Master of Arts in Education

Master of Arts in Education

Master of Arts in Education


(All courses are 3 credits)


ORG 6499 Cultural Diversity & Individual Differences
This course provides a systematic review of the wide range of cultures and individual differences and the ways in which cultural mores, ethnocentrism, and factors such as matters of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, customs and cultures impact behavior of the individual themselves and of those around them. Through this course, students will better understand themselves and others, in terms of perceptions and behaviors.

EDU 5101 Learning Theory
This course focuses on learning theory and systems. It explores historical and theoretical views of learning throughout the developmental lifecycle. Students will address the factors that contribute to individual differences in learning. Students will investigate the major theories concerning the learning process and explore the implications. Students will analyze and apply research in the field through a combination of critical discussions, case studies, journaling, interviews, and written assignments.

EDU 5250 Foundations of Learning
Students in this course will investigate case studies of actual situations within their chosen areas of interest in higher education institutions. They will develop a broad perspective by critically analyzing the foundational theories and existing educational research. Students will utilize reflective strategies to analyze and improve professional practice.

ORG 6520 Professional Ethics, Standards of Practice and Law
This course is a study of the ethical and legal issues confronting practicing professionals. Topics related to ethics, standards of practice, and professional conduct are explored. Students learn principles of ethical decision-making, standards of human and animal use in research, and standards of care specified by state and federal laws. Emphasis is placed on exploration of the emotional impact that major ethical and legal dilemmas have on decision-making. Students also examine the professional code of ethics for their professional disciple.

EDU 5450 Educational Trends
This course addresses the shift from the pedagogy of instructor-led, classroom-based instruction to just-in-time, project-based, collaborative learning and explores the use of mobile, hybrid, and online platforms as emerging forces in teaching and training. Students will explore integrating emerging technologies to support student learning, accessibility, social learning, the shift in authority from the institution to the learning, the shift in authority in from the institution to the learning community and the changing landscape of knowledge creation and schools.

RES 5240 Applied Research Methods
This course involves the study of research design, and the quantitative and qualitative methods that can be used in addressing research questions. Students will be introduced to social scientific inquiry and the research design process, as well as some of the most common quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Through the process of critiquing research articles, students will learn how to determine the appropriate use of research design, recognize errors and biases in conducting research, and communicate the methods and results of particular studies.

EDU 5650 Current Education Research
The field of education is rapidly changing. To meet the demands of these changes, students will delve into recent research to critically analyze the depth of research for their chosen topic in preparation for proposing a solution.

EDU 6100 Identifying Solutions in Education
Students leverage their understandings of historical, theoretical, and philosophical foundations in the field of education to identify a relevant problem. This course focuses on proposing solutions to problems in the field of education. It explores the theory and application of problem-solving. Students will synthesize a critical analysis of foundational theories and current research in their area of interest to propose a solution to an identified problem in education.

EDU 6200 Implementing Solutions in Education
In this project based course, students will leverage their understandings of historical, theoretical, and philosophical foundations in the field of education to analyze educational situations for solutions. Learners will develop models or frameworks to effect change in practice and apply their learning through application.

EDU 6300 Communication Methods in Education
Grounded in communication theory, this course provides students the opportunity to practice their communication skills in multiple settings and modalities. Students will distinguish which communication methodologies work best in particular settings for the given message, taking into account target populations and influencing factors. Students will create various types of reports and a summative presentation to communicate the results of their project.

Total Credits 30

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