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:
  • 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.
This degree program is available in the following format:

100% Online courses in a 5-week as-you-go flexible format for busy adults featuring forum discussions and weekly assignment deadlines.

MAJOR36 Hours

Core18
  • Critical issues and current trends in education with emphasis on how historical education theories underlie current issues, trends, and education practice.
  • Professional teaching strategies, with emphasis on differentiated learning, integration of technology, and student-centered techniques.
  • Curriculum terms, theory, scope and sequence, assessment, alignment with federal, state, and local standards, Common Core, and selection of materials and texts.
  • 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.
  • The evolving roles of teachers in educational settings, including leadership theories and their applications, with emphasis on servant leadership.
  • 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.
  • Continuation of EDU6500.
    Prerequisite: EDU6500
Specialization18

Concentrations:

CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION 18 HOURS

  • A critical analysis of assessment models and techniques in education. Students will develop assessments that accurately and efficiently measure student and instructor performance.
    Prerequisite: MEd core or permission of the Dean
  • The central theme of this course will be to learn and practice instructional strategies with students who face limitations with the English language and/or have physical, mental, or emotional disabilities. The exploration of serving the needs of gifted and talented students will also be included. Additionally, students will develop a deeper understanding of the legal and moral obligation of teachers and schools to meet the needs of all learners.
    Prerequisite: MEd core or permission of the Dean
  • This course explores the unique blend of students in today's classroom. To develop the best learning environment and curriculum for student diversity, an understanding of this composite is the foundation for effective teaching and student learning. The course will cover this broad spectrum of learners through the study of ethnicity, race, gender, religion, culture, and socioeconomic status. The topics that will be interconnected with these types of diversity include the impact of home, society, and school on academic performance.
    Prerequisite: MEd core or permission of the Dean
  • This course is designed to provide students with a foundation in the past, present and future curriculum theories and theorists that drive instructional design. Students will analyze the most prevalent curriculum theories and their impact on education.
    Prerequisite: MEd core or permission of the Dean
  • This course introduces a wide range of high-quality technology for use at all grade levels and in all content areas. Students will locate, evaluate, and use technology applicable for learners of all ability levels and ages, including websites, apps, platforms, and assistive technology. This course will empower students to gain a thorough understanding of how technology can aid academic development and content comprehension, as well as result in issues and challenges within the classroom.
    Prerequisite: MEd core or permission of the Dean
Choose one of the following:
  • This course is designed as a capstone project for the Curriculum and Instruction concentration that allows students to demonstrate their knowledge of curriculum theory and instructional skills by developing a 9-week unit of instruction grounded in evidence-based practices.
    Prerequisite: MEd core or permission of the Dean
  • This course is designed as a capstone project for the Curriculum and Instruction concentration that allows students to demonstrate their knowledge of curriculum theory and instructional skills by developing a 9-week unit of instruction grounded in evidence-based practices.
    Prerequisite: MEd core or permission of the Dean

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE18 HOURS

  • 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
  • Cultural diversity and the linguistic influences of selected and related populations in the U.S., with emphasis on linguistic nuances that influence curriculum development for ESL instruction.
    Prerequisite: Graduate Admission
  • Instructional approaches and routines for English language learners, including a history of methods, examination of best practices, and curriculum development for ESL instruction.
  • 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.
  • Effective reading instruction and language learning support for ESL students, with emphasis on phonemic awareness, comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary development.
  • Application of educational research techniques to targeted study in reading instruction for ESL students.

ENGLISH18 HOURS

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Introduction to a selection of Shakespeare’s plays and discussion of values examined and expressed within his texts.
  • The process of teaching literature and reading alongside other literacy skills: writing, speaking, and listening.

MATHEMATICS18 HOURS

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    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.
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    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.
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    Statistical methods and data analysis for students who have completed an undergraduate course in statistics.
    Prerequisite: Graduate admission. Highly Recommended: MAT5100 Probability or equivalent
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    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
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    Algebraic concepts, curricula, and current pedagogical standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
     
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    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 NEEDS18 HOURS