The Master of Science in Education (for Existing Teacher K-12) Program is offered by Kaplan University in the online format. The program seeks to provide experienced K-12 educators the required knowledge and skills to meet teaching standards that are nationally recognized. Prospective students include both practicing and non-practicing educators.
The program is not intended for teachers without any experience and has been specifically designed to assist experienced educators in their goals for additional personal and professional skills development. The program is also suitable for individuals eyeing career advancement opportunities in areas such as mentoring, professional development, and leadership. Participants of the program are trained on how to best promote school achievement and student learning.
There are four (4) knowledge goals provided in the program namely diverse learners, assessment, academic content and pedagogy, and professional responsibilities and relationships. Students are expected to obtain a comprehensive understanding of these goals. The program also provides for five (5) competencies or outcomes which participants are highly enjoined to become proficient in.
Through a Master’s Degree in Education, graduates are expected to be able to design curricula for K-12 education in line with local and national standards. Students are guided by professional instructors as they learn to apply action research and other theories and strategies for assessment for the purpose of evaluating and improving teaching practice and enhancing student performance. Core Courses include Transforming Teaching Practice, Action Research I, Classroom Management, Curriculum Design, Educational Leadership, Student Assessment, and Action Research II. Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.