Concentrations/certificates are 5 courses (15 credits) in one of the following areas:
• Educational Technology – Every child in every classroom, every teacher in every school, and every person in every community is affected by educational technology. Educational technology enables students to analyze, synthesize and evaluate information, and express ideas in compelling ways that will prepare them for the demands of the 21st century. Learn to integrate technology into teaching and learning, coordinate technology, manage technological resources, and explore the benefits of technology for instruction. Help students create digital projects that fulfill curricular needs and learn to integrate technology as an effective teaching tool.
• Inclusion – Student diversity is one of the major features that characterize classrooms today. Teachers are expected to educate and develop proficiencies across diverse populations of students including those with developmental and learning disabilities; sensory challenges; and a wide range of cultural, ethnic, racial, gender, socio-economic, and primary language backgrounds. Learn how to best educate all students, regardless of the nature of diversity or special need.
• Literacy – Literacy is the foundation for student achievement. The most effective teachers integrate literacy-based learning experiences into their classrooms with the goal of empowering students to learn and critically think across all subjects. Learn effective ways to help students become better readers, writers, communicators, and learners of standards-based curriculum across all content areas through traditional and creative forms.
• The Arts – Current neuroscience and cognitive science research establishes that arts education can help boost test scores across disciplines and lend support for the need for arts in schools. A substantive arts education includes comprehensive experiences in the visual and performing arts. Learn how the process of creating can provide learning and innovation skills such as creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration. This concentration is designed for K-12 teachers in all subjects.
In addition to the core requirements, MEd in Educational Program Design students select one concentration area to complete their 30 total credits. Concentrations can be taken as a stand-alone certificate for individuals not seeking a master’s degree.