UnderGraduate catalog: 2020/21 term 1

Master of Education in Advanced Teaching (M.Ed.)

Situated in a global context, the M.Ed. program invites students to explore the historical, social and philosophical aspects of education from a comparative perspective. It emphasizes understanding of the learner and the physical, psychological, social, and cultural forces that shape learning. Students are introduced to the latest research on teaching and learning and explore its implications for curricular decision making and instructional planning. They analyze strategies for classroom management and the fostering of a positive learning community. Coursework examines the role of assessment in objective-driven teaching and learning and delves into how technology can be used to meet learner needs.

UoPeople offers programming leading to a Master of Education in Advanced Teaching. Students will choose to specialize in either the elementary and middle school level (grades K-8) or in the secondary school level (grades 6-12). The program is intended for practicing teachers and those who might wish to teach in independent schools, but please note that it DOES NOT LEAD TO STATE LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION.

This program is designed to provide advanced training to prepare highly skilled teachers who possess the advanced skills required to facilitate the development and learning of all students in their care. Graduates will serve as models and mentors for colleagues, and contribute to developing the next generation of beginning teachers preparing to enter the profession.
The M.Ed. in Advanced Teaching was designed in cooperation with the International Baccalaureate (IB). The IB is a global leader in the provision of high-quality, accessible programs for K-12 students. Offered by almost 5,000 schools in more than 150 countries, IB programs encourage both personal growth and academic achievement. The IB requirement to attend a Category 1 Workshop is waived for qualified graduates of the M.Ed. program.

A total of 39 semester credit hours are required to complete the UoPeople M.Ed. degree. Students must complete a minimum of 13 courses. Each course is 9 weeks in length, and students earn 3 credits per course.

Program Goals:

Successful graduates of the program will learn to:

Ensure the availability of appropriate curricula for learners by:

      • Setting learning goals and objectives for the classroom
      • Identifying the instructional needs of individual learners based on their developmental profile and personal contexts
      • Selecting, adapting and/or creating curricular materials that meet the instructional needs of individual learners
      • Understanding the impact of assessment on curriculum and its relationship to curriculum design

Create an effective learning environment by:

      • Arranging the classroom in ways that meet regulatory requirements, support instruction, and promote individual and collaborative learning
      • Establishing a welcoming learning environment that embraces diversity, collaboration, mutual respect and personal responsibility and integrates technology to enhance teaching and learning

Employ instructional approaches that support learning by:

      • Creating plans that guide instructional decisions
      • Selecting instructional activities and materials that enable learners to meet the established instructional goals
      • Employing instructional approaches that foster a learner’s critical thinking, global awareness, and communication and self-management skills
      • Structuring opportunities for student-directed inquiry and the exploration of interdisciplinary connections
      • Utilizing instructional technology to create authentic learning opportunities and enhance teaching and learning
      • Ensuring exposure to real world questions and issues that offer perspectives beyond the learner’s local experiences

Assess and provide feedback on learner growth and development by:

      • Identifying appropriate measures for assessing learning
      • Administering standardized and teacher-designed formative and summative assessments appropriate to the learner and the instructional purpose
      • Monitoring the learner’s progress against external and teacher-set objectively-established metrics
      • Fostering student self-reflection and self-assessment
      • Using assessment results to plan future instruction
      • Providing effective feedback to students, and using feedback to modify teaching and learning activities

Engage in continuing professional development by:

      • Reflecting on the impact of their professional actions on learners, the school, their colleagues, and others in the community of interests
      • Seeking opportunities to advance their professional knowledge and skills to better meet learner needs
      • Engaging in classroom-based research to improve curricular and instructional decision making