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Master of Education Program

Program Overview, Master of Education (M.Ed.) Cohort Program


The Master of Education (M.Ed.) is a professional development degree for educational scholars, which includes teachers and professionals with leadership or training roles in health sciences, social services, community education, and business or industry.  Professional development is achieved through critical reflection, theoretical investigation, and application of theory and research to practice in communities.  The curriculum is based on the roles that educational scholars play as teachers, leaders, and change agents in formal, non-formal, and community-based settings. 
Core courses are delivered primarily online with one face–to–face weekend session during the first month of each semester. The required core courses are delivered over in sequence, using this hybrid model for learners who wish to earn the graduate degree while maintaining fulltime employment. Students are admitted and register for two years of core curriculum with the same cohort.  Attendance at the face-to-face meetings for the first semester is mandatory.

 

Goals

Learners will develop skills in:

  • critical reflection
  • investigation and application of educational theory to practice
  • evaluation, execution and effective communication of educational research
  • intercultural competence
  • the creation and participation in communities of learners as professionals
  • leadership for educational reform

 

Requirements

The M.Ed. requires a minimum of 30 credits. The cohort program has a 24-credit core curriculum; remaining credits are electives. The sequence of the core courses is designed so courses build and rely on each other in a way that integrates content from one semester to the next. The research component of the program will build through the program, and will be structured to help cohort members complete their required final project by the end of enrollment. Specific products at the end of each term will lead to completed research .

Students may enroll in either a Four-Semester, or a Three- Semester program. Those who enroll to begin their program in a summer term will be able to complete in one year (three semesters) of concentrated core coursework, pending required electives and completion of the final research project. Those who enroll to begin in the Fall Semester will determine whether a three or four semester core program meets their needs. For those enrolling in the Fall, and who are committed to a Four Semester program, the research sequence is as follows:

 

Four-Semester Program

At the end of:

Semester 1

(Fall)

Select your topic and complete a "mini" literature review

Semester 2

(Spring)

Write the question to be researched and complete the literature review

Semester 3

(Fall)

Determine the research method and write a proposal and submit IRB application

Semester 4

(Spring)

Gather data, analyze and complete the research thesis

Semester 1

(Fall)

Educ 7001, Introduction to Graduate Study (2)

Educ 7008, Foundations of Teaching and Learning: Curriculum Theory and Design (4)

Semester 2

(Spring)

Educ 7004, Educational Action Research and Inquiry (4)

Educ 7002, Human Diversity and Exceptionality (2)

Semester 3

(Fall)

Educ 7009, Assessment of Student Learning (3)

Educ 7011, Integrated Research in Practice (3)

Semester 4

(Spring)

Educ 7006, Ethics and Professionalism in Education (2)

Educ 5990, Research Project (4)

 

Three Semester Program

At the end of:

Semester 1

(Summer)

Select your topic and complete a "mini" literature review

Semester 2

(Fall)

Write the question to be researched and complete the literature review

Semester 2

(Fall)

Determine the research method and write a proposal and submit IRB application

Semester 3

(Spring)

Gather data, analyze and complete the research thesis

Semester 1


(Summer)

Educ 7001, Introduction to Graduate Study (2)

Educ 7008, Foundations of Teaching and Learning: Curriculum Theory and Design (4)

Educ 7004, Educational Action Research and Inquiry (4)

Semester 2

(Fall)


Educ 7002, Human Diversity and Exceptionality (2) 

Educ 7009, Assessment of Student Learning (3) 

Educ 7011, Integrated Research in Practice (3)

Semester 3

(Summer)


Educ 7006, Ethics and Professionalism in Education (2)

 Educ 5990, Research Project (4)

 

Electives are determined in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies (1st semester) and the graduate advisor (with Educ 7011). All policies relating to degree requirements are detailed in the Student Handbook.