Update your educational skill set with an affordable degree. Customize your degree.

The Master in Education degree is designed for experienced educators seeking to update their existing skill set to cover the latest in educational theory including contemporary topics such as the integration of technology into education and concepts related to multidisciplinary education.

This program aims to benefit education professionals from a variety of disciplines by allowing students to customize their degree.

Students can specialize in up to four of the following areas:

Please note that this program is not designed as a teacher certification program, and different states and municipalities often have specific requirements concerning different degree programs. Prospective students should check local and state regulatory requirements for additional information regarding program acceptance.

Admission Requirements

  • 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.
  • Military Documentation (Optional) – A copy of the most recent orders; or a copy of DD214 (This can be requested from the National Archives.)

Curriculum Development and Outcomes Assessment

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
Required Books

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
Required Books

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
Required Books

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
Required Books

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
Required Books

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
Required Books

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
Required Books

This course examines the significance of social-emotional learning in the classroom. This course is designed to illuminate the connection between emotional intelligence and academic achievement.  Students become familiar with the field of social-emotional learning, its rationale, how it supports and enhances academic achievement and other areas of school improvement, and best practices in the field as exemplified through acclaimed programs and approaches. 

3 Credits
Required Books

This course provides students with detailed coaching on using curriculum mapping and assessment analysis to evaluate student achievement. Traditionally, student achievement gaps have been identified using parallel assessment and evaluation of curriculum development and management processes. In this course, students learn how to employ reports generated from curriculum mapping software to create meaningful consensus on how to create a learning environments full of possibility and engagement.

3 Credits
Required Books

This course examines the significance of effective leadership to the successful administration of schools and colleges. Educational leadership now involves confronting complex social issues such as educational equity, inclusion and diversity. Strong leaders are required for implementing changes that bring about social and educational justice. This course presents a broad range of expert analysis from the education field, and stimulates meaningful debate about leadership concepts among students and educational administrators.

3 Credits
Required Books

This course provides an in-depth examination of the principles of using academic portfolios for authentic assessment. The richness of the portfolio as a valuable assessment tool in schooling has become evident to educators in the United States and throughout the world. Academic portfolios have been introduced, implemented, and modified to measure student achievement. This course addresses the importance of portfolios and e-portfolios in the academic lives of students and teachers. This course provides students with an understanding of the various definitions of print and e-portfolios, and promotes understanding of student evaluation and assessment.

3 Credits
Required Books

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

Educational Technology

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
Required Books

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
Required Books

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
Required Books

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
Required Books

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
Required Books

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
Required Books

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
Required Books

This course provides students with an opportunity to learn about online, teaching and learning, integration, and research issues. Students learn to use online content, develop critical thinking skills, and to formulate effective search strategies in order to research and document valuable and current resources. This course outlines how to exploit a variety of Internet- and Web-based discussion and information-sharing tools. Students discuss how to integrate best practices of content authentication and validation into research techniques. Throughout the course, students examine various strategies for locating, evaluating, citing, and applying information resources in the research process and for use in the classroom. 

3 Credits
Required Books

The purpose of this course is to study the fundamental principles of instructional design, not just as a means of instructional delivery, but also as a system for diagnosing and remediating human performance problems. This course examines the foundations of instructional design, and focus on models that reflect the instructional design process.

3 Credits
Required Books

This course discusses the integration of multimedia with education. Students in this course acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for using multimedia to actively engage their students in learning, and create enthusiasm for class curriculum and instruction. This course presents the fundamental concepts and techniques required for working with multimedia, and solutions for common multimedia pitfalls. Students learn how to use current technology to combine multimedia elements for the effective delivery of educational content.

3 Credits
Required Books

This course provides an in-depth discussion of both the theories and application of technology in the classroom. Educational technology can enrich and enhance instructional experiences for both the teacher and the student. This course explains, on many levels, how educational technology can provide resources for teachers and students and opens the door to more comprehensive learning as well as extends the learning process. This course examines the latest hardware and software that is enabling new technologies in the classroom, but also explores the idea that the very structure of education needs to be examined in light of these new technological tools.

3 Credits
Required Books

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

eLearning Pedagogy

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
Required Books

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
Required Books

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
Required Books

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
Required Books

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
Required Books

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
Required Books

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
Required Books

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
Required Books

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
Required Books

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
Required Books

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
Required Books

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

Transformational Leadership

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
Required Books

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
Required Books

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
Required Books

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
Required Books

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
Required Books

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
Required Books

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
Required Books

The purpose of this course is to explore the definition and application of strategic leadership. The course examines the conceptual foundations of strategy as a leadership skill, discusses the practice of strategy, relates the components of an effective strategy, and evaluates the limits and possibilities of strategic leadership.

3 Credits
Required Books

In order to be a transformational leader, one who is competent as an agent of change, one must first be transformed as an educator and person. Leaders must format creative ways to deliver education and become prepared to take ownership as a leader. Teachers are given the opportunity to create and work in new educational environments. These opportunities increase the responsibility level and lead to new skills necessary for leadership. Students experience personal reflection about who they are, why they are educators, what they hope to accomplish, and begin setting new professional goals as teacher-leaders. Students discuss the history of American education reform in order to create a personal and professional philosophy for leadership and reform. Readings, reflection, discussions, and experiences are used to help students begin developing a personal philosophy and the skills required for becoming a transformational leader.

3 Credits
Required Books

The purpose of this course is to review significant issues in the field of educational leadership. Public education has only recently come to realize the central role instructional leaders play in the success of schools. This course offers insights and examples of how to build a positive, caring, and intellectually challenging culture.

3 Credits
Required Books

The purpose of this course is to treat leaders as managers of the meanings of their world. In particular, the course introduces leaders to the skill of framing, which is not in-born but can be taught. Based on extensive research and questionnaires, framing situations, strategies and tools can be identified, analyzed and communicated. This course examines not only the nature of leadership in decision-making, but also the role of communication as an integral component of effective leadership.

3 Credits
Required Books

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