Graduate degree and certificate programs in the College of Education and Psychology are designed for teachers, administrators, counselors, and other specialists desiring advanced degrees or certifications beyond the bachelor’s degree. The Heritage University Master of Education and Master in Teaching degree programs develop a professional’s knowledge, skills, and dispositions required for success in specialized fields. The following goals are common to all Heritage graduate degree programs.
- Understand the historical, social, economic, legal, and political foundations and forces that shape the American educational system
- Demonstrate professional conduct through situationally appropriate behavior, respect, collaboration, and commitment to learning
- Develop and sustain an instructional program that promotes culturally responsive teaching and learning, as well as service toward social justice
- Apply current research and best practices in quality teaching and learning to enhance the overall development of students
- Utilize technology to enhance teaching, leading, and learning
- Analyze and evaluate the impacts of race, language, and poverty on student achievement and success
- Apply the constructivist learning model/philosophy to teaching, leading, learning, and understanding how constructivism builds communities of learners and enhances collaboration, critical thinking, and reflective practice
- Understand that educators are successful when their learners are successful
The degree programs generally are taught in an intensive weekend model; two-credit courses are normally taught on two weekends, consisting of 30 contact hours per course. Pre- and/or post-assignments require at least 30 hours of additional outside work/research per credit.
For information on specific programs/degrees, please refer to the Academic Program page.