Improve your professional practices by earning a Master of Education degree or Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in education through the Field-based Graduate Programs in Education at Southern New Hampshire University. These part-time graduate programs are designed for educators working in the field and are centered on excellence in teaching and promoting intellectual development, professional empowerment and social responsibility in a supportive environment.
The programs take 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 through a condensed weekend format by faculty members who are known for their expertise in a variety of professional positions in the field of education. In addition to traditional classes, you're able to develop self-designed international and domestic field study opportunities that further your professional skills and knowledge. Scholarships are available to support travel costs. You must be a practicing educator to be admitted.
In the Field-based Graduate Programs in Education, the constructivist philosophy allows students the flexibility to create an area of focus and develop greater expertise at any level, from elementary to high school and beyond, through field-based study. 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 Programs in Education currently have locations in St. Albans, Lyndonville, Bennington, Brattleboro, Barre, Hardwick, Milton, Enosburg and South Royalton, VT. The field-based graduate staff is prepared to support graduate sites in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. 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 graduate site. Six transfer credits are allowed for the MEd, if they are pre-approved.
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 credits are required and selected from the master’s core curriculum and the Courses of Interest. Students work with faculty members and the academic program director to construct a meaningful and cohesive theme. Three transfer credits are allowed for the CAGS, if they are pre-approved. Learn more about the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of enrolling in the Field-based Graduate Programs in Education at SNHU include:
Students become a part of our graduate education programs as a specific on-location site is just beginning. The first course at each of our new sites, the ProFile Seminar (one credit), is one of the requirements for admission as well as being one credit of the 36 credits required for a Master of Education (MEd) degree or one credit of 31 credits required for a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS). After successfully completing the Profile Seminar, educators can then formally apply to the program within the first six graduate credits that are offered at each of our sites. Other admission requirements include the following:
Remember: You cannot apply to our program unless our program is in your geographic region. Learn more about our application requirements.
Open yourself to a transformative experience by earning your Master of Education degree or Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from the Field-based Graduate Study Program. Refine your classroom practice by connecting your academic work to the students in your classroom. You'll stretch your perspective by participating in an international field study experience designed around your own learning needs and schedule. You'll also use your strengths as a professional to design ways to have a positive impact on your school. Graduates from our program are routinely invited to assume leadership positions within their school districts, such as district level curriculum coordinators, subject matter teacher leaders, coaches and organizational advisors. In Vermont, participants completing the MEd program meet the requirements for an initial administrative endorsement. Internationally, teachers with systemic awareness and strong pedagogical practice are coveted as professionals who inspire and lead school innovation and redesign. SNHU Field-Based Graduate Programs in Education support the development of those very teachers.
This course examines the knowledge and skills a professional educator needs to exercise leadership in curriculum development, implementation and assessment.
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.
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.
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.
In this second-level course, processes involved in curriculum implementation are stressed, practiced and related specifically to students' school settings or education environments.
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.
Students apply forms of assessment and evaluation learned in the first-level course to their own classrooms, school buildings or education systems.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuition rates for Southern New Hampshire University’s graduate degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer generous financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30 percent tuition discount for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses.
This program is approved by the New Hampshire State Department of Education for Teacher Certification as leading to an initial teacher’s license or endorsement in New Hampshire. Southern New Hampshire University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, endorsement, or salary benefits.
Professional licensure, certification, endorsement, and salary benefit requirements for educators vary from state to state and district to district. Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) cannot guarantee licensure, certification, endorsement, or salary benefits. It is the students' responsibility to understand and comply with requirements in the state where they intend to work as an administrator or teacher. Students seeking licensure in states other than New Hampshire are solely responsible for determining whether they are eligible for licensure, and before beginning the program, confirming the precise requirements that must be satisfied to be licensed in that state. Students specifically seeking a New Hampshire certificate must meet all of the requirements, policies, and protocols included in the program approval(s) granted to Southern New Hampshire University by the State Department of Education under the auspices of School of Education and Certification Officer.
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