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NCU Catalog - April 2018 
NCU Catalog - April 2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education, Adult Learning and Workforce Education Specialization, MEd

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Master of Education

Description of Program

The MEd program is designed for students focused on developing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required for advance practice and leadership roles within diverse fields such as PK-12 education, higher education, and adult learning environments. In this program, you will critically analyze a broad range of theories, trends, practices, and knowledge specific to your areas of interest represented in a distinct specialization. Your specialization prepares you for making informed, ethical decisions and improvements to current educational, organizational, and societal issues.

Learning Outcomes

  • Examine educational issues to make informed, ethical decisions and recommendations in diverse instructional and organizational settings
  • Apply professional skills, dispositions, and technology options for leading and educating diverse groups
  • Analyze current research, theories, and instructional practices in educational and organizational environments
  • Communicate with diverse audiences about educational theories, research, and practices
  • Investigate evidence-based solutions for addressing educational, organizational, and societal issues

Basis for Admissions

Admission to an NCU master’s program requires a conferred bachelor’s and/or a conferred master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution

Degree Requirements

The Master of Education (MEd) requires 30 credit hours for degree completion. Students who are considering any degree program are strongly encouraged to check specific state requirements carefully to be sure any degree program they consider will be accepted for purposes of certification or recertification, promotion, or advancement on school district salary schedules.

The MEd program includes 15 credit hours of foundational courses. The foundational courses are taken by all students regardless of their undergraduate degree to form and strengthen fundamental business skills. The next 12 credit hours in the program encapsulate a specialization aligned with a student’s career goals and interests. Specialization courses must be appropriate to the student’s degree program. Students end the program with a 3 credit-hour capstone course.

The MEd degree program has the following graduation requirements:

  • A minimum of 24 credit hours of graduate instruction must be completed through NCU
  • Successful completion of any PK-12 core course signature assignments with a “B” or better
  • Official transcripts on file for all transfer credits accepted by the University

The University may accept a maximum of 6 semester credit hours in transfer toward the Master of Education for graduate course work completed at an external accredited college or university with a grade of “B” or better. See the Transfer Credit Policy  for additional information.

Time to Completion

NCU allows 5 years to complete all 30 credit hour master’s programs.

Normal time to completion for this program is 27 months.

Time to completion varies depending upon the pace in which a student completes courses and the number of transfer credits accepted. As most NCU students are working adults balancing educational, professional, and personal commitments, our academic and finance advisors will work with you to develop a program schedule that works best for your needs.

The normal time disclosed above reflects the experience of students who may have entered under different program requirements. In the quest for continuous improvement, academic leadership has revised the program to optimize curriculum and pace, facilitate student learning, and improve chances for success. Therefore, the program is now designed for students enrolling today to take advantage of these revised course structures, lengths, and schedules. New students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for this program, and applying no transfer credits, can expect to finish in as little as 15 months.

Students who are unable to complete a degree program within the stated time limits are dismissed. If a student believes they have extenuating circumstances they may document the circumstances and send a request for consideration to their respective School Dean or designee. Exceptions to the policy are determined on a case-by-case basis and are granted only once.

MEd Course Sequence 1

For Adult Learning and Workforce Education (AL), Corporate Wellness (CPW), E-Learning (EL), General Education, Global Training and Development (GTD), International Education (IE), Leadership in Higher Education (LHE), and Organizational Leadership (OL), a typical Course Sequence would be:

After taking EDU-5000 , students can take all, but ED-6002  in any order. Student’s program must begin with EDU-5000 and end with ED-6002.

Adult Learning and Workforce Education (AL) Specialization

The Master of Education degree in Adult Learning and Workforce Education is designed for individuals interested in the growing fields of career development, human resource management, and adult learning. This integrative program seeks to prepare professionals to develop, implement, and manage systems to improve individual and organizational performance. These skills translate across a wide range of industries including higher education settings, workforce development agencies, and adult career centers. In addition, the program is designed to promote skills that will allow graduates to influence public policy and organizational decision-making. This specialization will provide educators with the tools and competencies required to critically reflect on workplace issues, solve organizational problems, and anticipate and respond to change.

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