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    Mike E is offline Registered User
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    Concordia University online M.Ed

    Anyone here have experience with, or a strong opinion of, the Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction: English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL ) offered online by Concordia University in Portland?

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    Well, let me rephrase my question.
    Concordia says their online M.Ed program is designed for busy working people who don't have any more than 20 hours a week to devote to their studies. And yet it is a one-year program. Rather than your choosing how many courses to take at a time, you're put on a schedule to be done in one year (one course at a time for five weeks each, I believe). I see other online programs that seem similar to me saying that students typically finish them in two or two-and-a-half years.
    How does that strike you? Is it reasonable to expect to be able to finish an M.Ed in one year? Does that sound like a more grueling pace than they advertise? Does it make you question the quality of the program?

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    this university have good reviews about course if you are interested then you can took admission

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    I know this is a bit late, as the initial post was made a few months ago.

    I'm currently enrolled in the CU-Portland M.Ed. fast track (1 year) program and I'm currently on my 7th class. While I'm in a different specialization than the OP asked about (I'm in eLearning/Technology, not ESOL ) the course progression is set up the same and I had a couple people in my cohort for my general studies who were ESOL specialization. It's had its ups and downs, but I'm *mostly* pleased with the program so far.

    The program is divided into two parts. The first part, which is 5 classes, covers general teaching theory, character education (it is a Lutheran School after all), educational research, and contemporary issues. The second part covers 4 specialization courses and, depending on what you choose, either a Research project or thesis (which is counted as the fifth course).

    In my experience, the courses are all set up pretty much the same way. There's usually two discussions (with replies) and either a third discussion (with replies) or larger paper/project due at the end of each week covering the topics for that week. Each class culminates with a (larger) final project or paper at the end of week five. The classes themselves range from 'ok' to 'pretty good' as far as the instructional design but I have run into a few silly errors that nag the heck out of me. The key for me has been the level of interaction from the instructor. I had one hellish course where the 'instructor' didn't do anything to facilitate the class but acted as a grader and that was it. It was kinda sad, because according to my online research, they were supposed to be a fairly competent teacher ; they just treated the class as a second job that wasn't worth their time, in my opinion.

    I'm in my second specialization course right now, and the spec courses seem to be a lot more project driven. In my last course, Teaching in an Online Curriculum, we had to create our own online unit on a topic and then progressively flesh it out by adding technological enhancements and implementing best practices. While there wasn't a lot of actual 'classwork' (sometimes only one discussion in the week) the advancing project took a decent amount of time and attention and I feel that the learning experience I got from the creation process was pretty good.

    I've been teaching at the college level (traditional/in-class) for going on two years now and one of the biggest surprises that I've had going through the program is how much I'd learned already about teaching through trial and error. There were a few classes that pinpointed methods I'd had to adopt in a sink or swim situation and finding out how and why they worked was great. And of course, I'm happy to get any additional tools in my teaching toolbox.

    So, TLDR: As a CU student in the program with a different spec track, I'm getting a lot out of it, but that's not to say you won't hit bumps in the road with the faculty or instructional design . YMMV.
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    So, I've completed the program and am currently awaiting conferral of the degree. It's on the expensive side (you could get almost two Masters degrees from AMU/APU for the price) but it met my needs. As I stated in the last post, I took the eLearning/Technology specialization track; if I had it to do over again, I would have taken a different specialization. There are a bunch of schools that offer the same type of stuff covered in the eLearning component as a grad cert currently, and I might have a little more utility out of the degree with a more specific area like Math, Science, Social Studies, or what not. C'est la vie, right?

    The instructional design issues continued through the remaining courses, and to be honest, it really pissed me off. It was sloppy, especially concerning the fact that we were going through creating our own online courses to be held to a higher standard than the course structure in which we were given our class material. Seemed rather hypocritical, and I let them know that they should look at cleaning that crap up and improving the needed areas every step of the way. At least all of my faculty for those final courses were pretty good, especially the professor who ran the final Action Research course.

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    Concordia has some terms with which I am unfamiliar. What is an "Action Research" course, for example? What are they referencing when they discuss "editing"? It does not sound as though they are discussing one's own work.

    I'm excited about the prospect of a masters in one year. I hope to begin this Summer.

    Realistically, how many hours must be devoted to the program each week?

    What types of bumps or technical glitches do some of the posters reference?

    I'm very interested to hear about the experiences of others.

    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Afterhours View Post
    Concordia has some terms with which I am unfamiliar. What is an "Action Research" course, for example? What are they referencing when they discuss "editing"? It does not sound as though they are discussing one's own work.

    Realistically, how many hours must be devoted to the program each week?

    What types of bumps or technical glitches do some of the posters reference?
    Concordia denotes "Action Research" as the following

    Specific type of educational research
    Improves daily practice
    Done by teachers and administrators in their workplace
    Focused on recurring issue or problem
    • Inefficiency
    • Behavior management
    • Curriculum element
    Goal: Do what you are doing, but better
    It's basically a capstone course that you can take in place of doing a thesis that you plan during the first week of the five week course while also expanding the literature review completed in the Educational Research course to double its size, gather your baselines for whatever problem you are researching in week two, implement during weeks three and four, and analyze and put your results in project format during week five. This research in addition to your literature review is your completed action research project. Mine ended up being about 65 pages in length total.

    As far as the 'bumps' that I experiences, they were things like links not working, links to the wrong items, sloppy instructional design on assignments, having the students approach topics out of logical order, stuff like that.

    Sometimes I spent five or so hours a week on the course material, sometimes I spent fifteen to twenty. It really depended on what the topic was and what I was doing with it.
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    How much do they charge for that courses . ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by paggy View Post
    How much do they charge for that courses . ?
    2014/15 Tuition: $697 per hour
    Their tuition recently increased in price, mine was $650/hour if I recall correctly. Like I said, it wasn't cheap but it did what I needed it to do when I needed it done. My books for all my courses and an iPad mini were covered in the tuition as well.
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