M.Ed. Informal Educator Strand
The Informal Educator area of concentration is for educators who have a passion for teaching in a variety of contexts outside of schools, a belief in student-centered learning, and a desire to be part of a group of dynamic educators.
- Blended online format with two on-campus Saturdays a term
- Flexible schedule accommodates working professionals
- Coursework completion in two years
- Individualized program tailored to specific educational interests
- Practicum experience integrated with current employment
Program Outline and Completion
|Informal Educator Area of Concentration with M.Ed. program|
|M.Ed. core courses||24 credits|
|Informal Educator required courses||6 credits|
|Teaching and Learning for the Informal Educator||3 credits|
|Informal Educator elective courses||6 credits|
|TOTAL NUMBER OF CREDITS - M.Ed. with Informal Educator||36 credits|
Teaching and Learning for the Informal Educator - 3 credits
This course offers an introduction to the essential knowledge and skills (i.e. curriculum, instruction, learning theory, community building, grant writing, etc.) for informal educators from varied professional arenas. Through interactive class experiences, students will explore the dialogic and social nature of learning no matter the learning/teaching context. Also highlighted in this course will be the concepts of experiential learning, authentic collaboration and learner-driven inquiry in informal educational settings.
Practicum - 3 credits
In this practicum candidates will work with the course instructor to design a 90=hour practicum experience. The practicum will support and expand on the content from "Teaching and Learning for the Informal Educator." Expectations for the fieldwork will be negotiated by must include some opportunity for a teaching role.
Elective courses - 6 credits
The elective courses will be selected based on the students particular area of interest and will be determined in collaboration with the M.Ed. Faculty Coordinator.