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Teaching, Learning and Advocacy

Master of Education

The School of Education, Health and Human Performance offers a M.Ed. in Teaching, Learning and Advocacy (MTLA) to provide advanced study for certified P-12 teachers who are interested in becoming educational leaders with the skills and knowledge needed to advocate for students, public schools, and the teaching profession. The program focuses primarily on improving educational practices, policies, and learning environments for students, especially those living in poverty. All students complete a set of six (18 credits) core courses that develop the following skills: research, advocacy, policy analysis, self-reflection, and application of theory to practice.

Students deepen their knowledge and skills in one of three concentrations: Diverse Learners, New Literacies, or Science and Math. Each concentration involves 18 credit hours.



Diverse Learners: This concentration deepens students’ understanding of the nature and needs of diverse learners and appropriate curriculum and instructional and differentiation strategies and curriculum, while accounting for relevant social and cultural influences. Depending on students’ interest, they may also earn a certificate in Special Education or English to Speakers of Other Languages.

New Literacies: This concentration allows students to deepen and gain knowledge and skills in foundational and new literacies that align with State standards.  They deepen their content and pedagogical knowledge of the foundational literacies of reading and writing while connecting these to the new literacies such as digital technologies, non-print texts, and multimodal texts.

Science and Mathematics: This concentration allows students to gain new and deepen existing knowledge and skills to better teach the STEM subjects. They increase their knowledge of science and math content, understanding of State standards, learn new reform-based teaching strategies, and develop expertise in inquiry while advocating for equity and excellence through high quality science and math instruction.


  • Official transcripts from all academic institutions
  • Official GRE or PRAXIS scores (or SC approved licensure test)
  • TOEFL scores if your primary language is not English
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher in the education major or minor
  • Initial teacher certification
  • Applicant essay


  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: April 1

Contact Information

Dr. Christine Finnan, Program Director



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