Online Program

The Master of Education-Professional Development (ME-PD) Learning Community program is based on a learning-in-community, constructivist philosophy. Teachers who enroll make an 18-month commitment to achieve three goals:

1) to improve professional practice

2) to develop increased proficiency in a content specific area

3) to earn a master's degree

The online format combines three semesters of 100% online learning and two summer face-to-face semesters in addition to online work. Get your master's degree in 18 months! 

 

  • Tuition - $450.00/credit
  • The ME-PD Online Program is approved in the following states:
    AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, LA, MS, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NH, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WV, WA, WI, WY

 


  • Spring 2015 Online Schedule: 


      Spring 2015: Online 100%

    Summer 2015: Online semester starts June 22, 2015 with summer institute to take place at UW-L from July 20 through July 24, 2015 and ends August 14th, 2015.

    Fall 2015:
    Online coursework and attendence at UW-L November Conference.

           

            Spring 2016Online 100%

            Summer 2016Online semester starts June 20, 2016 with summer institute to take place at UW-L from July 18 through July 22, 2016 and ends August 12th, 2016.

 

Five Academic Term Online Program – Spring Start

 

Course Number             Course Name                                                                           Credit Hours 

Term I            (Spring 6 credits online)

EDU 601                     Learning in Community I                                                                  1

EDU 611                     Technology in Education I                                                                1

EDU 631                     Curriculum Development and Assessment I                                 1

EDU 651                     Democracy, Diversity, and Social Justice in Education I            1

EDU 661                     Teacher Leadership I                                                                        1

EDU 621                     Best Practice Pedagogy I                                                                  1

 

Term II           (Summer 6 credits including on campus Summer Institute)

EDU 602                     Learning in Community II                                                                 1

EDU 612                     Technology in Education II                                                               1

EDU 632                     Curriculum Development and Assessment II                                1

EDU 652                     Democracy, Diversity, and Social Justice in Education II           1

EDU 641                     Educational Research I                                                                     1

EDU 622                     Best Practice Pedagogy II                                                                 1

 

Term III         (Fall 6 credits online)

EDU 703                     Learning in Community III                                                              1

EDU 713                     Technology in Education III                                                            1

EDU 733                     Curriculum Development and Assessment III                             1

EDU 662                     Teacher Leadership II                                                                     1

EDU 642                     Educational Research II                                                                  2

 

Term IV         (Spring 6 credits online)

EDU 704                     Learning in Community IV                                                                1

EDU 723                     Best Practice Pedagogy III                                                                1

EDU 734                     Curriculum Development and Assessment IV                              1

EDU 753                     Democracy, Diversity, and Social Justice in Education III           1

EDU 763                     Teacher Leadership III                                                                       1

EDU 743                     Educational Research III                                                                   1

 

Term V           (Summer 6 credits including on campus Summer Institute)

EDU 714                     Technology in Education IV                                                                   1

EDU 724                     Best Practice Pedagogy IV                                                                     1

EDU 754                     Democracy, Diversity, and Social Justice in Education IV               1

EDU 744                     Educational Research IV                                                                        2

EDU 764                     Teacher Leadership IV                                                                           1

 

 

Five Academic Term Online Program – Summer Start

 

Course Number             Course Name                                                                           Credit Hours

Term I            (Summer 6 credits including on campus Summer Institute)

EDU 601                     Learning in Community I                                                                  1

EDU 611                     Technology in Education I                                                                1

EDU 631                     Curriculum Development and Assessment I                                1

EDU 651                     Democracy, Diversity, and Social Justice in Education I            1

EDU 661                     Teacher Leadership I                                                                        1

EDU 621                     Best Practice Pedagogy I                                                                  1

 

Term II           (Fall 6 credits online & November Conference)

EDU 602                     Learning in Community II                                                                1

EDU 612                     Technology in Education II                                                               1

EDU 632                     Curriculum Development and Assessment II                               1

EDU 652                     Democracy, Diversity, and Social Justice in Education II           1

EDU 641                     Educational Research I                                                                     1

EDU 622                     Best Practice Pedagogy II                                                                 1

 

Term III         (Spring 6 credits online)

EDU 703                     Learning in Community III                                                              1

EDU 713                     Technology in Education III                                                            1

EDU 733                     Curriculum Development and Assessment III                             1

EDU 662                     Teacher Leadership II                                                                      1

EDU 642                     Educational Research II                                                                   2 

 

Term IV         (Summer 6 credits including on campus Summer Institute)

EDU 704                     Learning in Community IV                                                                 1

EDU 723                     Best Practice Pedagogy III                                                                 1

EDU 734                     Curriculum Development and Assessment IV                               1

EDU 753                     Democracy, Diversity, and Social Justice in Education III            1

EDU 763                     Teacher Leadership III                                                                        1

EDU 743                     Educational Research III                                                                    1

 

Term V           (Fall 6 online & November Conference)

EDU 714                     Technology in Education IV                                                                   1

EDU 724                     Best Practice Pedagogy IV                                                                    1

EDU 754                     Democracy, Diversity, and Social Justice in Education IV               1

EDU 744                     Educational Research IV                                                                       2

EDU 764                     Teacher Leadership IV                                                                           1

Course Descriptions

Learning in Community (EDU 601, EDU 602, EDU 703, EDU 704)
In this course, students will come to understand the value of learning in a collaborative setting. Students will examine theories and key aspects of community development. Students will practice creating and sustaining community within the learning community and within their workplace. Opportunities will also be given to explore developing professional learning communities beyond the program.

   Objectives:
Students will understand what it means to learn in community.
Students will examine theories of community development.
Students will create and sustain learning in community within the ME-PD Learning Community.
Students will create and sustain learning in community within the professional workplace.

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Educational Research (EDU 641, EDU 642, EDU 743, EDU 744)
In this course, students will gain knowledge of action research and implement an action research study in the workplace.  Students will understand and experience all stages of the action research process. Students will recognize the value of data in making decisions regarding PK-16 teaching and learning. Students will complete an action research study and disseminate the results.

   Objectives:
Students will recognize different methods of educational research.
Students will identify and implement various data collection tools.
Students will understand and implement an action research study.
Students will write a scholarly action research article.

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Best Practice Pedagogy (EDU 621, EDU 622, EDU 723, EDU 724)
In this course, students will study and apply research-based best practices for teaching and learning.  They will be challenged to reflect upon current practice, incorporate best practices, and improve future practice as they seek continuous improvement.  Students will be provided a variety of forums to investigate, analyze and reflect upon their implementation of multiple instructional methodologies for the purpose of improving PK-16 student learning.

   Objectives:
Students will study and apply best practices and current research to teaching with the purpose to improve PK-16 student learning.
Students will understand brain development as it relates to student learning and the learning environment.
Students will align teaching and instruction to the developmental needs of their students.
Students will be familiar with and apply instructional strategies appropriate for specific content area subject matter.

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Curriculum Development and Assessment (EDU 631, EDU 632, EDU 733, EDU 734)
In this course, students will evaluate current curriculum, investigate curricular frameworks, and align curriculum to teaching standards and academic standards. Students will experience, investigate and implement various forms of assessment. Students will design classroom curriculum that aligns curriculum and assessment for the purpose of improving PK-16 student learning.

   Objectives:
Students will evaluate current curriculum and assessment practices.
Students will improve their knowledge of academic content area.
Students will align classroom curriculum and assessment with teaching standards and academic content standards.
Students will collect and analyze evidence of PK-16 student learning and modify instruction as necessary.
Students will utilize ongoing assessments to monitor and promote student learning and to guide curriculum development.
Students will critique, identify and develop quality curriculum.

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Democracy, Diversity and Social Justice in Education (EDU 651, EDU 652, EDU 753, EDU 754)
In this course, students will examine social issues that influence the Learning Community, personal behavior, professional settings, and institutional systems. Issues explored will include (but will not be limited to) class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, and religion, as well as harassment and bullying. Through this exploration, students will understand how social issues influence relationships in order to take action regarding equity and justice in the workplace.

   Objectives:
Students will examine areas of diversity that influence the Learning Community and current professional settings.
Students will examine reflectively the issues of diversity including, but not limited to class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, and religion.
Students will promote issues of equity and justice.
Students will understand how diversity influences relationships at a personal and institutional level. Students will understand harassment and bullying.

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Technology in Education (EDU 611, EDU 612, EDU 713, EDU 714)
In this course, students will distinguish between informational and instructional technology. They will be exposed to a variety of technology tools and software and gain practical technology skills. Students will use a variety of online tools and programs to communicate and collaborate. They will analyze and implement developmentally appropriate instructional technology in their workplace. They will explore current technology and how it relates to the culture of PK-16 students.  Students will document competency related to student-created goals in a professional development portfolio.

   Objectives:
Students will distinguish between informational technology and instructional technology.
Students will be exposed to various informational and instructional technology tools and software.
Students will be able to create, communicate and collaborate online.
Students will explore the role of current technology and PK-16 student culture.
Students will discover what technology is developmentally appropriate for their students.
Students will critically choose when, where, and how to integrate technology within their classrooms.

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Teacher Leadership (EDU 661, EDU 662, EDU 763, EDU 764)
In this course, students will explore teacher leadership that strengthens professional practice. They will reflect upon political issues and educational issues in developing their personal and professional identity. Students will be challenged to demonstrate educational leadership beyond their own classroom. Students will explore initiatives related to systems and trends that improve and contribute to learning.

   Objectives:
Students will develop an awareness of and a means of utilizing their personal and professional identities.
Students will share newly acquired skills and knowledge with others in the profession.
Students will demonstrate leadership in the educational profession beyond teaching in their own classroom.
Students will develop political awareness of educational issues.
Students will develop an understanding of school systems.

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Certicate Programs 

 

The Institute for Professional Studies in Education offers two 12-credit, graduate level certificate programs for teachers. These certificate programs are aligned with the Common Core State Standards, the inTASC Standards, and the National Council of Teachers of English Standards.  

 

Professional Learning Community Certificate Program Curriculum

The 12-credit Professional Learning Community Certificate Program is offered in a face-to-face or online format.  The Professional Learning Community (PLC) Certificate Program will consist of four, 3-credit courses with content based on the best practice research by DuFour, DuFour, and Ecker (2004).  

 

EDU 735 Foundations of Professional Learning Communities (3)

EDU 736 Assessments, Grading, and Professional Learning Communities (3)

EDU 737 Teacher Leadership - Professional Learning Communities (3)

EDU 738 Professional Learning Communities in the Content Areas (3)

 

 

English Language Arts Elementary Certificate Program Curriculum

The 12-credit English Language Arts Elementary Certificate Program is offered in a face-to-face or online format.  The English Language Arts Elementary Certificate Program will consist of six, 2-credit courses with content developed based on the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and the National Council of Teachers of English Standards.  

 

EDU 715 Common Core Assessment in ELA (2)

EDU 716 Effective Communication Through Language (2)

EDU 717 Foundations of Literacy for Educational Professionals (2)

EDU 718 Writing and Language Exploration (2)

EDU 719 Research Based Best Practices in Reading (2)

EDU 720 Digital Literacy and the Common Core (2)