Description of the Program A focus on how to adjust instruction and assessment to maximize learning opportunities for all students in the 6-12 classroom, in the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Mathematics, and Physics. Admission Requirements Holds a minimum of a bachelor's degree; Holds a teaching certificate in the appropriate secondary content area (6-12); Pass the GRE/MAT requirements, OR have 3 years of successful teaching, OR 3.0 undergraduate cumulative GPA, OR other master's degree. Degree Requirements Core Courses = 4 courses (12 hours) ED 530 Applied Multiculturalism 3 hours Online Through an examination of constructs such as race, ethnicity, social class, gender, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation, students will develop a theoretical understanding of the connections between identity, difference, power, and privilege and the role(s) schools (could/should) play in perpetuating or ending discriminatory practices. Furthermore and importantly, students will develop an understanding of the ways research in both the humanities and social sciences can be used to interpret, analyze, and critique multiculturalism. ED 535 Introduction to Applied Educational Research 3 hours Online Introduction to the nature of research and its relationship to educational thought and practice. Primary focus will be on planning and executing research activities(i.e. action research, thesis development) in the diverse classroom and analyzing the collected data to improve instruction, educational performance and adding to the body of knowledge on educational practices. ED 540 Advanced Cognitive Psychology 3 hours Online Designed to inform students about recent developments in Cognitive Psychology and their implications for teaching and learning. Students will leave ED 565 with a variety of “cognitive understandings” for use in differentiated classrooms. ED 565 Introduction to Differentiated Instruction 3 hours Online Provides an introduction to the philosophy and practice of differentiation. Examines the elements, content, process, product, affect and learning environment, by which instruction can be differentiated to address the complex challenges of meeting the diverse learning needs of all students. Concentration Courses = 6 courses (18 hours) ED 545 Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary Education 3 hours Online This course is designed to address various contemporary teaching and learning strategies, as well as related issues, assessments strategies, and applicable theories related to secondary teaching and learning. ED 580 Project Based Learning 3 hours Online Develop a robust understanding of Project Based Learning (PBL) through critiquing, evaluating, and synthesizing PBL's core theoretical concepts. ED 620 Using Technology to Reach Special Populations 3 hours Online Prepares teachers to plan curriculum integration by using computer technology and software in various curriculum areas for both regular and special students. Students will develop competency in instructional design and production skill techniques and implement instructional events using long-distance technologies. Discipline-specific graduate course (Biology, Chemistry, English, ESOL, History, Mathematics, or Physics) 3 hours Discipline-specific graduate course (Biology, Chemistry, English, ESOL, History, Mathematics, or Physics) 3 hours Discipline-specific graduate course (Biology, Chemistry, English, ESOL, History, Mathematics, or Physics) 3 hours Action Research Project = 1 course (3 hours) Discipline-specific action research course 3 hours Online After the completion of the courses, advanced candidates will complete a summative action research project. Working with an individual faculty member, the action research will be planned, completed, and presented for the department.