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Online Master of Education in Teaching (with specializations)

Duration: 18 months Credit Hours: 30 units Tuition: $17,048.50 SC Certified Teachers $18,758.50 All Other Applicants

Prepare to effectively teach your students with our online Master of Education in Teaching program. Designed to meet the needs of working educators, this accelerated program is taught by the same faculty who teach on campus and provides opportunities for endorsements, career advancement and educational enrichment.

Tailor your degree by choosing one of these three high-demand specializations and be equipped with the knowledge and professional skill sets you need to stand out as a leader in the classroom.

M.Ed. in Teaching – Literacy and Reading

In this program, educators will explore research-based practices and inquiry-learning designed to meet the literacy needs of today's diverse learners in grades preK-12. This specialization also meets course requirements for the South Carolina Read to Succeed Literacy Teacher or Literacy Requirement Endorsement.

M.Ed. in Teaching – Project Based Learning

In this program, you will examine teaching methodology designed to enable preK-12 students to gain knowledge and skills while working for extended periods of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. This specialization also meets course requirements for the South Carolina Project Based Learning endorsement.

M.Ed. in Teaching – Multicultural Contexts in Education

This program covers instructional strategies and classroom environments that can help students from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural groups gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to thrive within a democratic society.

Course List

To complete the online M.Ed. in Teaching program, students must complete 5 core courses, 4 specialization courses, plus one additional course as approved by advisor, for a total of 30 credit hours.

Core Courses

Concepts and strategies to assist teachers in developing as effective and successful educators in PreK through 12 schools.
Examination of theoretical and philosophical concepts fundamental to understanding learning and teaching.
Introduction to action research through the investigation of a significant question or issue related to teaching in PreK through 12 schools. Prerequisites: EDTE 710, EDTE 711, and EDRM 700 or an approved education research course
Culminating experience that includes completion of an action research project and a thorough review of professional growth. Prerequisites: EDTE 712

Introduction to Educational Research (3 hours): Concepts and methods of conducting research in education.

Multicultural Contexts in Education Specialization Courses

Students must take the 12 units below, plus one additional course as approved by advisor.

An introduction to the vast array of differences among children, youth, and adults and the impact of these differences on the curriculum, their learning, and their social and emotional development.
An analysis of historical and contemporary factors that influence the education of African American children in the US. Emphasis on the knowledge, skills and dispositions required for educators and parents to provide an effective equitable education for African American students.
Study of the influence of cultural diversity on instruction with emphasis on teaching strategies and programs for multicultural student populations.

Literacy and Reading Specialization Courses

Students must take the 12 units below, plus one additional course as approved by advisor.

An overview of reading and its curriculum implications: grades K-12 and adults. Emphasis is placed on current trends and issues and related methodologies.
Demonstration and critical evaluation of teaching strategies and materials in reading. Prerequisites: EDRD 600 and consent of instructor.
Seminar and supervised one-on-one field experience focusing on assessing and meeting the needs of individual children as readers with emphasis on at-risk children. Prerequisites: EDRD 600 and 715 and consent of instructor.
A survey of the strategies and materials which facilitate students' reading and writing skill in the content areas. For P-12 reading education and content area teachers.

Project Based Learning Specialization Courses

Students must take the 12 units below, plus one additional course as approved by advisor.

Introduction to Project-based Learning theory and basics of designing, delivering and assessing.
Acquisition of experiences required to plan, create, facilitate, and integrate appropriate instructional methodologies and technology within a Project-based Learning unit of study.
A field-based practicum designed to provide experience and opportunities to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions for implementing PBL into a regular classroom setting.
Survey of the instructional uses of computers and other technologies.
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who helped craft the "Read to
Succeed" bill passed by the South Carolina Legislature in 2014.