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 one of four educational tracks within the program, each of which prepares you thoroughly for a different specialization:
- Adult Learning prepares you to teach in a corporate, higher education, or other adult environments.
- Montessori credentials equip you with the skills and theory to work in a Montessori environment.
- The Special Education license provides thorough strategies to teach these students effectively.
- TESL sets educators up for success in teaching English to child and adult language learners.
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.