Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Positively Impact the Future

Assessment, academic standards, technology, curriculum design, college and career readiness – these are more than just buzzwords for professionals in today’s complex world of education.

Lakeland has responded with a Master of Education (M.Ed.) program designed for today’s educators, providing practical ways for teachers to stay current in their profession and providing course content that focuses on the needs of today’s teachers and students, as well as their school districts.

The Lakeland M.Ed. also paves the way for educators to meet national criteria to enable them to teach dual credit Concurrent Academic Partnership Program (CAPP) courses.

Highlights of the program include:

  • The program includes 18 core credits, most of which can be completed through professional development offerings.
  • Graduate students can complete an emphasis area of 18 credits through Lakeland’s Center for Teacher Excellence. This initiative provides graduate-level coursework in a specific content area to allow teachers to teach CAPP courses. This coursework is offered at a discounted tuition rate. For those with a master’s degree in education but not a content area, completing these 18 graduate credits will qualify them to teach CAPP courses. For those completing the 18 graduate credits, but without a master’s degree, they must obtain a degree before they are qualified to teach CAPP courses, and these credits can all be transferred into the M.Ed. program.
  • The thesis has been replaced with an action research project tailored to an educator’s practical research needs and interests.
  • Courses are available 100% online with real time interaction or online for access when students have time.
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Courses are held one night a week, allowing graduate students to choose their own pace without giving up other important aspects of their lives. Lakeland's M.Ed. faculty is a mix of our own talented education professors and respected educators and administrators from surrounding districts.

    Center for Teacher Excellence

    Dual-Credit Credentialing Certificates

    This program is targeted for CAPP teachers who already hold a master's degree and need to complete up to 18 graduate credits in their respective fields of study to be able to continue teaching high school students who would like to earn concurrent high school and college credits.

    All courses are at the graduate level and will be delivered in a flexible online format. This method will support CAPP teachers in concentrating on coursework, latest research, and relevant concepts and topics in their respective fields of study.

    Dual-credit credentialing certificates are available in accounting, biochemistry, biology, communication, economics, mathematics and music. Coursework in counseling is available to support credentialing for psychology courses.

    Dual-Credit Credentialing Certificates
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    Professional Development

    Teacher Development Institute

    In the last several years, Lakeland has also implemented a graduate-level initiative with the Sheboygan Area School district – the Teacher Development Institute (TDI). This initiative provides graduate-level professional development coursework for SASD teachers. Those teachers can complete 12 of the 18 core credits for the M.Ed. through professional development offerings, ensuring that teachers are completing courses related to their professional needs and the needs of their school district.

    SASD teachers that are part of TDI complete a sequence of five ED special topics courses related to pedagogy, and they earn a certificate upon completion. All courses taken through TDI can be transferred into the M.Ed. program.

    Other school districts interested in creating a similar program with Lakeland should contact John Yang, professor of education and director of Lakeland’s Center for Teacher Excellence.

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    Education designed for the working adult.

    Lakeland admits classroom teachers, school administrators, and others involved in education to the M.Ed. program. An undergraduate degree in education is not required, although these students will need to complete some foundational education courses prior to full admission to the M.Ed. program.

    Admissions Requirements