Master of Education in Teaching and Learning
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Master of Education in Teaching and Learning
If you've been teaching with only a bachelor's degree, you may have realized that it's time for something more: New strategies for boosting your students' learning, perhaps. A graduate degree, which could add a welcome increase to your paycheck. Or maybe you'd like to pick up the education courses your undergraduate major didn't include. You may even be yearning for fellowship with a broad range of specifically Christian educators who, like you, consider their teaching a ministry.
For such goals, the problems of distance, time, and availability can sometimes pose big hurdles. But if you're sensing a tug to start graduate school, take a good look at Southeastern's Master of Education in Teaching and Learning, and watch those hurdles dissolve. The online delivery of our Teaching and Learning program solves the problems of distance, time, and availability.
We see it this way: You're a K-12 teacher in a public school system, a private school, or a Christian school anywhere in the world, ready to perk up both your resumé and your classroom skills. So you need a program that offers convenience, flexibility, and immediately useful content. And as a teacher seeking to approach your work from a solid grounding in Christian principles, you deserve an institution that lives by them: Southeastern University.
Completing a master's degree online
Everything you need in a graduate course—an experienced and caring professor, an interesting assortment of students, a series of intriguing assignments, plenty of discussion and feedback—you can access from your own computer screen. Through Blackboard, an interactive software platform, your Southeastern professor posts the syllabus, course assignments, and links to articles and videos. Interaction among class members happens via online discussion boards. You complete reflection papers and other assignments on your own, then submit them to your professor, who responds personally to your work.
Invariably, the question arises: "How can a person learn teaching methods online?" Beyond exploring theories of learning, examining current research on best practices, and analyzing day-to-day teaching experiences, your professors lead discussion on a variety of strategies, illustrated in carefully selected online videos. What's more, your online learning is active learning, in which you expand your repertoire of teaching skills by intentionally taking responsibility for that process. As you and your professors work together, you become proficient in team-based methods that actively engage students, such as small-group work, student-to-student feedback, and individual synthesis of learning, followed by sharing what is learned.
To help you refine skills such as classroom management and teaching for diverse learners, we address questions like these: "What does the research tell us about ways to build classroom communities?" "What methods help you use the affective domain (how students feel) to strengthen the cognitive domain (how students think)?" "If students assigned to a collaborative learning activity, such as a lab experiment or a report, are not staying on track, how can you nudge them back into interdependent work?"
From your Southeastern professors, expect a sense of connection that leaps across cyberspace. These servant leaders practice a pastoral approach, bringing their rich and deep experience to offer you useful tools for enhancing students' classroom learning. Their backgrounds include school administration and teaching in locations spanning the U.S.
At your own pace
Earning the Master of Education in Teaching and Learning at Southeastern requires 12 courses (36 credit hours), completed within your own time frame. Each course is eight weeks long and requires, on average, eight to ten hours of work per week. Each semester (including the summer), Southeastern offers multiple courses every eight weeks. Students can take one, two, or three courses per semester. After each semester, you can choose either to take the next course—or courses—or to stop for a while. If you put yourself on a fast track—three courses every semester—your fourth semester (16 months from when you began) will end in graduation. If a more leisurely pace suits your circumstances, you can take as long as you like. The choice is completely up to you.
Master of Education in Teaching and Learning with a Concentration in Arts and Academic Interdisciplinary Education
Experts are finding that incorporating art into teaching methods can increase a student’s ability to think critically and improve a student’s overall academic performance. That’s why we’ve created the Concentration in Arts and Academic Interdisciplinary Education.
In the Master of Education in Teaching and Learning with the arts concentration, you’ll take 36 hours of courses that cover education as well as visual arts, theatre, music, and dance. We’ll show you how to integrate those disciplines into your everyday teaching. You’ll be prepared to creatively present classroom material, as well as coordinate and train fellow teachers to effectively use artistic teaching methods.
While most of the program is completely online there are four campus-based courses held during the summer months. Two of the following courses are offered each summer:
EDUC 5513 Integrating Dance & Academics in the Classroom
EDUC 5543 Music and Interdisciplinary Education
EDUC 5523 Incorporating Theater Arts into Daily Curriculum
EDUC 5533 Visual Art and Interdisciplinary Education
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