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The WGU Master of Education program content is based on research on effective instruction, as well as national and state standards. It provides the knowledge and skills that enable teachers and trainers to teach effectively in diverse classrooms. The degree program is focused on preparing highly qualified teachers and trainers. The hallmarks of our program include (a) appropriate and rigorous subject matter preparation, (b) technology integration using proven instructional design principles, (c) fundamentals of research, and (d) real-life application of projects designed for the practitioner.
Foundations of Instructional Design
Foundations of Instructional Design focuses on using learning theory research-based instructional strategies to improve learning outcomes, adapting the learning environment to the individual learners, and creatively using technology as a mind tool to help students think more effectively.
Instructional Design Analysis
Instructional Design Analysis focuses on using analysis of needs to determine the needs and interests of learners, and scope and sequence for developing a logical approach for an education program to formulate appropriate and measurable program objectives.
Issues in Instructional Design
Issues in Instructional Design focuses on learning theories, learner analysis, scope and sequence, instructional strategies, task analysis and design theories, media and technology foundations, and adaptive technologies for special populations for creating effective, well-articulated, and efficient instruction.
Instructional Design Production
Instructional Design Production focuses on the application of a systematic process of instructional design, namely the
concepts and procedure for analyzing and designing successful instruction. This course will prepare students to conduct a
goal analysis, a process used to identify instructional goals, as well as a task analysis, which is used to determine the skills
and knowledge required to accomplish those goals. This course also focuses on writing performance objectives, designing
assessments, and developing instruction that incorporates relevant learning theories. Methods for formatively evaluating a
unit of instruction are also introduced. There are no prerequisites for this course.
Research Questions and Literature Review
The Research Questions and Literature Reviews for Educational Research course focuses on how to conduct a thorough literature review that addresses and identifies important educational research topics, problems, and questions, and helps determine the appropriate kind of research and data needed to answer one's research questions and hypotheses.
Research Design and Analysis
The Research Design and Analysis course focuses on applying strategies for effective design of empirical research studies. Particular emphasis is placed on selecting or constructing the design that will provide the most valid results, analyzing the kind of data that would be obtained, and making defensible interpretations and drawing appropriate conclusions based on the data.
Research Proposals focuses on planning and writing a well-organized and complete research proposal. The relationship of the sections in a research proposal to the sections in a research report will be highlighted.
Technology Design Portfolio
Technology Design Portfolio focuses on gaining a broad overview of the field of technology integration with a fundamental understanding of some key concepts and principles, and enhancing technology skills to enable the producing of exportable instructional and professional products using various integrated application programs.
Issues in Technology Integration
Issues in Technology Integration focuses on the legal and ethical practice of technology, some personal uses of electronic resources, the need for protection of information, the foundations of media and technology, what electronic learning communities are, and the adaptive technologies for special populations.
Technology Production focuses on the foundations of media and technology, integrated technology development, and the integration of technology into appropriate instructional uses of productivity, and applying different research applications in the learning environment.
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