Master of Education in Educational Studies

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The Rockhurst University Master of Education in Educational Studies is designed for educators looking to advance in their current position, improve their educational practice and become leaders in their professional settings.

Students in the Master of Education degree program analyze alternatives in curricula, evaluate teaching methodologies and assessment strategies and consider the implications of such alternatives for a multicultural society. Through rigorous coursework, varied field experiences and service learning projects, students acquire a deep understanding of, and special sensitivity to, the challenges and rewards of leading in an educational setting.

While Master of Education coursework may be completed during the evenings at Rockhurst University, graduate students will need to be flexible in their scheduling to allow for field experiences and service learning projects.

The Master of Education in Educational Studies requires 34-36 credit hours. Students in the program choose one of four concentration areas:


Curriculum, Teaching and Assessment

The curriculum, teaching, and assessment concentration is designed to prepare educators in schools or other professional settings to deliver instruction for a wide range of student learning styles, motivations and abilities. Students in this concentration area spend a significant amount of time in diverse school settings during the day. Special attention is given to incorporating new theories of classroom instruction, teaching with technology, integrating teaching and assessment methods across subject areas, and equipping you with the knowledge and ability to write curriculum that will benefit your organization.

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STEAM (K-8)

The STEAM concentration is designed to provide K-8 teachers with the ability to research, analyze and apply the Design Thinking approach with best practices in the 21st century classroom. Special attention is given to innovative instruction, integrations of project-based assessment and service learning projects, classroom management, the use of technology, and inclusion of the arts in the development of effective K-8 learning environments that involve creating solutions to real-world problems.

Join the STEAM Cohort starting summer 2019. 

Certified elementary and middle school teachers are invited to join a cohort of educators from across the Kansas City earning their M.Ed in Educational Studies with concentration in STEAM starting summer 2019. 

As a part of the cohort, educators complete two courses per semester and receive the following benefits:

  • Blended delivery of online and face-to-face courses
  • Small class sizes offer individualized attention from faculty

Click here to request more information about the STEAM Cohort program. The STEAM Cohort application opens October 1, 2018. All applications are due by April 1, 2019.

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Special Education

The Special Education concentration is designed to provide teachers with the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively with students having mild to moderate cross-categorical disabilities. Students in this concentration area spend a significant amount of time in diverse school settings during the day. Special attention is given to differentiating instruction and utilizing research-based practices to meet the needs of students with exceptionalities included in general education classrooms, and partnering with parents and other special education professionals to effectively implement academic or behavioral interventions.

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Teacher Leadership

The Teacher Leadership concentration is designed for educators pursuing transformative leadership roles. Effective leaders are critical to the creation and maintenance of inclusive, effective learning envinronments at all levels of education and within professional settings. Special attention is given to leadership knowledge and skills to identify and implement innovative solutions for affecting transformational change in their community.

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