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Teaching Skills & Methodologies

  • Credits:
    32
  • Degree:
    Masters of Education

Program Description

Advance your teaching skills and learn new strategies for teaching. Designed for mid-career teachers, this program explores current teaching strategies and methodologies that can revitalize teachers’ classrooms. As part of your graduate work, you will research, write, and share a master’s project that enhances your learning and professional practice. This hands-on program also offers convenient evening, weekend, and online course options to fit your work schedule.

Cambridge College Teaching Skills and Methodologies Master’s Degree Program Highlights

Continuing education is essential for teachers to improve teaching skills and ensure that methodologies of teaching are student-centered and culturally relevant. This master’s degree program offers a flexible, affordable graduate option designed for professional educators who are ready to take their skills to the next level.

  • Career-focused learning. This program features a series of professional seminars that enable you to integrate learning from classes, workshops, and experience. You’ll also complete an independent research project based on a topic of your choice.
  • Personalized options. Round out your curriculum by choosing content courses in literature, English, social studies, mathematics, science, health, literacy, and English 
  • as a second language based on the subject areas you want to develop.
  • Flexible classes. Offering convenient day, evening, weekend, and online class options designed for adult learners, Cambridge College provides the flexibility you need to complete your master’s degree.
  • Exceptional value. Cambridge College is one of the most affordable four-year private nonprofit colleges in the United States, giving you greater value for your education.
  • No graduate school tests required. Cambridge College does not require the GMAT, GRE, or other standardized graduate school tests for admission into this master’s degree program.
  • Great location. All Cambridge College classroom locations are near major highways and public transportation, and/or provide year-round free parking for students.

Cambridge College is one of the most ethnically diverse colleges in the United States, giving you the unique opportunity to work with other adult learners from all over the world.

Teaching Skills and Methodologies Learning Outcomes

Through focused coursework, discussion-based seminar experiences, and self-motivated research projects, this program will explore a variety of teaching skills and teaching methodologies, including:

  • How to develop a child’s intrinsic desire to learn.
  • How to recognize children’s unique learning styles in order to facilitate more effective learning.
  • How to promote critical thinking and manage culturally diverse classrooms.
  • How to use technology to enhance classroom instruction.

Example Teaching Skills and Methodologies Courses

The teaching skills and methodologies curriculum features courses such as:

  • Teaching Children With Different Learning Styles
  • Using Educational Technology to Improve Teaching and Learning
  • Multicultural Diversity Issues in the Workplace and Classroom

Download the Teaching Skills and Methodologies program sheet.

Teaching Skills and Methodologies Scholarships and Financial Aid

You may qualify for grants, scholarships, loans, and other types of financial assistance to help pay for your master’s degree. Learn more about applying for financial aid at Cambridge College.

Many companies also offer tuition assistance programs that can help to pay for education. Find information about getting your company to help.

Curriculum


Professional Seminar & Project
9
Credits

EED 800 Independent Learning Project

Professional Seminar III: Education
EED 693 2 credit(s)
The Professional Seminar is a signature element of the adult learning model at Cambridge College. It grounds learning in a cohort group of students with a faculty leader. The seminar is a forum for discussion of professional issues in education, such as what it means to be an educator today, and how educators can work in the organizational culture of schools and contribute to social progress. Students integrate their learning from classes, workshops, and experience. Transformed by reflection, readings, and discussion, students become reflective practitioners and lifelong learners. The seminar also supports students’ work on their independent learning projects, from identifying topics, to guiding the research and writing, to completion. The seminar leader approves the finished projects.
Professional Seminar II: Education
EED 692 2 credit(s)
The Professional Seminar is a signature element of the adult learning model at Cambridge College. It grounds learning in a cohort group of students with a faculty leader. The seminar is a forum for discussion of professional issues in education, such as what it means to be an educator today, and how educators can work in the organizational culture of schools and contribute to social progress. Students integrate their learning from classes, workshops, and experience. Transformed by reflection, readings, and discussion, students become reflective practitioners and lifelong learners. The seminar also supports students’ work on their independent learning projects, from identifying topics, to guiding the research and writing, to completion. The seminar leader approves the finished projects.
Professional Seminar I: Education
EED 691 2 credit(s)
The Professional Seminar is a signature element of the adult learning model at Cambridge College. It grounds learning in a cohort group of students with a faculty leader. The seminar is a forum for discussion of professional issues in education, such as what it means to be an educator today, and how educators can work in the organizational culture of schools and contribute to social progress. Students integrate their learning from classes, workshops, and experience. Transformed by reflection, readings, and discussion, students become reflective practitioners and lifelong learners. The seminar also supports students’ work on their independent learning projects, from identifying topics, to guiding the research and writing, to completion. The seminar leader approves the finished projects.
Education Courses
2
Credits

Choose two 1-credit courses in education: EED 590 or 591.

Skills & Methodologies
12
Credits

Choose four courses below (12 credits).

Motivation and Teaching: Theoriesand Practices
EED 564 3 credit(s)
The strategies teachers use in many classrooms to reinforce learning are based on the theory, “If you learn this, then I will give you that.” Much of what is taught is reinforced by extrinsic rewards such as praise, kisses and hugs, or gold stars. However, many teachers feel frustrated because they want children to love learning and to see learning as a reward in and of itself. This course will examine current research and theoretical models which can help educators understand how to develop a child’s intrinsic desire to learn by satisfying certain needs we all have within us.
Introduction to Integrative Learning and Learning Styles
EED 615 3 credit(s)
This course introduces a full-spectrum, whole-brain learning and teaching method known as Integrative Learning. This highly effective model of teaching has resulted in enhanced teacher motivation, creativity, positive attitude, improved school climate and organizational transformation in many schools and corporations. Learning styles research is used to assist educators and trainers to design effective teaching strategies for learners with different styles. (1)
Teaching Children with Different Learning Styles
EED 503 3 credit(s)
This course discusses various learning styles of children from infants to teenagers. The course reviews the internal and external environment responsible for the development of learning styles and how we can provide a positive environment to inculcate good habits and learning styles and how to recognize children’s learning styles in order to facilitate learning. Current research and literature are reviewed.
3/Strategies for Teaching Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum
EED 610 3 credit(s)
Critical thinking is approached through a holistic model that stresses creative and analytic strategies. Participants consider cognitive development issues informing the design of instructional materials and methods which promote higher-order thinking. Practical strategies for immediate classroom application are a priority. An open environment promotes collegial exchange that builds on professional experiences while cultivating new skills that engage students in active learning and independent thinking. (3)
Seminar in Current Educational Issues
EED 704 3 credit(s)
Professional licensure course: additional instructional hours and requirements. This course defines some concepts, philosophies, that serve as foundations for structuring schools and learning environments, including: humanistic education, essentialism, perennialism, progressivism, social reconstructivism, and critical theory. The seminar also examines critical practical realities including: change, the economy, technology and science, leisure and work, communications, the human popula­tion, ecology, government and politics, values and lifestyles. Students explore and evaluate school/learning environment structures and teaching strategies, and they make compelling arguments for their professional points of view.
Technology for Linguistically Diverse Classrooms
ESL 625 3 credit(s)
Participants develop knowledge of language and linguistics functions and registers of language, discourse varieties, aspects of social/academic language, rhetorical registers, and writing conventions. They reinforce knowledge of practices for development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing vocabulary, approaches for developing writing skills and use of writing tools. They reinforce knowledge of social/academic English and academic language for content areas. They apply knowledge of planning/implementing standards-based ESL and content instruction. They develop knowledge of instruction, assessments, resources, research, and advances in the field of ESL.
Classroom Management with Models ofTeaching
ELE 630 3 credit(s)
In this course students learn the basic components of an effective inclusionary program. Participants learn strategies and techniques to fully include all students into the regular classroom. Students observe, analyze, and discuss a variety of teaching models including information processing, group investigation, social inquiry, inductive models, non-directive teaching models and problem-solving. Emphasis is on interpersonal relations, arrangement of space, management of time, working with individual students, small group and large group structures and working with content and process. The Massachusetts Frameworks and teacher licensure competencies are taught to fully support teacher/student learning and instruction techniques. Course assignments including lesson plans connect theories to classroom practice. Pre-practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Alternative Assessment Strategies Across the Curriculum
EED 710 3 credit(s)
This course enhances educators’ ability to develop a conceptual framework of assessment procedures to improve their teaching techniques for the wide variety of learning styles found in the classroom today. Assessment is an important component of our educational system. However, many educators are now questioning the heavy emphasis on standardized tests and the decreasing attention to the value of classroom assessment. Dissatisfied with the current methods of assessment, and motivated by the desire to improve public education, educators, policy makers, parents, and community members are focusing increased attention on how we go about determining what our students know and can do, from kindergarten through grade 12.
MultiCultural Diversity Issues in the Workplace and Classroom
EED 705 3 credit(s)
This course studies (1) ethnic-cultural history, (2) prejudice, biases and value systems, and (3) the appreciation of diversity in professional skills and personal strengths. Students discuss teaching cultural diversity in various learning environments, and individuals’ power in realizing differences and similarities. Students explore ethnicity, race, gender and class from an historical and contemporary perspectives. The class looks at teaching styles and ways to manage culturally diverse classrooms. The importance of building students’ self-esteem and sensitivity to their varied learning styles are addressed. Students should come prepared with a brief overview of their ethnic/cultural history (e.g., photo albums, letters, journals, and family trees).
Students with Disabilities and Visual Arts
ESP 701 3 credit(s)
This course is for teachers who work with students with special needs. It focuses on how they can use the visual arts as an innovative approach to facilitate their students’ learning and understanding. Teachers explore how the visual arts can accommodate different learning styles by providing alternative entry points in which to learn and understand the required curricula. This approach incorporates the theory of multiple intelligences. Teachers develop an understanding of how the visual arts can help motivate students to learn, foster self-esteem and self-expression, develop motor coordination skills and enhance social skills. This is a hands-on class in which teachers become familiar with a variety of art materials, for example clay, paints, pastels, charcoal, and simple print-making techniques. They also gain a basic understanding of the principles of art history. They learn how to develop lessons and alternative assessment instruments that incorporate the visual arts. A visit to the Fogg Museum is included.
Effective Schools
EED 628 3 credit(s)
This course helps students attain a basic understanding of the major dimensions of effective schools. The class examines research findings and personal reflections of noted educators on the determinants of effective schooling in which all children learn; where teacher and other school employee satisfaction is at a high level; and where public confidence in the schools is very strong. Particular emphasis is on the pivotal role of school administrators, teachers, parents and students in the development and maintenance of effective schools.
Using Educational Technology to Improve Teaching and Learning
EIT 712 3 credit(s)
Through discussion, use of the latest hardware and software, participants explore computer based multimedia and communications technologies that enhance classroom instruction. This course is geared for PreK-12 teachers to experiment with the tools of the classroom with emphasis on math, science and language arts. Software and Internet applications are explored, including best practice applications. Focus is on developing technology-based thematic units that integrate theory, practice and standards in the language arts, science, and math classroom. Recent developments in technology integration regarding math and language with the No Child Left Behind Act are discussed.
Content Electives
9
Credits

Choose content courses in literature, English, social studies, mathematics, science, health, literacy, English as a second language.

Admissions

  • Admission Test:

    No standardized graduate school tests required for admission into non-licensure programs.

  • Admissions Office:
    1-800-829-4723
  • Application Form:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)

School Requirements

See Admissions Requirements for School of Education

 

State Health Requirements

The Massachusetts Health Department and Cambridge College require the following of students in Massachusetts:

Immunizations – All students in Massachusetts are required to get certain immunizations before you can register for your first term. See form

Health Insurance – In Massachusetts, undergraduate students taking nine or more credits/term and graduate students taking six or more credits/term must enroll in the College’s health insurance plan. Students who have insurance with comparable coverage may request a waiver. See information and enroll or waive.

International Students 

International students are accepted at Massachusetts location only, and need to provide supplemental documentation:

  • Official demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20
  • International transcripts, evaluated by an accepted evaluation service

Transfer Credit

Graduate program applicants, please complete the transfer credit request form if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer. Learn more.

Undergraduate program applicants, once you are accepted, your official transcripts are evaluated for transfer credit.

 

Tuition

  • Credits:
    32
  • Cost per credit hour:
    $567
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)

Note: Rates are as of July 2019, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

Financial Aid

Cambridge College offers financial aid to students in our degree programs who are enrolled at least half time. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits each term. Graduate and doctoral students must be enrolled in at least 4 credits each term. Learn more

Grants, Scholarships and Loans

Cambridge College welcomes the opportunity to support your efforts to pay for college.  Federal, state and local resources in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and work-study, including Cambridge College Scholarships, are available to help defray the cost of tuition. Learn more

Getting Your Company to Help

Many companies have tuition assistance programs, designed to help their employees with their professional development. Learn more

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