Global Training and Development

Master of Education

The Global Training and Development specialization can help you develop skills to identify emerging workforce issues and to resolve those issues through effective training and instruction. Through a combination of theory, research and practical application, you will critically analyze needs and evaluate the influences of how performance improvement and training should be designed from a tactical and strategic standpoint. You will also research methodology based on organizational leadership, human resources, adult education, and organizational change in emerging trends for solution-driven effectiveness. As a graduate, you will be prepared to apply for positions in public or private agencies and organizations involved in one or more aspects of instructional technology, human resources, organizational development or human performance technology.

Certification and Licensing

The School of Education serves educational leaders by providing online graduate studies in education to reach worldwide populations. The MEd program is designed to reach national and international markets and does not purport to provide licensure or certification in any particular state or country. Certification requirements vary by state. Students are advised to contact their state department of education or local school district for guidance in obtaining certification or licensure, or for approval in fulfilling district level incentive programs.

There are several reasons why an educator would want to pursue a graduate degree in education that does not lead to state licensing or certification.

Reasons may include:

  • "Move up" steps on the salary schedule.
  • Improve skills and professionalism in general or to pursue a ”leadership” position outside the classroom (school-based or district level).
  • Advance as a ”teacher leader” through a graduate degree (already has a bachelor's degree and certification).
  • Meet the needs of increasingly diverse students.
  • Work in a traditional K-12 classroom environment (trainer, educational consultant, etc).

Completion Period for Master's Degrees

Northcentral University allows 5 years to complete all 30 credit hour master's programs. Normal time to complete varies depending upon the rate courses are taken and credits transferred.

Course Length

Existing MEd students may opt to switch to eight-week courses by contacting their Academic Advisor. Once existing MEd students have opted for eight-week courses, they must receive approval from the Office of the Dean to switch back to a program of 12-week courses. All eight-week courses are indicated by a "-8" (dash eight) at the end of the course code.

Course Sequence

Course Code

Name

Course Description

EDU5000 / EDU5000-8

Foundations for Graduate Study

This course is an orientation to Northcentral University and to the essential skills needed to pursue a Master's degree in Education. Graduate level skills, such as academic integrity, time management, effective use of the Northcentral Library, comprehending complex scholarly texts and research articles, and APA form and style in professional communication are also introduced. Students will complete the course with a better understanding of personal goals, strengths, and challenges, and a roadmap to navigate their way to completion of their educational aspirations.

ED5040-8

Leadership for Learning Communities

In this course, students will explore current and future leadership strategies and current trends and issues. Students will also analyze their own and others’ paradigms and leadership styles, and determine best practices to promote positive social change. Topics include: change theory, change agents, and leadership in learning organizations.

Specialization Course 1

ED5041-8

Adult Learning Strategies to Improve Organizational Efficacy

In this course, students will gain a knowledge base of professional strategies to use in the organization and administration of adult learning experiences. Students will identify the differences between traditional and adult learners and evaluate factors that facilitate adult learning. In addition, students will understand how strategies applied based on adult learning theory ultimately improve organizational effectiveness.

ED5042-8

Intercultural Communication

In this course, students will examine communication theory, cultural history, cultural identity, worldviews, and values. Topics include: intercultural communication, stereotypes, nonverbal communication, workplace communication, cultural structure, and diversity.

Specialization Course 2

ED5044-8

Technology and a Vision for the Future

In this course, students evaluate strategies to become agents of change in the field of technology and learning. Students will be introduced grant writing, management of a technology budget, leadership strategies within an organization, software for multimedia authoring, concept mapping, and office productivity. Additionally, instructional use of hardware tools such as digital cameras, PDAs, and investigative probes will be investigated.

Specialization Course 3

Specialization Course 4

ED6002 / ED6002-8

Action Research Capstone

This graduate course emphasizes practical research skills utilized by education practitioners. Students will develop an action research project based on the scientific method and concepts presented in ED6001. The culminating product will reflect critical thinking, graduate level writing skills, and correct APA format. This course is open only to students pursuing the Master of Education.

Foundation Course - 3 credit hours

Course Code

Name

Course Description

EDU5000 / EDU5000-8

Foundations for Graduate Study

This course is an orientation to Northcentral University and to the essential skills needed to pursue a Master's degree in Education. Graduate level skills, such as academic integrity, time management, effective use of the Northcentral Library, comprehending complex scholarly texts and research articles, and APA form and style in professional communication are also introduced. Students will complete the course with a better understanding of personal goals, strengths, and challenges, and a roadmap to navigate their way to completion of their educational aspirations.

Specialization Courses and the Required Educational Research Course - 24 credit hours, 4 specialization courses selected from the following:

Course Code

Name

Course Description

GTD5000-8

Human Performance and Improvement

In this course, students will examine human performance and improvement. Topics include: performance improvement analysis, needs assessment, models of change, and performance models and interventions.

GTD5005-8

Introduction to Successful Global Training Techniques

This course explores basic principles of global training and development in corporate and educational settings. Students will explore best practices to uncover links that can be made to increase the value of global training and development in light of leader expectations. Topics will include diversified training approaches, differentiated and accelerated learning concepts and theories, and successful classroom and web strategies that can be utilized successfully in a global context.

GTD5007-8

The Role of Technology in the Global Training Marketplace

In this course, students will explore the impact of rapidly changing technology and the challenges of integrating these technological tools into the global training marketplace. This course will prepare students to identify strategic reasons to implement web-based training, provide tools for best-practices evaluation, and synthesize diverse elements of technology-driven training.

GTD5011-8

Introduction to Best Practices for Training and Presenting to International Audiences

In this course, students will investigate best practices for training and presenting to international audiences. There will be opportunities to analyze the role of culture and best practices. In addition, global training skills will be honed through application of practices relative to international training and presentation.

GTD5013-8

Evaluating Training Programs

In this course, students gain knowledge of fundamental concepts, principles, theories, and techniques of training evaluation. The underlying value of such knowledge for global trainers is the ability to understand how and why particular training programs are effective or ineffective. Students will identify and clarify the training needs of organizations; select appropriate training approaches; and evaluate training outcomes.

GTD5019-8

Trainer as Consultant in the Global Marketplace

In this course, students will develop an understanding of ways to create value, improve productivity, and deliver change to global organizations. Models of consulting are presented for consideration and topics including management, ethics, tools, and techniques are addressed. Activities will focus on the process of consultation and the various approaches to assisting global organizations as an inside or outside professional.

ED5036-8

Innovation and Change

In this course, students will explore various change theories, and best practices for successful implementation in the workplace. Issues of visioning, coalition building, creating and promoting change agenda, and building capacity for change are also examined. Opportunity to investigate one’s personal reaction and response to change is highlighted.

ED5038-8

The Art and Science of Adult Education

In this course, students will gain a knowledge base organized around four domains: professional attitudes; historical, social, and philosophical context; adult learning and development; and, organization and administration of adult programs. Topics include: adult learning theory, training and development, motivation, and learning modalities.

Required Capstone Course - 3 credit hours

Course Code

Name

Course Description

ED6002 / ED6002-8

Action Research Capstone

This graduate course emphasizes practical research skills utilized by education practitioners. Students will develop an action research project based on the scientific method and concepts presented in ED6001. The culminating product will reflect critical thinking, graduate level writing skills, and correct APA format. This course is open only to students pursuing the Master of Education.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about the NCU’s MEd costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $576
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $1,728
  • Program cost: $17,280
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Technology Fee: $0
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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