The Master of Education in Teaching and Learning program is designed for licensed, practicing teachers who want to earn a master's degree as part of a professional learning community. The 36-semester-credit program allows teachers to identify, investigate, and transform their beliefs and practices about their teaching and learning. Learners will connect their inquiry to their discipline and apply their learning to their classroom. The learning community will explore aspects of teacher identity and examine best practices and theory as part of individual and community-wide learning experiences. During the course of the M.Ed. program, learning community members work collaboratively and cooperatively to develop and assess their work with performance assessments and professional portfolios.
In demonstrating growth on the M.Ed. Program Standards, learning community members will be challenged to develop themselves and their practice through action research and inquiry in areas aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the Wisconsin Teacher Standards. Ongoing assessment processes for evaluating monthly plans for learning promote reflection, celebrate learning and structure new learning opportunities. At the conclusion of the learning community experience, learning community members will provide a summary that will detail the applications of their professional development. This reflection will involve growth demonstrated with both action research and inquiry.
Required Core Leadership and Aministration Courses: 21 cr.
This course explores various concepts and principles related to leading personnel and coordinating activities within an educational institution. Students analyze, evaluate, and apply systems of effective educational leadership. Topics covered include historical perspectives of educational leadership, leadership theories and principles, mission and vision, concepts of leadership effectiveness, the role of leadership in educational institutions, ethical principles in leading educational institutions, and leaders as change agents.
This course examines various approaches on how to lead in a diverse educational environment. The topics covered in this course include cross-cultural awareness, challenges, how to respond to diverse needs of various stakeholders, contribution of diversity in an educational institution and how to foster an safe and diverse learning environment, leadership in changing organizational culture, and valuing and leveraging cultural differences.
This course examines various concepts and theories of educational administration. It focuses on preparing students to effectively lead an educational institution, meet institutional challenges, and foster teaching and learning. Topics covered include the historical and theoretical background of educational administration, the roles and responsibilities of school administrators, effective use of resources to support academic and social needs of students, understanding school culture and essential communication skills, transforming schools into effective organizations, and educational governance. Government regulations and professional ethics, financial management skills, and leaders as change agents are also covered.
This course explores various approaches and practices of supervision of educational institutions. Theories of supervisions; laws governing educational supervisions; identifying professional needs of educators; teacher development; mentoring of teachers; supervisory techniques; and effective, efficient, and culture-sensitive execution of supervisory duties are covered.
This course provides an in-depth examination of the moral principles and values that guide the behavior of educational professionals. The course covers ethical principles; ethical dilemmas; norms such as utility, rights, and duties; social justice; and ethics of care. Skills necessary to identify, analyze, and develop strategies to guide in ethical decision making; government regulations; and leaders as change agents are explored.
This course explores accounting principles, financial issues, policies, practices, and managing investments within an organization. Topics covered include accounting principles, examination of sources of capital, investment, asset management, time value of money, budgeting process, and analysis of financial statements. Financial forecasting, capital management, cash flow principles, and government regulations and ethics in financial management are also examined.
This course examines skills necessary to manage and develop subordinates. The course addresses human resource development concepts, principles, and methods of training and development. It also focuses on human resource development systems, laws and ethical practices in hiring, performance appraisal, managing diversity, effective communication skills, and developing personnel to enhance performance.
Required General Courses: 14 cr.
This course examines theories and practices on educational research with emphasis on improving teaching and learning. The main topics covered are principles and theories of educational research, analysis and evaluation of scholarly literature, designing and conducting educational research, ethical considerations in conducting research, data analysis and interpretation, and presenting and implementing results.
This course exposes students to quantitative research methods. Topics covered include statistical techniques, selection of appropriate statistical measures, statistical programs to develop and analyze data, ethical considerations in conducting research, conducting scholarly literature review, and utilizing data to foster institutional performance.
This course explores historical perspectives, theories, and tools and techniques of educational guidance and counseling. Topics covered include counseling skills, ethical issues, group counseling, adolescent psychosocial challenges, and fostering change.
This course examines knowledge, skills, and processes for curriculum design, curriculum implementation, and assessment of student achievement. It provides students an understanding of various approaches for designing a curriculum, strategies for effective student learning, and tools for and techniques of assessing and measuring student achievement. The course also explores and assesses strategies to enhance teaching and learning and working with diverse populations.
This course explores the conventions of effective academic writing. It emphasizes the writing process, conducting a literature review, applying ethical practices, and strengthening writing skills.
Elective Courses: 3 cr.
This course explores concepts and issues on educational psychology. It focuses on the theories and process of learning, personality, motivation, attitudes, and student management.
This course examines current trends, issues, challenges, and opportunities in education. The course explores strategies on how these issues can be leveraged to maximize student academic achievement, increase teacher morale, and foster their professional career.
This course explores spirituality focusing on how it influences school leaders' behavior. Topics addressed include meaning and foundations of religion; religious teachings, beliefs, and practices; religious theories and patterns; interconnections and interrelations among world religions; social justice and change; moral law; influence of religion on leadership; manifestations of religious teachings and leadership; and the Church as moral teacher.
The purpose of this course is to equip students with knowledge and understanding of human interaction and behavior in workplace setting. It focuses on understanding oneself and how to build relationships with others within the organization. Topics include foundations, origins, and theories of organizational behavior; individual and group behavior; managing relationships; motivation; factors affecting organizational behavior; implications of organizational behavior theory; contemporary trends in organizational behavior; and engagement and commitment.
This course is designed to give students theoretical and practical skills, tools, and techniques of managing a project. It equips students with concepts and principles necessary for successful completion of a project. Topics covered include project management knowledge areas, process groups, and success factors.
Required Capstone Thesis: 6 cr.
The thesis is the culmination of the course of study in the MEd program designed to integrate the knowledge and skills acquired in the program. It gives students an opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the subject matter, knowledge, and cognitive skills by applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating issues in educational leadership and administration. Implementation of appropriate methodology to conduct action research, application of ethical practices, effective communication, and managing change are also examined.
Locations & Admission Contacts
This program is offered at multiple locations and hosts several open houses throughout the year.
Please contact the M.Ed. Admission representative for information on learning communities: