General Education

Master of Education

The General Education specialization will provide you with the opportunity to develop a broad base of knowledge, research and critical thinking skills as you tailor your education to match your career interests and goals. You will further your understanding of education theory and best practices and how to apply these principles in your profession. You will also develop a strong core of education and research knowledge, which you will partner with elective courses that further your own particular interests.

Certification and Licensing

The School of Education serves educational leaders by providing online graduate studies in education to reach worldwide populations. The MEd program is designed to reach national and international markets and does not purport to provide licensure or certification in any particular state or country. Certification requirements vary by state. Students are advised to contact their state department of education or local school district for guidance in obtaining certification or licensure, or for approval in fulfilling district level incentive programs.

There are several reasons why an educator would want to pursue a graduate degree in education that does not lead to state licensing or certification.

Reasons may include:

  • "Move up" steps on the salary schedule.
  • Improve skills and professionalism in general or to pursue a ”leadership” position outside the classroom (school-based or district level).
  • Advance as a ”teacher leader” through a graduate degree (already has a bachelor's degree and certification).
  • Meet the needs of increasingly diverse students.
  • Work in a traditional K-12 classroom environment (trainer, educational consultant, etc).

Completion Period for Master's Degrees

Northcentral University allows 5 years to complete all 30 credit hour master's programs. Normal time to complete varies depending upon the rate courses are taken and credits transferred.

Course Length

Existing MEd students may opt to switch to eight-week courses by contacting their Academic Advisor. Once existing MEd students have opted for eight-week courses, they must receive approval from the Office of the Dean to switch back to a program of 12-week courses. All eight-week courses are indicated by a "-8" (dash eight) at the end of the course code.

Course Sequence

Course Code

Name

Course Description

EDU5000 / EDU5000-8

Foundations for Graduate Study

This course is an orientation to Northcentral University and to the essential skills needed to pursue a Master's degree in Education. Graduate level skills, such as academic integrity, time management, effective use of the Northcentral Library, comprehending complex scholarly texts and research articles, and APA form and style in professional communication are also introduced. Students will complete the course with a better understanding of personal goals, strengths, and challenges, and a roadmap to navigate their way to completion of their educational aspirations.

ED5040-8

Leadership for Learning Communities

In this course, students will explore current and future leadership strategies and current trends and issues. Students will also analyze their own and others’ paradigms and leadership styles, and determine best practices to promote positive social change. Topics include: change theory, change agents, and leadership in learning organizations.

Specialization Course 1

ED5041-8

Adult Learning Strategies to Improve Organizational Efficacy

In this course, students will gain a knowledge base of professional strategies to use in the organization and administration of adult learning experiences. Students will identify the differences between traditional and adult learners and evaluate factors that facilitate adult learning. In addition, students will understand how strategies applied based on adult learning theory ultimately improve organizational effectiveness.

ED5042-8

Intercultural Communication

In this course, students will examine communication theory, cultural history, cultural identity, worldviews, and values. Topics include: intercultural communication, stereotypes, nonverbal communication, workplace communication, cultural structure, and diversity.

Specialization Course 2

ED5044-8

Technology and a Vision for the Future

In this course, students evaluate strategies to become agents of change in the field of technology and learning. Students will be introduced grant writing, management of a technology budget, leadership strategies within an organization, software for multimedia authoring, concept mapping, and office productivity. Additionally, instructional use of hardware tools such as digital cameras, PDAs, and investigative probes will be investigated.

Specialization Course 3

Specialization Course 4

ED6002 / ED6002-8

Action Research Capstone

This graduate course emphasizes practical research skills utilized by education practitioners. Students will develop an action research project based on the scientific method and concepts presented in ED6001. The culminating product will reflect critical thinking, graduate level writing skills, and correct APA format. This course is open only to students pursuing the Master of Education.

Foundation Course - 3 credit hours

Course Code

Name

Course Description

EDU5000 / EDU5000-8

Foundations for Graduate Study

This course is an orientation to Northcentral University and to the essential skills needed to pursue a Master's degree in Education. Graduate level skills, such as academic integrity, time management, effective use of the Northcentral Library, comprehending complex scholarly texts and research articles, and APA form and style in professional communication are also introduced. Students will complete the course with a better understanding of personal goals, strengths, and challenges, and a roadmap to navigate their way to completion of their educational aspirations.

Recommended Specialization Courses - 21 credit hours

Course Code

Name

Course Description

ED5004-8

Education Law

Students in educational leadership roles need a working knowledge of school law, especially as it pertains to the rights of students and teachers. Concepts addressed in this course focus on a history of the legal system and the federal government's role in setting public school policy. Topics include student rights regarding free speech, search and seizure, due process, and discipline. Policies regarding teacher certification, academic freedom, due process rights, anti-discrimination, and employment considerations will also be addressed. The course "School Law" is critical to understanding the basic structure and guidance that governs school boards, schools, administrators, teachers, and students.

ED5008-8

Teaching Diverse students

In this course, students will address the nature of cultural diversity, its sources, and its importance to educators. Students will understand how to adapt instructions to the needs of diverse students, taking into consideration epistemological and axiological perspectives unique to each culture. Topics include: multicultural education, diversity, cultural diversity, the achievement gap, and strategies for diverse learners.

ED5012-8

Leadership in Educational Organizations

This Master's level course is about effective leadership in educational organizations. It is particularly relevant for practicing school administrators, those who desire to become administrators, and classroom teachers who recognize the importance of leadership to positively impact schooling in our nation. Students pursuing a specialization in Educational Leadership are advised to take this as their first course of study.

ED5013-8

School Finance

In this course students will develop an understanding of and practical experience with the major concepts and tools in school finance. Students will explore the three distinct components of education finance: (1) evaluating revenue sources, including school aid; (2) developing and defending budgets; and (3) managing the finances and business operations of a school district. The objective is to provide students with an understanding of the general principles of education finance that can be applied in any setting.

ED5014-8

School Organization

In this course, students will be introduced to organizational theories, systems, and concepts of leadership as they pertain to schools and related educational settings. An exploration of philosophical and practical trends and issues pertaining to the organization and management of schools will provide students with insight into the inherent conflicts surrounding what is best for students as they prepare to enact transformative leadership in globally-focused twenty-first century schools.

ED5023-8

Multicultural Relationships in Educational Organizations

The effects of cultural diversity on organizational behavior in an educational environment are complex and powerful. In this course students explore the definition of diversity and the role of schools in achieving a more diverse society. Students also examine perspectives on race, language, culture, gender, and disability in educational settings from a perspective of educational leadership.

ED5029-8

Measurement and Assessment in Education

In this course, students will acquire the fundamental concepts, principles, and techniques of educational measurement and classroom assessment. Students acquire competence in the planning and development of informal classroom assessments and the evaluation of standardized tests. Topics include: criterion-referenced tests, norm-referenced tests, informal observations, portfolios, and alternative means of assessment.

Required Capstone Course - 3 credit hours

Course Code

Name

Course Description

ED6002 / ED6002-8

Action Research Capstone

This graduate course emphasizes practical research skills utilized by education practitioners. Students will develop an action research project based on the scientific method and concepts presented in ED6001. The culminating product will reflect critical thinking, graduate level writing skills, and correct APA format. This course is open only to students pursuing the Master of Education.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about the NCU’s MEd costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $576
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $1,728
  • Program cost: $17,280
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Technology Fee: $0
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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