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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.
TESOL Concentration 12 crs.
EDU604 Diversity Issues in 21st Century Education


Diversity Issues in 21st Century Education - 3 credits

This course will address how culture affects learning and achievement across the lifespan in 21st Century education. Students will analyze current and future demographic trends covering a variety of topics such as multiculturalism, gender, achievement gaps, and global workforce development. Emphasis will be placed on reviewing and evaluating current diversity research to support the development of culturally responsive best practices.

3 crs.
EDU651 Teaching ESL: Methods and Strategies


Teaching ESL:  Methods and Strategies - 3 credits

This course will identify research-based practices and strategies to actively engage English Language Learners and facilitate their educational achievements.  Students will explore a variety of literacy and content based instructional models, learn their rationale for application, and practice strategies for effective teaching of ELL students.  Participants will receive the tools that will assist in the collection, management, and analysis of teacher behaviors and student outcomes that lead to English Language Learner success.

3 crs.
EDU653 Second Language Acquisition


Second Language Acquisition - 3 credits

This course is a graduate study of second language acquisition.  Students will identify the research, empirical data, and theoretical concepts that explain what happens in the human mind during the acquisition of a first and second language.  Current theoretical perspectives on second language acquisition will be analyzed including research issues, models, and positions.  Second language teaching methods and approaches will be integrated through an interdisciplinary knowledge base of major theories of learning in the fields of linguistics, psychology, sociology, cognitive development and brain-based research as they relate to language learning and second language acquisition.

3 crs.
EDU655 ESL Curriculum and Assessment


ESL Curriculum  and Assessment - 3 credits

Students in this course will review, analyze and select quality content appropriate for ESL learners in a curriculum, including online programs and websites that will help ELLs gain comprehension in reading, writing, and math.  Critical components of designing thematic content curricula for ESL learners will also be addressed.  Emphasis will be placed on methodology and strategies that differentiate and mediate thinking and learning.  Students will identify means of ELL assessment and analyze the role of assessment in ESL curriculum. 

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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