About the Program
Fine-tune your instructional skills while enjoying the freedom and support to explore new methods and practices. You won’t just gain new understandings, frameworks, and skills, —you’ll emerge with greater confidence, collaboration, and self-awareness.
What You'll Learn
The Master of Education program curriculum is highly personalized around your goals as an educator. You get to select from a number of tracks within the program, each of which thoroughly prepares you for a different specialization.
Trauma, Resilience, and Restorative Justice Emphasis
Focus on the impact that trauma has on the mental and physical health of individuals while exploring research-based strategies, like restorative justice, that build resilience in individuals and communities.
This emphasis is the first of its kind in Utah and the Rocky Mountain West. Selecting this track will prepare you to apply your expertise in schools, universities, nonprofits, government agencies, and community-based work where demand is high for educators and advocates skilled in this area.
Adult Learning Emphasis
Sharpen your skills and expertise in adult education. This emphasis provides an incredible foundation for future corporate trainers, higher-education leaders, and teachers in other education programs for adults. You’ll improve and elevate your current teaching practice while gaining unique skills specific to this student demographic.
Special Education License or Endorsement
A great special education teacher is more than an instructor: they’re an instrument for social change. Through the special education license or endorsement, we prepare teaching candidates to work with students who have a wide range of learning, cognitive, emotional, and physical abilities. And you’ll learn through practices that nurture and develop equity and inclusion for all students. Students must have an elementary or secondary license to obtain a special education license or endorsement.
The TESOL endorsement is for educators who want to teach English language learners—and do so as effectively as possible. The endorsement is required of almost all K–12 teachers today, and it’s also exceptionally helpful for teachers in adult-learning classrooms. You’ll not only gain the endorsement but will also hone your skills through hands-on research, observation, and reflection.
Traditional Customizable Track
Chart your own course toward your unique professional goals by customizing a combination of classes from the MEd. and related disciplines. You can focus on areas like educational policy, advocacy, or administration, or create a tailored program of study. The field of education is changing and this track enables you to help lead the way to new futures.
Plan of Study
Graduates can obtain various licenses and endorsements. Licensing and endorsement requirements vary by state. Utah students must apply with the Utah State Board of Education.
Master of Arts in Teaching to Master of Education Opportunity
If you have previously completed your master of arts in teaching at Westminster, you have the opportunity to participate in the Master of Arts in Teaching to Master of Education opportunity that will allow you to use Master of Arts in Teaching program credits towards the requirements of the Master of Education program. This allows you to earn a second degree while deepening your expertise as a teacher by following the TESOL endorsement, Special Education license or endorsement, or Trauma, Resilience, Restorative Justice emphasis within the MEd program.
If you have not yet taken the Master of Arts in Teaching program at Westminster, but are interested in additionally pursuing a master of education, you can complete your master of arts in teaching degree and follow through to the Master of Education program, using some of your previously earned Master of Arts in Teaching program credits towards the requirements of the Master of Education program. This allows you to deepen your expertise as a teacher while earning 2 degrees by following the TESOL endorsement, Special Education license or endorsement, or Trauma, Resilience, Restorative Justice emphasis within the Master of Education program.
Instructional Design Foundations
This course introduces instructional design and educational technology. Students will learn the basics of instructional design, systematic design, multimedia learning, user-experience, and instructional design tools. Students will practice identifying and analyzing instructional need and will create instructional design documents.
Serious Games and Gamification
Gaming has become an important pathway for learning in a variety of formal and non-formal settings. In this course, students learn the difference between gamification, game-based learning, and learning games and how to use these formats effectively. Students connect learning theories to game design to enhance motivation and learning. Students make use of research on learning through gaming and design a game-based learning unit. Ethical issues involved in the field will be explored.
Assessment for English Learners
Students will apply content from the Methods and Content Area Instruction courses to develop a rationale for incorporating assessment as an intrinsic and ongoing aspect of the teaching/learning process. Students will learn ways to monitor student progress, place students appropriately, and design authentic assessment for elementary, secondary, and adult English language learners. Students will also explore policies and practices of standardized assessments commonly used to assess English language proficiency and academic language development within the context of U.S. public schools. Prerequisite: MEd.623.