Master of Education (M.Ed.)
The online Master of Education (M.Ed.) The program emphasizes coursework in leadership, management, and instruction in a variety of educational and public service settings. The M.Ed. The program is of particular interest to individuals with public or private school teaching experience who desire to improve their classroom instructional skills, increase their knowledge of educational administration and advance on their district’s compensation schedules. Additionally, the Master of Education Program features a focused elective track designed specifically for Montessori educators. The objectives of the Program are:
- To offer a program of coursework and practical exercises in leadership, management, and instruction that will enhance the professional and personal lives of its students.
- To improve general educational skills allowing students to advance on school district compensation schedules.
- To prepare professional educators to serve the needs of both public and private institutions from the elementary to postsecondary level in their community and beyond.
- To employ faculty who are accomplished in their respective fields from both an academic and practical perspective.
Successful graduates of the Program will demonstrate:
- A working knowledge of the concepts, dependencies, and relationships of the social and philosophical foundations of education.
- How to make appropriate recommendations based on sound reasoning and analysis.
- Effective and appropriate instructional and leadership techniques that support educational and administrative objectives.
- Use of theoretical knowledge and contemporary research for evidence-based decision-making.
- Professional expertise in a number of areas supported by the elective course options of the Program.
Students electing the Montessori Educator's track will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the Montessori educational theories and applications. The University acts to fulfill the purposes of the Master of Education Program through appropriate coursework, coupled with continuing direction, evaluation of student progress, and regular assessment of student learning outcomes, supervised and administered by qualified faculty. The Master of Education Program is designed to service a national market and does not purport to provide licensure or credential certification in any particular state and/or school district. Applicants interested in licensure, credential certification, and/or salary advancement are encouraged to contact the relevant licensing body(ies) and their respective human resources department before enrollment. The Master of Education Program is presented on a Semester basis. Students are generally enrolled in 10 units per Semester. Each Semester consists of a minimum time period of 16 weeks from the date study commences. Students not completing all Semester coursework during the 16-week period will be granted an automatic 2-month extension of time to complete the Semester. Students may take a leave-of-absence between Semesters. However, except in special circumstances, the entire degree program (3 Semesters) must be completed within 5 years.
The University's Directed Independent Study modality recognizes that education is an individual process where individuals with different learning needs and study schedules can be accommodated. It emphasizes learning that is meaningful, where individuals enjoy the learning process and acquire knowledge to better understand and manage their own careers. The Program’s faculty members support the student’s independent-study learning role by guiding and stimulating the learning process in one-on-one interaction. Our faculty members recognize individual learning styles and needs and emphasize the relevance of the material to the individual’s situation. Each course in the Program contains a series of lesson assignments generally consisting of reading requirements and research projects. Students are evaluated through examinations and/or research assignments which are submitted for faculty evaluation. All assignments are submitted electronically. As set forth in the University’s General Catalog, Internet access and minimum computer requirements and skills are required as a condition of admittance.
The tuition for the Program is $275.00 per Semester unit. Tuition rates are “locked” for two years at the time of matriculation. An enrolled student will be protected from future tuition increases during this period of time. The cost of books and materials, other than each course syllabus, is not included in the tuition. The University does not sell books or materials. Most books and materials may be purchased at local colleges, retail bookstores, directly from publishers or over the Internet. The cost is estimated to average approximately $150.00 per course. Students are always provided with a mail or Internet source for acquiring all required materials.
Admission Policies and Requirements
Applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and are currently employed in public or private education at the elementary, secondary or higher education level may apply to the Program. The majority of applicants to this Program are mature adults working in a variety of professional settings. Many have not attended college for several years. Consequently, prior class rank and grade point average are not significant factors in the admission process. An applicant may be conditionally admitted into the Program based on a completed Application for Admission, receipt of the $75.00 Application Fee, student copies of transcripts reflecting the applicant’s highest relevant degree, and documentation of the applicant’s professional work experience. It is not necessary to submit official transcripts at the time of application. (However, official transcripts must be received by the University within 60 days of enrollment. The University provides students with a form which may be used for this purpose.) Should additional information be required the applicant will be contacted. All payments must be payable in U.S. dollars. Payments may be made by MasterCard®, Visa®, American Express® or personal/business check.
Foreign Applicants and Applicants with International Credentials
It may be necessary for applicants who have attended colleges or universities outside of the United States to obtain an evaluation of their education from a credential evaluation service approved by the University. Upon request, the Admissions Office will provide a list of approved evaluators. In addition, applicants whose native language is not English and who have not earned a degree from an appropriately accredited institution where English is the principal language of instruction must receive a minimum score of 530 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or 71 on the iBT, or its equivalent.
Transfer Credit and Portfolio Credit
The acceptance of transfer credits between academic institutions lies within the discretion of the receiving college or university. Credits earned at William Howard Taft University may or may not be accepted by another institution depending upon its own programs, policies, and regulations. The University is committed to providing students the greatest opportunity to apply previously earned credit toward their chosen degree program. Subject to the limitations of state and accreditation regulations and academic comparability, students may apply to have credit awarded through completion of:
- Transfer Credit: Transfer credit toward a degree may be awarded for postsecondary courses completed by the student at other institutions if such courses were completed within the last seven years and are found to meet the standards and learning objectives of the specific course for which credit is sought. The courses considered for transfer must be equivalent in both content and degree level. Transfer credit must be from an accredited institution.
- Portfolio Credit: Academic credit may be given for adequately documented and validated experiential equivalent learning of a postsecondary nature. Examples include credit for learning acquired through achievement of select certifications, college-level equivalent tests, or other postsecondary level equivalent documented learning experience. Students with prior military experience may also apply to have military coursework evaluated for possible equivalent college credit.
M.Ed. students may apply to transfer up to a total of 15 units of Transfer Credit (or a combination of transfer credit and experiential or equivalent credit). A maximum of 7 units may be awarded for adequately documented and validated Experiential or Equivalent Credit.
How to Enroll
If the applicant is accepted for admission to the Program, a formal enrollment agreement will be prepared and sent to the applicant for review and signature. Students may elect to begin the Program on the 15th of any month. All payments submitted for tuition and fees must be payable in U.S. dollars. Payments may be made by MasterCard® / Visa® / American Express® or personal/business check. Applicants are encouraged to call the Admissions Office if there are any questions regarding enrollment procedures.
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