E-Learning

Master of Education

The E-Learning specialization is designed to help you explore how educational activities can be designed to incorporate technology with the goal of engaging the traditional and virtual student, enhancing teaching and learning experiences, and addressing the changing needs in the e-learning instructional environment. You will experience a unique blend of research, exploration and application using a variety of e-learning approaches and practices. As a graduate, you will have the skills and knowledge to engage in e-learning planning, organization, implementation, sustainability and continuous improvement of the learning environment.

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.

Specialization Courses - 24 credit hours, 4 additional courses will be selected from the following:

Course Code

Name

Course Description

EL5006-8

Adult Learning Theories

During this Master's level course, students will examine and develop the skills in identifying, analyzing, and planning for the diversity in adult learning behaviors. Students will identify the strategies for developing critical thinking and reflective practice in adult students. Students will evaluate the principles of adult learning theory and how they can be used in the design of technology-based instruction to make it more effective.

EL5007-8

Ethics and Legal Issues

This course will examine potential legal and ethical issues involved in online courses and programs. Ethical principles that relate to copyright, intellectual property, negligence, and privacy will be explored. This course will provide educators with a general framework for addressing issues such as ownership of electronic course materials, determining whether a work is in the public domain, and the proper use of copyrighted works at a distance. Prevention of plagiarism in the digital environment will also be addressed.

EL5009-8

Mobile Devices for Teaching and Learning

In this course, students will receive an introduction to teaching and learning using mobile devices. This course will present a conceptual and theoretical foundation for implementing mobile devices into the curriculum including exploration, examination, and evaluation for the efficacious use of mobile devices in the classroom. Students will analyze related mobile technology processes and techniques for effectively using these devices. Students will also explore the structural aspects, pedagogical issues, curriculum design, psychological and group dynamics, ethical and social issues, as well as the practical issues of using mobile devices.

EL5001-8

Introduction to Principles and Practices in E-Learning

In this course, students will receive an introduction to the teaching and learning strategies in the e-learning environment. Students will examine the basic foundations of e-learning, instructional principles used to develop effective online courses and materials, and the assignments and assessments that are used in e-learning. Students will design a professional development or corporate training activity based on best practices in e-learning.

EL5002-8

Introduction to E-Learning Instructional Strategies

This course will introduce to students the strategies necessary to facilitate learning using information and communication technologies. Students will develop effective online learning facilitation skills such as establishing a safe learning environment, accommodating various learning styles, conducting effective online class discussions, monitoring the progress of students, guiding collaborative online learning activities, and administering online assessment and evaluations.

EL5003-8

Instructional Design Strategies

This course is designed to prepare the student with an understanding of instructional strategies and their role in designing authentic online activities in the field of education and training arenas. The use and understanding of constructivist-based pedagogical models and Integrative Learning design Framework (ILDF) will provide a foundation for students and assist in developing effective online activities for an online course.

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.

CT5000-8

Curriculum and Instructional Strategies

The purpose of this master’s level course is to provide an overview of theories, principles, practices, design, implementation, evaluation, and issues in curriculum and instruction. Students will learn to integrate theory and practice. Students will study accountability and high stakes testing, historical precedents, local and federal accountability rules. Students will be encouraged to distinguish between testing and accountability. Reflection and discussion will enhance deep understanding.

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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