Online Programs also available with concentrations in Adult Education, Adult Education ESL, Curriculum and Instruction, Curriculum and Instruction in STEM Education, Leadership in Early Childhood Education, Leadership in Higher Education, Public Health Education, Reading and Literacy
The purpose of the Master of Arts or Science in Education program is to provide learners with strong graduate-level courses of study related to various fields of education by fostering scholarship, instructional excellence, cross-cultural sensitivity, and professional leadership. Key to the program is an emphasis on educational leadership within the school, the workplace, and the broader community.
The program is open both to licensed teachers and to working professionals outside the public school setting. Advanced licensure and endorsements for licensed teachers include Initial Administrative License, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Special Education, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Reading Intervention Endorsement, and Autism Spectrum Disorder with Applied Behavior Analyst Certification. Concentrations that do not require a teaching license are Adult Education, Adult Education ESL, Curriculum and Instruction, Curriculum and Instruction in STEM Education, Leadership in Early Childhood Education, Leadership in Higher Education, Public Health Education, Reading and Literacy, and General Studies (a personalized program worked out with a faculty advisor). Degree candidates may hold bachelor degrees in any discipline.
The Master of Science in Education program requires a minimum of 45 credits of graduate study. The program may be completed on either a full-time or part-time basis. Courses are offered online and in face-to-face venues in Ashland and Medford. All core courses in this degree are offered online in an accelerated seven-week format to better accommodate working professionals. Fully online concentrations are available in Adult Education, Curriculum and Instruction in STEM Education, Leadership in Early Childhood Education and General Studies. Licensed teachers may add endorsements in ESOL (online or on campus) or in Special Education or Initial Administrative License on campus as a part of their MSEd program.
Graduates of the MSEd program will be able to:
- Explore and translate learning theory, creative curricular design and 21st-century skills into instructional decisions and practices to address the educational challenges and opportunities of today and tomorrow.
- Apply research and assessment to evaluate and validate instructional and programmatic choices, and organizational and educational policies.
- Analyze and integrate educational research, theories, philosophies and contemporary issues into their educational practice.
- Demonstrate and apply frameworks associated with cultural enrichment and humility that mitigate the power imbalance between the professional and client/student from differing cultures and abilities.
- Demonstrate dimensions of leadership, ethical decision making and purposeful engagement within the profession.