Field-Based Graduate Programs (MEd & CAGS)

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The Field-based Graduate Program in Education offers a Master of Education degree and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in education. It is centered on excellence in teaching and promotes intellectual development, empowerment and social responsibility in a supportive environment.

This is a part-time program designed for educators working in the field who wish to improve their professional practices. The program takes place off campus in school communities, often in rural settings, as we believe that the professional educator’s working environment is a vital center of learning. Graduate courses are taught in condensed weekend formats by faculty members who are known for their expertise in a variety of professional positions in the field of education. Students must be practicing educators to be admitted to the program.

The program's constructivist philosophy allows students the flexibility to create a focus and develop greater expertise at any level, from elementary to high school and beyond. Program instructors provide the most current and best research and practice for students, who may immediately apply them to their classroom and school needs. This individualization allows educators to match the program’s content to school-specific needs and cultures. All courses and program activities occur off-site in cohort models, where area professional educators work together over a period of several years. The networking and collegial support for ensuring ongoing culture-specific change and improvement often continues even after the graduate degree or certificate is completed. An Action Research Practicum replaces the traditional graduate thesis.

The Field-based Graduate Program in Education currently has locations in Highgate, Northfield, St. Albans, St. Johnsbury, Lyndon, Shaftsbury, Waterbury, Williamstown and White River Junction, Vt., and Colegio Ingles and Colegio Euroamericano, both private English-inclusion schools in Monterrey, Mexico. A new site or cohort is created when a need is identified in a particular geographic location. A minimum of 15 educators interested in pursuing their Master of Education degrees and/or advanced graduate certificates is required for the creation of a new cohort.

Field Based Program Costs
Tuition $381 - $475 per credit hour (dependent on site location)
Application Fee $40

Core Courses

The Master of Education program requires completion of 36 semester credit hours. Courses are 3 credits unless otherwise indicated.

EDGR-610: Dimensions of Curriculum and Management
This course examines the knowledge and skills a professional educator needs to exercise leadership in curriculum development, implementation and assessment.
EDGR-620: Dimensions of Teaching/Instructional Technology
Is teaching an art or a science? In what ways can it be enhanced through technology? Course participants investigate the act of teaching and the integration of technology to construct relevant learning experiences for themselves and their students.
EDGR-630: Dimensions of Assessment and Evaluation
How are assessment and evaluation part of the learning process? What works in assessment? Participants in this course examine assessment and evaluation approaches and give special attention to developing products, such as Portfolio.
EDGR-640: Dimensions of Leadership & Organization
Are teachers leaders? How has the role of the school administrator evolved? Students in this class examine the body of leadership research within the context of educational organizations and explore the relationship between leadership style and educational leadership.

Applications Courses

The second level of course work is distributed over five courses that further reflect the five aspects of educational activity. Students can actively shape their studies to reflect personal, professional or district goals.

EDGR-615: Curriculum and Management Decision Making
In this second-level course, processes involved in curriculum implementation are stressed, practiced and related specifically to students' school settings or education environments.
EDGR-625: Teaching and Instructional Technology Applications
This second-level course intensifies the effort to determine the best processes to integrate the varying forms of instructional technology into different disciplines and environments on behalf of students.
EDGR-635: Applications in Assessment/Evaluation
Students apply forms of assessment and evaluation learned in the first-level course to their own classrooms, school buildings or education systems.
EDGR-645: Challenges in Leadership
How can educators use their leadership styles on behalf of their students? This course provides an in-depth exploration of the processes of maximizing educators' skills to effect positive change in classrooms or other education settings.
EDGR-655: Learning and Development Applications
Though we know the developmental stages of the children with whom we work and the adults with whom we interact, how do we maximize those efforts in real life? This class explores in-depth the processes involved in interactions with children and adults in order to ensure progressive change.

Integrating Activities

Students personalize their degrees through a series of seminars that chart professional growth and development. The courses are the keystone of the program.

EDGR-600: Profile Seminar
This seminar is taken at the start of the program and is a prerequisite for admission into the graduate program. Students determine how the program best serves their professional goals and meet with faculty to determine whether these goals can be met. Students in this seminar are oriented to the program and begin to shape their courses of study and future integrative activities.
EDGR-601: Action Research Practicum I
This seminar reviews the entire Action Research process and sequence. Students are expected to begin to conceptualizing their practicum topics and developing research questions specific to their work environments.
EDGR-602: Action Research Practicum II
This seminar continues the Action Research process through collegial networking and discussion. Students address literature and research reviews and develop data collectors for researching their environments. The concept of triangulation to maximize the reliability of developed assessment tools is stressed as part of the research design.
EDGR-603: Action Research Practicum III
Students in this session begin collecting data using the tools they developed in the previous seminar. This collection occurs over a period of time to ensure complete acquisition of data and assessment information. Networking with classmates to draw upon the "collective genius" of the cohort is part of the process.
EDGR-604: Action Research Practicum IV
Students examine in detail the information they have collected for their studies. Trends are identified and options for change are discussed. Students identify and implement plans of action.
EDGR-650: Dimensions in Learning and Development
Learning is the process of constructing meaningful connections. Class participants explore and apply theories of learning and human development in the context of educational settings.
EDGR-690: Capstone Seminar
This seminar is taken at the final stage of the program. It provides an opportunity for students to celebrate the professional milestones that they have achieved as they complete the master of education program. This also is the occasion for extending and celebrating professional growth by sharing key insights or research results from the practicum with the professional community.

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS)

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study is designed to allow educators to pursue specific education topics through self designed courses of study. A student must have earned a master's degree from an accredited institution before applying for a CAGS. Thirty-one (31) credits are required and selected from the master of education core curriculum and the Courses of Interest. Students work with faculty members and the academic program director to construct a meaningful and cohesive theme. Six (6) credits of transfer credits are allowed for the CAGS, if they are preapproved.

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