About the Program
Fine-tune your instructional skills while enjoying the freedom and support to explore new methods and practices. You won’t just gain new understandings, frameworks, and skills, —you’ll emerge with greater confidence, collaboration, and self-awareness.
What You'll Learn
Our curriculum can be highly personalized around your own goals as an educator. You can also select from a number of educational tracks within the program, each of which prepares you thoroughly for a different specialization:
Adult Learning Certificate
Sharpen your skills and expertise in adult education. This certificate provides an incredible foundation for future corporate trainers, higher-education leaders, and teachers in other education programs for adults. You’ll improve and elevate your current teaching practice while gaining unique skills specific to this student demographic.
This certificate serves as the perfect preparation for students who’d like to teach or administer in Montessori education programs, working to improve student learning and provide a nurturing education. You’ll not only learn how to provide a meaningful Montessori education but also how to have the greatest impact on students, parents, fellow educators, and the community. Certificates are available in infant/toddler, early childhood, lower elementary, dual lower and upper elementary, upper elementary, or administration.
Special Education License or Endorsement
A great special education teacher is more than an instructor: they’re an instrument for social change. Through the special education license or endorsement, we prepare teaching candidates to work with students who have a wide range of learning, cognitive, emotional, and physical abilities. And you’ll learn through practices that nurture and develop equity and inclusion for all students.
The TESOL endorsement is for educators who want to teach English language learners—and do so as effectively as possible. The endorsement is required of almost all K–12 teachers today, and it’s also exceptionally helpful for teachers in adult-learning classrooms. You’ll not only gain the endorsement but will also hone your skills through hands-on research, observation, and reflection.
Traditional Customizable Track
Chart your own course toward your unique professional goals by customizing a combination of classes from the MEd. and related disciplines. You can focus on areas like educational policy, advocacy, or administration, or create a tailored program of study. The field of education is changing and this track enables you to help lead the way to new futures.
Instructional Design Foundations
This course introduces instructional design and educational technology. Students will learn the basics of instructional design, systematic design, multimedia learning, user-experience, and instructional design tools. Students will practice identifying and analyzing instructional need and will create instructional design documents.
Serious Games and Gamification
Gaming has become an important pathway for learning in a variety of formal and non-formal settings. In this course, students learn the difference between gamification, game-based learning, and learning games and how to use these formats effectively. Students connect learning theories to game design to enhance motivation and learning. Students make use of research on learning through gaming and design a game-based learning unit. Ethical issues involved in the field will be explored.
Assessment for English Learners
Students will apply content from the Methods and Content Area Instruction courses to develop a rationale for incorporating assessment as an intrinsic and ongoing aspect of the teaching/learning process. Students will learn ways to monitor student progress, place students appropriately, and design authentic assessment for elementary, secondary, and adult English language learners. Students will also explore policies and practices of standardized assessments commonly used to assess English language proficiency and academic language development within the context of U.S. public schools. Prerequisite: MEd.623.