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Master of Education (MEd) in Equestrian Education
While earning this degree, you will improve your instructional techniques and learn to construct effective curriculum by applying instructional theories and strategies. The curriculum and supporting coursework provide insights into instructional subjects, pedagogy methods, and classroom management, including instructional resource planning, curriculum development, and outcome assessments. The degree also provides you with a focused education in the equestrian field to match your needs.
Essential skills you will learn include:
- Teaching and learning
- Understanding and responding to current issues in equestrian education
- Improvement of instruction
- Curriculum construction
- Application of instructional theories and strategies using technologies
- Management of equestrian program resources
- Equestrian program development
- Instructional design for equestrian education
- Action research
Excellence in equestrian education
The online Master of Education in Equestrian Education builds on William Woods University’s nationally recognized undergraduate equestrian program. This program, which offers a wide range of undergraduate specialities, provides an ideal climate for innovative instruction and effective learning outcomes for success in the field.
The online graduate degree combines the academic excellence and supportive teaching culture of the William Woods equestrian program with the convenience and affordability of a nationally ranked online education program. You will receive quality online instruction through the latest educational technology and collaborate with your peers in an interactive and engaging learning environment.
Your degree at work
Equestrian education is gaining momentum in the industry as employers seek academically credentialed equestrian professionals in the fields of extension service, breed and discipline, organizational leadership, undergraduate instruction, and others. A graduate degree prepares you for a position as a post-secondary teacher in this industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, these positions are expected to experience an average 17% increase in employment through the next decade. Equestrian education professionals are also being sought to fill positions as youth and outreach workers to improve the quality and effectiveness of programs for early exposure to the field.
Improvement of Instruction
Students will utilize recent research on effective instruction and explore advanced classroom strategies and techniques designed to enhance their effectiveness in meeting the needs of diverse populations of learners. Students develop expert instructional skills and learn to diagnose and deliver the most appropriate instructional strategies for a variety of learning environments. Through a focus on the concepts of rigor and relevance, students will develop the ability to significantly enhance instructional opportunities for their learners. The students will design/enhance an instructional plan for implementation in her or his classroom, environment or program.
Teaching and Learning in the New Digital Landscape
This is an overview course to set the stage for the Teaching and Technology Master's program of study. Through reading, reflective writing, and hands-on activities or practice, this course is designed to introduce practitioners to 21st Century learners and the implications for the teaching/learning environment. Participants will investigate the skill sets that are needed for today's learners, apply technology integration frameworks, assess the potential use of mobile technologies in learning environments, design and implement personal/professional learning networks, emerging technologies, personal/professional learning networks, develop an understanding of digital citizenship, be introduced to emerging technologies, and develop a concept of the future of teaching and learning in the digital landscape.
Current Issues in Equestrian Education
This course is designed to provide educators and non-educators with a broad understanding and better perspective of current issues that are facing equestrian education. The course will focus on a lively discourse and reflection of the many issues currently facing equestrian education. The course will serve as a platform for bridging the gap between goals, principles, theories, philosophies, and methodologies in the educational process and the real world of instruction and instructional components. By discussing equestrian education issues, it is hoped to expand and enlighten the practitioner's outlook, thought processes, understanding, and repertoire of knowledge, attitudes, skills, and strategies when faced with those issues.
Examines trends and relevant research in each of the four core subject areas and identifies appropriate resources for teaching in each of these disciplines. The student will design integrated curricula for selected grade levels emphasizing his or her own field of responsibility.
Development of Resources for Equestrian Educational Events
This course addresses the many resources required to develop, organize and evaluate equestrian educational programming and events. Investigation into event planning, constituent management, community outreach, risk management and human resources in addition to program or event evaluation is the primary focus. Students will develop their own event or program resource plan that includes a strategic timeline, an identified network community, risk management review and final event or program assessment.
Applied Instructional Theories and Strategies Using Technology
Students review recent research on effective instruction and explore advanced classroom strategies and techniques designed to enhance their effectiveness in meeting the needs of diverse populations of learners. Examples include direct instruction, cooperative learning, dimensions of learning, creative problem solving, and applications of technology to thinking and learning. Students develop expert teaching skills and learn to diagnose and deliver the most appropriate instructional strategies for specific circumstances. Analysis of models and related research for the design and development of instructional programs is provided.
Equestrian Program Sustainability
The student will explore and develop a variety of benchmarks or indicators of equestrian program sustainability. Through strategic program development, practical case studies, and action plans, students will learn how to promote program success and stability. This course will include cultivation and retention of stakeholders as they relate to long term sustainability, and comprehensive strategic planning.
Equestrian Education Capstone Project
The capstone is the culminating experience for students in the Master’s Degree in Equestrian Education. The capstone provides students with the opportunity to apply and integrate key concepts from each course in their program of study. Candidates will develop project built around subject area standards and tied to appropriate national standards. The project must be in a format to show evidence of integration of concepts and skills from the entire program of study. In addition, students will reflect upon their coursework and experience through comprehensive reflective forum discussions and small group collaboration. This course will be completed during this six credit-hour (16 week) capstone course.
Appraisal of Student Learning
This course is designed to acquaint learners with the complex issues related to assessment and to provide first-hand experience in the development of high quality assessments, including the incorporation of a variety of technology tools in the assessment process. The course will investigate the purpose and application of assessments, the relationship between instructional outcomes and assessments, the development and implementation process for various types of assessments, the collection and use of assessment data, various scoring and grading methodologies, as well as concepts related to Next Generation Assessments. Participants will learn the uses and limitations formative assessment, summative assessment, and diagnostic assessment.
- Official transcripts showing degree conferred with 2.5 GPA
- A curriculum vitae demonstrating proficiency in, and understanding of, equestrian experiences. This may include samples such as certifications, professional memberships, your student accomplishments in the field, your professional accomplishments in the field, or a sample video.
Your digital classroom. Available anywhere.
William Woods online graduate programs are available to students across the country. From our main campus in Fulton, Missouri and beyond, our online graduates hail from California, Illinois, Kansas, Washington, Arkansas and many more.
One more thing
This truly is one of the nation’s top ranked equestrian programs in terms of resources, experience, industry connection and academic quality. If you want to know more about it, ask one of our alumni. They’re working just about everywhere people ride, show, and take care of horses.