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Master of Education in Continuing and College Education
The Master of Education in Continuing and College Education at Western Washington University aims to prepare students to pursue careers in higher education. Graduates should be prepared to teach and administer programs within community/technical colleges, universities, continuing education programs, nonprofit organizations, and business and industry areas. The online format allows for students to continue their current jobs, though there are occasional live meetings on campus during some evenings.
Students may gain skills that will help them become educators in many roles. They may also learn leadership and management skills in order to administer continuing education programs, and they will also study current research and theories on adult learners. The course teaches about various techniques for teaching and training, how to design curriculum and instruction, instructional technology in the field of distance education, and how to create data collection and proposals for improving the learning experience. Students may also have the chance to gain real experience in the field as they prepare for careers in continuing education.
The course includes required and elective courses as well as a field experience. Electives are chosen in conjunction with a faculty advisor and focus on specific topics on continuing education, giving students the chance to learn more about their specific interests. Elective topics include but are not limited to adult literacy, professional education, power in organizations, fund development, and global perspectives in education. Also, students may choose between a thesis and non-thesis track. Students taking the thesis track will take a final thesis course, and those taking the non-thesis track will take a final course in Portfolio and Applied Research Proposal course.
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