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Curriculum:

MSED 601 - Critical Thinking and Communication (3)

Focuses on critical thinking and communication strategies to advance students' reasoning skills to develop well thought out, reasoned, clear and concise oral and written communication and present them using transmedia. Students learn effective, engaging and strategic use of interactive media, emerging and distributed technologies for storytelling and to convey well-articulated and powerful narratives.

MSED 602 - Virtual Learning, Collaboration and Transmedia (3)

Explores virtual and integrated learning technologies and their applications to learning organizations, learning communities, educational settings. Future-ready technologies and techniques are applied for experiential, collaborative, social, and distributed learning. Students investigate virtual communication tools, integration of social media, and virtual collaboration tools, digital storytelling and their application to their professional and scholarly interests.

MSED 603 - Ethics, Values and Inclusion (3)

Introduces the student to the study of ethics as a basis for value clarification, decision making, and responsible leadership in inclusive organizations and communities. Elements of ethical leadership such as cultural proficiency, social justice, power, equity, and privilege are examined. Students investigate application and practices relevant to their academic and professional interests.

MSED 604 - Program Design and Evaluation (3)

Focuses on analysis, design, development, implementation and assessment of learning-based solutions to organizational challenges in a variety of learning organization environments including K-12, higher education, private and public sectors,. Introduces models and methods of learning theory and cognition, and learning assessments as a response to identified needs and gaps in intended organizational results. Students will investigate application and practices of learning design, cognition and evaluation relevant to their academic and professional interests.

MSED 605 - Applied Analytics and Data Visualization (3)

Introduce students to various methods of applied data analysis with an emphasis on the analysis of quantitative data. Students will learn about modern forms of data gathering including the mining and extraction of big data. Students will also learn to report data using powerful statistical packages and the latest web-based visualization platforms. Last, students will learn the fundamentals of inferential statistical analysis. While basic statistical theory will be covered, the emphasis of the course will be on the development of empirical inquiries and the understanding, presentation and communication of data in organizational, workplace, and educational contexts.

MSED 606 - Entrepreneurial Leadership for Innovation and Change (3)

Examines the role of entrepreneurial leader in developing innovative solutions that align with personal and organizational mission, vision and values. Focus is placed on how a leader shepherds sustainable change from ideation, to fruition, and to evolution without positional power. Students will explore methods and engage in processes to support innovation, adaptation and learning; and promote the endeavor by building coalitions and persuasive broad based organizational support.

MSED 680 - Contemporary Topics in Leadership (1)

Introduces students, from a leadership framework, to recent developments in theory and practices in a variety of areas supporting their professional learning and technology interests. Topics may include advances in learning design, learning theory and technology; governance; school safety; non-profit organizations; policy, law; financial management of public institutions; PR and Marketing; social innovation and entrepreneurship, institutional advancement; pre- K-12 administration; private and charter school administration; societal factors affecting education and equity; nonprofit management and leadership; research methods and data analysis; and other similar topics.

MSED 681 - Contemporary Topics in Learning (1)

Introduces students, from a learning perspective, to recent developments in theory and practices in a variety of areas supporting their professional learning and technology interests. Topics may include advances in learning design, learning theory and technology; governance; school safety; non-profit organizations; policy; law; financial management of public institutions; PR and Marketing; social innovation and entrepreneurship, institutional advancement; pre-K-12 administration; private and charter school administration; societal factors affecting education and equity; nonprofit management and leadership; research methods and data analysis; and other similar topics.

MSED 699 A - Capstone Integration Experience (1)

Students will engage in a culminating undertaking to demonstrate their ability to integrate their learning consistent with their program's learning outcomes. This project may be a thesis, a product design, an internship in a related field or a scholarly presentation presented at a career related professional or research conference. In a two-semester format, students design a plan for this project, accumulate supporting data through completed coursework and develop an E portfolio as a way of demonstrating and displaying their learning. Under the guidance of faculty, students will prepare a report demonstrating the relationship between their various learning experiences in the program and the Program's Learning Outcomes (PLOs). Students will report their findings using narrative developed with transmedia. In particular, students will develop an understanding of learning assessment models, various approaches to developing learning portfolios and apply various tools of technology for development and presentation of their integrated analysis of their learning.

MSED 699 B - Capstone Integration Experience (2)

Students will engage in a culminating undertaking to demonstrate their ability to integrate their learning consistent with their program's learning outcomes. This project may be a thesis, a product design, an internship in a related field or a scholarly presentation presented at a career related professional or research conference. In a two-semester format, students design a plan for this project, accumulate supporting data through completed coursework and develop an Eportfolio as a way of demonstrating and displaying their learning. Under the guidance of faculty, students will prepare a report demonstrating the relationship between their various learning experiences in the program and the Program's Learning Outcomes (PLOs). Students will report their findings using narrative developed with transmedia. In particular, students will update their assessment methodology including tools (rubric) developed initially in MSED 699A. Students will then measure learning, utilizing their updated rubric to establish the extent by which outcomes from their program signature assignment has met the PLOs for their program. Students will use transmedia to present their findings. Prerequisite: MSED 699A.

MSHE 631 -- Higher Education Politics, Governance and Society (3)

Focuses on the central mission(s) and governance structures of higher education institutions in American society. The course exposes students to all sectors and levels of the diverse post-secondary landscape in the country, including public/private, profit/non-profit and 4-/2 year schools. Students will learn about the different forms of governance that characterize each sector as well as the historical and current challenges/opportunities associated with each governance structure. Governance will be framed and discussed within the various and often competing political ideologies that prevail in the nation. Broadly speaking, the overarching goal for this course is to increase knowledge about the structures and methods of governance in higher education institutions and how these issues are perceived and shaped by dominant political actors.

MSHE 632 - Student Support and Services in Higher Education (3)

This course is intended to familiarize students with student support services particularly within the context of higher education institutions. This course focuses on the nature and purpose of student services, its functions, and how they can be effectively coordinated and integrated as part of the broad educational purposes of higher education institutions. It also examines institutional strategies for organizing, staffing, and funding a wide range of programs and services, and how to design the learning and development of students. By actively participating in and successfully completing this course, students will become conversant with some of the literature and best practices associated with effective delivery of student services. This course takes a broad look at the essential work of student services and administration, examining the work through a historical, theoretical, research, resources, ethical, legal, and best practice perspective.

MSHE 633 -- Economics, Finance and Policy in Higher Education (3)

Exposes students to historical and contemporary issues found at the intersection of higher education finance and policy. In more detail, this course will teach students about the financial and policy structures supporting 4- and 2-year public and private postsecondary institutions and how these structures change in relation to economic fluctuations at the national, state and institutional levels. Students will also learn about policy creation and implementation in higher education through the lens of economics. For instance, students will learn about various economic ideologies and how these ideologies influence higher education policy in the nation.