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Master of Education - Major in Curriculum and Instruction

“Teacher leadership is the thread which runs through our core classes.”

- Sally Ingles

 

Overview

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree with a major in Curriculum & Instruction is designed for practicing classroom teachers seeking advanced study in curriculum and instruction. Candidates will complete a 33 credit hour program that emphasizes constructivist approaches to teaching and learning, emphasizing teacher leadership and teacher efficacy. Courses are designed to provide participants with methods and materials they can use to help their own students learn, including the latest available technology. Course instruction is designed to model best practices and procedures in the classroom.

This program is open to candidates from all states. Prior to applying, candidates are responsible for being knowledgeable of the licensure requirements of their state and whether or not this program will satisfy the requirements of the state for which the candidate may be seeking advanced standing.

Relevant and Convenient

  • Complete your program in approximately 24 months

  • Work with a cohort group that provides mutual support

  • Register only one time, no more waiting in line

  • Classes meet online

  • Learn from highly qualified practitioner-faculty

Program Learning Outcomes

Candidates who complete this program should develop deeper understanding and skill in the following areas:

Domain 1 - Fostering a Collaborative Culture to Support Educator Development and Student Learning: Candidates use effective communication skills and knowledge of diversity to work collaboratively.

Domain 2 - Accessing and Using Research to Improve Practice and Student Learning: Candidates collect, analyze, and communicate school/classroom data and current research to improve student learning and assist their colleagues in this process.

Domain 3 - Promoting Professional Learning for Continuous Improvement: Candidates will collaborate with colleagues to plan sustainable professional development that meets diverse learning needs and aligns with school/ district goals.

Domain 4 - Facilitating Improvements in Instruction and Student Learning: Candidates will analyze data from multiple sources to identify curriculum/instruction needs and will serve as a team leader/mentor to foster professional growth to meet these needs and improve student learning.

Domain 5 - Promoting the Use of Assessments and Data for School and District Improvement: Candidates will work with colleagues to identify and use assessment tools and collect data to promote change for school/district improvement.

Domain 6 - Improving Outreach and Collaboration with Families and Community: Candidates will use understanding of diversity and effective technology and communication skills to collaborate with family and community stakeholders for improved educational experiences and student achievement.

Domain 7 - Advocating for Student Learning and the Profession: Candidates will collaborate with families, communities and colleagues to advocate for effective educational approaches.

 

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Indiana Wesleyan University

Founded in 1920, Indiana Wesleyan University is a comprehensive, Christian university committed to liberal arts and professional education. Over 10,000 students are enrolled in classes throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and online.

IWU’s innovative Adult and Graduate programs are offered at our 16 regional Education Centers. Each Education Center houses state-of-the-art classrooms, library resources, study rooms, computer labs, and conference rooms. Programs are also available at a number of convenient learning sites located throughout Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. Since 1997, most of these programs have been available online, making quality education accessible throughout the United States and around the world.

Accreditation

Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org, 312-263-0456. IWU is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, www.cccu.org, 202-546-8713.

Education programs at Indiana Wesleyan University are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, 1140 19th Street, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202-223-0077.

Not all programs are offered at all locations and some may only be available online.

Off-Campus Library Services

Library instruction is provided to students at the start of their program at IWU. Reference and document delivery services give students access to all collections of the Jackson Library on the IWU residential campus, as well as Instructional Resource Center services, Interlibrary Loan services, and many e-books and online journals. For more information, see indwes.edu/ocls.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Credit Hours Onsite Tuition Online Tuition
33 Total $471 / credit hour $471 / credit hour

* Effective July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017.

The total cost of the program, including tuition, books, and fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. The cost will be divided into several payments spread over the course of the program. Course textbooks will be shipped to you before each course begins. The cost of books increases for shipments outside of the 48 contiguous United States.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program with specialization courses. For prerequisite or other required courses if applicable, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, and any additional fees. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.

Payment Process

Deposit: Once you are accepted, your program representative will contact you in regards to payment of the required $100.00 deposit. This deposit reserves your place on the class roster. Payment can be made by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Service fee may apply.

Payment Options: Your program representative will work closely with you to choose a payment option that best fits your needs. Your options may include Federal financial aid, company reimbursement tuition deferral, company direct-bill, self-pay, military benefits, etc.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.

For information about financial aid, call 800-621-8667, ext. 2516, visit our financial aid website, or email NonResAid@indwes.edu.

Courses

Below is the list of courses required to complete the program. Courses are generally taken sequentially, one at a time, until the program is complete. Course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below.

Core Courses

MED-ORE,EDTL-510,EDTL-520,EDTL-530,EDTL-540,EDTL-550,EDTL-560

18 credit hours

Major - Curriculum and Instruction

EDTL-515,EDTL-525,EDTL-535,EDTL-545,EDTL-555

Total Credit Hours 33 credit hours

Requirements

Applicants to any program within the School of Educational Leadership will be required to sign a disclosure of information waiver giving any prior institutions the applicant may have attended permission to supply IWU representatives all information relevant to the applicant's fitness for teacher training or licensure recommendation, including but not limited to his/her conduct, standing, or reputation while attending said institutions. Any information obtained may be considered by IWU in its decision whether or not to admit an applicant, to permit his or her continuance in a program, or to recommend him/her for licensure.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to any program within the School of Educational Leadership will be required to sign a disclosure of information waiver giving any prior institutions the applicant may have attended permission to supply IWU representatives all information relevant to the applicant's fitness for teacher training or licensure recommendation, including but not limited to his/her conduct, standing, reputation while attending said institutions. Any information obtained may be considered by IWU in its decision whether or not to admit an applicant, to permit his or her continuance in a program, or to recommend him/her for licensure.

To meet the admission requirements for this master's degree program, candidates must:

1. Have completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting body or the Association for Biblical Higher Education verified on original transcripts sent by the institution directly to Indiana Wesleyan University.

2. Have an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher from the baccalaureate degree granting institution at which at least of minimum of 30 hours was completed.

3. Public school candidates:

  1. A valid (but not necessarily current) state teacher’s license.
  2. At least one year (i.e., a minimum of one semester and one day) of teaching experience from an approved and accredited public, private, or parochial school in the United States or abroad.
  3. Supporting documentation demonstrating access to a P-12 classroom.

4. ACSI, FACCS, and FCCS candidates:

  1. An Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (FACCS), or Florida Coalition of Christian Schools (FCCS) valid (but not necessarily current) temporary, standard, or professional teaching license or certificate.
  2. At least one year (i.e., a minimum of one semester and one day) of teaching experience, under contract and performed in a classroom.
  3. Supporting documentation demonstrating access to a P-12 classroom. Native speakers of languages other than English who are applicants for entrance into this program must achieve required English language scores on approved assessments.

NOTE: Prior to applying to the program, candidates are responsible for being knowledgeable of the licensure requirements of their

Graduation Requirements

To complete the M.Ed. degree, candidates must:

  1. Successfully pass the admission, mid-program review, and program completion gateways.
  2. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in all graduate work and a minimum grade of “B-” in each course.
  3. Successfully pass all Key Assessments with a score of a “3” or “4” for all rubric criteria.
  4. Successfully pass all Professional Dispositions with a score of a “3” or “4” for all rubric criteria.
  5. Successfully pass all Clinical Experience requirements.

Candidates must pay all tuition and fees to receive a diploma and be recommended for any type of advanced standing.

Minimum Computer Requirements

Students are expected to possess a computer throughout the duration of their program. Student computers must be able to run a supported browser and handle additional plug-ins as identified by the Learning Management System (LMS) company. Students should be able to produce, send, and receive documents that are compatible within the two most recent offerings of Microsoft Office to complete most of the assignments. IWU will offer support to students on only these two offerings of office software. Computer and Internet connection may need to be fast enough in some courses to watch streaming videos, participate in live meetings, upload large files, install software, and listen to audio lectures. In addition to these minimum expectations, participation in a CAPS course or program may entail additional computing and/or technology requirements.

To be considered for admission to the Master of Education degree programs, complete each of the following steps. For more information, call 866-498-4968 to speak with a Program Representative.

1. Application Apply online at indwes.edu.

2. Transcripts College: Official transcripts are required from the baccalaureate degree-granting institution. Indiana Wesleyan University will accept for its permanent file only those transcripts sent in a sealed envelope directly to IWU by the registrar of the attended institution(s). Official transcripts must exhibit the official seal and signature of the registrar. Transcripts that are stamped “student copy,” “issued to student,” or “unofficial” cannot be accepted as official. College Transcripts from Non-U.S. Schools: For college transcripts from non-U.S. schools, secure a “Course-by-Course Report” from Educational Credential Evaluators (see www.ece.org). Be sure to request that the report be sent directly to Indiana Wesleyan University. The evaluation must list course-by-course credit hours and grades.

3. Teaching License

  1. Public school candidates must submit a copy of their valid (but not necessarily current) state teaching license.
  2. ACSI, FACCS, or FCCS candidates must submit a copy of their valid (but not necessarily current) temporary, standard, or professional teaching license or certificate.

4. TOEFL Scores Submit a copy of your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores if English is not your primary language. For more information about this test, see www.toefl.org.

Start Dates

Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the IWU Master of Education program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.