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SOE, Outward Bound offer innovative Master's Degree Program for Experienced Social Studies Teachers

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Last summer, two UNC-Chapel Hill professors and several master's degree students took part in an inaugural M.Ed.-Outward Bound adventure.

UNC’s School of Education and the North Carolina Outward Bound School are offering experienced social studies teachers in grades 6-12 an innovative master’s degree program.

The Master of Education for Experienced Teachers (M.Ed.) program is a two-year program that allows teachers to progress to a master’s degree while continuing to teach. Participants have the option of beginning the program with a seven-day Outward Bound course, which is designed to demonstrate the benefits of experiential learning.

The M.Ed. program is also accepting applications from teachers in other specialty areas and grade levels.

The application deadline for the program is March 15.

The M.Ed. program is designed as a cohort model and is devoted to helping experienced secondary social studies teachers expand and refine their understanding of teaching and learning. The program will emphasize social justice and innovative practice. Successful candidates will emerge as teacher-leaders who use innovative and forward-thinking practices in their own social studies courses. With experiential education as its “signature” pedagogy, the course of study will offer a number of experiential, hands-on, active-learning opportunities for admitted candidates.

The Outward Bound wilderness course, which will be held in the mountains of North Carolina, is part of the initial course in the program, EDUC 600: Reinventing Teaching. Participation in this Outward Bound course will count for course credit in the program and is available at no additional cost beyond the cost of course tuition.

This opportunity combines the transformational experience of an Outward Bound course with ongoing instruction that increases teachers’ understanding and integration of experiential methodology in their own classrooms.

Participants in this M.Ed. program take 33 hours of graduate work over two full years beginning in Summer 2011 while continuing to teach. Teachers who successfully complete the program requirements earn both an M.Ed. and the recommendation for master’s level middle school or high school licensure in social studies.

The course schedule and other information about the Master of Education for Experienced Teachers program can be found at

Financial Aid is available for those enrolled in the M.Ed. program for at least 4.5 credits per term.

Instructions for application, including application requirements, are available through the UNC School of Education at Only completed applications, including the application fee and all supporting documentation, will be considered.

For more information

Dr. Suzanne Gulledge
(919) 962-6605