Graduate Programs

Graduate Snapshot - Learning, Technology and Leadership

Description of Program:

The Master of Science in Education degree with a major in adult education/human resource development is designed for persons entering or advancing in positions associated with learning in education, business, industry, government, and other public and private sector organizations. The program is targeted to college graduates pursuing a career in the AHRD field, experienced AHRD professionals who want to expand their skills and enhance their career potential, and working managers and professionals in leadership roles where skills in developing and leading people have become critical to their organizations' success. A major strength of the program is that it allows individuals to tailor their programs to individual career needs and objectives.

The Master of Education degree with a concentration in educational leadership is designed to prepare candidates to assume leadership positions in both school and district offices. The organizing theme for the program is the school/district administrator's central role as the interpreter, facilitator and initiator of educational change leading to effective schools for all children. The program focuses upon the principal within the context of the school community of students, parents, teachers, support staff and administration and, the district supervisor within the community of schools. It recognizes the constant state of mutual influence, which exists among schools and the organizations and culture of broader society. The educational leader must understand and interpret changed within this context that affect the mission and operation of schools. For example, as an interpreter of change, the administrator must be able to discern the meaning of modifications in financial support, school law, governmental policy and educational research, and communicate these changes to the staff and community. In the role of facilitator, the administrator must be able to effectively implement programs mandated by the school board, as well as nurture and support positive changes suggested by students, staff or parents. Finally, as the initiator of change, the administrator must provide leadership for the process of continuous school improvement.

The program is accredited by NCATE and the Commonwealth of Virginia and is nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Consortium (ELCC).

The Master of Education Degree (M. Ed.) with a concentration in Educational Technology serves students who work in, or who intend to pursue careers in, K12, higher education, business and industry, and consulting. The program provides candidates with opportunities to explore and research emerging technologies for learning. Candidates in the program will discover effective ways to integrate these technologies in their chosen professional settings. Graduates will possess a broad and deep understanding of the practice of educational design and technology.

Degrees Offered:
Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed)
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

AHRD Program Evaluation and Measurement
Educational Leadership
Educational Technology
Equity and Cultural Diversity
Higher Education
Human Resource Management
Individualized Concentration
Instructional Design
Leadership and Facilitation
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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