Master of Education – eLearning Pedagogy
Develop eLearning strategies you can apply to the job right away.
Virtual learning environments have become a central part of education and education theory. The Master of Education with a specialization in eLearning Pedagogy is a program intended for learners and experienced education professionals seeking an advanced degree that focuses on implementing best practices in delivering effective instruction for distance education students in fully online courses.
This program prepares you to effectively teach online, understand the most current practices in the field of online education, and implement the range of tools that impact student learning, classroom community, and instructor pedagogy. This program is designed to benefit educators at both the K-12 and college-level, regardless of discipline.
Enjoy Flexibility – 12 courses with start dates every 2 weeks
Choose Where You Learn – Online courses
Affordable Monthly Payments – Opt to pay $325 per month
Focus On Your Passion – Choose your Capstone
You will learn how to design high-quality digital learning experiences that promote academic and social development, cultivate high levels of student engagement, and tailor lessons to the individual learning styles of students in virtual classrooms.
The Master of Education in eLearning Pedagogy is aligned to the professional standards in the field, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Additionally, this degree emphasis is also aligned to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards. This is a graduate-level program that does not lead to certification.
What is the Capstone Project?
Aspen University’s’ MEd capstone project requires the student to engage with an actual educational setting. It aligns with the academic focus and concentration of the degree program as well as relates to the student’s career interests by allowing the student to conduct research and act as a principal investigator and project leader. The capstone project allows the student to apply the tools, theories, knowledge, and skills drawn from the disciplinary coursework in the MEd core and other concentration courses. This overall goal of the capstone involves the integration and synthesis of the student’s learning, as well as the application of learning to real-world problems.
- Application – A completed application.
- Bachelor’s Degree Transcripts – Official transcript demonstrating a conferred bachelor’s degree from an institution that is accredited by a CHEA recognized accrediting body or an international equivalent with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater.
- Military Documentation (Optional) – A copy of the most recent orders; or a copy of DD214 (This can be requested from the National Archives.)
- MED705 - Research on Effective Teaching
- MED710 - Multidisciplinary Foundations of Education
- MED730 - Curriculum Development, Implementation and Evaluation
- MED700 - Integrating Technologies Across the Curriculum
- MED725 - Classroom Environments and Management
- MED720 - The Instructional Role of Assessment
- MED740 - Ethics and Educational Law
- EDU500 - Critical Issues in eLearning Paradigms
- EDU505 - Developing Community and Student Engagement in Online Contexts
- EDU510 - Designing High Impact eLearning Environments
- EDU515 - Pedagogical Tools for eLearning
- Final Proctored Exam
- MED799 - Graduate Capstone
This course is a research-based course that requires students to survey the research literature on effective teaching and schools. Research in a particular area, on-site observations in a school setting, and post-observation and analysis of observed teaching and learning are examined and compared to what the literature reveals is ""best practices"".3 Credits
This course gives students an opportunity to study the dynamic and continuing impact of social, political, and economic forces on American education. Students are introduced to the historical evolution of the public schools to help them identify important social issues that can have an impact on the educational system. Students are required to complete a major research paper.3 Credits
The purpose of this course is to study the process of curriculum development from the planning stages to implementation and ultimately evaluation. This course examines the foundations of curriculum, the principles used in designing and applying curriculum, and the current educational, policy and social issues that impact the curriculum field.3 Credits
This course provides practical skills to meaningfully incorporate technology into the classroom in order to enhance students' understanding of the curriculum. Students create a portfolio; examine Internet resources and evaluate educational software.3 Credits
This course analyzes two current challenges requiring an emphasis in the importance of classroom management strategies. The first is the increasing number and levels of disruptive student behaviors occurring in the classroom. The second is the pressure of high stakes testing, which has resulted in lowered achievement scores, a decrease in student morale, and a lack of overall motivation to learn. This course examines effective classroom management techniques intended to address current challenges with the learning environment.3 Credits
The purpose of this course is to explore how accountability system standards, relevant, engaging curriculum, and valid assessments all fit together to increase student achievement. The process of interdisciplinary, standards-based instruction and assessment are discussed in depth.3 Credits
Ethics and Educational Law deals with the legal obligations and ethical responsibilities of educators. The course presents an overview of the general topics most commonly experienced by educators including student privacy, gender and disability law, constitutional rulings on prayer and religious expression, discipline, and reporting issues. The rights of teachers, students, and school administrators are discussed within the context of new Supreme Court Rulings.3 Credits
This course is designed to examine theories of eLearning and the application in modern learning organizations. The course also examines how learning at a distance is influenced by technology and how the changing tools of technology are shaping this type of learning. Furthermore, critical, social, cultural, and political issues are also examined in relationship to the evolution of these variables and their impact on distance learning. Finally, implications are examined regarding the capacity to connect and how it can conversely drive these levels of change.3 Credits
This course is designed to help students take critical steps in designing and promoting community in a distance-learning environment. The goal of the development of this community is to enhance opportunities for engagement en route to maximizing learning. Students explore web-based communities of practice and the review the impact on team and individual learning. Opportunities for strategic application are examined as well.3 Credits
This course focuses on techniques for designing digital environments that are impactful and engaging. Students analyze distance-learning environments and review the historical notion that earlier incantations of distance learning simply meant bringing that which was presented in real time to a virtual learning space. Students review and identify eLearning environments that are highly engaging, have high levels of impact, and create levels of connectivity that inspire deeper levels of learning.3 Credits
This course is designed to identify tools for virtual pedagogy and to assist students as they begin to establish the sensibility to choose the most effective eLearning tool for the right situation. Effective instruction in a virtual learning environment requires a wide variety of pedagogical strategies for supporting learning at a distance. This course helps students to begin to establish effective instructional strategies for teaching in an online environment.3 Credits
The purpose of this capstone project allows students to develop an original, comprehensive research project on a topic of professional or personal interest. Students apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their courses to the work environment. Projects are intended to be of applied and pragmatic nature, producing valuable research outcomes and findings either in connection with the student’s organizational situation, or in the exploration of entrepreneurial opportunities.3 Credits