Students enrolled in the Online Teaching and Learning program must complete:
- Four core courses required for the Curriculum & Instruction degree
- Foundation courses for the specific concentration
MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Core Courses
EDGR 502 (3)
Developing Character Through the Curriculum
This course will provide teachers with the resources and skills necessary to integrate character themes and character development into their school curriculum. It provides a forum in which to discuss and develop one's own moral perspectives on the basis of generally accepted criteria.
EDGR 535 (3)
Theories of Teaching and Learning
This course is designed to provide leaders with the latest psychological research about learning and guide them in exploring ways to directly apply these precepts to their current work setting. Topics will include cognitive science, learning theory, and relevant teaching theories that utilize this information. The course will fuse the latest biological and psychological understanding of how the brain learns so candidates can harness this knowledge and apply it directly to learning situations.
EDGR 595 (3)
Community of Learners
Relationships constructed on trust are critical for an efficient, collegial, collaborative workplace. This course challenges candidates to confront the tremendous diversity in their current environment and develop strategies to build community in the midst of the social, ethnic, economic and alternative lifestyle differences that permeate today's 21st century workplace. In sum, this course stresses the critical importance of creating community in the workplace and illustrates how that community, once established, can generate an efficient, supportive, and positive work place.
EDGR 602 (3)
Contemporary Educational Thought
Candidates identify, review, and analyze major trends and issues impacting the contemporary state and national educational scenes. Each class session provides students with an opportunity to evaluate the advantages and liabilities of current educational reforms and issues from the perspective of prevailing educational research as well as from their own personal beliefs and current work environment. Candidates will also consider how they can impact and influence change in their own workplace.
*This course is offered in a seminar format online, which consists of three one-week (1 credit) courses that are taken throughout the program.
MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Online Teaching and Learning
EDCI 535 (3)
Transformative Teaching and Learning in Online Education
Transformative learning involves changing perspective or frames of reference (King, 2002). The online education environment is conducive to transformative learning in various ways. This course provides an overview of transformative learning theory and concepts in the online teaching environment. Candidates will explore a model of teaching for online education that regards the learners as being actively engaged through critical reflection and discourse to question assumptions, expectations, and context. The course emphasizes a close examination of the role of the online instructor as facilitator who builds an open environment for meaningful dialogue and reflection. Candidates will be challenged to evaluate how to apply key elements of transformative learning to their online teaching.
EDCI 588 (3)
Ethical and Social Issues for Online Teachers
This course addresses the social and legal issues challenging the online teacher. The social issues will focus on the history of educational movements, history of distance education and will explore the culture of the online course room, issues of academic integrity, the business of online education, and distance education as an agent of change. The legal issues addressed in the course will include copyright, e-mail privacy, and access and security issues. The common goal of the various forms of distance education has been to provide educational opportunities to people unable to participate in traditional learning institutions. Educators must be aware of the new challenges and social and legal issues inherent in distance education if they are to become participants in and advocates for distance education.
EDCI 532 (3)
Instructional Strategies for the Online Classroom
This course will introduce you to concepts and principles for effective instructional strategies for online learning as well as how to maximize learning in both synchronous and asynchronous environments. This course focuses on specific actions that online instructors can take to be more effective and better serve their learning populations.
EDCI 552 (3)
Assessment for Online Learning
This course addresses the quality online program evaluation as outlined by accreditation procedures and standards. The focus of this course will be the use of evaluation to assure quality programs at all levels of school operation. As online schools and programs become ever more the norm in the educational community it becomes increasingly important that every aspect of a learning organization - individuals, classrooms, schools, the district, and the community - be dedicated to continual analysis, assessment, and reflection on system practices (Costa and Kallick,1995). Students who are interested in any aspect of online schooling should be familiar with standards and methods of measurement essential in providing a quality online learning experience.
Research Course 1
EDGR 601 (3)
This course provides students with the basic competencies necessary to understand and evaluate the research of others, and to plan their own research with a minimum of assistance. This course includes the basics of both qualitative and quantitative research.
The Master of Education culminates with one of three additional research courses:
Any of the above options provide candidates with an understanding of the role of research in the field of education as a tool to solve problems and as a way to improve student learning.