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Online Master of Education (MEd) Student Success

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If you’re ready to pursue rewarding work and help students achieve more, our online Master of Education in Student Success might be the degree for you. In just 12 courses (36 credit hours), you can earn a master’s degree that helps you make a difference in education.


The curriculum also gives you real-world experience through two shadowing opportunities and a classroom-based field placement.

ED 700 Support Skills for Secondary and Post-Secondary Students

Higher education administrators play a large role in supporting students on campus. This support is informed by the theories that guide counseling and helping professions. In this course, students will gain skills and techniques that allow them to holistically support students as they progress toward degree completion. This course will prepare individuals to provide challenge and support for students in multiple phases of their enrollment at the institution.


ED 701 Higher Education Law

Law plays a large role in educational institutions both in how policies are created and how administrators go about their jobs. Through this course, students will develop a greater understanding of how laws are passed. This course will help students to understand how federal acts and laws impact the work that they do and will become more informed practitioners that are in compliance with federal regulation.


ED 702 Assessment in Special Education

This course addresses the principles of both formal and informal assessment of children and adolescents with mild to moderate disabilities. It will provide experience with informal and formal assessment measures. Basic concepts of measurement will be covered so that students can evaluate test instruments and interpret test results knowledgeably. Current issues in the field of assessment will be discussed and ethical issues emphasized throughout the course.


ED 703 Principles of Academic Coaching*

Academic coaching is an emerging and evolving field that is at the forefront of retention efforts in higher education. This course will teach students how to apply the most recent ideas and concepts in the field of academic coaching to their work as higher education administrators. Upon completion of this course students will be able to holistically support students toward academic persistence degree completion, and career success.


ED 704 Building Academic Learning Communities

Learning communities are one way that institutions are able to increase student learning and create self-sufficient learners. In this course, students will learn the history of learning communities and the theory that guides the professionals that create and facilitate them. Students will be exposed to ideas of design thinking and learn innovative strategies to incorporate design thinking into their work with colleagues and students. Students will engage in a hands-on experience as they craft their own learning community by the conclusion of the course.


ED 705 Educating and Advocating for Secondary and Postsecondary Students

Administrators working in institutes of secondary and postsecondary learning are also educators and advocates. As a coach and/or mentor, you are tasked with advocating for students that are at disadvantage and, in turn, helping them to develop the skills needed to practice self-advocacy. In this course, you will learn how to develop students into confident learners who are able to navigate their own unique learning needs.


ED 706 Psychology of Learning

Despite being engaged in learning from an early age, most students don't fully understand how they learn most effectively. In this course, students will focus on educational pedagogies, curriculum, instruction, and assessment as related to new research on how to teach different cultures/populations based on the changing demographics.


ED 707 Neurology of Learning and The Adolescent Brain**

Student learning is central to institutions of learning. It can happen both inside and outside the classroom, but it is always the main goal of schools and educators. In this course, students will look at the neurological underpinnings of learning as a science and the neuroscience of learning to gain an understanding of how the brain works with learning. As a result, the content covered in this course will allow students to go out into their professions and use theory based in science for how they develop and teach their students.


ED 708 History of Higher Education

In this course, students will examine the past, present, and future of higher education both in the United States and worldwide. By looking at historical context, students will gain a stronger grasp on issues such as access, retention, inclusion, engagement, and success, and will explore how the history of the institution has and will continue to impact the present-day landscape.


ED 709 Values, Gratitude, and Resiliency for Adolescents and Young Learners

This course explores the relationship of values, gratitude, and resiliency from a brain-based perspective that is translated into the learning process. Trauma has a profound effect on teaching and learning. This course offers strategies to create trauma-sensitive learning environments for students in all content areas, grade levels, and educational settings.


ED 710 Contemporary Issues in Special Education

This course addresses the historical, philosophical, and ethical perspectives of education services for students with special needs. Federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to special education will be studied. Legal and educational terminology and definitions for students with mild to moderate disabilities will be discussed. Knowledge of services provided by other agencies, such as augmentative and alternative communicative, assistive technology, development of an individualized education plan (IEP), and relevant current literature are covered in this course.


ED 711 Curriculum Adaptations/Differentiated Instruction for Students with Special Needs*

This course will address students with moderate disabilities as well as the design or modification of curriculum, instructional materials, and general education classroom environments for these students. Emphasis will be placed on differentiated instruction that focuses on developing appropriate strategies for meeting the needs of diverse learners. It will align with the principles of inclusion with their educational implementation by exploring and applying instructional strategies and curricular adaptations that are most effective in the general education setting. A field-based experience is required.


* ED 703 and ED 711 feature a real-world shadowing component.

** ED 707 features a required field placement experience.

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