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Master of Education

Thomas University, Division of Education

 

Purpose

 

The Thomas University Division of Education offers five Master of Education degrees for certified teachers designed to enhance the role of the teacher as a leader in the school community:

  • Master’s of Education in Early Childhood Education
  • Master’s of Education in Middle Grades Language Arts
  • Master’s of Education in Middle Grades Mathematics
  • Master’s of Education in Secondary English
  • Master’s of Education in Secondary Mathematics

The purpose of the Master of Education is to assist teachers in becoming leaders and mentors who are critical thinkers and reflective decision-makers in their schools.  Strong content and pedagogical skills will be developed that effect change in teaching and facilitate learning in students. Coursework will be taken in four areas: 

 

  • Teacher Leaders and Mentors (12 hours):  Teachers will assume leadership positions in their schools and demonstrate effective teaching strategies, problem-solving skills, and critical thinking abilities.  They will be able to mentor other teachers in the area of teaching effectiveness.  Demands for teacher accountability, as effective managers of their classrooms and student behaviors, will be emphasized.

 

  • Research (9 hours):  Teachers will explore quantitative and qualitative research at class, grade, and school levels and develop skills for assessing effective teaching practices.  Teachers will interpret students’ test results, explain them to parents and other school personnel, and use the test data to increase student learning and facilitate school improvement. 

 

  • Technology (3 hours): Teachers will use a full range of digital media to customize and personalize learning activities to address students' diverse learning styles, working strategies, and abilities.  Teachers will exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society.

 

  • Professional Concentration (12 hours):  Teachers will select an academic concentration to expand abilities in their current teaching field or to add a new field to their certificate. 

 

Goals

 

Teacher Leaders and Mentors

 

Teachers completing the Master of Education will be able to:

 

  • Model and teach strong character, civic responsibility, respect for individual and group differences, and instill this in their learners. 
  • Design, assess, and implement instructional materials that are developmentally appropriate, integrate activities for the multiple intelligences, and address different learning styles.
  • Employ effective strategies in working with parents to facilitate the intellectual, social and emotional development of their students; and communicate student needs to parents, teachers, and other relevant adults. 
  • Demonstrate teacher effectiveness and model strong presentation skills.
  • Demonstrate professionalism and follow appropriate school law and ethics of the profession.
  • Utilize appropriate strategies for managing the behavior of their students in the classroom.
  • Practice critical thinking and problem solving, and help develop these skills in their learners.
  • Assess individual and group performance to provide instruction that meets students’ needs in the cognitive, social, linguistic, cultural, emotional, and physical channels of development.
  • Employ performance-based assessment strategies to determine students’ performance of specified outcomes and to modify subsequent instruction.
  • Develop instruction and classroom environments that increase the chances of success in school for “at-risk” students; analyze a group of learners not experiencing success in traditional classroom and school environments; and design alternative, success-promoting environments using the results of that analysis. 
  • Summarize the research and development literatures of effective schools, effective schooling, and best professional practices.
  • Mentor less experienced teachers who need assistance in improving their classroom instruction based on sound research results.
  • Value feedback and evaluation about professional performance from teacher colleagues, school/district administrators, and students; and utilize this feedback for self-reflection and improvement.

 

Research

 

Teachers completing the Master of Education degree will be able to:

 

  • Use multiple assessments, and systematically observe and communicate their students’ progress to parents and students.
  • Evaluate the quality and effectiveness of their teaching practices on the progress of their learners.
  • Critique educational research articles and apply them to the practice of teaching and learning.
  • Interpret norm-referenced test results to assess how their learners are progressing over time; analyze test results for a given school and grade; and apply the results of that analysis to produce instruction that will improve students’ performance. 
  • Design, develop, and implement action research strategies at classroom, grade, and school levels.
  • Statistically analyze test results and design instruction to improve student performance as measured by the test.
  • Perform developmental assessments of students, explain results to other teachers, and advise about instruction that will be developmentally appropriate for the students assessed.
  • Lead a team of colleagues to design instruction that will result in improved performance of students, using the analysis of test results.

 

 

Technology

 

Teachers completing the Master of Education degree will be able to:

 

  • Teach students to use digital media and environments to communicate, to work collaboratively, including at a distance, and to support individual learning.
  • Create learning opportunities for students to demonstrate critical thinking, to construct knowledge, and to develop innovative products and processes using technology.
  • Design learning environments where students can apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.
  • Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.
  • Design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessment, incorporating contemporary tools and resources to maximize content learning in context
  • Design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity.
  • Customize and individualize learning activities to address students' diverse learning styles, working strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources.
  • Exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society.
  • Mentor colleagues to enable their improved effective use of a broad range of technologies for instruction.

 

Professional Concentration

 

Teachers completing the Master of Education degree will be able to:

 

  • Increase their depth of content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge in their area of certification, based on sound research results.
  • Engage the minds of their learners, and help build connections between what they are learning in the classroom with the world around them.
  • Employ performance-based assessment strategies to determine students’ performance of specified outcomes in the teacher’s area of certification and to modify subsequent instruction.
  • Analyze student assessment data in the teacher’s area of certification to determine student’s entry-level skills, deficiencies, academic and language development progress, and personal strengths.
  • Develop curricula that meet the needs of all learners by interpreting assessment data in the teacher’s area of certification.
  • Identify specific projects and products from literature in their area of professional specialization.
  • Apply rich and varied resources in teaching their area of certification, addressing the multiple intelligences and learning styles of their students. 
  • Employ critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Develop and demonstrate mentor-level expertise in their area of certification.
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