Master of Education in Educational Studies

MES Core Courses

MES students work individually and collaboratively to complete course requisites. Students use course readings, asynchronous discourse, synchronous web conferencing, and course-based assignments to achieve course outcomes and meet program expectations.

EDU 511 Introduction to Educational Improvement
EDU 512 Leadership in Educational Settings
EDU 503 Foundations of Curriculum
EDU 510 Fundamentals of Educational Research
EDU 513 Leadership for Educational Change
EDU 514 Planning for Educational Change
EDU 515 Conducting Educational Research
EDU 900 Program Synthesis

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EDU 511 Introduction to School Improvement (1st Summer Residency)

Introduces the current state of knowledge, research, and theory in the field of education. Focuses upon teaching and learning within schools and other educational organizations in ways that synthesize educational experience with professional research knowledge. Studies educational change that improves organizations. Assigned readings, discourse, presentations, and assignments help students:

  • Familiarize themselves with diverse historical, contemporary, and comparative theoretical perspectives/paradigms in school effectiveness and school improvement (SESI)
  • Critically examine and reflect upon trends and issues in society, and their impact on educational theory and the practice of SESI
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of their own assumptions and beliefs about the value and role of SESI
  • Explore substantive issues in education through the theoretical lenses provided through SESI.

EDU 512 Leadership in Educational Settings (1st Summer Residency)

Examines the historical context of current thinking about educational leadership, how leadership literature informs practice, and critically examines associated literature from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Analyzes values and ethical principles in school leadership and complex dilemmas of educational leadership. Supports developing a personal philosophy of educational leadership. Assigned readings, discourse, presentations, and assignments help students:

  • Familiarize themselves with diverse historical, contemporary, and comparative theoretical perspectives/paradigms in school leadership
  • Critically examine and reflect upon trends and issues in society and their impact on educational theory and school leadership
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of their own assumptions and beliefs about the value and role of school leadership

EDU 503 Foundations of Curriculum (Online)

Provides an introduction to conceptions of curriculum and their effects on pedagogy with particular emphasis on discerning and interpreting how personal, social, cultural, and political circumstances collude in the shaping of educational practices. Assigned readings, discourse, presentations, and assignments help students: 

  • Develop an understanding of historical understandings of conceptions of curriculum and their role in school improvement 
  • Critically reflect upon the pedagogical implications of curricular trends and issues  

EDU 510 Fundamentals of Educational Research (Online)

Explores the findings of educational research, and works to apply the results of research to educational problems. Focuses on conceptualizing methods of educational research to specific and individual educational sites and issues. Assigned readings, discourse, presentations, and assignments help students:

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of educational research language, theories, methodologies, and reporting practices
  • Investigate areas of educational interest
  • Critique research findings

EDU 513 Leadership for Educational Change (2nd Summer Residency)

Introduces the relationship of research to educational leadership, explores the role of educational research in school improvement of school, and focuses upon synthesizing extant research literature and the need to address a specific leadership need within a school site using appropriate research methods.  Studies how educational research can inform leaders in carrying out school improvement and bringing about educational change. Assigned readings, discourse, presentations, and assignments help students:

  • Develop enhanced understandings of school/institutional change issues, theories, and research
  • Recognize the epistemological assumptions embedded in readings on leadership and educational change
  • Apply knowledge from existing research and professional practice to describe a research problem/question
  • Synthesize literature in order to write a review

EDU 514 Planning for Educational Change (2nd Summer Residency)

Explores how educational research can enhance educational change toward school improvement and focuses on utilizing appropriate research methods to create a site-based research proposal for a specific site. Assigned readings, discourse, presentations, and assignments help students:
  • Review methodological literature to inform developing a research plan
  • Consider ethics for undertaking a research assignment
  • Prepare documentation for conducting data collection involving human participants
  • Serve as a critical reviewer for other researchers

EDU 515 Conducting Educational Research (Online)

A supervised research assignment to develop and apply knowledge and skills related to data collection, data analysis techniques and research report presentation. Assigned readings, discourse, presentations, and assignments help students:
  • Apply evidence-based educational data collection and data analysis practices
  • Apply academic writing conventions to report research findings, to discuss implications for practice,  and to identify opportunities for future research

EDU 900 Program Synthesis (Online)

A reflection and synthesis of learning from the Master of Education in Educational Studies in relation to the concepts of leadership and school/educational improvement that are the foundations of the program.

Each student completes a synthesis paper with individualized support from a faculty supervisor. The synthesis paper applies the literature from the student's previous MES course work, and his/her learning to the broader MES program concepts of leadership and school improvement. Students systematically share and edit their papers with both their instructor and course peers at regular intervals.