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Master of Education courses only offered as online courses.


EDUC 510 – History and Philosophy of Education (3)

An in-depth study that integrates concepts and information from major social sciences and philosophy to examine the challenges and problems of teaching in modern schools (faith-based and public). Focusing on historical, cultural, socioeconomic, and political issues that affect education, the course asks students to examine their dispositions, knowledge, and skills, and to determine their path for growth and development into an effective Christian teacher for all children. (3 credit hours)

EDUC 515 – Research Design in Education (3)

Examines the field of educational research by exploring research models, analyzing research articles, and applying measurement and statistical techniques to problems of educational research. Each student will learn the essentials needed to carry out the entire research process and develop a research proposal that will guide a capstone Action Research Project (EDUC 600). (3 credit hours)

EDUC 520 – Student Learning and Motivation (3)

An exploration of the theoretical and applied basis for how the mind processes (stores, organizes, and retrieves) information in order to wisely choose, develop, and deploy effective instructional strategies. A major focus will be placed on exploring factors that maximize the motivation, attention, and persistence of students in the typical K-12 classroom. (3 credit hours)

EDUC 525 – Classroom Management and Positive Behavior Practices (3)

The course will focus on the creation of safe and inclusive learning environments to engage individuals in meaningful learning activities. Strategies for preventing behavior problems and positive behavioral interventions will be examined. (3 credit hours)

EDUC 530 – Curriculum Theory and Practice (3)

Introduces graduate students to the process of curriculum design and assessment. Students will have the opportunity to develop a definition of curriculum that reflects their own personal philosophy of education. Students will explore various curriculum development models and identify a model that fits their own personal philosophies of education and then create their own curriculum using backward design, as they align standards, assessments, research-based teaching methods, and learning activities. (3 credit hours)

EDUC 535 – Instructional Improvement Through Assessment (3)

Through examination of historical and contemporary perspectives and trends of assessment, EDUC 535 establishes the value and purpose of assessment for the improvement and maximization of student learning and advancement of effective instruction in order to provide for and achieve high expectations for all learners. (3 credit hours)

EDUC 540 – Biblical Perspectives in Human Relations and Counseling (3)

Designed to assist students in learning how to utilize, compare, and contrast methods of helping others with problems and challenges in the context of an educational setting. Students will acquire a set of principles and skills drawn from the disciplines of biblical counseling and human relations in education. (3 credit hours)

EDUC 545 – Exceptionality in Student Learning (3)

Introduces the practice of special education in today’s schools. The content will allow students to analyze characteristics of individuals with learning and behavioral and cognitive disabilities, as well as the implications of learner differences for the legal and professional responsibilities of classroom teachers. Students will examine general principles of instruction that can help improve exceptional students’ access to the general education curriculum. (3 credit hours)

EDUC 550 – Leadership and Change in Education (3)

Explores strategies for achieving successful change in the educational milieu. The course curriculum will integrate and apply contemporary models and strategies for successful adoption and implementation of educational innovation and process improvements. (3 credit hours)

EDUC 555 – Technology for Teaching and Learning (3)

Examines current technology tools and strategies for incorporating technology in the classroom to increase engagement and learning. The study will include a focus on online instruction and distance delivery methods as they relate to today’s technologies. Students will explore how best practices in distance learning can inform and supplement pedagogy in on-ground classrooms. This course will combine educational theory with computer-based activities to accomplish course objectives. (3 credit hours)

EDUC 560 – Perspectives on Character Education (3)

Will incorporate the resources and skills necessary to integrate ethical themes and character development into a school setting. It will provide educators an arena in which to explore and develop biblical and moral perspectives and pedagogies related to teaching and learning internalized beliefs and morality. Focus will also be placed on putting into practice those skills and resources that integrate character themes and character development into Christian and public educational environments. Legal and ethical issues related to character education in public schools will also be explored. (3 credit hours)

EDUC 570 – Instructional Supervision for Cooperating Teachers (2)

A self-paced program designed to help cooperating teachers become more effective supervisors of student teachers. In addition to modeling characteristics of effective teachers, the course will acquaint the cooperating teacher with the policies and procedures of Maranatha. (2 credit hours)

EDUC 600 – Action Research (2)

Students will complete a culminating action research project that is a practical application of their program learning to a representative teaching and learning phenomenon in an educational setting. This project will provide a graduate student a practical research experience that will demonstrate, distill, and assess programmatic learning. (2 credit hours)