Emphasis Areas

Within the M.Ed. in Integrative Learning program each student selects an area of emphasis.  The emphasis area is a personal, passionate interest enabling learners to situate professional development in a field of their choice. This “independent” portion of the work accounts for approximately one-third of the degree requirements. TIES integrative seminars provide a “catalyst or lens” for exploring this emphasis area.

In the Integrative Learning M.Ed. there are four Emphasis Area Options. Each one is guided by an experienced faculty-mentor.

Independent Choice

Students who select this option, name and create their emphasis area.

Here are a few examples from graduates of the program:

  • Environmental Awareness
  • Media Literacy
  • Art Education
  • Sense of Place
  • Leadership
  • Ecoliteracy
  • Experiential Learning
  • Earth Education
  • Spiritual Ecology

Peace Through Education

Peace, sometimes understood as a verb — an ongoing process and means to living within the social, economic, political and cultural framework — is studied within the context of self and other as well as self and Earth’s biosystems. In this area of emphasis students explore the aspects of inner and outer peacing.

Adolescent Education

For more than 100 years we have treated adolescents as an “add-on” to industrial education. Successive reviews of education fail to approach the core of this developmental period. We embrace a comprehensive revisioning of teaching and learning with adolescents that considers their deepest philosophical and psychological creative potential.

Sustainable Nutrition

Integrative Learning supports the inclusion of Nutrition in the emerging sustainable paradigm. Students learn how to value relationships in food ecology —from choice, to food preparation, to energy flows — recognizing sustainable networks within the growth and distribution of food systems. As students develop ways to implement new-thinking into their teaching approaches, there is recognition that food selections affect who we are and our relationship to Earth.

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