Examining Teachers’ Decisions to Pursue Graduate Programs in Administration or Curriculum

Teresa Martin Starrett, Pat J. Casey, Karen Dunlap


This study examines several factors that may have motivated teachers to either pursue a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) or one in educational administration. From a total of 120 applicants’ submitted letters of intent collected during 2012, four areas were qualitatively investigated: reasons for choosing the particular Master’s program, goals for degree attainment, personal/professional qualities possessed and perspectives about education as a profession. Letters were de-identified and examined for themes. Overwhelmingly, teachers pursing the curriculum degree cited additional knowledge needed to affect change in the classroom while those seeking the administration degree cited a desire to educate themselves in order to have a widespread impact as primary reasons for their choice of degree.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/jse.v3i1.2609


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