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Master of Education Online Program
The Masters of Education degree online program (MEd) is suited to Learners who want to combine a strong understanding of current theory and practice in education and/or organizational leadership with their personal needs and career focus. The education degree online program also provides Learners with the foundational knowledge and skills necessary for doctoral level study. Curricula reflecting the preparation guidelines of national learned societies and groups are designed to provide Learners with an opportunity to select electives or a specialization and focus their studies on courses that meet their individual needs.

Objectives
A major objective of the Masters of Education degree online program is to enable Learners to develop individual skills for solving particular educational and/or organizational problems, whether in teaching, supervision, or administration, while keeping solutions in balance with organizational, institutional, community, or school system needs and expectations. A second objective is to facilitate Learners' acquisition of sound principles and techniques essential to working effectively in a wide range of instructional or organizational settings.

Specializations
NCU's School of Education offers the Masters of Education degree online in 10 areas of specialization. These specialized curricula are developed and continuously updated so that Learners can earn advanced education degrees equipped with expertise in depth for areas of their particular interest or concern.



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Adult Learning and Workforce Education - Master of Education
The Masters of Education degree in Adult Learning and Workplace Education is designed for individuals interested in the growing fields of career development, human resource management, and adult learning. This integrative program seeks to prepare professionals to develop, implement, and manage systems to improved individual and organizational performance. These skills translate across a wide range of industries including higher education settings, workforce development agencies, and adult career centers. In addition, the program is designed to promote skills that will allow graduates to influence public policy and organizational decision-making. This specialization will provide educators with the tools and competencies required to critically reflect on workplace issues, solve organization problems, and anticipate and respond to change.

Courses in the Adult Learning and Workforce Education MEd Degree program include:

  • Action Research for Education
  • The Art and Science of Adult Education
  • Ethics in Sports
  • Adult Learning Theories
  • Leading the Global Workforce: Paradigms and Possibilities



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Athletic Administration - Master of Education
Both coaching and athletic administration are growing as professional disciplines. This program is designed to enhance leadership skills, strengthen teaching and administrative abilities, and apply ethics and values to all aspects of athletics.

The Athletic Administration specialization is for professional educators interested in K-12 athletic administration and offers an outstanding professional development opportunity for those already serving as coaches and athletic administrators by advancing their knowledge and skills in the field.

Courses focus on leadership, legal aspects in athletics, financial analysis, marketing, sports governance, events and facilities management, ethics. Basic concepts are addressed in each course and application of those concepts emphasized. Courses will have a contemporary focus, emphasizing current problems and opportunities related to the content area. Most courses will emphasize projects and activities directly related to the Learner's work setting.

Courses in the Athletic Administration MEd Degree program include:

  • Leadership and Administration of Athletic Programs
  • Legal Aspects in Athletics
  • Ethics in Sports
  • Sports Governance and Policy Development
  • Facility Management and Programming



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Curriculum & Teaching - Master of Education
The purpose this specialization is to provide teachers with the tools and competencies to expand their professional effectiveness. Learners will explore the latest practices in education, principles of teaching and learning, evaluation of current research and critique of effective curricula design.

Courses in the Curriculum & Teaching MEd Degree program include:

  • Curriculum and Instructional Strategies
  • The Teacher as Reflective Practitioner
  • Learning Styles and Teaching Styles - Strategies for Success
  • Principles of Teaching & Learning
  • Foundations of Language & Literacy Education



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Early Childhood Education - Master of Education
The Master of Education from Northcentral University is tailored for Master's degree learners who desire to model, coach, and guide young children through the first years of life when social, physical, cognitive, and emotional development occur. Skilled educators create an environment that serves as a foundation for a Child's health and well being. In this specialization, educators will learn to assess educational potential, create instructional programs, direct and coordinate learning activities, and manage early childhood classrooms.

Courses in the Early Childhood Education MEd Degree program include:

  • Foundations of Early Childhood Education
  • Growth and Development of Young Children
  • Administration of Early Childhood Programs
  • Children and Families in a Diverse Society
  • Children's Literature



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Educational Leadership - Master of Education
Educational Leaders must possess the knowledge to assess current education trends and address the ever-changing conditions of education today. This specialization focuses on a variety of values and practices in modern education. Courses provide an historical perspective from which to guide educational reform, evaluate the needs of diverse student populations and improve educational outcomes.

Courses in the Educational Leadership MEd Degree program include:

  • Teaching Diverse Learners
  • Leading and Developing Human Capital
  • Leadership in Educational Organizations
  • School Finance
  • School Organization



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E-Learning - Master of Education
This specialization provides the professional educator with the knowledge to implement technology as a tool for teaching and learning. The specialization explores the design of activities to engage the traditional and the virtual student. The Learner will develop a skill set to effectively and efficiently integrate technology in a seamless manner to enhance delivery of teaching and learning experiences.

Courses in the E-Learning MEd Degree program include:

  • Adult Learning Theories
  • Ethics and Legal Issues
  • E-Learning and Corporate Training
  • Instructional Design
  • Educational Applications of Educational Media



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ESL / ESOL - Master of Education
As the diversity of student populations change globally, teaching English as a second language is a skill in high demand. This program enhances skills in communicating with speakers of other languages and integrating techniques to successfully instruct students in English proficiency. (Note: Learners seeking ESL/ESOL certification should verify with appropriate state officials that this specialization meets applicable certification requirements.

Courses in the English as a Second Language (ESL) / English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) MEd Degree program include:
  • Teaching Diverse Learners
  • Foundations of Instruction for Non-English Language Background Students
  • Assessment of Linguistically Diverse Students
  • English as a Second Language
  • ESL and Bilingual Instructional Methodologies



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Global Training and Development - Master of Education
This specialization prepares Learners to develop and implement effective training in a variety of fields. Instructional design and the incorporation of technology and teaching strategies for the adult learner are the focus of the specialization. Additionally, the Learner is prepared to address workplace issues such as the development of human capital and conflict resolution issues. The specialization prepares Learners to identify emerging workforce issues and to resolve the issues through effective training and instruction.

Courses in the Global Training and Development MEd Degree program include:
  • Leading and Developing Human Capital
  • Systemic Leadership: Systems Thinking and Systems Dynamics
  • Organizational Development
  • Innovation and Change
  • The Art and Science of Adult Education



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Instructional Leadership - Master of Education
Contemporary schools are often funded and ranked on their ability to assess and guarantee learning. This specialization introduces analysis of the instructional capacity of schools, improving student achievement, and develops teacher leaders in providing assessment and improvement strategies. Organizational development and educational change are also addressed in this specialization. Learners utilize reflective decision making to assist with the development and implementation of practical solutions to education issues.

Courses in the Instructional Leadership MEd Degree program include:
  • Principles of Teaching & Learning
  • Leadership in Educational Organizations
  • School Organization
  • Instructional Supervision and Leadership
  • Education for Social Change



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Leadership in Higher Education - Master of Education
This specialization prepares Learners to excel in higher education leadership and to pursue careers as higher education specialists and managers. The focus is on legal issues, finance, and organizational leadership in higher education.

Courses in the Higher Education Leadership MEd Degree program include:
  • The Art and Science of Adult Education
  • The Organization of Higher Education
  • Exploring Legal Issues in Higher Education
  • Financial Issues in Higher Education
  • A History of Higher Education



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Organizational Leadership - Master of Education
Learners develop skills to be effective organizational leaders by building a knowledge base in conflict resolution, organizational capacity, and executive leadership skills. The curricula serves to enhance the Learner's understanding and practice of leadership in a variety of educational fields.

Courses in the Organizational Leadership MEd Degree program include:
  • Systemic Leadership: Systems Thinking and Systems Dynamics
  • Organizational Development
  • Resolving Conflict
  • Organizational Capacity
  • Leading for Change



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Special Education - Master of Education
NCU's master's degree in Special Education specialization provides you with a leading-edge understanding of the characteristics and needs of individuals qualifying for services under the major areas of exceptionality of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA/IDEIA). Under the guidance of your mentoring professors, you will focus on research results, new assessment models and current perspectives on today's children, families, schools and communities. The history of the special education movement, the provisions of IDEA/IDEIA, inclusion, transition, classroom modifications and instructional strategies are also analyzed. You will also explore how various disabilities may affect individuals and their families, factors that place students at risk, cultural and linguistic diversity and giftedness.

Courses in the Special Education MEd Degree program include:
  • Introduction to Special Education
  • Exceptional Student Assessment
  • Characteristics of Learning Disabled Students
  • Characteristics of Emotionally Disabled Students
  • Teaching Methods for the Mentally Disabled




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Curriculum & Teaching - Doctor of Education
This specialization provides Learners with the skill sets, knowledge and competencies to become a leader in the area of curriculum design and teaching. The specialization will provide an in-depth review of current practices, research, contemporary teaching issues and practices.

Courses in the Curriculum & Teaching EdD Degree program include:
  • Teaching and Learning Foundations
  • Research Topic, Problem, Purpose and Questions
  • Language and Literacy Education
  • Literacy: Focus on Curriculum
  • Qualitative Methods



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Early Childhood Education - Doctor of Education
The Doctor of Education in Early Childhood Education program allows learners to explore a broad spectrum of topics from growth and development, childhood literature, program administration, curriculum and assessment, and stakeholder partnerships. The specialization is designed with an emphasis on the development of skills in scientific inquiry and leadership. Learners enrolled in this program will develop an understanding of theory related to the study of education in early childhood. Learners will apply research findings in an informed manner and conduct applied research and program evaluation.

Courses in the Early Childhood Education EdD Degree program include:
  • Topics in Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment
  • Early Childhood Literacy and Literature
  • Research Topic, Problem, Purpose and Questions
  • Families, Communities, and Schools as Partners in Early Childhood Education



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E-Learning - Doctor of Education
This specialization integrates curriculum development, instructional design and course delivery using technology and online learning management systems. The specialization focuses on providing a knowledge base of current research for the planning and implementation of teaching and delivery modalities using instructional design methodologies incorporating educational media.

Courses in the E-Learning EdD Degree program include:
  • Principles and Practices in E-Learning (Foundation Course)
  • Statistics in Educational Research
  • E-Learning Instructional Strategies
  • Instructional Design and Engaging E-Learning Activities
  • The Online Learner



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Educational Leadership - Doctor of Education
Education is the foundation on which modern society is built. This specialization prepares the Learner to address management and leadership issues in education and guide others through training, excellence in teaching, research and service. This specialization provides the knowledge base to be a leader in the field of education, facilitated by research and analysis.

Courses in the Educational Leadership EdD Degree program include:
  • School Law
  • Educational Leadership
  • Financial Issues in Schools
  • Research Topic, Problem, Purpose and Questions
  • Practices in School Organization



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ESL / ESOL - Doctor of Education
The pedagogy of language acquisition is of extreme importance in today's classrooms and businesses. This specialization provides the knowledge base to build successful programs to enhance the learning of the English language, to assess skills of diverse students and to design instruction with bilingual materials. Research and current analysis of ESL and ESOL theory provides the basis for the assessment and design process. (Note: Learners seeking ESL/ESOL certification should verify with appropriate state officials that this specialization meets applicable certification requirements.)

Courses in the English as a Second Language / English for Speakers of Other Languages EdD Degree program include:
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Evaluation of Diverse Learners
  • Bilingual Instructional Methods
  • Developing Curriculum for ESOL Learners
  • Second Language Foundations



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Exceptional Student Education - Doctor of Education
The program is designed for Learners who work with gifted and disabled students in a variety of settings. The course offerings in this specialization cover a wide spectrum of issues related to individuals with disabilities, including the development and characteristics of Learners, learning differences, and instructional strategies to address the needs of these students. Additionally, the specialization will provide the skills to plan, assess, and deliver instruction to students with mental, physical, behavioral, learning disabilities, and the gifted student.

Courses in the Exceptional Student Education EdD Degree program include:
  • Introduction to the Exceptional Student
  • Assessment in Special Education
  • Characteristics of Learning Disabled Students
  • Emotionally Disabled Student
  • Developing Curriculum for the Mentally Disabled



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Global Training and Development - Doctor of Education
The graduates from Global Training and Development are tomorrow's leaders in the field of training. The coursework entails theoretical and practical information from the areas of organizational leadership, human resources, and adult education as well as a series of research courses in which strategies are changed, reviewed, and prioritized for future effectiveness. The specialization emphasizes systemic leadership and organizational capacity.

Courses in the Global Training and Development EdD Degree program include:
  • Human Performance: Paradigms and Possibilities
  • Strategic Links for Successful Global Training
  • The Role of Technology in the Global Training Marketplace
  • Best Practices for Training and Presenting to International Audiences
  • Evaluating Training Programs



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Higher Education Leadership - Doctor of Education
The program provides knowledge in educational leadership research, theory and practices applicable to higher education. Research and analysis is conducted to identify future directions of national and global higher education focused on educational change through policy development and educational reform.

Courses in the Higher Education Leadership EdD Degree program include:
  • Organization and Governance of Higher Education
  • Legal Issues in Higher Education
  • Student Affairs Leadership
  • Advanced Educational Statistics
  • Strategic Enrollment Leadership



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International Education - Doctor of Education
Today, leaders are needed who are trained with the skills and practical knowledge required to work effectively within the context of global economic, political, cultural, community influences in education. These same leaders must be aware of global trends and issues in the field of education, recognize the various dimensions of educational interventions and be able to analyze the implications for students nationally and internationally. Additionally, Learners in this specialization analyze the roles and approaches of international, comparative, and educational practicum.

Courses in the International Education EdD Degree program include:
  • Introduction to Global and Comparative Education
  • Culture, Society, and Education in Comparative Perspective
  • International Organizations in Global Education
  • Conflict Resolution in an International Context
  • Globalization and Educational Change



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Organizational Leadership - Doctor of Education
Designed for professionals aspiring towards leadership roles in education, corporate, government, or community organizations, this specialization equips Learners with the tools necessary to make things happen in any organization. This specialization concentrates on the strategies to forge alliances, build confidence, and inspire a shared vision. This curriculum is based in applied research, providing exploration of issues and resolutions in contemporary organizations and the opportunity to contribute new knowledge in the field.

Courses in the Organizational Leadership EdD Degree program include:
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation
  • Building Organizational Capacity
  • Leadership for Excellence
  • Advanced Educational Statistics
  • Theory and Practice of Organizational Leadership






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Education / Curriculum and Teaching - Doctor of Philosophy
This specialization prepares the Learner to address management and leadership issues in education and guide others through training, excellence in teaching, research and service. This specialization provides the knowledge base to be a leader in the field of education, facilitated by research and analysis of current trends in the field.

Courses in the Curriculum and Teaching PhD Degree program include:
  • Developing Instructional Strategies and Curriculum
  • Statistics in Educational Research
  • The Role of the Teacher Practitioner
  • Identifying and Maximizing Learning/ Teaching Styles
  • Qualitative Methods



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Education / Early Childhood Education - Doctor of Philosophy
The Doctor of Philosophy in Education in Early Childhood Education program is designed to prepare learners for positions of leadership in schools, higher education organizations, and research settings. The program is competency-based, with specific emphasis on research and teaching across a broad spectrum of topics from childhood development, literature, program administration, curriculum and assessment, and stakeholder partnerships. The specialization is designed to promote an understanding of the breadth and depth of early childhood education research, curriculum, and policy. In addition, throughout the program, learners will apply scientific findings and conduct theory-based research applicable to this field.

Courses in the Early Childhood Education PhD Degree program include:
  • Topics in Early Childhood Education
  • Topics in Early Childhood Growth, Development, and Educational Programs
  • Topics in Early Childhood Program Administration
  • Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment
  • Early Childhood Literacy and Literature



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Education / Educational Leadership - Doctor of Philosophy
This specialization prepares the Learner to address management and leadership issues in education and guide others through training, excellence in teaching, research and service. This specialization provides the knowledge base to be a leader in the field of education, facilitated by research and analysis.

Courses in the Educational Leadership PhD Degree program include:
  • School Law
  • Educating a Diversity of Learners
  • Educational Leadership
  • Practices in School Organization
  • Financial Issues in Schools



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Education / ELearning - Doctor of Philosophy
This specialization integrates curriculum development, instructional design and course delivery using technology and online learning management systems. The specialization focuses on providing a knowledge base through current research and analysis of the planning and implementation of teaching and delivery modalities. Coursework focuses on instructional design methodologies incorporating educational media.

Courses in the ELearning PhD Degree program include:
  • Principles and Practices in E-Learning
  • E-Learning Instructional Strategies
  • Instructional Design and Engaging E-Learning Activities
  • The Online Learner
  • Facilitating Adult Learning Online



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Education / English Second Language - Doctor of Philosophy
The pedagogy of language acquisition is of extreme importance in today's classrooms and businesses. This specialization provides the knowledge base to build successful programs to enhance the learning of the English language, to assess skills of diverse students and to design instruction with bilingual materials. Research and current analysis of ESL and ESOL theory provides the basis for the assessment and design process. (Note: Learners seeking ESL/ESOL certification should verify with appropriate state officials that this specialization meets applicable certification requirements.)

Courses in the English Second Language PhD Degree program include:
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Evaluation of Diverse Learners
  • Bilingual Instructional Methods
  • Developing Curriculum for ESL Learners
  • Second Language Foundations



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Education / Global Training and Development - Doctor of Philosophy
This specialization educates leaders in the field of training and development. The coursework entails theoretical and practical information from the areas of organizational leadership, human resources, and adult education as well as a series of research courses in which strategies are changed, reviewed, and prioritized for future effectiveness. The specialization emphasizes systemic leadership and organizational capacity, verified through research and analysis of contemporary theory and practice.

Courses in the Global Training and Development PhD Degree program include:
  • Human Performance: Paradigms and Possibilities
  • Strategic Links for Successful Global Training
  • The Role of Technology in the Global Training Marketplace
  • Best Practices for Training and Presenting to International Audiences
  • Trainer as Consultant in the Global Marketplace



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Education / Instructional Leadership - Doctor of Philosophy
The program provides knowledge in educational leadership research, theory and practices applicable to higher education. Research and analysis is conducted to identify future directions of national and global higher education focused on educational change through policy development and educational reform.

Courses in the Instructional Leadership PhD Degree program include:
  • The Culture of Learning
  • Leader as Advocate and Decision Maker
  • Leader as Community Advocate
  • Developing Instructional Strategies and Curriculum
  • Leadership for Student Achievement



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Education / Leadership in Higher Education - Doctor of Philosophy
The program provides knowledge in educational leadership research, theory and practices applicable to higher education. Research and analysis is conducted to identify future directions of national and global higher education focused on educational change through policy development and educational reform.

Courses in the Leadership in Higher Education PhD Degree program include:
  • Organization and Governance of Higher Education
  • Exploring Legal Issues in Higher Education
  • Student Affairs Leadership
  • Strategic Enrollment Leadership
  • Current Trends and Topics in Higher Education



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Education / Organizational Leadership - Doctor of Philosophy
Designed for professionals aspiring towards leadership roles in education, corporate, government, or community organizations, this specialization equips Learners with the tools necessary to make things happen in any organization. This specialization concentrates on the strategies to forge alliances, build confidence, and inspire a shared vision. This curriculum is based in applied research, providing exploration of issues and resolutions in contemporary organizations and the opportunity to contribute new knowledge in the field.

Courses in the Organizational Leadership PhD Degree program include:
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation
  • Building Organizational Capacity
  • Leadership for Excellence
  • Theory and Practice of Organizational Leadership
  • Ethical Leadership



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Education / Special Education - Doctor of Philosophy
The program is designed for Learners who work with gifted and disabled students in a variety of settings. The course offerings in this specialization cover a wide spectrum of issues related to individuals with disabilities, including the development and characteristics of Learners, learning differences, and instructional strategies to address the needs of these students. Additionally, the specialization will provide the skills to plan, assess, and deliver instruction to students with mental, physical, behavioral, learning disabilities, and the gifted student, using analysis of contemporary research.

Courses in the Special Education PhD Degree program include:
  • Introduction to the Exceptional Student
  • Assessment in Special Education
  • Characteristics of Learning Disabled Students
  • Emotionally Disabled Student
  • Law in Special Education




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Curriculum and Teaching - Education Specialist
The Curriculum and Teaching specialization will provide you with advanced skills in research and curriculum development and application. Throughout your courses, you will analyze instructional strategies, curriculum models, theories and trends as you apply differentiated instructional modalities to real world situations that will ensure high academic and professional achievement inside and outside the classroom. This specialization will fuel your interest in research and advanced application of topics related to curriculum and teaching. As a graduate, you will be prepared to pursue careers in higher education or industry with expert skills in curriculum application and development and advanced knowledge and skills at all levels of education and industry. This specialization can also prepare you for further doctoral study in Curriculum and Teaching.

Courses in the Curriculum and Teaching EdS Degree program include:
  • Developing Instructional Strategies and Curriculum
  • The Role of the Teacher Practitioner
  • Identifying and Maximizing Learning/Teaching Styles
  • Teaching and Learning Foundations
  • Language and Literacy Education



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E-Learning - Education Specialist
The use of technology and educational media continues to become more widespread in all levels of education, as well as training centers for business and industry. The E-Learning specialization will train you as a specialist who has the ability to integrate curriculum development, instructional design and course delivery using technology and online learning management systems. You will also explore the legal aspects of e-learning; visioning, planning and designing an e-learning environment; and teaching and learning in synchronous and asynchronous environments.

Courses in the E-Learning EdS Degree program include:
  • Principles and Practices in E-Learning
  • E-Learning Instructional Strategies
  • Instructional Design and E-Learning Activities
  • The Online Student
  • Facilitating Adult Learning Online



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Early Childhood Education - Education Specialist
The Early Childhood Education specialization allows you to explore a broad spectrum of topics as you increase your understanding of research and theory related to the study of education in early childhood. You will advance your skills in scientific inquiry and leadership through applied research and program evaluation. You will also have the opportunity to study such topics as growth and development, childhood literature, program administration, curriculum and assessment, and stakeholder partnerships. As an Early Childhood Education graduate, you will be prepared to pursue various positions in education, such as early childhood consultant, childhood development specialist, or as a policy and development professional. The specialization will also prepare you for doctoral studies in Early Childhood Education should you desire to pursue further education.

Courses in the Early Childhood Education EdS Degree program include:
  • Topics in Early Childhood Education
  • Topics in Early Childhood Growth, Development, and Educational Programs
  • Topics in Early Childhood Program Administration
  • Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment
  • Early Childhood Literacy and Literature



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Educational Leadership - Education Specialist
The Educational Leadership specialization will provide you with a strong knowledge-base in K-12 management and leadership. You will learn to lead others as you address management and leadership issues in education, such as school law, safety and diversity. As a graduate, you will have a deep understanding of leadership and supervision within organizations, and will be prepared to pursue positions as a specialist in K-12 educational leadership in today's diverse educational environment. This specialization also prepares you for further doctoral study in Educational Leadership, should you desire to advance your education at NCU.

Courses in the Educational Leadership EdS Degree program include:
  • School Law
  • Language Arts and Reading
  • Educating a Diversity of Students
  • Educational Leadership
  • Financial Issues in Schools



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English Second Language - Education Specialist
Language acquisition is of extreme importance in today's diverse educational and corporate environments. The English as a Second Language (ESL) specialization will help you develop the ability to build successful programs to support those who are learning English as a second language, assess the skills of diverse students, and design bilingual instruction. This specialization will also provide you with a strong knowledge-base to put new methods and approaches into practice. As an ESL graduate, you will have the knowledge and skills to serve as a leader for others involved with ESL teaching and learning in many diverse settings. This specialization can also prepare you for doctoral studies in English as a Second Language should you desire to continue to advance your education.

Courses in the English Second Language EdS Degree program include:
  • Instructional Practices
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Evaluation of Diverse Students
  • Bilingual Instructional Methods
  • Developing Curriculum for ESL Students



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Global Training & Development - Education Specialist
Through a combination of theory, research and practical application, the Global Training and Development specialization will prepare you to become a leader in the field of training and performance improvement. You will critically analyze training needs and strategize how performance improvement and training materials should be designed. You will also examine theoretical and practical information in adult education and human resources, and research and review strategies for future effectiveness. As a graduate, you will have developed advanced systemic leadership and organizational capacity needed to pursue leadership positions in this field. This specialization also prepares you for doctoral learning in Global Training and Development should you desire to advance beyond the specialist level.

Courses in the Global Training & Development EdS Degree program include:
  • Human Performance: Paradigms and Possibilities
  • Strategic Links for Successful Global Training
  • The Role of Technology in the Global Training Marketplace
  • Best Practices for Training and Presenting to International Audiences
  • Evaluating Training Programs



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instructional Leadership - Education Specialist
Specialists in K-12 instructional leadership are needed to expand student achievement through the assessment and improvement of instructional strategies. The Instructional Leadership specialization will provide you with a strong background in the supervision of instruction, curriculum, diversity and analysis of the instructional capacity of K-12 schools. You will explore current theories and practices that can help improve student achievement. You will also learn to assess and interpret data, and examine the culture of learning and instructional improvement and reform. As a graduate, you will have developed the knowledge and skills to become an instructional leader in K-12 schools. You will also be prepared to pursue doctoral studies in Instructional Leadership at NCU if you want to further advance your professional credentials.

Courses in the Instructional Leadership EdS Degree program include:
  • The Culture of Learning
  • Leader as Advocate and Decision Maker
  • Leader as Community Advocate
  • Practices in School Organization
  • Supervision and Leadership in Schools



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International Education - Education Specialist
The International Education specialization will teach you the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively within the context of global economic, political, cultural and community influences in education. You will explore theories of comparative education, cross-national comparative analysis and strategies, global educational transfer and borrowing, international development, and the relation between culture and education. Through assigned readings and course assignments, you will examine the global dimensions of several contemporary issues in international education, including the hopes of global cooperation, the complexity of educational accountability, authority and professionalism. You will also study international organizations, with special emphasis on practices, strategies and techniques that can be adapted to intercultural/multicultural contexts. As a graduate, you will understand the commonalities, differences and connections between global and comparative education, and will have developed your knowledge and skills in the commonly used tools to make you a more effective educator in international education.

Courses in the International Education EdS Degree program include:
  • Introduction to Global and Comparative Education
  • Culture, Society and Education in Comparative Perspective
  • International Organizations in Global Education
  • Conflict Resolution in an International Context
  • Globalization and Educational Change



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Leadership in Higher Education - Education Specialist
Leaders in higher education require a broad knowledge-base of the ins and outs of higher education. The Leadership in Higher Education specialization digs deep into a variety of topics specific to higher education, and will familiarize you with how higher education is organized, how it is financed, legal issues, and the history of higher education. As a Leadership in Higher Education graduate, you will be prepared to share your knowledge and skill about higher education in colleges, universities and community colleges. This specialization can also prepare you to pursue doctoral studies in Leadership in Higher Education at NCU should you choose to further your education.

Courses in the Leadership in Higher Education EdS Degree program include:
  • Organization & Governance of Higher Education
  • Legal Issues in Higher Education
  • Student Affairs Leadership
  • Strategic Enrollment Leadership
  • Higher Education Finance



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Organizational Leadership - Education Specialist
If you aspire to hold a leadership role in education, corporate, government or community organizations, the Organizational Leadership specialization may be for you. In this specialization, you will develop the knowledge and tools to forge alliances, build confidence, resolve conflict, promote ethics and inspire a shared vision. As an Organizational Leadership graduate, you will be prepared to pursue a variety of positions in higher education, K-12 education, corporate training and development organizations, not for profit organizations, or in government training and development. This specialization can also prepare you to pursue doctoral studies in Organizational Leadership at NCU.

Courses in the Organizational Leadership EdS Degree program include:
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation
  • Building Organizational Capacity
  • Leadership for Excellence
  • Theory and Practice of Organizational Leadership
  • Ethical Leadership



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Special Education - Education Specialist
The world needs educators and administrators of special education programs who can successfully implement the six pillars of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA). This Special Education specialization will prepare you to face the challenging legal issues confronting current administrators of special education programs. You will explore essential topics related to special education, including student placement, service delivery requirements, discipline, appropriate educational decisions, family rights and privacy issues. You will also learn how to prepare for due process hearings and manifestation determination meetings. As a graduate, you will be prepared to utilize your knowledge and skills in pursuit of various careers, such as a school district administrator of special education programs. This specialization can also prepare you to pursue doctoral studies in Special Education at NCU.

Courses in the Special Education EdS Degree program include:
  • Introduction to the Exceptional Student
  • Assessment in Special Education
  • Learning Disabled Student
  • Emotionally Disabled Student
  • Developing Curriculum for the Mentally Disabled



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Sports Management - Education Specialist
The Sports Management specialization provides you with an opportunity to increase your leadership expertise in this growing field as you explore a combination of science-based academics, research methods and real life experiences within the collegiate athletic department. You will examine the ever-changing financial, legal, political and marketing concerns of directing an athletic department at the collegiate level. You will also develop your understanding of Title IX, legal aspects and advisement programs for the student athlete as you work one-to-one with experienced faculty members who have had many years of successful athletic administration experience at the collegiate level.

Courses in the Sports Management EdS Degree program include:
  • Development of Human Resource Strategies in Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Intercollegiate Sports Governance
  • Legal Aspects of Equity in Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Sports Compliance
  • Advising the Student Athlete




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Best Practices in Teaching Online - Education Specialist
As more and more schools offer online course options, the opportunities for educators who are interested in teaching online continue to expand. The Practices in Teaching Online post-baccalaureate certificate will help you understand the unique demands and opportunities when teaching online. You will learn the importance of instruction, culture and assessment in the online classroom as well as best practices for creating a meaningful and productive online environment for your students.

Courses in the Best Practices in Teaching Online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program include:
  • Making the Shift to Teaching and Learning Online
  • Developing Outstanding Classroom Culture in an Online Environment
  • Developing Outstanding Instructional Practices in an Online Environment
  • Developing Outstanding Assessment Practices in an Online Environment



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Leadership for Improved Student Achievement - Education Specialist
As educators, student success is a goal we all share. The Leadership for Improved Student Achievement post-baccalaureate certificate is designed to help you lead change in the area of student success. Not only will you learn about the role that data plays in informing today's educators, but you will also examine successful and innovative learning communities and the steps to promote continuous improvement in your school.

Courses in the Leadership for Improved Student Achievement Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program include:
  • Using Professional Learning Communities and Other Tools to Create a Culture of Innovation
  • Taking Aim: How Great Schools use Data to Inform Great Teachers
  • Promoting Excellence in Teaching I: Steps towards Better Performance in the Classroom
  • Promoting Excellence in Teaching II: Steps towards Refinement and Continuous Improvement



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Mathematics Excellence in the Common Core - Education Specialist
With the adoption of the Common Core Standards in many states, today's educators must learn how to effectively use these standards to improve instruction and support student success. NCU's Mathematics Excellence in the Common Core post-baccalaureate certificate will help you gain a deeper understanding of mathematics in the Common Core, while learning how to apply these standards to daily practice in the classroom.

Courses in the Mathematics Excellence in the Common Core Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program include:
  • Making the Shift: Understanding Math in Common Core
  • Improving Instructions: Applying Math in the Common Core I
  • Improving Instruction: Applying Math in the Common Core II
  • Excellence and Innovation: Math in the Common Core in a PLC Setting


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Northcentral University Online

Northcentral University (NCU) is an accredited online university providing graduate and undergraduate degree programs in Business, Education, and Psychology. We create a unique 100 percent online academic program for each student, allowing you to pursue professional interests beneficial to your career, receive personalized guidance from faculty Mentors, and schedule learning at your own pace to suit your busy lifestyle.

Course Schedules:

Courses begin on the first of each month, and may be completed anytime within a 12-week semester. Learners may begin their next course ahead of schedule upon completion of the previous course in order to move quickly through their degree program.

Financing Options:

Credits from an accredited institution, military training and experience, and AP, CLEP, and DSST tests may be awarded in transfer. Determination of transfer credits will be verified with a transcript review.

NCU prides itself on being learner-centered and caring about the success of our learners. We provide tuition payment options that we feel meet your needs and permits the University to prosper and grow.

Accreditation:

Northcentral University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission.