The Master of Education (M.Ed.) program curriculum is divided into two major components: a professional core of seven courses (21 credits) and a 12-credit elective focus.
Core courses provide a solid framework in the following:
promoting student learning
inquiry and critical thinking
assessment and data-driven decision making
The program also offers five concentration options:
Students can transfer six credits from an accredited institution that are education related that will be applied toward the professional studies elective. Transfer credits must have been earned within seven years.
As governments at the state and national level focus on student outcomes and standardized testing, teacher salaries and evaluations will also depend more on student outcomes. St. Scholastica's M.Ed. is focused on teaching you how to increase student achievement by utilizing the latest research and best practices.
This course will provide an introduction to the M.Ed. Program and will examine 21st Century teaching and learning as it applies to current issues and future trends in education. In addition, education theory will be introduced to engage learners in professional scaffolding of knowledge and best practice for 21st Century teachers and learners.
An overview of current research and applications of 21st century technology to increase student learning and enhance teaching. Students will assess their current technology skills and knowledge to increase competency and application integration of technology. Students will gain useful knowledge, skills and tools to support technology integration in their practice, as well as develop a technology integration initiative that can be implemented in their school or workplace
An overview of research in education that provides practicing professionals an opportunity to identify, read, interpret, and apply educational research. This includes a study of research methodologies, analyses of relevant literature, and the development of a literature review in a self-selected area of interest.
Introduces thinking skills taxonomies, thinking routines, and tools for inquiry-based instruction and assessment. Candidates analyze and create assessments, instructional materials, and teaching approaches for the development of inquiry and argument in one's practice.
Focus is on learning to use student assessment data to inform decisions related to planning and implementing instructional strategies at the classroom and individual student level. Participants learn how to collect and organize data, analyze and interpret that data, and make informed decisions. Participants will develop "data literacy"; a basic understanding of how data can be used to inform instruction.
Students examine characteristics of culturally responsive instruction and how to develop culturally responsive instruction techniques. Participants will engage in critical reflective exercises to understand current practice and barriers to student achievement, including examining the achievement gap. Students will examine inclusive learning environments and develop new strategies to meet the needs of a diverse student body.
Students work closely with their assigned faculty mentor to conduct their action research study and complete an original scholarly work. Reflection, analyses and dissemination of final work are required for successful completion of course.