Business Education- Ed.S.

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The Master of Education (MED) degree in Business Education is a collaborative program with the College of Education designed to prepare professional educators for competencies in teaching, research, curriculum development, evaluation, and supervision. The MED degree prepares students to teach subjects in grades 6-12, technical/community colleges, or 4-year colleges and universities.

Program Description

Our mission is to advance knowledge, promote teaching and research, and provide excellent initial and advanced preparation of business teachers to empower them to lead improvement efforts at their schools and communities.The two degrees offered are a M.Ed. Traditional and a M.Ed. Non-Certification. The M.Ed. Traditional is designed for individuals who currently hold a Bachelor's degree (undergraduate) in Business Education. The M.Ed. Non-Certification is designed for individuals who hold a Bachelor's degree (undergraduate) in a related business field.

Method of Delivery

Mostly online-- about 95% of coursework can be done online.

Accreditation

NCATE

Credit & Transfer

Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 36
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 6

Tuition & Fees

For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information, see the Bursar's Office website at http://www.westga.edu/bursar/.

Coursework

Option 1. M.Ed. Traditional – This program is designed to qualify business teachers, holding a four-year certificate (T-4) in Business Education, for the Georgia five-year professional certificate (T-5).  Candidates must have completed an undergraduate degree in Business Education.  A minimum of 36 semester hours of course work is required (review program course sheet).  A teaching internship is NOT required (candidate holds initial certification at the Bachelor’s level). Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GAPSC).

Option 2. M.Ed. Non-Certification – This program is designed to qualify and prepare students for employment at the technical/community college or four-year college/university levels as well as career positions in the workplace.  Candidates must have completed an undergraduate degree in a related field other than Business Education (Accounting, Computer Technology, Instructional Technology, Law, Economics, Finance, Management, or Marketing).  A minimum of 36 semester hours of course work is required (review program course sheet).  A teaching internship is NOT required; no GA Professional Standards (GAPSC) license is issued. Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GAPSC).

General:

Advanced Business Communication - ABED-6100

Description: Areas fundamental to effective oral and written business communications today are examined. Content includes the following: Steps in the communication process; typical barriers to effective communication and guidelines for overcoming them; uses of information technology; managing, planning and working in teams; conducting executive-level meetings; and effective presentations. Service learning provides the bases to develop an audience-tailored communication approach.

Evaluation and Testing in Business Education - ABED-6106

Description: The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with methods of evaluation and testing in business education. Students will be exposed to essential concepts and skills of measurement topics. Students will also complete a Position Paper of a current Business Education topic in order to complete graduation requirements. Students must receive a grade of no lower than 'B' on the research paper in order to satisfy graduation requirements.

Instructional Strategies for Technology - ABED-6107

Description: A study of issues, methodologies, applications, and current research in teaching business technology courses using the Read/Write Web and Web 2.0 applications.

Instructional Strategies for Basic Business - ABED-6128

Description: A study of learning theories, models, methodologies and current research; used in teaching basic business subjects.

Supervision and Leadership - ABED-6146

Description: A study of: functions of administration, supervision and leadership in business and education. This course will provide students with an opportunity to gain an understanding of administrative processes and leadership roles/responsibilities. Federal, state and local program requirements and initiatives related to technology/career education will be examined.

Current Practices in Workforce Learning and Performance - ABED-6160

Description: Emphasis is on developing workplace learning programs to meet business challenges in organizational settings. Adult learning theories and strategic workforce learning practices are the main focus of this course. Additionally, methods of enhancing employee competencies and performance in the workplace will be addressed through a comprehensive term project.

Introduction to Research in Business Education - ABED-6183

Description: Overview of quantitative and qualitative research process; includes concepts and methods for conducting and evaluating research in the field of business education.

Curriculum in Teaching Business Subjects - ABED-6507

Description: Students examine planned educational experiences which can take place in the multiple context of the school. The following types of questions serve as parameters for study of the business curriculum: What educational purposes should be accomplished? How can learning attain these objectives? How to organize learning experiences for effective instruction? How to effectively evaluate learning experiences? Field experience and professional activities are required.

Methods in Teaching Business Subjects - ABED-6537

Description: A study of learning principles, methods, strategies and knowledge related to teaching business subjects. Students create and demonstrate well-planned content-based lessons and educational experiences demonstrating planned patterned behaviors as definite steps by which the teacher influences learning. A meta-analysis of research-based instruction is examined. As an integral part of the course, field experience, professional activities, and seminars are required.

Psychology of Classroom Learning - CEPD-6101

Description: This course provides an in-depth study of the major cognitive and behavioral theories of classroom learning. Emphasis will be placed on enabling teachers and counselors to better understand how students learn; on helping educators identify and remove barriers that impede student learning; and on helping educators develop, utilize and advocate teaching practices, programs, and curriculum that lead to academic success for all. Theories of motivation, classroom management practices, and belief systems that promote learning will also be addressed.

Culture and Society in Education - EDFD-7303

Description: A critical analysis of cultural and sociological factors and their effect on issues affecting educational thought and schooling practices.

History of American Education - EDFD-7305

Description: A survey of the development and patterns of public education in this country.

Critical Issues in Education - EDFD-7307

Description: A study of selected issues affecting educational thought and schooling practices emphasizing critical analysis of the cultural and sociological contexts of school-societal problems.

Philosophical Foundations of Education - EDFD-7309

Description: A survey of philosophical thought foundational to educational theory and practice.

Special Education in the Regular Classroom - SPED-6706

Description: Study of characteristics, identification, and support needs of exceptional children and youth. Includes basic teaching strategies and supportive techniques/resources for meeting needs of pupils with special needs in the regular classroom. Designed for non-special education majors.

Faculty

This describes the general information about faculty for this program.

Guidelines for Admittance

  • All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
  • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
  • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
  • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.

Program-specific Admittance Guidelines

GACE I Basic Skills Test (or exemption scores on SAT, ACT, GRE or MAT)

GACE II Content Test

GRE or MAT not required for program admission

Application Deadlines

General admissions deadlines are typically:

Fall - July 15

Spring - Nov 15

Summer - May 15

* Application, app fee, and document deadline; Dates may vary for Readmit, Transfer, and Transient students.

See The Scoop for more specific deadlines: http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php

Specific graduate deadlines are listed here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/important-dates.php

Admission Process Checklist

The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/apply-now.php

One exception: If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.

Contact

Thompson, Sandra
Ed.S. Director, Business Education/Lecturer
sthompso@westga.edu
678-839-5425

Dates

Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP at http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php.

Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines: 

Learning Objectives

  • Communicate effectively in oral presentations and in writing
  • Employ instructional strategies to address each of the teaching areas in business education
  • Present techniques and methods of conducting research study in business education
  • Include a variety of assignments to pursue the study of multicultural opportunities and challenges in teaching business subjects
  • Employ effective evaluation methods in business education courses
  • Work competently with exceptional children and adults
  • Demonstrate basic computer proficiency and use of technology for the purpose of enhancing classroom instruction