Master of Education
The College of Education offers three programs leading to graduate degrees in education. For teachers who are looking to increase the effectiveness of their pedagogy and impact on student learning, this Master of Education degree program offers practical application of current research-based best practices. Courses are delivered in both on-line and seated formats, and the 33-hour program can be completed in 12 months. The Master of Education degree does not lead to certification, and incoming students must already be certified to teach.
This course is designed for classroom teachers and administrators as an introduction to research. Its purposes are to help teachers and administrators understand, apply, analyze, utilize and assess a variety of research strategies for current and future needs that are relevant to school issues such as accountability, single gender classroom, school violence, etc. Components of study will include the study and development of: 1) current research strategies, 2) an abstract, 3) a research question or hypothesis of an area of interest, 4) a literature review related to the research question or hypothesis, 5) the role of reliability and validity, and 6) data collect/analysis strategies.
Courses include the following:
- Current Issues in Public School Education
- Best Current Teaching Practices
- Strategies for Addressing Diversity in the Classroom
- Education of Students with Exceptionalities
- Principles of Curriculum Development
- School and Community Relations
- Assessment of Learners
- Educational Leadership
- Theories of Learning
- Educational Research
M.Ed. students may start at the first class of any course throughout the year. All courses are offered online with the exception of required summer 2-week intensive courses which are offered on the main AU campus. Students may begin the program during any course start. Courses start approximately every 7 weeks during the fall and spring semester. In order to complete the requirements for graduation, M.Ed. students must complete three summer courses, offered during a 2-week residency (8:30 AM-12:30 PM; Monday-Friday) at the main AU campus in Anderson, South Carolina.
The M.Ed. may be completed in 12 months.