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Program Details

The Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Online Instruction program offered by Franciscan University of Steubenville’s online division is a program of study that attempts to respond to the growing field of online education. Franciscan University of Steubenville prides itself on being a faith-based institution that understands how design a program that has a solid foundation in both the science of education and the art of teaching. The curriculum of the education program and the online instruction concentration focuses on developing individual curricula for teachers, human development, models of teaching, and educational theory. An objective is to equip students with a solid foundation in educational leadership that will help them in their careers both in the traditional and virtual classrooms. A mission of this program is to help students acquire skills and knowledge needed to implement a holistic version of education that will respect the dignity of students and responds to the students’ intellectual, emotional, and spiritual growth.

This program can be completed in a completely online format via Franciscan’s Online Blackboard. Through the Blackboard, students will be able to collaborate with other students and professors; create and participate in video lectures, participate in discussion threads, podcasts, vodcasts, wikis, email, v-mail, instant messaging, social media, blogs, and more. This program culminates in a performance-based project that conveys what the student has learned through this course of study and how they will implement their new skills in order to benefit their current positions or to advance their careers. The online learning concentration focuses on the methods, strategies, and techniques related to teaching online courses. Students will be offered the chance to learn how to use digital natives and the latest learning technology used in the contemporary learning environment. The online learning concentration is offered alongside a Reading Endorsement Concentration, which is not offered online.

This program requires students to complete 36 credit hours of courses in order to graduate. This program may be completed in as few as 18 months. Students in the Master of Science in Education program must take a core of generalized courses. These courses include: Philosophical Studies in Education, Educational Research Methodology, and Computers in Education. After a student has completed the general courses, then they take on the concentration courses. The online instruction courses include: Development of Instructional Materials and Web-based Instructional Design and Contemporary Education Issues.

Accreditation & Licensing

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