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Curriculum & Instruction + Educational Technology

Master of Arts in Education (MAED)

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Accelerated Path to a 2nd MAED Degree

Graduates who previously earned an MAED in Curriculum & Instruction or Educational Technology at Concordia University Irvine can now earn a second master's degree to advance their careers in positions that require the alternate degree.

Building on the 30 units that you already completed to earn your MAED, you will only need to complete 15 additional elective units to earn your second MAED. All coursework can be completed fully online in as little as 10 months. Start dates for the accelerated second MAED program operate under the same quarterly time-frames. As an added benefit, alumni applying for this program will have the application fee waived.

For more information about this special opportunity, please contact our Director of Graduate and Adult Admissions, Billy Maxfield, at (949) 214-3577 or [email protected].

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Benefits to Earning Two MAED Degrees

  • A potential bump in salary! Most school districts will offer an increase in your pay scale for completing a second degree.
  • Advance your career in positions that require expertise in Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Technology.
  • Multiple degree holders are more likely for promotions and desirable for post-graduate program admission.
  • Benefit from a program that models Christ-like servant leadership, treating teachers and students with love, dignity, and respect.

Criteria for Admission

Students who earned a degree in either the MAED: Curriculum & Instruction or MAED: Educational Technology program since May 2012 may apply for enrollment in the second program to complete the additional five courses needed to earn the additional degree.

Students have five years to complete each program once accepted. Any student who has not enrolled in courses for one term will be considered “Inactive.” Inactive students will be removed from the program if no progress is made toward their degree for 12 consecutive months. An inactive student wishing to return to the program must re-apply for admission.

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Program Courses

The Educational Technology and Curriculum & Instruction MAED programs share the following five required courses:

  • Educational Technology and Curriculum & Instruction MAED
  • EDU 520: Curriculum Design & Assessment
  • 3

This course will provide students with an intensive study of pedagogical approaches and materials for teaching including state curriculum documents, the curricular recommendations of professional associations, recommendations that have emerged from recent educational research, and the recommendations of recent reform movements. Specific emphasis will be given to the study of alternative approaches to curriculum theory, design, practice, and evaluation.

  • EDU 547: Brain-Based Teaching and Learning
  • 3

This course is designed to provide experienced, credentialed teachers with the latest in psychological research findings that can be directly applied to the classroom including the functions and anatomy of the brain and multiple intelligences, bringing together the most accurate depiction of how the brain works with the experience and expertise of classroom teachers.

  • EDU 580: Educational Research
  • 3

This course will provide students with an introduction to educational research by exploring problems or issues in education, qualitative research methods, and analyzing research articles. Students will learn the essentials needed to carry out the research process and begin their capstone project, which will be completed in 605.

  • EDU 586: Educational Technology
  • 3

This course equips teachers to be knowledgeable about educational technology and current tools available to further student engagement. Course activities are heavily influenced and directed by the standards of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

  • EDU 605: Capstone Project
  • 3

During this course, students work to finalize their capstone project. Students will triangulate data using critical self-reflections, credible literature, and observations as a method to respond to an educational problem. Upon completion of the written project, students will orally present their capstone in class. Graduation Application Fee: $185. Prerequisite: EDU 580.

The MAED in Curriculum and Instruction focuses on the improvement of school programs through the application of emerging best-practices for teaching based on current research, innovative technology integration, and cutting-edge classroom strategies.

Students earning this degree are required to take the following five additional courses:

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • EDU 515: Instructional Leadership
  • 3

This course will provide students with an understanding of the organization, management, and leadership of schools as effective techniques for instructional leaders to teach concepts, skills, and values are presented and modeled along with specific techniques to guide, motivate, delegate, and build consensus.

  • EDU 524: Coping with Stress and Violence in Today's Classroom
  • 3

This course will address a variety of issues regarding stress and violence in children's lives as students discuss how the nature and content of culture are reflected in the symptoms and causes of stress and violence. Included in the discussion will be the role of schools and teachers, from preschool through high school, in providing support for children experiencing stress and/or violence and how teachers can provide assistance to the larger family structure through broadened knowledge of cultural stressors, use of age appropriate and culturally sensitive coping skills, and how they can serve as active agents of social change leading to advocacy for children.

  • EDU 542: School, Community and Diverse Family Structures
  • 3

This course will focus on equipping participants with skills that provide effective approaches in working with family and community members from culturally and social-economically diverse backgrounds within the larger political and social context of today’s world. The student will explore the relationship of schools to other community agencies and investigate approaches to provide socio-educational services to children and their families.

  • EDU 550: Educational Discourses: Change and Reform
  • 3

This course will examine the historical, legal, social, political, ethical, and economic perspectives that have impacted schools in America as students examine the dynamics of curriculum change and the key role leaders play in creating a learning community. Opportunity will be provided for students to debate the problems and possible approaches in dealing with the issues confronting schools with an emphasis on the importance of involving communities in the life of a school. Persons and groups involved in establishing and developing educational policies and practices meeting the diverse needs of the public will be explored.

  • EDU 595: Developing Character and Ethics
  • 3

This course will incorporate the resources and skills necessary to integrate ethical themes and character development into a school setting. It will provide educators an arena in which to explore and develop their moral perspectives on the basis of generally accepted criteria. Focus will also be placed on putting into practice those skills and resources that integrate character themes and character development into their school setting.

The MAED in Educational Technology will help students develop an understanding of the dynamic relationship between technology, pedagogy, and content to creatively apply a variety of technologies to support and assess the attainment of learning outcomes for all students.

Students earning this degree are required to take the following five additional courses:

  • Educational Technology
  • EDUT 501: Foundations of Educational Technology
  • 3

This course will examine the role of educators in transforming teaching and learning through the integration of technology. The culture and politics of change will be explored through interaction with various members of the school community including administrators, teachers, learners, parents, and community leaders and develop the leadership qualities and skills necessary for making change happen at the classroom level. In addition, this course will provide an introduction to the Common Core State Standards as a case study in change processes and technology integration.

  • EDUT 521: Leveraging Technology for All Students
  • 3

The 'typical' learner in today's American classrooms represents a wide range of learning styles, abilities, and backgrounds. This course will prepare students to integrate a variety of technology-based strategies into classroom instruction and assessment in order to meet the diverse needs of students, whether or not they are diagnosed with disabilities. Students will be introduced to teaching styles, strategies, and technology that will give all learners access to successful learning opportunities. Topics will include differentiated instruction, Universal Design for Learning, and assistive technologies.

  • EDUT 522: Emerging Learning Technologies
  • 3

In this age of rapid technological advancement and digital immersion, it is imperative that educators become aware of new technologies and related pedagogies. More than that, educators need to continually assess and reflect on the impact of the integration of such tools on the learning process. Students will be challenged to evaluate new technologies, creatively apply them to classroom experiences, and actively seek to stay informed about future trends and innovations.

  • EDUT 523: Collaborative Design for eLearning
  • 3

This course will provide an overview of online educational delivery models, strategies, and platforms. Concepts learned and practices will be applicable to the design of a wide range of eLearning environments including traditional classrooms, blended or flipped classrooms, and fully online courses.

  • EDUT 531: Nurturing Learning Communities
  • 3

There has been significant growth since the 1990s there has been significant growth in the recognition of the value of collaborative activity in the learning process as well as in the development of technology to support such collaboration. This course will describe and demonstrate how learning communities and technology intersect. Students will gain insights in the ethical and appropriate application of social learning concepts to learning in their classrooms and to their own continuous professional growth process.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Please refer to tuition and cost details for the Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Technology programs. Due to financial aid constraints, please note that students may not be enrolled in two programs simultaneously.

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School of Education

Concordia’s School of Education offers four different teaching credentials, four distinctive Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) graduate degrees, and a Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership. Classes are small and focused on the development of critical, independent thinking, and are taught by experienced Christian faculty members. CUI’s School of Education enjoys an excellent reputation in the academic community as thousands of graduates lead in schools throughout the region. Students gain targeted knowledge and proficient skills to connect, care, collaborate, and create in their unique role in education. Our goal is to equip students to pursue opportunities and advance their career.

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Billy Maxfield
Director of Graduate and Adult Admissions
(949) 214-3577
[email protected]

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