Core Curriculum (22 credits)

  • EDU 551 Changing Educational Organizations in a Diverse World (3 credits)
  • EDU 5801 Technology for Educational Research (1 credit)
  • EDU 582 Research Methods (3 credits)
  • EDU 583 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment I: Development and Planning for Digital Age Learners (3 credits)
  • EDU 584 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment II: Data Informed Decision Making for Digital Age Teaching and Learning (3 credits)
  • EDU 585 Cultivating Ethical Leadership (3 credits)
  • EDU 586 Field-based Research I (3 credits)
  • EDU 587 Field-based Research II (3 credits)

Concentrations (12 credits)

Core Curriculum Descriptions

EDU 551 Changing Educational Organizations in a Diverse World
Number of Credit Hours3
Prerequisites(All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) None
Course Description: This course is designed to provide an overview of educational organizations and the change process with attention to the impact of diversity on the local context.  It draws on literature about organizational behavior, change, diversity, leadership, and professional learning communities. The course begins with an analysis of organizations and moves to a focused examination of the change process. Specifically it will support a framework that acknowledges the important role that families, communities, and culture play on educational practice.

EDU 5801 Technology for Educational Research 
Number of Credit Hours: 1
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) None
Course Description: This course is designed to prepare leaders to use digital age tools for educational research. Leaders will understand how information is organized and indexed in online resources, how to effectively retrieve and evaluate information from online sources, and to use information ethically in their research. Topics include using citation management software, development of research skills, information evaluation, and documentation of sources. Additionally leaders will learn academic writing and referencing skills.

EDU 582 Research Methods 
Number of Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) Concurrent enrollment in EDU 5801
Course Description: This course is designed to help students develop a working understanding of theories and techniques of both qualitative and quantitative educational research. Students will write a research proposal including a literature review as part of this course.

EDU 583 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment I: Development and Planning for Digital Age Learners 
Number of Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) EDU 582; practicing educator, or permission of instructor
Course Description: This course focuses on current research and best practice in the area of curriculum development, instructional design, and assessment techniques. Participants will learn about a range of planning models that will inspire the creativity and innovation necessary to provide rich and powerful learning experiences and environments for every student. This course motivates participants to support colleagues in engaging students authentically in their own learning. An integral part of this course will be the development of a critical stance related to current practices in the design of curriculum, instruction and assessment.

EDU 584 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment II: Data Informed Decision Making for Digital Age Teaching and Learning 
Number of Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) EDU 583; practicing educator, or permission of instructor
Course DescriptionParticipants in this course will investigate the cycle of program evaluation: design, implementation, management, and evaluation. The effects of reform initiatives on the stakeholders in educational environments will be investigated and critiqued. An emphasis is placed on developing a collaborative culture in educational environments that enhances teacher agency, builds instructional capacity, and enables every student to learn.

EDU 585 Cultivating Ethical Leadership 
Number of Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) EDU 584 or permission of instructor
Course Description: This course is designed to cultivate leaders at the district, school, and classroom level, creating thinkers that influence system transformation.  Participants will examine the application of ethical practices as they work with all students, staff, teachers, administrators, families, board members, community members, etc. to benefit student learning. Educational leaders collect and examine a variety of data sets to inform the decision-making process. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the change process, the importance of building relationships, and sharing knowledge with all stakeholders.

EDU 586 Field-based Research I 
Number of Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) EDU 585 or permission of instructor
Course DescriptionResearch conducted by classroom teachers, often concurrent with their teaching, is a component of reflective practice and professional learning grounded in an ethical commitment to improving practice and actualizing educational values. This course is designed to provide an in-depth review of research design including collaborative, qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method research. Ethical issues involved in field-based research, with an emphasis on those pertaining to research in educational settings, will be considered.

EDU 587 Field-based Research II 
Number of Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) EDU 586
Course DescriptionThis course is designed to be the capstone in the Master of Science in Education program. In this course, students will carry out the research plans designed in EDU 586 Field-based Research I. Further, this course is a forum for analysis and reflection on the theoretical and experiential knowledge gained through the research process to generate an informed, multi-faceted perspective on the practice of education.