Master of Education in Advanced Teaching Degree

General

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Program Description

To increase the amount of highly skilled teachers across the world, the University of the People (UoPeople) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) have launched a tuition-free, online Master of Education (M.Ed.) program.

The curriculum reflects the IB’s approaches to teaching and learning so the program will also meet the needs of IB World Schools who are looking to recruit teachers familiar with IB pedagogy. The M.Ed. program will produce a new generation of globally-minded educators with an in-depth knowledge of curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment to support student-directed inquiry, interdisciplinary learning, intercultural competence, and critical thinking.

The Master of Education is a graduate-level program designed to train students for dynamic careers in education, childcare, and community leadership. The program’s approach is that teaching is a learner-centered endeavor and that effective teachers are skilled professionals who foster inclusive and inquiring learning environments. Program participants will learn to create such environments through a multi-disciplinary approach including human development, teaching and learning theory, behavior management, and assessment of learning, preparing them for careers in public and private schools, community colleges, and other educational settings.

Graduates of the M.Ed. program are required to complete a minimum of 13 courses, which is equivalent to 39 credits.

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The M.Ed. Program Specializations

Students must choose to specialize in either:

  • Elementary/Middle School Education, or
  • Secondary Education

Students in either specialization will be required to complete two (2) core specialization courses, and one (1) elective course as part of the 13 required courses. Students may choose to complete both specializations. In this case, students will be required to complete all 6 specialization courses, which increases the program requirements to a minimum of 16 courses.

UoPeople and the International Baccalaureate Schools

Excellent students will have the opportunity to gain real-world experience through our Internship program with International Baccalaureate schools. The IB internship is an additional three (3) credit course.

The combination of the international student body, instructors from top universities worldwide, high-quality education, and opportunities for professional internships ensure an exceptional learning experience.

Academic Year and Course Taking at Uopeople

UoPeople’s academic year is split into five (5) nine-week terms.

Students can choose to study part-time or full-time. Part-time students take one course per term whereas full-time students take two courses per term. In certain cases, excellent students may be given the option to have an accelerated track and take three courses per term.

Graduates of the M.Ed. program are required to complete a minimum of 39 credits. For part-time students, this will generally take thirteen (13) terms. Full-time students can expect to complete the program in seven (7) terms, and accelerated track students can earn their degree in five (5) terms.

Program Goals

The M.Ed. learning goals specify competencies that provide a foundation for graduates. Successful graduates of the program should be able to:

Ensure the Availability of Appropriate Curricula for Learners by:

  • Setting learning goals and objectives for the classroom.
  • Identifying the instructional needs of individual learners based on their developmental profile and personal contexts.
  • Selecting, adapting, and/or creating curricular materials that meet the instructional needs of individual learners.
  • Understanding the impact of assessment on the curriculum and its relationship to curriculum design.

Create an Effective Learning Environment by:

  • Arranging the classroom in ways that meet regulatory requirements, support instruction, and promote individual and collaborative learning.
  • Establishing a welcoming learning environment that embraces diversity, collaboration, mutual respect, and personal responsibility and integrates technology to enhance teaching and learning.

Employ Instructional Approaches That Support Learning by:

  • Creating plans that guide instructional decisions.
  • Selecting instructional activities and materials that enable learners to meet the established instructional goals.
  • Employing instructional approaches that foster a learner’s critical thinking, global awareness, and communication and self-management skills.
  • Structuring opportunities for student-directed inquiry and the exploration of interdisciplinary connections.
  • Utilizing instructional technology to create authentic learning opportunities and enhance teaching and learning.
  • Ensuring exposure to real-world questions and issues that offer perspectives beyond the learner’s local experiences.

Assess and Provide Feedback on Learner Growth and Development by:

  • Identifying appropriate measures for assessing learning.
  • Administering standardized and teacher-designed formative and summative assessments appropriate to the learner and the instructional purpose.
  • Monitoring the learner’s progress against external and teacher-set objectively-established metrics
  • Fostering student self-reflection and self-assessment.
  • Using assessment results to plan future instruction.
  • Providing effective feedback to students, and using feedback to modify teaching and learning activities.

Engage in Continuing Professional Development by:

  • Reflecting on the impact of their professional actions on learners, the school, their colleagues, and others in the community of interests.
  • Seeking opportunities to advance their professional knowledge and skills to better meet learner needs.
  • Engaging in classroom-based research to improve curricular and instructional decision making.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to UoPeople’s online Master of Education in Advanced Teaching (M.Ed.) complete a two-step application process. First, applicants complete an online application (described below). No admissions testing is required. After meeting the initial admissions requirements, applicants can be accepted to begin studying as early as the very next term.

While they are taking the first few courses, students complete the second step of the admissions process (described below). Those who successfully complete their courses may then be accepted to be Degree Seeking Students. In general, courses taken during the first phase can be accepted for credit towards one’s degree program after being accepted as a Degree-Seeking Student (DSS), so no time is lost on the path towards a degree.

M.Ed. Admission Requirements:

*At this time, due to state-specific regulations, the University of the People is unable to accept applications for admission to our M.Ed. Program from applicants residing in Arkansas.

Application Process:

Step 1:

  • Complete the online application
  • Pay the $60 non-refundable application fee.
  • Demonstration of English proficiency is required per the guidelines listed here. If you are not able to demonstrate English proficiency, then you will be required to complete English Composition 1 course in your first term, before continuing to study in the Foundation courses.

Step 2 – Application Process to Become a Degree-Seeking Student (DSS) in a Graduate Course:

  • Successfully complete UoPeople Graduate Foundations courses
  • Submit proof of undergraduate degree
  • Submitting proof of undergraduate degree completion may be satisfied during your first term at UoPeople through the submission of:
    1. Official diploma (or transcript showing graduation) sent directly to UoPeople (either mailed, submitted online or a scanned copy sent electronically); or
    2. A photocopy of the original diploma (or transcript showing graduation) certified by a notary sent directly to UoPeople (either mailed or submitted online); 

Sending Documents

  • For the quickest processing of your application materials, it is advised to send your documents electronically via the UoPeople Self-Service Portal.
  • It is important to verify that all the appropriate documents are included, as well as to be sure that you have copies for your personal records.
  • Please note that all submitted documents become the property of University of the People, and cannot be returned due to university regulations.
  • If applicants have any issues or questions regarding the required documents they need to send, they may contact their personal Admissions Advisor or the Office of Admissions at admissions@uopeople.edu.
  • Documents that are not in the English language must be submitted along with an official notarized translation. Both the original and translated versions must be received to continue processing your application.
  • Diplomas and transcripts that are not in English must be submitted together with an official notarized translation, and in certain cases, the Office of Admissions may require applicants to present additional documentation.

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Transferability

Transferring Credits to UoPeople:

Students and applicants at UoPeople have the option of transferring credits toward their degree programs at UoPeople.

For graduate degree programs UoPeople may award the transfer of up to 50% of the required program credits. This means that students can transfer no more than 18 toward the completion of a Master's degree.

Transferring Credits From UoPeople to Other Institutions:

The transferability of credits and credentials is at the complete discretion of the institution to which you seek to transfer, and may include a transfer fee.

Paying For School

The University of the People is tuition-free, which means there is no charge for teaching or instruction. To help support the university’s continued operation, UoPeople charges a $60 application fee, and an Assessment Fee per course completed ($200 in the M.Ed.). That’s it. There are no annual enrollment fees and no cost for course material. 

The current fee schedule for the M.Ed. the program is as follows:

  • Application Fee - $60

The Application Fee is non-refundable and must be submitted by the applicant along with the application for admission. The Application Fee does not include any additional fees that may be required for third-party evaluation.

  • Assessment Fee - $200

Students are required to pay an Assessment Fee of $200 for every end-of-course examination that they take.

The estimated total fees for the Master of Education are as follows: $2,660

Cancellation Policy

Students have the right to cancel their Enrollment Agreement at any time and are not charged any Assessment Fees during the first seven days of enrollment or prior to the first day of classes. A student’s notice of cancellation must be received by the University in writing via email to student.services@uopeople.edu. Notice of cancellation is effective if it shows that the student no longer wishes to be bound by the Enrollment Agreement or to continue his or her attendance at the University. The notice of cancellation is effective five days after the time the University receives the notification of the cancellation. During this time, the student may notify the University that he or she no longer wishes to cancel his or her enrollment.

Refund Policy

Students who drop or withdraw from a course within the required deadline are not required to pay the Assessment Fee. 

The Application Fee is non-refundable except in instances when applicants withdraw their application for admission before an admissions decision is made. Applicants may write a formal request for a refund of the Application Fee to their personal advisor. If approved, refunds will be available to the applicant within 30 days of the submission of the formal request and the refund will be issued using the same payment method used by the applicant to pay the fee. 

Students who remain in their course beyond the course withdrawal deadline are not eligible for a refund of the Assessment Fee. The Assessment Fee is only refundable in instances where the University has canceled a student's course or if the student’s work was not assessed at all during the course.

Program Requirements

The Master of Education requires the completion of at least 39-semester hour credits of graduate-level study, including all courses listed for the degree.

To graduate, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 39 approved credits.
  • Complete the nine (9) core courses with a grade of C (2.00) or better in each course.
  • Complete a minimum of three (3) approved graduate elective courses with a grade of C (2.00) or better in each course.
  • Earn a grade of B (3.00) or better in the capstone project/course.
  • Earn an overall CGPA of 2.50 or higher for all graduate-level coursework completed.
  • Complete all requirements for the M.Ed. in no more than 25 terms of active enrollment including any periods of separation from the University.

Curriculum

There are four components to the M.Ed. in Advanced Teaching program:

  • Core Courses
  • Specialization Core Courses
  • Specialization Elective Courses
  • Capstone Course

List of Courses Offered

  • EDUC 5210 Learning Theory and Implications for Instruction
  • EDUC 5220 Curriculum Design and Instructional Decision Making
  • EDUC 5240 Creating Positive Classroom Environments
  • EDUC 5710 Understanding Barriers to Learning
  • EDUC 5440 Assessment and Evaluation
  • EDUC 5711 Teaching for Diverse and Inclusive Classrooms
  • EDUC 5810 Living and Learning Globally
  • EDUC 5010 Education in Context: History, Philosophy, and Sociology
  • EDUC 5470 Research in Education
  • EDUC 5410 Child Development (Specialization Core)
  • EDUC 5270 Instructional Techniques for the Elementary and Middle School Classroom (Specialization Core)
  • EDUC 5271 Advanced Practices for Teaching Elementary and Middle School Literacy (Elective)
  • EDUC 5272 Advanced Practices for Teaching the STEM Fields at the Elementary and Middle School Levels (Elective)
  • EDUC 5420 Adolescent Development (Specialization Core)
  • EDUC 5280 Instructional Techniques for the Secondary School Classroom (Specialization Core)
  • EDUC 5281 Advanced Practices for Teaching Literature and Writing at the Secondary Level (Elective)
  • EDUC 5282 Advanced Practices for Teaching the STEM Fields at the Secondary Level (Elective)
  • EDUC 5910 Applied Professional Inquiry
  • EDUC 5995 IB Internship

The M.Ed. Program Specializations:

Students must choose to specialize in either:

  • Elementary/Middle School Education, or
  • Secondary Education

Students in either specialization will be required to complete two (2) core specialization courses, and one (1) elective course as part of the 13 required courses. Students may choose to complete both specializations. In this case, students will be required to complete all 6 specialization courses, which increases the program requirements to a minimum of 16 courses.

Specializations Students must choose to specialize in either Elementary and Middle School Level teaching, or Secondary level teaching.

  • Students in either specialization will be required to complete two (2) core specialization courses, and one (1) elective course as part of the 13 required courses.
  • Students may choose to specialize in both Elementary and Middle School Level Teaching and Secondary Level Teaching, and in this case will be required to take all required courses from each specialization track (two (2) specialization core courses and one (1) elective from each track), leading to a minimum of 16 required courses.

M.Ed. – Advanced Teaching at the Elementary and Middle School Level (grades K-8):

  • Students wishing to focus on advanced teaching at the elementary and middle school level complete the following program of study.
  • Specialization Core Courses (2 courses required)
    • EDUC 5410 Child Development
    • EDUC 5270 Instructional Techniques for the Elementary and Middle School Classroom.
  • Electives (1 course required)
    • EDUC 5271 Advanced Practices for Teaching Elementary and Middle School Literacy
    • EDUC 5272 Advanced Practices for Teaching the STEM Fields at the Elementary and Middle School Levels

M.Ed. – Advanced Teaching at the Secondary Level (grades 6-12):

  • Students wishing to focus on advanced teaching at the secondary level complete the following program of study.
  • Specialization Core Courses (2 courses required) `
    • EDUC 5420 Adolescent Development
    • EDUC 5280 Instructional Techniques for the Secondary School Classroom.
  • Electives (1 course required)
    • EDUC 5281 Advanced Practices for Teaching Literature and Writing at the Secondary Level
    • EDUC 5282 Advanced Practices for Teaching the STEM Fields at the Secondary Level Levels

While our internship is not mandatory; those who take the internship must complete a total of 42 credits if enrolled in one specialization, or 51 credits if enrolled in both specializations. Students who do not take the internship will be required to take a total of 39 credits if enrolled in one specialization, or 48 credits if enrolled in both specializations.

Careers

What Kind of Careers Can You Pursue With a Master of Education?

University of the People Master of Education program is primarily directed at K-12 classroom teachers in public and private schools, however, M.Ed. degree holders can enjoy lucrative careers in childcare, education, community leadership, and other educational settings. In addition, anyone working with children and youth will benefit from the program.

Educators work in a variety of settings – nursery schools, community colleges, after-school programs, museums, sports and recreation programs, hospitals, tutoring programs, health and wellness settings, religious education programs, etc. Acquiring a deeper understanding of human development, teaching and learning theory, behavior management, assessment of learning, etc., would enhance their ability to work in these roles.

Does the Program Lead to Certification?

The program does not lead to certification – but certification is not necessary for many careers in education.

Many independent and parochial schools in the US will hire a master’s level teacher who does not have state/national licensure or certification.

Will Graduates Be Qualified to Teach in an International Baccalaureate Program After Completion of the UoPeople M.Ed.?

The International Baccalaureate Organization will waive the requirement to attend a Category 1 Workshop for qualified graduates of the M.Ed. in Advanced Teaching program. This opens the way for an IB school to consider applicants for their teaching positions who graduated from this program.

Technology Requirements

To complete a degree program at the University of the People, students will need to have consistent access to a computer with a reliable internet connection. If students are working on a computer that is not their personal computer and are unable to save documents, it's important also to obtain an external drive. Because there are no mandatory video materials for the University of the People courses, this drive can be a simple USB drive. 

Most of the learning materials that students will be dealing with in their UoPeople courses are compatible with Adobe PDF or Microsoft Office. Our learning platform, Moodle, can be accessed by the latest versions of IE, Safari, Opera, and Chrome, but we recommend that students use the latest version of Mozilla Firefox. Note also that although working through a mobile device is not recommended, it is an option. There is no need to purchase software to study at the University of the People.

Students do not need to purchase Microsoft Office. Office 365, a subscription service offering Microsoft Office suite software – and so much more - is given to all UoPeople students without additional cost.

Note that whatever system students choose to use, all files shared with Course Instructors and classmates must be saved in either Microsoft-compatible formats or PDF format.

Last updated Aug 2020

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