Education and Innovation (MA)


DRAFT 2016-2017 GRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG

This catalog becomes effective 1 June 2016 through 31 May 2017

Please see the Graduate Catalog Archives for a PDF version of the current 2015-16 Catalog,
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This program offered by School of Education

Program Description

Webster University’s Master of Arts (MA) in education and innovation provides educators and other professionals with the knowledge, skills and “personal power tools” for citizenship and leadership in the Global Age. The program enables candidates to work in multi-faceted learning environments which are locally and globally interconnected, and technology-embedded. The program emphasizes the development of knowledge, skills and competencies for educators in schools and other formal, informal and virtual-social learning communities.

As part of Webster University’s mission, the MA in education and innovation aims “to transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.” Candidates in the MA in education and innovation have the option of completing the major on a Thesis track or a Non-Thesis track.

This program is available with 100% online courses, or with face-to-face courses at the St. Louis home campus, and at select U.S campuses. Please see the Campus Locations section of this catalog for a full list of campuses and the programs they offer.

Program Emphases

Candidates in the MA in education and innovation program may select (a) an Emphasis Area or (b) a Graduate Certificate, or they may complete (c) the major without an Emphasis Area.

(a) Currently available Emphasis areas include:

  • Emphasis in Education for Global Sustainability
  • Emphasis in Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

(b) Graduate Certificates within the MA in education and innovation program include:

  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis*
  • Graduate Certificate in Assessment of Learning & Cognitive Development
  • Graduate Certificate in Education for Global Sustainability
  • Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education and Talent Development
  • Graduate Certificate in Immigrant and Refugee Education
  • Graduate Certificate in Leadership in Tiered Systems of Support: RTI & PBIS*
  • Graduate Certificate in Mobile Technology in Education*
  • Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning
  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching Globalization & History
  • Graduate Certificate in Tiered Instruction & Intervention: RTI & PBIS

For complete list of available Graduate Certificate programs in Education, see http://www.webster.edu/certificates/

(c) Candidates may also complete the major in education and innovation without an emphasis area or Graduate Certificate. Candidates without an emphasis or Graduate Certificate declare a self-selected specialization area. This specialization identifies an area of focus in the broad domain of education and innovation. This specialization area is not transcripted. Candidates may name their specialization area narrowly or broadly. Examples of possible specialization areas include: Professional Learning Communities; Instructional leadership; Adult Learning; International Education, Global Studies; Creativity Studies; Educational Philosophies; and Educational Equity and Justice.

Learning Outcomes

The Master of Arts (MA) in education and innovation embraces Webster University’s mission to “transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence” through the School of Education goals and dispositions. Candidates completing the MA in education and innovation will be able to:

  • Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity. Educators use their knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning, and technology to facilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity, and innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environments. [ISTE NETS-T (2008), #1]
  • Design and Develop Student-Centered Learning Experiences and Assessments. Educators design, develop, and evaluate authentic ("real-world"), student-centered learning experiences and assessment incorporating contemporary tools and resources to maximize content learning and to develop students' knowledge, skills, and attitudes. [ISTE NETS-T (2008), #2]3.   
  • Model 21st Century Work and Learning. Educators exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society. [ISTE NETS-T (2008), #3]
  • Promote and Model Global / Digital-Age Citizenship and Responsibility. Educators understand local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an evolving digital culture and exhibit legal and ethical behavior in their professional practices. [ISTE NETS-T (2008), #4]
  • Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership. Educators continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community. [ISTE NETS-T (2008), #5]
  • Develop and Demonstrate Knowledge, Skills, and Professional Dispositions To Help All Students Learn [NCATE 3c]

Summary of Assessment Plan

The assessment plan for the MA in education and innovation will include four transition points and key assessments in courses. The key assessment standards are based on the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS-T, 2008) and NCATE’s Candidate knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions Standards #1a, #1b, #1c, #1d, #1e,#1f, #1g and #3c. The transition points in the program are:

1. Admission into the program: (a) A minimum 2.5 GPA from accredited college or university; and (b) satisfactory completion of an admissions essay describing the candidates’ professional goals.

2. Requisite Competencies are assessed in the following courses:

  • EDUC 5001 Foundations of Global Citizenship (NETS-T 2008: 4a,b,c,d; 5a,b)
  • EDUC 5461 Curriculum and Creativity (NETS-T 2008: 1a,b,c; 2a,b,c; NCATE 3c Impact on PK-12 learners)
  • EDUC 5631 Literacies and Technology (NETS-T 2008: 3a,b,c,d)

3. EDUC 5201: Advancement to Candidacy: Students are advanced to candidacy status after: (a) successfully completing 12 credit hours of required or core courses in the program, with grades of B– or better; and (b) approval of declaration of Non-Thesis (with proposed specialization or emphasis area), or Thesis Track (with proposed Thesis topic). A student who receives one NC or two C’s before advancement is dismissed. Students may not enroll for courses beyond 21 hours until both 3(a) and 3(b) above have been successfully completed.

4. An overall program competencies review is included in the capstone course (EDUC 6001 Integrated Studies in Education); and the Thesis course (EDUC 6250 Thesis). (NETS-T2008: 1d, 3d, 4a,b,c,d, 5c,d; NCATE 3c Impact on PK-12 learners)

Education and Innovation Major (Without Emphasis)

Required Courses (9 hours)

  • EDUC 5001 Foundations of Global Citizenship (3 hours)
  • EPSY 5461 Curriculum and Creativity (3 hours)
  • EDUC 5631 Literacies and Technology (3 hours)

Specialization Area and Elective Courses (21-24 hours)

  • EPSY 5800 Applied Research (Required for Thesis Track Only) (3 hours)
  • Additional Electives
    Elective courses include additional hours of advisor-approved graduate School of Education courses pertinent to the student’s Graduate Certificate Program, specialization area, or Master’s Thesis topic.

    Up to 9 hours of approved transfer graduate courses from other universities or in-service courses may be included in the program (6 credit hours maximum from other universities and 6 credit hours maximum in-service courses).

Capstone or Thesis (3 hours)

  • EDUC 6001 Integrated Studies in Education (For Non-Thesis Track) (3 hours)
    -OR- EDUC 6250 Thesis (For Thesis Track) (3-6 hours)

TOTAL: 33 hours for Non-Thesis Track; 36 hours for Thesis Track

Emphasis in Education for Global Sustainability

The emphasis in Education for Global Sustainability (EFGS) provides professionals in education and other disciplines the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to model and lead with the principles and practices of sustainability. The emphasis includes theory, research, and action planning for global environmental, economic, political, human rights and social justice issues in the P-12 context.

Required Courses (9 hours)

  • EDUC 5001 Foundations of Global Citizenship (3 hours)
  • EPSY 5461 Curriculum and Creativity (3 hours)
  • EDUC 5631 Literacies and Technology (3 hours)

Emphasis Area Courses (12 hours)

Choices to be approved by program coordinator. EFGS 5000 Education for Global Sustainability is required. Candidates must have one course each in economics, environmental issues and social sustainability.

  • EFGS 5000 Education for Global Sustainability (3 hours) [required]
  • Additonal 9 hours of EFGS courses

Additional Electives (9 hours)

Elective courses include additional hours of advisor-approved graduate School of Education courses pertinent to the student’s Emphasis Area (EFGS courses and others).

Capstone or Thesis (3-6 hours)

  • EDUC 6001 Integrated Studies in Education (For Non-Thesis Track)

Total: 33 hours for Non-Thesis Track

Emphasis in Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

The emphasis in PBIS is designed to provide educators with the knowledge and expertise to design, implement and evaluate individual, small group, and systematic strategies that improve social behavior and learning out comes for K-12 students. The conceptual framework for PBIS is based in "Tiered Systems" approaches to improving academic and social outcomes for all students. This program is targeted to educators who are interested in pursuing careers as behavior specialists and/or school-wide PBIS team members or consultants.

Required Courses (9 hours) 

  • EDUC 5001 Foundations of Global Citizenship (3 hours)
  • EDUC 5461 Curriculum and Creativity (3 hours)
  • EDUC 5631 Literacies and Technology (3 hours)

Emphasis Area Courses (12 hours)

The following coursework is required for an emphasis in PBIS:

  • SPED 5700 School-Based Prevention/Intervention: RtI and PBIS (3 hours)
  • SPED 5701 Universal School-Wide PBIS** (3 hours) 
    (may substitute for SPED 5413, with permission of advisor)
  • SPED 5702 Secondary Prevention: Targeted Group Interventions (3 hours)
  • SPED 5703 Functional Behavior Assessment and Intervention (3 hours)

Additional Electives (9 hours)

Elective courses include additional hours of advisor-approved graduate School of Education courses pertinent to the student’s Graduate Certificate Program, self-named specialization area, or Master’s Thesis topic.

Capstone or Thesis (3-6 hours)

  • EDUC 6001 Integrated Studies in Education (For Non-Thesis Track)
    or EDUC 6250 Thesis (For Thesis Track) (3 hours)

Total: 33 hours for Non-Thesis Track; 36 hours for Thesis Track

Admission

Students who are interested in applying to this degree program should see the Admission Section of this catalog for general requirements.

Admission Requirements

  • Receipt of official transcripts from the baccalaureate-granting institution.
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Essay: Describe your professional goals.

Send all required documents to:

Office of Admission
Webster University
470 East Lockwood Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63119-3141

Completed application files will be reviewed by the Multidisciplinary Studies Department