Redefining the Classroom

LSSU offering new master's degree in education

Posted: March 19th, 2005

March 18, 2005
PROVIDING DETAILS -- David Myton Ph.D., chair of the LSSU School of Education, presents an overview of Lake State's new masters in Education during a recent meeting of the University's Board of Trustees. (LSSU photo by John Shibley)

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – With a recently approved program ready to go, Lake Superior State University is now accepting students into its master of arts degree program in curriculum and instruction.

The first group of students will begin taking courses this summer, according to David Myton Ph.D., chair of the LSSU School of Education, who said the program is designed not only to allow LSSU education students to continue their studies past their bachelor’s degrees, but also to provide continuing education and professional development opportunities for certified teachers and other educational professionals.

“I am very pleased with the support of our educational community who assisted us in bringing this program to fruition,” Myton said. “We look forward to working with teachers and others in our region to provide meaningful professional development opportunities through a high quality, accessible and relevant graduate program.

“This program offers teachers the opportunity to pursue professional development opportunities close to home, in a warm and supportive environment,” Myton continued. “Teachers can use the credits to renew and upgrade their teaching certification, and increase their compensation in accordance with their district policies.

“But this program is for more than just certified teachers and current LSSU students,” Myton added. “Educational professionals from all fields will find value in this program that will meet their unique needs.”

The program includes a minimum of 36 semester credits: 12 in a core of research-based curriculum, development and assessment courses, 8 selected from topics in educational foundations and 16 elective credits. Students can transfer credits into the program, including some LSSU credits earned in student teaching.

The program is open to any student with a bachelor’s degree and teacher certification is not a prerequisite. There is no admission deadline. Students may enroll at any time and start the program at the beginning of the next semester.

“LSSU’s School of Education has enjoyed considerable success and is continuing to establish a significant base of experienced graduates in schools throughout Michigan and Ontario,” Myton said. The graduate program will serve the professional development needs of LSSU education graduates, of graduates from other institutions working in the area, as well as other education professionals, he added.

The new program is not an avenue for prospective teachers to become certified, Myton said.

“The program does not include or provide teacher certification for those who are not currently certified. Non-certified degree-holding individuals should contact our School of Education for advising regarding the steps necessary to become certified to teach in Michigan.”

Further information and application forms are on the Internet at Interested persons may contact Myton at 906-635-2811 or at –LSSU-