William Jewell’s Department of Education received approval from the Higher Learning Commission to offer the College’s first graduate program, a Master of Science in Education focused on Differentiated Instruction. Available exclusively to practicing teachers, the program begins in summer 2014.
Candidates may choose a 14- or 24-month completion schedule for the 30-credit program, or they may select any five courses to earn a Graduate Certificate in Differentiated Instruction. Summer classes will meet on campus for one week and feature online work in which teachers apply their learning to their classrooms. In the fall and spring, learning will occur in schools, online and periodically on campus but always apply to each teacher’s classroom. Jewell’s M.S.Ed. program is on the list of Schools Approved for Degree or Certification Earning Programs by the Cooperating School Districts of Kansas City.
“The demands on practicing teachers grow greater every year. Jewell’s differentiated instruction program is designed to help good teachers continue to increase their effectiveness by learning and applying new strategies that help increase individual student achievement,” said Dr. Donna Gardner, Jewell professor of education and department chair. “Jewell has prepared teachers since 1914 and has graduates teaching all over the world. This is a natural next step for us.”
Differentiated instruction requires teachers to consider the needs of every student and use purposefully selected, research-based, instructional strategies to advance each student’s learning. Jewell teacher educators believe that “teachers who intentionally challenge and support students create confident learners.”
To apply for William Jewell’s graduate program or to learn more, visit www.jewell.edu/msed.