Follow Christ, Lead the Way

The purpose of the Master of Education degree program is to provide practicing educators with further advanced knowledge of pedagogy and chosen focused content areas and to create Teacher Leaders in classrooms, buildings and districts.

Objectives

Upon completion of the MEd, the graduate should be able to:
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    Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision-making.
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    Apply an advanced knowledge of education practices and processes, including both pedagogy and technology.
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    As a teacher-leader, critically examine concepts and theories concerning developing education trends.
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    Extend and expand knowledge and skills as a professional educator.
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    Evaluate assessment strategies and instruments, including standardized testing.
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    Develop strategies to address learners with exceptionalities.
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    Conduct education research that involves interpretation of data and applying results to improve educational practice.

CORE COURSE LIST18 HOURS

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    This course is an overview of critical issues and current trends in education. It includes a historical overview of education theories, with emphasis on how they underlie current issues, trends, and education practice.
     
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    This course expands the professional repertoire of teaching strategies, with emphasis on differentiated learning, integration of technology, and student-centered techniques.
     
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    This course includes defining terms, curriculum theory, scope and sequence, curriculum assessment, alignment with federal, state, and local standards, Common Core, and selection of materials and texts.
     
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    This course provides educators with an overview of learner exceptionalities in educational settings. Educators can then apply these concepts to their classroom settings to provide inclusive techniques for these learners. Family and community involvement in building responsiveness to learners with exceptionalities will also be explored.
     
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    This course examines the evolving roles of teachers in educational settings, including leadership theories and their applications. Emphasis is placed upon servant leadership.
     
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    This course provides instruction in basic research methods applied to education, including overview of different forms of research, action research, selection of data collection methods, data analysis, and ethical practices in research. Application of the methods will lead to a final graduate thesis or research project. Students will begin the research project in EDU6500 and complete the research project in EDU6510.
     
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    This course provides instruction in basic research methods applied to education, including overview of different forms of research, action research, selection of data collection methods, data analysis, and ethical practices in research. Application of the methods will lead to a final graduate thesis or research project. Students will begin the research project in EDU6500 and complete the research project in EDU6510.
    Prerequisites: Successful completion of EDU6500

SPECIAL NEEDS SPECIALIZATION18 HOURS

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE SPECIALIZATION18 HOURS

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    This course provides an overview of the trends and research in the field of English as a Second Language (ESL). Emphasis is given to an understanding of the range of settings where the English language is taught as well as introduces key findings from Second Language Acquisition (SLA) and Sociolinguistics research that influence the ESL classroom.
    (Prerequisite: Graduate Admission)
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    6 weeks This course provides background knowledge of U.S. cultural diversity and the linguistic influences of selected and related populations. Emphasis is given to the linguistic nuances that influence curriculum development for ESL.
    (Prerequisite: Graduate Admission)
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    This course is an overview of the instructional approaches and routines for English language learners. The course will cover a history of methods and examine best practices of teaching English as well as curriculum development.
     
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    The course offers an overview of the importance and high stakes nature of assessment and the many forms it can take. In addition, the course offers suggestions and examples on how to assess, formally and informally, the different language skills in the ESL classroom, while providing students with opportunities to create assessment rubrics of their own. FIN | FINANCE
     
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    This course develops teacher competence in providing effective reading instruction and language learning support to ESL students. The areas of phonemic awareness, comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary development are addressed.
     
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    This course supports teacher application of educational research techniques to targeted study in reading instruction for ESL students
     

ENGLISH SPECIALIZATION18 HOURS

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    ENG5000 introduces students to the theories and pedagogies that influence composition studies in the digital age. Students will review the practices and ideals that have shaped the teaching of composition within a Biblical worldview while also considering how digital media transforms the definition of good writing in the academy and the workplace.
    (Prerequisite: Must meet graduate admissions standards.)
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    ENG5100 introduces students to the theories and pedagogies that influence composition instruction within a Biblical worldview through Writing in the Disciplines (WID) practice. Within this context, students will examine the specific needs and requirements that shape scholarly research and writing in the humanities, social sciences, business, ministry, and medicine. Students will also consider the transformative nature of WID practice to improve content retention through the integration of structured peer review and instructor response within an online modality.
    (Prerequisite: Must meet graduate admissions standards.)
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    This course is designed for three purposes: to provide an overview of some contemporary themes and debates within the field; to introduce students to the concept of rhetoric as an academic discipline; and to facilitate professional development, especially for educational professionals. The course provides both a lens for examining current theories in rhetorical studies as well as tools to help students proceed toward more focused studies in the field.
     
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    This course introduces students to the concepts and practices of literary and cultural theory. Students will survey Western literary theory and criticism with an emphasis on the most prominent theorists, texts, and ideas. Students will carefully read primary theoretical texts, with attention as well to the historical and cultural contexts. ESL | ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
     
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    Introduces students to a selection of Shakespeare’s plays that will include discussions related to the values examined and expressed within his texts.
     
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    Introduces students to the process of teaching literature and reading with other literacy skills of writing, speaking, and listening.
     

MATHEMATICS SPECIALIZATION18 HOURS

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    MAT5000 introduces students to the development of mathematics across time, geography, and culture within a Biblical worldview. Students will consider how these influences shape the study and instruction of mathematics, with attention given to quantitative reasoning, covariational reasoning, and problem-solving play in learning major ideas of mathematics.
    (Prerequisite: Must meet graduate admissions standards.)
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    MAT5100 introduces students to basic concepts of probability. Topics include sample spaces, computation rules, discrete and continuous probability distributions, random variables, multivariate distributions, and the Central Limit Theorem. Students are expected to be familiar with single-variable differential and integral calculus.
    (Prerequisite: Must meet graduate admissions standards.)
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    MAT5200 provides an introduction to statistical methods and data analysis. It is intended for graduate students who have completed an undergraduate course in statistics and wish to continue their studies.
    (Prerequisite: Graduate Admission. Highly Recommended: MAT5100 Probability or equivalent)
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    This course explores geometry concepts, geometry curricula, and current pedagogical standards reinforced by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
    (Prerequisite: Graduate Admission) MGM | MASTER OF MANAGEMENT
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    This course explores algebraic concepts and algebra curricula and current pedagogical standards reinforced by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
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    This course explores the properties of real numbers and the ideas of sets, functions, and limits. Attention is given to measure and integration theory, the theory of metric spaces, and real valued functions.