Sioux Center, Iowa: Dordt College will launch five new tracks in the Master of Education program, beginning with the summer 2018 term. The new tracks are Special Education, Developmental Reading, Early Childhood Education, Educational Technology, and Instructional Coaching. The first courses will begin on June 11, 2018.
Special Education focuses on assessing and addressing various learning difficulties, and working with professionals and parents to maximize opportunities for special needs students. Developmental Reading addresses literacy development and instruction in elementary schools. Early Childhood Education provides experience in developing an effective program for the social, physical, and emotional development of young children. Educational Technology focuses on strategies for shaping the technology culture of a school, as well as teaching and learning effectively in online and blended classrooms. Finally, Instructional Coaching provides courses and an internship in implementing schoolwide initiatives in curriculum, pedagogy, and faculty development.
The five new tracks all use a common core of introductory courses, providing a common perspective in all the concentrations. Three of these tracks, including Special Education, Early Childhood Development, and Reading Development, will lead to an endorsement on teachers’ licenses.
When asked about the impetus for the new tracks, Director of Graduate Studies Steve Holtrop responded, “Teachers have been asking us for these tracks. They want to get their endorsement from Dordt not only for the Reformed Christian worldview, but also for the high quality and comparatively low price.”
Dordt’s M.Ed. program is designed for working professionals in both public and private schools who want to upgrade their knowledge, skills, and credentials, or who wish to pursue endorsements or a license for new roles in their schools or districts. Aside from one week on campus for one summer course, all courses are online.
The new tracks will include individualized plans of study that can start in the summer, fall, or spring, and can take either two or three years. For more information, visit https://www.dordt.edu/academics/graduate-programs.