Education, MEd

eLearning and Instructional Design Concentration

Recent research on the science of learning has revolutionized our understanding of how people learn. As technology has become ubiquitous in society, learning takes place in many venues and formats: face-to-face, blended, online, and mobile. Seismic shifts are taking place in the education sector, such as competency-based learning and open education. These developments are creating a growing demand for professionals who can help their organizations think strategically about approaches to learning that are pedagogically sound and technology-savvy.

The elearning and instructional design concentration explores the leading edge of next-generation learning design, with the goal of preparing its graduates to thrive in a world of expanded opportunities and delivery modes for learning. The concentration’s innovative approach blends academic and experiential workplace-based learning. During the course of study, students develop an online portfolio of work to demonstrate their capacity to think strategically, put creative ideas into action, and design environments that improve student learning to meet academic, personal, institutional, and organizational goals.

Higher Education Administration Concentration

Due to advances in elearning and increasing student enrollments, the need for capable and effective school administrators has never been greater. In addition to providing solid guidance and direction, they must work to meet the needs of faculty, students, and parents alike. In response, the College of Professional Studies (CPS) offers a Master of Education with a Concentration in Higher Education Administration.

This innovative master’s degree program explores complex industry issues such as student demographics, financial concerns, legal and policy requirements, technology, and competitive forces.

Learning and Instruction Concentration

As the field of education evolves, today’s educators are constantly challenged to be aware of and incorporate best-in-class practices, new technologies, and the latest research and trends within their classrooms. In response, the CPS offers the Master of Education with a Concentration in Learning and Instruction.

Designed for a broad range of educators, this program provides an in-depth look at the critical issues that are transforming the face of education: technology and distance learning, globalization, creative and critical thinking, assessments, and learning outcomes.

Reflecting the new direction of education, this master’s degree program also allows you to choose your area of focus by selecting from degree specializations in math, science, English-language learning, literacy, leadership, and technology.

Whether you are a classroom teacher or an administrator or work in youth development, community education, early childhood, or in a before/aftercare program, you have an opportunity to gain new perspectives and acquire fresh strategies for meeting the needs of today’s students. This program seeks to produce graduates empowered to implement new ideas and innovative strategies that are designed to improve educational effectiveness.

Special Education Concentration

Demand for graduate-level-prepared special education practitioners is on the rise, driven by heightened degree requirements and a shortage of licensed, qualified teachers. In response, the CPS is pleased to offer the Master of Education with a Concentration in Special Education. Designed for educators who are licensed at the initial or professional level in another discipline, this innovative master’s degree program seeks to prepare you to meet the special needs of students across a variety of school environments.

This program meets the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education standards and competencies for an additional licensure as a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities, PreK–8 and 5–12.

In this advanced program, you have an opportunity to explore specific topics on modifying curriculum, designing curriculum-based assessments, managing severe behaviors, developing individualized education programs (IEPs), leveraging community resources, and improving literacy. As a result, you have an opportunity to enhance your ability to meet the needs of a diverse student population and to achieve the competencies required for this specialized license.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Required Courses

EDU 6050Education as an Advanced Field of Study5
EDU 6051Culture, Equity, Power, and Influence4

Concentration

Complete one of the following five concentrations:

Concentration in eLearning and Instructional Design
REQUIRED COURSES
EDU 6319How People Learn4
EDU 6321Models for Learning Design4
EDU 6323Technology as a Medium for Learning4
EDU 6324Competencies, Assessment, and Learning Analytics4
EDU 6331E-Learning Design as a Collaborative Profession4
Complete the following course last:
Capstone
Complete three of the following (12 quarter hours):
Open Learning
Social Media and Beyond
Issues in Education
Faculty, Curriculum, and Academic Community
EDU 6329Connecting Theory and Practice (This course should be taken at least 2 terms prior to Capstone to allow time for implementing a workplace-based experiential project that you will design as the signature assignment for the course.)4
EDU 6340Learning Analytics Concepts and Theories4
EDU 6330Digital Media Literacy4
Concentration in Higher Education Administration
REQUIRED COURSES
12
EDU 6201The Landscape of Higher Education4
EDU 6324Competencies, Assessment, and Learning Analytics4
EDU 6447The Demographics of Higher Education4
Complete one of the following:4
EDU 6202Faculty, Curriculum, and Academic Community4
EDU 6203Education Law, Policy, and Finance4
EDU 6221Enrollment, Retention, Graduation, Success4
Complete one of the following:4
The Globalization of Education
International Field Study Experience
ELECTIVE COURSES12
Complete 12 quarter hours from the following:
EDU 6520Learning and the Brain: Translating Research into Practice4
EDU 6319How People Learn4
EDU 6332Open Learning4
EDU 6330Digital Media Literacy4
EDU 6558Issues in Education1-4
EDU 6300Introduction to Language and Linguistics4
EDU 6534Bilingualism, Second Language, and Literacy Development4
EDU 6182Educational Statistics4
Complete the following course last:4
Capstone
Concentration in Learning Analytics
REQUIRED COURSES
EDU 6340Learning Analytics Concepts and Theories4
EDU 6341Introduction to Data Mining in Education4
EDU 6343Predictive Modeling for Learning Analytics4
EDU 6344Data Visualization for Learning Analytics4
EDU 6345Text Mining for Learning Analytics4
EDU 6324Competencies, Assessment, and Learning Analytics4
EDU 6182Educational Statistics4
EDU 6319How People Learn4
Complete the following course last:4
Capstone
Concentration in Learning and Instruction
REQUIRED COURSES
EDU 6330Digital Media Literacy4
EDU 6328Policy and Leadership4
EDU 6437Assessment in Education4
Complete the following course last:4
Capstone
Complete one of the following:
Critical and Creative Thinking
Learning and the Brain: Translating Research into Practice
How People Learn
Complete four courses (16 quarter hours) from any other concentration:
The Landscape of Higher Education
The Demographics of Higher Education
Enrollment, Retention, Graduation, Success
The Globalization of Education
Open Learning
Technology as a Medium for Learning
Developmental Language, Literacy, and Writing: Assessment and Instruction
Adaptive Learning/Behavior Management Strategies: Consultation and Collaboration
Variations in Child and Adolescent Development
Developing Skills and Accessing Ideas: Curriculum
Issues in Education
English-Language Learners in the General Education Classroom
Introduction to Language and Linguistics
Bilingualism, Second Language, and Literacy Development
EDU 6182Educational Statistics4
EDU 6438Teachers as Curriculum Leaders4
Concentration in Special Education
REQUIRED COURSES
EDU 6425Special Education: Role of Special Educators in an Inclusive School4
EDU 6426Developmental Language, Literacy, and Writing: Assessment and Instruction4
EDU 6528Adaptive Learning/Behavior Management Strategies: Consultation and Collaboration4
EDU 6569Differentiated Instruction and Assessment in Mathematics4
EDU 6874Practicum, Portfolio, and Panel Review4
ELECTIVES
Complete 16 quarter hours from the following:
English-Language Learners in the General Education Classroom
Variations in Child and Adolescent Development
Beyond Behavior Management
Developing Skills and Accessing Ideas: Curriculum
Assessment in Education
Critical and Creative Thinking
Learning and the Brain: Translating Research into Practice
Issues in Education

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

45 total quarter hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required