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.
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.
The goal of the Center for Advanced Disciplinary Studies is to explore new innovations in education at the undergraduate and graduate levels in order to assist school districts and technical colleges in developing effective strategies and/or programs for educator professional development and student success.
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.
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.