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Curriculum and Instruction, Ed.S.

The Education Specialist Culture, Cognition, and Learning Process (Ed.S.) program offered through the College of Education is a postgraduate degree designed for educators who want to advance their skills, knowledge, and leadership in the field of education. It is typically situated between a master's degree and a doctorate. An education specialist degree is often sought by those who are seeking a higher-level career path in education such as a principal, school superintendents, post-secondary teachers, school counselors, or education technology specialists. This program is available online to allow working professionals to pursue this advanced credential while maintaining their full-time position. For many students, this program will allow them to earn a doctorate in a much shorter period if they choose to go further.

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.

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澳门六合彩规律论坛 Online degree program broadens horizons in education field

The Culture, 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 澳门六合彩规律论坛 was the right place to continue her education. "I researched several EdS online programs before choosing 澳门六合彩规律论坛," she recalled. "I knew I valued my time at 澳门六合彩规律论坛 in my undergraduate work聟 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." 澳门六合彩规律论坛'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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澳门六合彩规律论坛 Online degree program broadens horizons in education field

The Culture, 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 澳门六合彩规律论坛 was the right place to continue her education. "I researched several EdS online programs before choosing 澳门六合彩规律论坛," she recalled. "I knew I valued my time at 澳门六合彩规律论坛 in my undergraduate work聟 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." 澳门六合彩规律论坛'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

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鈥檚 degree to apply, though they don't need to be licensed educators.鈥.鈥

Employers of 澳门六合彩规律论坛 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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Program helps students understand the interconnections between neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and educational research

If you are looking for a program that will leave you wanting more, then this is it.听 The summer course Learning Theories was intense considering it was a semester long course condensed into an accelerated three- week summer session.

However, Dr. Young has the course well organized and full of excellent resources that are educational, interesting, and entertaining.听 I came into the class with what I thought was lots of information about the brain, how it works and develops, and how this information helps us understand our students鈥 learning capabilities.

I came away with more knowledge and understanding of how critically important it is for teachers to understand the interconnections between neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and educational research as well as how we can be better teachers and enable our students to be optimal learners.

When the three weeks were over, I thought I鈥檇 be exhausted, but instead I am looking forward to learning more by completing other courses that are part of the Online Specialist in Education degree with Specialization in Culture, Cognition, and the Learning Process.

Connie Casha, Summer 2023
Early Learning Programs Director at 澳门六合彩规律论坛

This program has really helped me develop my reflections into words and actions

Although this is not completely related to class, I want to share something I did recently that was influenced by my experience in this Ed.S program.听Thank you for your guidance!

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.

(below is the video segment from the show aired on 12/1/2022)

Alice Asako Walle, Fall 2022
Music Teacher

The things I learned will help me make a more positive impact on my students for years to come

I wanted to say thank you for such a wonderful learning experience. Although the Specialization in Education was a 100% online degree, I felt like I got to know you on a personal level, and I felt supported all along the way. In addition, the interactive class discussion boards fostered a learning environment very similar to an onsite classroom setting. I was able to get to know several of my classmates and form ongoing friendships beyond the virtual classroom setting. We are still communicating and sharing resources and supporting each other since graduation.

The coursework was rigorous and exciting! I am much more well-rounded in terms of cultural diversity. My newly acquired knowledge about contributions of neuroscience to the field of education and classroom management have changed who I am as an educator. Course information regarding cultural issues in education and the history of multicultural education has allowed me to make lesson modifications that have enabled me to better deal with classroom diversity.

Overall, I would most definitely recommend this degree program to any educator who wishes to broaden their horizon and become a more effective educator. I truly believe the things I learned will help me make a more positive impact on my students for years to come. Thank you again, Dr. Young!

Savannah Anglin, Summer 2022
Special Education Teacher

The content of this class was challenging but deeply rewarding

I am a student pursuing a Doctor of Education in Assessment, Learning, and Student Success: Higher Education Concentration at 澳门六合彩规律论坛. The classes within the Culture, Cognition, and the Learning Process, Specialist in Education degree are not part of my program. I was given approval by my advisor to substitute some of the courses in this degree into my degree plan and I am very glad that I did. I am finishing up SPSE 7720 Brain-Based Teaching and Learning this semester and I have learned so much. The content of this class was challenging but deeply rewarding.

I have not taught in the K鈥12 setting but these classes are equally applicable to teaching in other contexts. Learning about how people learn and retain information is fascinating. Dr. Young sets up her course to be highly interactive despite it being fully online. She does an excellent job of providing substantial resources that help you engage with the content of the course.

I learned so much about how the brain works and the practical ways to teach considering that. I highly recommend taking courses in this program to grow as a teacher. I plan to substitute as many courses from this degree as I can so that I am better prepared to teach wisely and effectively in the future.

Elisha Lawrence, Spring 2022
澳门六合彩规律论坛 Career Advisor

Professors create meaningful learning opportunities

As a recent graduate, I can say with complete confidence that 澳门六合彩规律论坛鈥檚 Online Specialist in Education, Curriculum and Instruction Major (C/I), w/Specialization in Culture, Cognition, and听 Learning Process (CC/LP) graduate degree program contained the most enriching coursework that I have experienced as a college student.

From the time of my first class, it was apparent that Dr. Young has a holistic view of education regarding past, present, and future. Given the demographic trends in education, cutting edge discoveries in the the field of neuroscience, current events, and everything in between, I cannot imagine a more relevant and forward-thinking curriculum than what Dr. Young has developed for this program.

I was initially skeptical and nervous about the online learning platform, but I ended up loving it. The electronic discussion board forums were more riveting than they would have been in person because there was more time to contemplate each response and process听everyone鈥檚听unique perspective spanning many diverse and professional backgrounds. Despite never meeting face-to-face in person, I felt / feel a special connection to my former classmates. In my opinion, the CC/LP program naturally attracts an open-minded and passionate group of graduate students. Also, Dr. Young, as instructor and advisor, motivated each of us to be reflective practitioners through assignments / feedback aligned with her pedagogical beliefs in terms of creating as many meaningful learning opportunities as possible.

The textbooks and resource materials were pragmatic, engaging to read, and very informative. As a matter of fact, I have found myself rereading portions of textbooks to incorporate into my own teaching. I cannot express my gratitude enough for how much this EdS program has accelerated my professional as well as personal development.

I would recommend the program to any life-long learner interested in increasing their content knowledge while also gaining a deeper understanding self and how to better educate via an increased sensitivity ot learners鈥 multifaceted needs.

Everett James, Summer 2021
Band director for the Tennessee School for the Blind

Courses are organized, detailed with perfect amount of challenges

The two classes that I completed Spring 2021 have had the biggest impact on me as a teacher! They were more beneficial than any courses that I鈥檝e ever taken... Before I began this program, I was a very factual thinker that had a mental block when it came to reflective thinking. I still need work in that area, but I have come so far with reflective thinking due to my course work, interaction with classmates, and participation in online class assignments and activities. This ability has changed the way that I teach.

The Human Diversity in Learning Environments and Brain-Based Teaching and Learning courses that I just completed have changed my way of thinking about a lot of things in the world. It opened my eyes to issues that were oblivious to me. I also discovered a lot about myself as a person. I am so happy that I made the leap and began the online Educational Specialist CC/LP program last year.

The format for our online courses was very organized and detailed with the perfect amount of challenges... I am fortunate to have had the guidance and critiques from professors as the knowledge gained will stick with me for the rest of my life.

Sarah Peralta, Spring 2021
ESL teacher

Program exceeds all expectations

As an Iraqi refugee who fled Iraq in hopes of finding a better life and educational opportunities, this Ed.S. online degree with Specialization in Culture, Cognition, and the Learning Process has been everything I was looking for!

After completed my Master鈥檚 degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in English as a Second Language from 澳门六合彩规律论坛, I knew that it wasn鈥檛 the end of my learning journey. As I was exploring the various graduate programs at 澳门六合彩规律论坛 and other universities, I couldn鈥檛 help but read more about the Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) with Specialization in Culture, Cognition, and the Learning Process.

I find myself learning many new things on daily basis and being able to apply my learning in my ESL classroom. Learning about other cultures, meeting students鈥 needs, brain-based teaching strategies, and many other topics have been eye-opening experiences.

As a refugee who came to this country 11 years ago, every class that I have taken so far has given me the ability to reflect on my own personal, educational, and teaching experiences. I find myself reflecting with passion to many of the issues we discuss in our weekly discussion boards along with our assigned assignments. I find myself learning more about who I am as an individual who lives in the American culture. I鈥檓 constantly finding myself growing professionally and personally as I do the required readings and the other requirements.

My journey isn鈥檛 finished yet; however, the program has definitely exceeded my expectations so far. I have shared my experiences with the other ESL teachers that I work with in our district and encourage them to consider this degree option in their educational future.

As a working mother, wife, and teacher I didn鈥檛 want to pursue a degree that I wasn鈥檛 interested in. I also was looking for an online program that I would be able to do since I鈥檓 a full-time teacher. As an individual, I usually struggle to reflect and to learn with passion if the topic isn鈥檛 within my interest. I鈥檓 thankful for making the decision to enroll in this program, and it has been my passion outside of work hours.

The classes have all been so interactive and I have been able to connect with the other classmates and find myself relating to their shared experiences and knowledge. All of the classes have focused on newly-emerging research and topics that are of high interest with classroom applicability.

As an English as a Second Language teacher, I think of my English learners鈥 needs the entire time. I work with students who have various ethnic backgrounds and meeting their needs is a challenging task. The classes have been a resource for me. I have been able to apply my learning within my own classroom, and I鈥檓 happy to say that a lot of the strategies that I have implemented have helped my students grow academically.

Leadership is what makes an online program a success. I was hesitant at first to pursue this online degree because I wasn鈥檛 sure what type of support I would be getting from the professors. Dr. Young has been a supportive professor and supervisor since day one. 听Her expectations are very clear and precise and she is always available. She never let us feel it鈥檚 an online class because she constantly communicates with us via discussions and emails. Her academic feedback is really helpful and it has given me the opportunity to grow academically as a writer and a reflector.

I鈥檓 so appreciative of her and the other professors that I have taken classes with because they have made this learning journey a joyful one. I can鈥檛 wait to see what the remaining classes have in store for me!

Zena Mohsen, Spring 2020
ELL teacher

Online program helped graduate grow as instructional librarian

I am currently pursuing and an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) with Specialization in Culture, Cognition, and the Learning Process at 澳门六合彩规律论坛 (澳门六合彩规律论坛) and enjoying the academic journey. I chose 澳门六合彩规律论坛鈥檚 online Ed.S. Degree program after exploring various other degree programs at various colleges because I knew it would help me grow as an instructional librarian. This degree met all of my requirements: 听a completely online program, a focus on emerging research regarding cognition and brain-based learning strategies, and an ability to be applicable to my current role which includes instruction 鈥 not held necessarily in a K12 classroom.

My experience in this program has exceeded all of my expectations. The classes are interactive and engaging, with well-chosen texts and rigorous assignments that are applicable to anyone who teaches or works in education or many other settings. The courses focus on diversity issues and newly-emerging research findings in cognitive science and educational psychology.听 I happy to say I have readily been able to apply course content to my teaching situations and interactions with my students.

As a result of my studies, I have improved a professional development session I conduct by integrating newly-learned cognitive concepts into my presentation. I love learning new ideas, but learning how to apply these ideas effectively is even more important! During every course, I find myself applying newly-acquired theories and concepts into my lesson planning and everyday instruction. The reflection activities in each class also help me grow as an instructor and as a person.

One of the most impressive aspects of the program is the readily-available support from professors. My professors communicate clearly and concisely in a prompt manner, responding to questions and course emails quickly and regularly engaging with us on interactive electronic discussion boards. Assignment feedback is extensive and elicits further thinking and reflection. 听I have appreciated such helpful and encouraging graduate school professors as it has made my online learning experience even better than I imagined.

Julie Lewis, Spring 2019
Librarian

Program allowed graduate to combine passions听

For years I had been considering going back to school and听 had been searching for a program which allowed me to pursue an advanced degree but also combined 听my passions and fit my schedule. When I found the Education Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction with the Specialization in Culture, Cognition and the Learning Process, 听I knew I had finally found the program I was seeking.

As a music therapist with a background in neurologic music therapy working full time in the special education department of a听 highly diverse school system, this program has guided me as I dug deeper into the neurologic and cultural factors that impact the learning process and the students I serve. The understanding 听that I have gained also provides additional insight for me as I work on a contract basis with a major publisher on their preschool curriculum. 听The education I am receiving is preparing me for potential new avenues in the future while also guiding me to cutting edge research to use in my daily work.

While the program has been very challenging to complete as a busy, middle aged working adult, I have found that Dr. Young and my classmates have been very supportive. Although it is an online program, 听I have developed friendships with some wonderful people and gained great insight while participating in online discussions due to the diverse backgrounds, experiences and age groups represented.

The classes have challenged me to dive deeper as online discussions and questions from Dr. Young and my classmates have brought new points to light. Not only are we provided with historical and theoretical background, but also, we are challenged to apply our new knowledge to situations in our daily work. 听This unique concentration has provided rigor, but also flexibility to meet my personal interests and needs.

Ann Jones, Fall 2018
Music therapist

Program gives tools to graduate to empower students during challenges

The Education Specialist听 Degree Program at 澳门六合彩规律论坛 with Specialization in Culture, Cognition, and the Learning Process was the perfect opportunity for me to expand my knowledge and understanding while being able to continue in my professional role in education as a School Social Worker and College Access Advisor. The population of students in our schools is becoming increasingly diverse, and I found that the course work in this specific graduate program opened my eyes to the challenges that our students face and gave me the practical tools to walk alongside my students and empower them to overcome challenges and reach their goals. This program also inspired me to take a deep look inside myself and the educational system around me to evaluate cultural bias in order to be a change agent in creating a space where all children can succeed. I also came away with a deeper understanding of the brain and how to create an optimal learning environment for my students to flourish.

I felt that the online format was not only perfect for fitting into my busy schedule of a working mother, but also afforded me the opportunity to make my learning relevant. The topics we were studying applied directly to my practice with students, and I was able to implement my learning immediately. The curriculum design for online class format was surprisingly interactive. I felt that I really got to know my classmates through online discussion and frequent and specific feedback.

The course work was challenging and required a high level of self-determination and organization, but the insights and practical skills I gained were so worth the late nights working on course work after the kids went to bed! I have already recommended this program to many colleagues and feel confident that the experiences I鈥檝e had in this program will serve to make me a more effective educator.

Jennifer Tedder, Summer 2018
College and career access advisor

Course content beneficial in daily practice as adminstrator, teacher

As a graduate student at 澳门六合彩规律论坛 enrolled in the Educational Specialist Online Degree Program, Specialization in Culture, Cognition, and the Learning Process, I was able to study culture and cognition in a variety of classes which have propelled my desire to research education trends. In particular, my research has evolved to focus on the impact of social media and technology on bullying.

Although the work has been challenging, my desire for knowledge inspires me nightly to continue my studies and research further into entering a doctoral program. The experiences within the EdS online classes at 澳门六合彩规律论坛 provided me with a solid foundation and opportunity to enhance my understanding of higher education, not only in an elementary, middle and high school administrator setting, but also in a collegial one.

This program has been especially beneficial with my work as headmaster in an extremely diverse boarding school environment. The diversity classes allowed me to develop a new empathy and deeper relationships with my students. Furthermore, Dr. Young created a program that allowed me to improve in my daily work.

She has been extremely diligent and timely in all her correspondence within the classes and as an academic advisor. I gained a tremendous amount of information from the program. I found various courses鈥 content and supplemental readings beneficial with regard not only to theory but also to application in my daily practice as an administrator and teacher.

Tabetha Sullens, Spring 2018
Middle school headmistress/instructor

Program offers perfect view from past to future

Teachers today walk into classrooms that parallel the demographic and cultural changes found in the world at large. 鈥淚n today鈥檚 educational mirror, each moment in our day is filled with reflections of new theories and norms much different from our younger surroundings,鈥 says Rita Jane Jones, a student pursuing 澳门六合彩规律论坛鈥檚 Culture, Cognition, and the Learning Process specialization in Curriculum and Instruction (CC/LP). 鈥淥ur classrooms are filled with a bright array of languages and expectations from many cultures.鈥 Jones explains further that the program is giving her 鈥渁 perfect view from the past to our future.

For me, this Ed.S. degree celebrates each human being where she/he is, combining teaching methods with social and cognitive applications of how we learn. I find each course truly inspiring. I especially appreciate the Brain-Based Learning, Multicultural Education, and Human Learning curriculum. Each of these classes helps me see with fresh eyes.鈥

The program鈥檚 in-depth class offerings have given her tools to further her research toward equality and individual inclusion, Jones says. 鈥淚 believe this program to be a lens, showing me many mindful opportunities to share and learn from each of our journeys.鈥

Rita Jane Jones, Fall 2017
K鈥6 teacher

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