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ONline Master of Education with a concentration in Higher Education Administration


M.Ed. Core Courses 12 crs.
EDU505 Future of Education


Future of Education - 3 credits

This course explores technological, economic, demographic, and social trends and their implications for the future of education. As the foundation course for the M.Ed. program, students will develop their digital literacy skills by creating an online Personal Learning Environment, and strengthen their graduate level writing skills through weekly discussions and a series of mini-projects, which culminate in a final Vision for the Future. Students will post their project to their PLE, as a first step toward creating their online learning community and professional portfolio. Note: Transfer credit will not be accepted for this course.

3 crs.
EDU510 The Cognitive Science of Teaching & Learning


The Cognitive Science of Teaching & Learning - 3 credits

Implications of cognitive science research on acquisition of knowledge theory will be analyzed in terms of applicability to teaching and learning.  Emphasis will be on practical means to facilitate mental processes related to attention, memory, motivation and problem-solving to foster depth in understanding and adaptable mechanisms for the transfer of learning.

3 crs.
EDU515 Measurement and Metrics


Measurement and Metrics - 3 credits

Students will be exposed to a number of statistical tools and measurement processes that are foundational to evaluation efforts.  Emphasis will be placed on the development of strategies for the identification, collection, presentation and use of metrics that are essential for measuring educational progress.

3 crs.
EDU520 Digitally-Mediated Teaching & Learning


Digitally-Mediated Teaching & Learning - 3 credits

Students will explore a variety of digitally-mediated resources and identify multiple means of technologically supportingand delivering instruction. Students will review the relevant theories, research literature, and case studies on digitallymediatedteaching and learning, identify technology resources, and learn how they can be used. Students will gain skillin using digitally-mediated technologies (e.g. WordPress, Twitter) to enhance learning through mini-projects throughout the course. Note: Transfer credit will not be accepted for this course.

3 crs.
Higher Education Administration Concentration 12 crs.
EDU643 Teaching the Adult Learner


Teaching the Adult Learner - 3 credits

This course addresses the principles and practical applications of adult learning theory.  Students will apply the tenets of andragogy in terms of motivating and teaching adult learners.  Emphasis will be placed on the implications of adult learning theory on both curriculum and instruction in higher education.  Research related to adult education and research-based adult learning applications will be explored and applied.

3 crs.
EDU644 The New Post Secondary Student


The New Post Secondary Student - 3 credits

This course analyzes trends and issues related to post secondary students and the effects of those trends and issues on higher education.  Student demographic trends will be analyzed in terms of the implications for college recruitment and retention.  Strategies for recruitment and retention will be identified along with career service strategies to improve graduation rates and gainful employment.  Student financial aid issues will be addressed in relation to the financing of higher education.  Aspects of post secondary student services will be analyzed for applicability to online and traditional higher education models.

3 crs.
EDU645 Administration & Leadership of Higher Education


Administration & Leadership of Higher Education - 3 credits

This course will examine current and potential future models of the administration of higher education.  Identification of principle roles and responsibilities of the current organization of higher education will be mapped to varied collegiate missions.  The connection of administration, leadership, and finance will be explored in terms of their interrelationship.  Theories of change leadership will be identified and applied to the context of higher education through models of leadership of higher education.  Students will analyze and evaluate strategies for change in higher education.

3 crs.
EDU647 Higher Education Policy, Politics and Pressing Issues


Higher Education Policy, Politics, and Pressing Issues - 3 credits

Students in this course will analyze current federal and state legislative policies related to higher education and the connection of policy to politics related to post secondary education. Current issues facing the higher education community, such as financing higher education, online education and for-profit vs. not-for-profit issues, will be explored in terms of their implications for change. Students will be able to identify current policies that drive higher education, analyze the current political, social, and technology climate, and predict the effect on the future of higher education.

3 crs.
M.Ed. Capstone 9 crs
EDU697 Capstone Research Methods


Capstone Research Methods - 3 credits

Students will begin preparing for their capstone project by exploring the elements which define good qualitative and quantitative education research. Evaluation of research best practices will cover critical interpretation of research, types of research design, levels of significance, and validity. Students will consider the practical implications of research and review the literature to select a strong research-based foundation to frame their capstone project.

3 crs.
EDU698 Reading, Research & Planning


Readings, Research and Planning - 3 credits

Students will choose a final project at the beginning of this course that will be completed in the EDU699 Capstone Project course. This course will require students to complete a plan for their final project and to perform a literature review of relevant research to support the final project. Depending on the type of final project a student chooses, s/he may be required to provide an argument in favor of the theoretical perspective or world view they will be using in the final project.

3 crs.
EDU699 Capstone Project


Capstone Project - 3 credits

Each student will design and implement a project related to his/her area of professional expertise and matched to at least three of the M.Ed. program goals. All projects must integrate technology and demonstrate new professional skill gleaned through the Post University M.Ed. program.

3 crs.
M.Ed. Program Total Credits 33 crs


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