ERIC Number: ED378895
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Master's Education: A Guide for Faculty and Administrators. A Policy Statement.
Borchert, Mary Ann E.
This publication addresses Master's in Education programs and some commonly accepted standards of good practice particularly in light of the degree's increasing importance as a primary credential for those seeking to improve and upgrade their professional skills. After a brief review of the history of Master's degrees, a section on the degree program and institutional setting notes two types of programs, research or discipline-oriented programs and practice-oriented or professional programs. The next section describes some new approaches to Masters programs including program types and characteristics of quality experiences. The following section discusses students in such programs, their enrollment patterns, characteristics, sources of financial support, and numbers of international students. A central section examines the academic and institutional context of a Master's program and suggests several areas for consideration with regard to faculty, graduate advisory committees, departments and department leadership, academic deans, and central administration. The next section establishes some general requirements and specific aspects including admissions, curriculum and time requirements, capstone experiences, internships, practicum and applied experiences, and issues of non-traditional delivery of a Master's level education. The following section discusses development and evaluation of programs. The final section looks at the future of the Master's degree in the United States. (Contains 33 references, 6 tables, and 2 figures.) (JB)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Degree Requirements, Educational Quality, Enrollment, Financial Support, Foreign Students, Graduate School Faculty, Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Masters Degrees, Masters Programs, Masters Theses, Program Administration, Program Development, Standards, Student Characteristics
Council of Graduate Schools, One Dupont Circle, N.W., Suite 430, Washington, DC 20036-1173 ($10).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association, New York, NY. College Retirement Equities Fund.
Authoring Institution: Council of Graduate Schools, Washington, DC.