At the University of Houston-Downtown students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching degree in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction find they can continue to focus on the teaching they love while earning a graduate degree that will further their careers in the classroom.
In order to meet the needs of children in urban schools, UHD graduate students acquire knowledge and proficiency in the characteristics and needs of learners in multicultural settings. They develop effective teaching practices that enhance achievement for all students regardless of socioeconomic status, ethnicity or native language.
Graduate students learn to develop effective learning environments in urban classrooms and perform classroom-based research methodology to support "best" instructional practices. The degree also allows them to gain an enriched understanding of one of the following content areas-language arts, social studies, mathematics, technology, English language learners or natural sciences.
UHD graduate students enrolled in this program take a capstone course. In the course, UHD students choose to conduct research, write position papers and develop grants that will add to the knowledge base of urban schooling. Those who are already teaching often choose capstone projects that help their schools and districts deal with current issues. Many UHD graduate students have served as mentors to UHD undergraduate teacher candidates and interns who are doing field work in their home schools.