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Master of Education

Grand View’s Master of Education offers you the flexibility to design a program that best fits your interests and career goals.  You’ll select one concentration and one area of specialization, OR you can earn the degree by taking both concentrations.  If you choose, you can complete an endoResponsive imagersement and then return at a later time for the concentration. The degree requires a minimum of 33 graduate credit hours.

Concentrations (18 credit hours each)
Teacher Leadership. As a Teacher Leader, you’ll continue your classroom teaching responsibilities while you contribute within your buildings and districts in a leadership role, taking advantage of Iowa’s teacher leadership initiative and incentives.

Urban Education.  You'll become uniquely qualified to succeed and lead in culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse settings, developing an understanding of the unique challenges faced by faculty and students in diverse school settings.

Endorsement Areas
These endorsements can be paired with the concentrations or taken for stand-alone graduate credit.

  • Reading (17 credits)
  • Instructional Strategist (19 credits)
  • STEM (15 credits)
  • ESL (17 credits)

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Teacher Leadership Concentration

The Teacher Leader is a role increasingly being promoted nationwide as the school environment becomes more complex. As a Teacher Leader, you’ll continue your classroom teaching responsibilities while you contribute within your buildings and districts in a leadership role. You’ll advocate, nurture, and sustain a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning, professional development, and community partnerships … understand the ramifications of economic, social and political influences on education decision making and policy development … use current educational research to create effective learning environments that meet the needs of diverse students and enhance student achievement … and have stronger content knowledge that you’ll use to improve instructional practice.

Course Offerings
Teacher Leadership (3)
Teaching and Leading in the 21st Century (3)
Learning Theory and School Improvement (3)
Creating a Collaborative Culture through Instructional Coaching, Modeling and Mentoring (3)
Using Data to Inform Instructional Practices (3)
Research in Education (3)

Urban Education Concentration

You'll become uniquely qualified to succeed in a diverse educational environment, gaining an understanding of topics like current pedagogical issues, socioeconomic factors affecting urban and suburban schools and their students, immigration and the challenges surrounding its impact on teachers and students, as well as how to develop strong relationships between schools and the sourrounding community.

Course Offerings
Foundations of Urban Education (3)
Current Issues in Urban Education (3)
The Economics of Educational Inequality (3)
Serving Immigrant and Multilingual Students (3)
Community Education (3)
Research in Education (3)

Endorsements for Graduate Credit
Reading (17 credits)
Language Acquisition and Learning (3)
Writing Across the Curriculum (3)
Content Area Reading  (3)
Assessing and Instructing Struggling Readers (3)
Teaching Individualized Reading (3)
Education Practicum: Reading K-8/5-12 (2)

The endorsement requirements vary slightly for elementary and secondary levels. Transcripts must be analyzed to identify the specific requirements needed to complete any endorsement.

Instructional Strategist (19 credits)
Instructional Strat I Methods K-8/5-12 (4)
Education Practicum: Instructional Strategist 1 K-8/5-12 (3)
Working with Families, Teachers, and Community Agencies (3)
Assessing and Instructing Struggling Readers (3)
Diagnosis and Evaluation of Special Education Students (3)
Individual Behavior Management (3)
 
The endorsement requirements vary slightly for elementary and secondary levels. Transcripts must be analyzed to identify the specific requirements needed to complete any endorsement.

STEM (15 credits)
Inquiry, Problem Solving, and the Nature of STEM (2)
Models and Methods of Teaching STEM (2)
Engineering, Programming, and Design for Educators (2)
Experiential STEM (1)
STEM electives -- selected with your advisor (7)
 
State endorsement also requires: 12 hrs. of Science, 12 hrs. of Math, elementary or secondary math methods course and an elementary or secondary science methods course.
 
ESL (17)
ELL Methods and Assessment (4)
Intro to Linguistics (3)
Teaching English Grammar (1)
Language Acquisition (3)
Serving Immigrant and Multilingual Students (3)
Global Perspectives (3)
 
State endorsement also requires: Choice of foreign language course (4). Transcripts must be analyzed to identify the specific requirements needed to complete any endorsement.
 
Jacobson Fellowship

Graduate students in Education may be eligible for the Jacobson Fellowship, a scholarship award of $3,000 per year which is renewable.  Recipients must be accepted to the program, have earned an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 and must be nominated/recommended by a school administrator. Renewal for a second year requires a 3.25 GPA in the program. The nomination deadline is April 15. The nomination form can be downloaded HERE.

The Jacobson Institute for Innovation in Education was established in 2008 by a gift from Richard O. Jacobson. A significant portion of this gift has been designated to support graduate students in education. Mr. Jacobson joined the Grand View Board of Trustees in 1997 and continues to serve. His leadership and philanthropy at Grand View, and throughout and beyond Iowa, has helped numerous organizations improve education, build community and prepare for a better future. The vision of the Jacobson Institute for Innovation in Education is to identify innovative strategies that improve the quality of teaching and learning and to put them into practice.

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