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)

Explores curriculum in public education from a variety of perspectives and their implications for professional practice. Examines theoretical models and identifies key issues, concerns, challenges and controversies in the field. Assigned readings, discourse, presentations, and assignments help students:

  • Identify and focus their inquiry on areas of educational interest that most interest them
  • Complete a project that synthesizes and applies individual learning

EDU 510 Fundamentals of Educational Research (Online)

Investigates the educator as a research consumer and a potential researcher. Explores the construct of published research reports with a view to developing educational research skills. Assigned readings, discourse, presentations, and assignments help students:

  • Narrow their focus of inquiry as they prepare for their own research assignment
  • Synthesize their learning and apply educational research strategies to a topic of their choice

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

Change agendas drive most educational research including inquiry about schools, colleges or universities. This course 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.  Assigned readings, discourse, presentations, and assignments help students:

  • Develop enhanced understandings of school/institutional change issues, theories, and research
  • Identify an organizational issue or problem (research question) that can be addressed and better understood through a research assignment
  • Explain the role of leadership in organizational change and educational improvement
  • Connect the concepts arising from the school change literature to concepts explored in EDU511 Introduction to Educational Improvement, EDU512 Leadership in Educational Settings, and EDU503 Foundations of Curriculum
  • 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
  • Serve as a critical reviewer of research questions

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

Change agendas drive most educational research including inquiry about schools, colleges or universities. This course explores how educational research can enhance educational change toward school improvement, investigates research methods to create site-based research proposals, and focuses on planning educational research that improves schools. The course is designed to help students address important issues and questions that arise as they develop and complete a plan for a research assignment. 
  • Prepare to conduct their research and complete their educational research assignment in EDU 515 and EDU 900
  • Write a plan for research
  • Review methodological literature to develop a research plan – methods for data collection as well as data analysis
  • 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)

Assists students in completing the data collection and analysis phase of their educational research assignment. Combines knowledge, research, and theory in the field of education into a personal research plan through which students exercise educational leadership with practical applications in their own educational communities. Assigned readings, discourse, presentations, and assignments help students:
  • Report their progress to their instructor and to other students at regular intervals
  • Develop peer editing and feedback skills
  • Complete their data collection and analysis
  • Develop a deeper understanding of educational research and reporting

EDU 900 Program Synthesis (Online)

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 their learning from their own research assignment 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.