledge of the content areas to be taught.

EDA 545
Integrated Methods for the Content Area (3 Credits)
This methods course specifically emphasizes the methods inherent in teaching one's content area in grades seven through twelve. Apprentices build on their previous understanding of the tools of inquiry, principles of procedure, and methods of teaching the subject. They come to understand how goals and topics span a year-long curriculum and how to integrate short-term objectives within topical, integrated units. They apply this knowledge in lesson plans, clinical teaching, and mini-units. For their student teaching, they plan an extensive unit, following national, state, and school guidelines. The use of methods specific to their subject area is required.

EDE, EDM, EDA, EDS 550/551 Professional Development Seminar (6 Credits)
Three philosophical themes are woven through this year-long seminar: purpose of schooling, pedagogy, and success. Throughout the year, as apprentices observe, practice, and reflect, they do so within the context of exploring the content and meaning of curriculum, of how learning goals are achieved, and with a commitment to the success of every student. Individual advisement is a critical component of the seminar and serves as a vehicle for professional growth. Resume writing, job placement, urban and public school experience, and the state mandated PRAXIS test are included components.

EDE, EDM, EDA, EDS 560/563/565 Teaching Internship (6 Credits)
This practicum represents a fifteen week intensive of student teaching. Each apprentice plans and teaches a comprehensive unit or theme and assumes full teacher responsibility within the school culture. Advising and conferences with several mentors, particularly the cooperating teacher, are critical to the success of the internship. Teaching during the internship builds from practice to cycles of full responsibility and team teaching throughout the semester.