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.
Upon completion of the MEd, the graduate should be able to:
- Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision-making.
- Apply an advanced knowledge of education practices and processes, including both pedagogy and technology.
- As a teacher-leader, critically examine concepts and theories concerning developing education trends.
- Extend and expand knowledge and skills as a professional educator.
- Evaluate assessment strategies and instruments, including standardized testing.
- Develop strategies to address learners with exceptionalities.
- Conduct education research that involves interpretation of data and applying results to improve educational practice.
MED CORE18 HOURS
EDU5000 Critical Issues and Trends in Education3
Critical issues and current trends in education with emphasis on how historical education theories underlie current issues, trends, and education practice.
EDU5100 Advanced Instructional Methods3
Professional teaching strategies, with emphasis on differentiated learning, integration of technology, and student-centered techniques.
EDU5200 Curriculum Development3
Curriculum terms, theory, scope and sequence, assessment, alignment with federal, state, and local standards, Common Core, and selection of materials and texts.
EDU5300 Teaching Exceptional Learners3
An overview of learner exceptionalities in educational settings for providing inclusive techniques in classroom settings, including emphasis on family and community involvement in building responsiveness to learners with exceptionalities.
EDU5400 Teachers as Leaders3
The evolving roles of teachers in educational settings, including leadership theories and their applications, with emphasis on servant leadership.
EDU6500 Research Seminar A2
Research methods for education, including forms of research, action research, data collection methods, data analysis, and ethical practices in research leading to the graduate thesis or research project. Continues in EDU6510.
EDU6510 Research Seminar B1
Continuation of EDU6500.Prerequisite: Successful completion of EDU6500
English as a Second Langauge Specialization
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE18 HOURS
ESL6000 Theories and Trends for Teaching ESL Students3
Trends and research in the field of English as a Second Language (ESL) with emphasis on the range of settings where the English language is taught and key findings from Second Language Acquisition (SLA) and Sociolinguistics research that influence the ESL classroom.Prerequisite: Graduate Admission
ESL6100 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity3
Cultural diversity and the linguistic influences of selected and related populations in the US, with emphasis on linguistic nuances that influence curriculum development for ESL instruction.Prerequisite: Graduate Admission
ESL6200 Methods for Integrating ESL Instruction in the Content Areas3
Instructional approaches and routines for English language learners, including a history of methods, examination of best practices, and curriculum development for ESL instruction.
ESL6300 Assessment of ESL Students3
The importance of ESL assessment, with methods and practical examples of formal and informal assessment of language skills in the ESL classroom, and opportunities to create assessment rubrics.
ESL6400 Reading Instruction for ESL Students3
Effective reading instruction and language learning support for ESL students, with emphasis on phonemic awareness, comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary development.
ESL6500 Research Topics in ESL Instruction3
Application of educational research techniques to targeted study in reading instruction for ESL students.
ENG5000 Composition Studies3
Theories and pedagogies that influence composition studies in the digital age, with review of practices and ideals that shaped the teaching of composition within a biblical worldview, and consideration of how digital media transforms the definition of good writing in the academy and the workplace.Prerequisite: Must meet graduate admissions standards.
ENG5100 Teaching Writing in the Disciplines3
Introduction to the theories and pedagogies that influence composition instruction within a biblical worldview through Writing in the Disciplines (WID) practice. Students will examine the 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 in an online modality.Prerequisite: Must meet graduate admissions standards.
ENG5200 Applied Modern Rhetorical Theory3
Contemporary themes and debates in rhetorical theory with an introduction to rhetoric as an academic discipline. The course facilitates professional development of educational professionals and helps direct students to more focused studies in the field.
ENG5300 Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory3
Concepts and practices of literary and cultural theory with a survey of Western literary theory and criticism, and emphasis on the most prominent theorists, texts, and ideas. Students will read primary theoretical texts with attention to historical and cultural contexts.
ENG5400 Selected Works from Shakespeare3
Introduction to a selection of Shakespeare’s plays and discussion of values examined and expressed within his texts.
ENG5500 Teaching of Literature, Grades 7-123
The process of teaching literature and reading alongside other literacy skills: writing, speaking, and listening.
MAT5000 Historical and Cultural Foundations of Mathematics3
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 to quantitative reasoning, covariational reasoning, and problem-solving play in learning major ideas of mathematics.Prerequisite: Must meet graduate admissions standards.
MAT5100 Applied Probability3
Basic concepts of probability, including 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.
MAT5200 Applied Statistics3
Statistical methods and data analysis for students who have completed an undergraduate course in statistics.Prerequisite: Graduate admission. Highly Recommended: MAT5100 Probability or equivalent
MAT5300 Teaching of Geometry, Grades 7-123
Geometry concepts, 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
MAT5400 Teaching of Algebra, Grades 7-123
Algebraic concepts, curricula, and current pedagogical standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
MAT5500 Real Analysis3
The properties of real numbers and the ideas of sets, functions, and limits, with attention to measure and integration theory, the theory of metric spaces, and real valued functions.
Special Needs Specialization
SPECIAL NEEDS18 HOURS
EDU6000 Introduction to Teaching Students with Special Needs3
Historical, philosophical, ethical, and legal foundations of special education with emphasis on the characteristics and instructional needs of specific disabilities.
EDU6100 Assessment, Evaluation, and Intervention3
Formal and informal assessment methods used in the field of special education with emphasis on selecting, adapting, modifying, administering, and interpreting the results of student assessments.
EDU6150 Assistive Technology for Special Needs3
Assistive technologies available for students with a variety of special needs.
EDU6200 Classroom and Behavior Management3
Positive behavioral interventions and supports for students with special needs.
EDU6250 Methods for Integrating Special Needs in the Content Areas3
Development of competence in applying teaching methods and techniques for special needs students in a variety of classroom settings with emphasis on appropriate modification of instruction to meet student learning needs.
EDU6300 Policy and Legal Issues for Special Needs Students3
Foundational legal and policy issues that directly impact teaching and learning for students with special needs.