Program Overview

The Master of Education in Effective Teaching and Instructional Leadership degree offered by Buena Vista University is a program of study that is offered to students in a completely online format. This program encourages students to choose one emphasis track. The Curriculum and Instruction track aims to equip students with the skills needed to serve as an instructional leader among their peers, to help students acquire the knowledge necessary for data driven leadership, and to give students the ability to put learning into practice in the classroom.

This program culminates in a Capstone portfolio that is designed to convey a student’s synthesis of learning across the program. The portfolio requires students to assemble learning artifacts, which demonstrate the skills and knowledge they acquired during the course of the program. This program can be completed in as little as two years. Students can transfer no more than six semester hours of credit toward this Master’s degree program.

A student must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours in order to graduate from this program. This program is split up into core courses and track courses. The required courses that all Master of Education students at Buena Vista must complete include: Intro to Graduate Study and Research; Learning, Development, and Motivation; Social and Cultural Foundations; and Assessment and Evaluation of Classroom Learning. The required courses for the Effective Teaching and Instructional Leadership emphasis includes: Principles of Instructional Design and Curriculum Planning; Cognition and Instruction; Differentiating Instruction for Diverse Learners; Professional Development and Instructional Leadership; Collaborating with Home, School, and Community Partners; and the Capstone Portfolio.

There are some admissions requirements for this program. A student must have a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited institution and they must have earned a minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    A student must have a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited institution and they must have earned a minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.

    School Overview

    Buena Vista was founded in Storm Lake, Iowa, by the Presbyterian Church in 1891. Today, the university is a four-year, private, not-for-profit institution of higher education, and retains its affiliations with the Presbyterian Church. Buena Vista states the following mission: “We prepare students for lifelong success through transformational academic, professional and co-curricular programs.”

    Buena Vista University offers associate’s degrees, pre-professional degrees, and teaching certifications. Programs of study are housed in the following schools:

    • Harold Walter Siebens School of Business
    • School of Communication and Arts
    • School of Education and Exercise Science
    • School of Science
    • School of Social Science, Philosophy, and Religion

    Buena Vista University has a well developed distance education program that offers graduate and undergraduate programs, of which are maintained within the division of Graduate and Professional Studies.


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