This 36-credit-hour master of arts degree program provides a broad philosophical, historical, literary, curricular, and pedagogical perspective on classical education. Electives options include courses on the seven classical liberal arts, education leadership, and special topics courses.
Our courses carry the “EDU” designation in the course listings and are offered at the 600-700 level. Some advanced undergraduate courses may be cross-listed for graduate credit and are designated at the 500 level. These courses will incorporate additional requirements and rigor commensurate with graduate level study. All courses are for 3 credit hours, unless otherwise noted.
A study of the principles and practices of liberal education from its beginnings in the ancient world through to the present. The course will include ancient schooling; monastic schools; the rise of universities; the growth of Humanism, natural sciences, and specialization; the rise of the great books movement: and the revival of classical K-12 education.
A focused study of the principles and practices of American education from its beginnings through to the present. The course will include education in Colonial America, the Common School Era, the Progressive Era, and the 21st Century. There will be special focus on the role of education in the formation of character, citizenship, and a polity.
A survey of educational philosophy from the ancient Greeks through the Middle Ages. Focus is on primary texts.
A survey of educational philosophy from the Renaissance forward, including late modern developments that depart from the principles and understandings in the classical tradition. Focus is on primary texts.
A survey of select, great, primary texts from Antiquity to the Middle Ages. The course will seek to build an integrated understanding of the intellectual and cultural patrimony bequeathed to the West in the literary, historical, and philosophical texts.
A survey of select, great, primary texts from the Renaissance to the Modern era in the West. The course will seek to build an integrated understanding of the intellectual and cultural patrimony bequeathed to the West in the literary, historical, and philosophical texts.
A study of the principles giving form and content to classical pedagogy and curricula particularly as found in the present. While reference to past models and practices is appropriate, the course will emphasize the manner in which contemporary classical pedagogy and curricula incorporate their animating principles and the consequences—including as regards effectiveness—of their doing so.
The research thesis will bear upon some facet or aspect of classical education. The course includes an oral defense of the thesis.
This elective course provides a close study of a particular figure, author, idea, or theme related to classical education.
A study of the three “trivial” arts (grammar, logic, and rhetoric) in classical education and of the ideas and principles that undergird them. The course will both survey the content of the trivium and engage in a classically informed study of human knowing as relates to language.
A study of the four “quadrivial” arts (arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy) in classical education and of the ideas and principles that undergird them. The course will both survey the content of the quadrivium and engage in a classically informed study of human knowing as relates to quantity.
A survey of the core characteristics and skills of an educational leader. The course will explore the nature of leadership in general, focus on various aspects of leadership within an educational context, and examine the virtues, habits, and preparation necessary to lead well with integrity. Students will grow in their understanding of successful leadership and of their own strengths/weaknesses as educational leaders. While the course may employ the case studies, best practices, and theories of leadership, the chief readings of the course will be works of humane letters. These may include works by or about the great and flawed leaders from history and fictive representations of great and flawed leaders from excellent literature.
A survey of the particular conditions in which contemporary classical schools operate and the qualities required to manage a school under such conditions. As an overview, the course introduces students to matters that administrators will typically encounter and the kinds of tools, skills, and resources they will need to assemble or develop in order to fulfill their responsibilities. Topics may include but are not limited to education law, regulation, policies, and politics; school identity, mission, founding documents, and accreditation; public relations and marketing; budgeting, finance, and plant operations; recruiting, mentoring, supervising, and evaluating school personnel; student admissions; daily operations; building successful relationships with school stakeholders including parents, boards, and members of the local community.
A semester-long teacher practicum in a classical school setting. The practicum, arranged in coordination with the graduate program and a classical school, most likely will occur alongside other graduate coursework. It will include a seminar component and culminate in a final project.
A semester-long administrator practicum in a classical school setting. The practicum, arranged in coordination with the graduate program and a classical school, most likely will occur alongside other graduate coursework. It will include a seminar component and culminate in a final project.
The Graduate Handbook contains authoritative guidance for our program and specific details regarding degree programs, timelines and time limits, academic and general policies, and similar matters.
As part of degree requirements, students must demonstrate reading competence in an ancient language (Latin or Ancient Greek). They must complete this requirement prior to graduation. To assist graduate students in obtaining and demonstrating reading competence, we have language courses that are offered during occasional summers.
Our Summer Language courses are for credit and will appear on student transcripts. However, the credits do not count toward degree requirements for the M.A., nor are they calculated into the determination of the GPA for scholarship and academic status purposes. Students should consult Appendix A of the Graduate Handbook for additional information on language requirements. Recent summer language offerings can be found below.
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