The M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Environmental Education is designed to prepare K-12 educators as specialists in the study of the earth’s environment. Learning and teaching will be based on 3 key concepts: how to learn about and investigate the environment, an understanding of how humans interact with the environment, and the importance of stewardship for our Earth. An emphasis is placed on the connection between transformative education practices and the development of critical thinking, problem solving skills, and self discovery, skills essential to the successful evaluation of alternative viewpoints related to environmental issues. This course of study is aligned with the National Environmental Education Standards, the National Science Education Standards and the Science Common Core State Standards (when these are developed). Environmental literacy – how daily choices help or harm the environment – is a theme woven throughout the program.
Program Objectives for the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Environmental Education
In addition to meeting the objectives for all Concordia’s M.Ed. programs, successful candidates in the M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction will demonstrate:
- Expertise in the utilization of new methods of authentic assessment and strategies as tools to evaluate student learning progress.
- The ability to modify instructional plans and promote alternative goals and strategies when necessary, particularly in relation to assessment results.
- Effective instructional skills in planning, implementing, and assessing instruction in settings that include diverse cultural populations and special needs students.
Environmental Education Courses
In addition to the four core courses required for a degree in Curriculum and Instruction, students enrolled in the Environmental Education program must also take the following foundation courses:
- Unique issues of study related to environmental education
- The adoption of environmental education curricula/programs
- Adapting an environmental education program for special populations
- The role of the environmental education K-12 specialist in modeling and teaching the principles related to "how to think" not "what to think," relative to environmental education, as an education and community leader
- Connecting national environmental education standards to local initiatives
- Expanding an environmental education program beyond the classroom and school setting
The Master of Education culminates with two courses: either EDGR 698-Action Research (3), or EDGR 699-Thesis (3). Either option provides 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.
Action Research is the capstone project for the Master of Education program. During this five-week course, candidates will complete final edits of the Literature Review, obtain appropriate permissions, implement Action Research, collect and analyze data from the Action Research implementation, and complete the Action Research Documentation Form.
The Thesis offers the graduate student the opportunity to investigate, in depth, a topic in the field of education. The student, working with his or her educational research instructor, will explore relevant literature and present a Thesis following the procedure established by the College of Education.
Getting Your Master’s Degree Online
The Master of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Environmental Education is fully online. This online format uses cutting edge curriculum delivered on easy to use online learning technology to provide students with a challenging educational experience. Each online course is 5 weeks in length.
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