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The Master of Education degree offered by Ohio Valley University is a program of study that is available to students in a completely online format. This program has a concentration in curriculum and instruction that is intended as a response to the need for teachers. The courses required for this program cover topics such as studies in research based practices for teaching and learning, curriculum design, assessment, and program improvement. It is important to note that this program does not lead to teaching certification. This program is offered to students via Ohio Valley University’s “Sakai”, which is the collaborative, online learning environment used by Ohio Valley University.
This program is intended for individuals who need credentials in order to advance in their careers or earn more salary. Certified teachers who wish to earn a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction are also an appropriate match for this program. Additionally, individuals who need a credential to create a curriculum or to conduct professional development and / or continuing educational opportunities. There are some admissions requirements for enrollment in this program. A prospective student does not need a background in education, this program is open to prospective students from a wide range of academic interests and backgrounds to apply. In order to gain entry into this program, a student should have a Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution. The supplemental requirements include: official transcripts from all previous academic work, an essay of one to two pages that addresses a student’s teaching philosophy and what the easiest track of study would be, finally, two letters of recommendation that address a prospective student’s capacity to complete the program and to use the additional knowledge to benefit yourself and others.
This program requires its students to take and complete 36 credit hours of courses in order to graduate with the Master of Education degree. The required courses include: History and Philosophy of Education, Advanced Educational Psychology, Educational Research, Child and Adolescent Learning, The Teacher Leader, Implementing Instructional Strategies, Curriculum Design and Development, Graphic Communications and Educational Technology, Improving and Teaching Thinking, Educational Assessment, Creating an Effective learning Environment, and Research in Instructional Design.
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