The NLGL program is a distance education program designed for experienced teachers. It is a hybrid program in which at least half of the courses are offered online. This program focuses on improving the teaching of reading, social studies and English language arts within the context of contemporary education.
New literacies—from text messaging to social media to participating in virtual worlds—are multiple, dynamic and always changing. Likewise, global learning is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. Since we have the capacity to communicate and work globally, the demand for global knowledge and understandings is steadily increasing.
The key features of the NLGL MEd program are:
Online Course Offerings. The program offers approximately 50% of the courses online.
30-Hour Cohort for M.Ed Degree. Students will enter the program as part of a cohort and complete 30 hours of coursework in order to obtain an M.Ed.
All students will complete the same 4 core courses (12 hours) and an additional 18hrs in their concentration areas: reading, English language arts, or social studies.
36-Hour Cohort for M.S. Degree. Students who opt for the M.S. degree will take an extra six hours of credit, which includes completing a written thesis. All students will complete ECI 695 Master’s Thesis Research (3 hours) and one research methodology course (3 hours).
Global Connections: Students will generate global connections through international study travel and/or virtual global education experiences.
Project-Based Inquiry: When students enter the program they will pose a compelling question related to their teaching that they will answer through their project based inquiry process during the program.
Design Studio Showcase: The NLGL program culminates with a showcase and celebration of all project-based inquiries.
Course of Study
All teachers enrolled in the 30-hour NLGL concentration in the M.Ed. program will take 4 core courses along with an additional 6 courses in a specific certification area of their choice.
Course descriptions can be found in the university course catalog.
Core curriculum will consist of 4 courses, which is 12 hours of coursework.
- ECI 546 New Literacies and Media (3 hours, online, fall and spring)
- ECI 524 Theory and Research in Global Learning (3 hours, online, spring and summer I)
- ECI 523 Teacher as Researcher (3 hours, online, fall)
- ECI 508 Teachers as Leaders (3 hours, spring)
Specialty curriculum will consist of 6 courses (8 hours of coursework) in the following concentration areas:
- K-12 Reading
- Middle Grades English Language Arts
- Middle Grades Social Studies
- Secondary English
- Secondary Social Studies