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Curriculum and Instruction, Culture, Cognition and the Learning Process Concentration, Ed.S.

Curriculum and Instruction

Elevate your education career with an online Ed.S. program. Ideal for principals, superintendents, post-secondary teachers, and more.

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Curriculum and Instruction, Culture, Cognition, and the Learning Process Concentration, Ed.S.

100% ONLINE! The MTSU Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) degree Major in Curriculum and Instruction offers a Concentration in Culture, Cognition, and the Learning Process (CC/LP). This unique 30-hour, online degree program provides students with an opportunity to consider the impact and influence of educational neuroscience, cultural circumstances, and psychology on teaching and learning.

Every year more and more cultural diversity is present within public schools. Current educational research into cognition considers diversity and its impact upon teaching and learning.

Smells, memories, pain, learning—all these experiences and many more are made possible by just three pounds of tissue in our heads—the brain! This program is for all who would like to learn more about cultural diversity, mental processes, and cognitive/educational neuroscience and their impact on the exciting world of teaching and learning. What makes learning harder or easier? What actually is learning? What really happens when people learn? Should educators know something about the brains of the students sitting in their classrooms and what is happening—or not—and possible explanations about how this exciting mental process is occurring? This online degree program provides students with an opportunity to consider the impact and influence of educational neuroscience, cultural circumstances, and psychology on teaching and on learning in general.

*All students must be admitted to the . All coursework is delivered via the Desire to Learn (D2L) course management system. Have questions about this program? Email the Program Coordinator, [email protected].

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MTSU Online degree program broadens horizons in education field

MTSU Online degree program broadens horizons in education field

ճCulture, Cognition and Learning Process specialization degree was born in 2007 with a course of study that applies to classroom educators, school administrators and other professionals working in an ever-evolving and complex world. The program was created thanks to the tireless work of Dr. Barbara Young. With this depth of educational knowledge, Young saw an opportunity to create and direct a unique, graduate-level program that would offer high-quality online instruction and address the plethora of diversity issues facing educators today. “In addition to being completely online, the asynchronous courses are available on a year-round set rotation schedule, which allows students to plan out their own path to graduation,” said Dr. Young, a New Orleans native who taught in K-12 classrooms for almost two decades across Louisiana before moving to Tennessee. “This format flexibility, as well as the graduate-level program’s unique course of study, make it appealing to a diverse group of applicants.” As the name of the program suggests, courses focus on diversity, contributions of psychology to the field of teaching and learning, contributions of neuroscience to the field of education, historical and social context of multicultural education and cultural issues in education. Students must have a master’s degree to apply, though they don't need to be licensed educators. .

Mom, working professional continues education with fully online degree program

Mom, working professional continues education with fully online degree program

After spending time planning and researching online programs, Dr. Tabetha Sullens, assistant head of school for student affairs at the Webb School in Bell Buckle, Tennessee, said she knew MTSU was the right place to continue her education. “I researched several EdS online programs before choosing MTSU,” she recalled. “I knew I valued my time at MTSU in my undergraduate work… Since I work in a boarding school with students from 23 countries and 15 states, I appreciated the focus on diversity within the curriculum in the program.” Dr. Sullens said the program’s online platform appealed to her for many reasons. “I commute two hours a day to Webb. I knew I needed flexibility while holding a full-time job and my role as a mother. This program allowed me to find balance with furthering my education while realistically meeting all my other obligations.” MTSU’s ability to provide a program that makes a work-life-school balance possible was one of the most appealing things to Dr. Sullens. “The flexibility of an asynchronous program is doable for anyone, truly!” .

News Briefs

MTSU Online degree program broadens horizons in education field

ճCulture, Cognition and Learning Process specialization degree was born in 2007 with a course of study that applies to classroom educators, school administrators and other professionals working in an ever-evolving and complex world. The program was created thanks to the tireless work of Dr. Barbara Young. With this depth of educational knowledge, Young saw an opportunity to create and direct a unique, graduate-level program that would offer high-quality online instruction and address the plethora of diversity issues facing educators today. “In addition to being completely online, the asynchronous courses are available on a year-round set rotation schedule, which allows students to plan out their own path to graduation,” said Dr. Young, a New Orleans native who taught in K-12 classrooms for almost two decades across Louisiana before moving to Tennessee. “This format flexibility, as well as the graduate-level program’s unique course of study, make it appealing to a diverse group of applicants.” As the name of the program suggests, courses focus on diversity, contributions of psychology to the field of teaching and learning, contributions of neuroscience to the field of education, historical and social context of multicultural education and cultural issues in education. Students must have a master’s degree to apply, though they don't need to be licensed educators. .

Mom, working professional continues education with fully online degree program

After spending time planning and researching online programs, Dr. Tabetha Sullens, assistant head of school for student affairs at the Webb School in Bell Buckle, Tennessee, said she knew MTSU was the right place to continue her education. “I researched several EdS online programs before choosing MTSU,” she recalled. “I knew I valued my time at MTSU in my undergraduate work… Since I work in a boarding school with students from 23 countries and 15 states, I appreciated the focus on diversity within the curriculum in the program.” Dr. Sullens said the program’s online platform appealed to her for many reasons. “I commute two hours a day to Webb. I knew I needed flexibility while holding a full-time job and my role as a mother. This program allowed me to find balance with furthering my education while realistically meeting all my other obligations.” MTSU’s ability to provide a program that makes a work-life-school balance possible was one of the most appealing things to Dr. Sullens. “The flexibility of an asynchronous program is doable for anyone, truly!” .

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Every year more and more cultural diversity is present within society and the public school system. Current educational research into cognition and cultural issues considers this diversity and its impact upon the teaching and learning process. This online degree program provides educators and administrators, as well as all personnel involved in the educational arena, with an opportunity to study emerging research in cognition and to reflect upon the impact and influence that cultural circumstances have on learning and on teaching in general. Graduates are found in settings such as school systems, daycare facilities, and community centers in a variety of positions; examples include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Administrators
  • Counselors
  • Educational support personnel
  • ELL/ESL teachers
  • Social workers
  • Teacher aides
  • Teachers

Employers of MTSU alumni in Tennessee include but are not limited to:

  • Battleground Academy
  • Bedford County Schools
  • Coffee County Schools
  • Franklin City Schools
  • Franklin County Schools
  • Hamilton County Schools
  • Knox County Schools
  • Memphis School District
  • Metro/Davidson County Schools
  • Murfreesboro City Schools
  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Tennessee Schools for the Deaf
  • Tullahoma School District
  • Wilson County Schools

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ճ offers the Specialist in Education degree (Ed.S.) with a major in Curriculum and Instruction and a Concentration in Culture, Cognition, and the Learning Process. This online degree program provides an opportunity to consider the impact and influence that cultural circumstances and mental processes have on learning and teaching in general.

Applicants must have:

  1. an earned master's degree in any area from an accredited university or college required prior to admission application;
  2. a grade point average (GPA) in previous academic work that reflects potential for success in the Ed.S.

Overview

Thank you for your interest in 鶹Ӱ’s (MTSU) Online Specialist in Education Degree (Ed.S.) program with a Concentration in Culture, Cognition, and Learning Process (CC/LP). The College of Education and Department of Educational Leadership and University College at 鶹Ӱ offers a 100% Online Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) degree with a major in Curriculum and Instruction and Concentration in Culture, Cognition, and the Learning Process. This unique online graduate degree concentration provides students with an opportunity to consider the impact and influence of the Learning Sciences: educational neuroscience, educational research, psychology of human growth and development, and cultural circumstances on teaching and learning in general.

  • Terminal degree awarded upon completion rather than +3o
  • Recognized as terminal degree beyond the Master’s degree
  • Test out the possibility of continuing forward to a PhD / EdS in Education
  • May transfer 24 of 30 hours on to a doctoral program in education
  • Thesis / Comprehensive exam is not required
  • 100% established accredited online graduate program / MTSU University College and College of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
  • May enter any semester – plan out individualized progress to graduation
  • Courses are on a set rotation schedule
  • Distinctive concentration differentiates this degree from other EdS degrees
  • GRE / MAT not required for admission
  • Teaching License not required for admission
  • Master’s Degree from an accredited university is required for admission
  • Letters of Recommendation not required

The MTSU Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) degree Major in Curriculum and Instruction offers a Concentration in Culture, Cognition, and the Learning Process (CC/LP). This 30-hour degree program provides graduate students with an opportunity to consider the impact and influence of educational neuroscience and cultural circumstances on teaching and learning and life in general.

Why Pursue?

Cultural literacy and the contributions of neuroscience are of utmost importance to the field of education.

Educators and others do not work with students or colleagues in the workplace on a daily basis that have similar cultural or ethnic affiliations.

The Ed.S. interdisciplinary online graduate degree program provides an opportunity to address a plethora of diversity issues facing society today.

The Ed.S. online program’s flexibility, as well as the graduate-level program’s unique course of study, make it appealing to a diverse group of applicants.

Graduates are found in various settings such as Administrators, Counselors, Support Personnel Positions, ELL/ESL teachers, Social Workers, Teachers, and Ministers.

  • Terminal degree awarded upon completion rather than +3o
  • Test out possibility of continuing forward to Ph.D. / Ed.D. in Education
  • May transfer 24 of 30 hours on to doctoral program in education
  • No thesis / No comprehensive exam required
  • 100% established accredited online graduate program
  • May enter any semester – plan out individualized progress to graduation
  • Courses are on a set rotation schedule
  • Distinctive specialization differentiates this degree from other Ed.S. degrees

Testimonial

"I was interviewed by Kelly Clarkson, the musician/talkshow host/songwriter, on her Kelly Clarkson show about how I am influenced by Dolly Parton and how I incorporate her music in my elementary music lessons. When I was thinking about my answers to her questions, I did reflect a lot on the topics covered in your classes. I thought about diversity, bias, equality, equity, and how I can demonstrate positivity in my classes to my students. I know my answers in the interview did not directly quote these ideas, but I wanted you to know that this program has really helped me develop my reflections into words and actions. Interacting with my classmates in the discussions, reading and learning from different resources, and writing my own ideas down formally in essays has helped me become better in advocating my ideas and philosophies. As a result, I felt much more confident expressing my thoughts and ideas on national TV." -Alice Asako Walle, Music Teacher, Metro/ Nashville Public Schools |

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Other Graduate Degrees

An M.Ed. with a major in  is offered; also available is a concentration in .

In addition are both on- and off-campus .

The Womack Educational Leadership Department offers both the Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) with a major in Administration and Supervision. The specialization in Higher Education can lead to either an Ed.S. or M.Ed.

There is also an  specialization delivered through off-campus cohorts meeting at various locations.

Also under the Administration and Supervision major is a concentration in  leading to the M.Ed.

The major in Library Science leads to a .

A major in Professional Counseling includes programs leading to an Ed.S., with concentrations also available in Ի.

Program Goals

Engage students in examining the most critical ongoing, as well as newly emerging, issues of diversity in America with a focus on social justice and fairness in society.

Prepare students to incorporate issues of diversity in daily life and work.

Encourage students to examine attitudes toward diverse ethnic and cultural groups, develop ways to combat racism, sexism, classism, and other forms of discrimination in classrooms, schools, workplace, and communities.

Guide students to develop practical knowledge of learning theories and build awareness of applications of learning theories and human development principles in a variety of settings.

Introduce students to the broad topics of cultural issues and diversity as related to today's society and schools and workplace environments.

Introduce students to recent developments in neuroscience, cultural issues, educational research, psychology, and their impact on teaching and learning and life in general.

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There’s a specialized online Ed.S. program at 鶹Ӱ that is preparing graduate students to learn more about cultural issues and learning sciences: It’s the Online Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) in Curriculum and Instruction that explores the science of learning, cultural diversity, mental processes, and cognitive neuroscience and their impact on the exciting world of teaching and learning and life in general.

After viewing CC/LP information for specifics, send a contact number to [email protected] for a return phone call.

Dr. Barbara Newman Young
[email protected]
Professor / Department of Educational Leadership
Certified Online Instructor (COI) &
Certified Online Faculty Developer (CFD)
Online Learning Consortium (APPQMR)
EdS Degree Program Developer / Coordinator / Advisor
Concentration: Culture, Cognition, and the Learning Process
College of Education: Office: COE 383
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Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37132

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