Although Marygrove College’s Masters of Art in Teaching Online has been around for more than two decades, many students still have questions about how an online graduate program works and, more specifically, how an online program compares to the experience of being in a traditional, on-campus graduate program.
If you are considering pursuing your Master of Arts in Teaching Online, you may find the following program outline helpful. In it, we’ll give you a better sense of what our program is all about, how it works, and what you can expect from your experience in our Masters of Art in Teaching Online program.
After you apply and are accepted into our Master of Arts in Teaching Online, you’ll be assigned a username and password. After that, you’ll be able to log on to Blackboard, a virtual desk where every class and all of your course content is clearly organized.
As in the traditional classroom, you’ll also engage in classroom discussions in our masters program. The only difference is that you’ll use a discussion board platform inside Blackboard to share your ideas.
We find that this model not only mimics the traditional classroom dynamic, but is in fact superior to it in that instructorsinstructors and students exchange ideas at their leisure and pace—which means that thinking and speaking is less impulsive and more reflective. Additionally, many students find that a discussion board helps ensure that they are not lost in the discussion or afraid to share their ideas.
Each module includes at least one group collaboration. Since your presentations, reflections and lesson plans are all uploaded to Blackboard, you will have the advantage of being able to review and critique your peers’ work.
Readings & Videos
When you log on to Blackboard, you’ll find a course calendar that offers a detailed outline of every week from the beginning of the semester until the end. This means you’ll always know which chapters to read, which videos to watch and where to find them since all you have to do is follow the links your mentor has provided.
Our students, most of whom are working teachers, find this to be advantageous for several reasons:
- First, you’ll never have to worry about misplacing your syllabus or course schedule.
- Second, you can work at your own pace, or even work ahead if you are so inclined. Need to go out of town for the week? Not a problem. In fact, you don’t even have to tell anyone. Take your laptop with you—or better yet, get your work done the week before your vacation and leave your laptop at home.
Like most classrooms, we supplement our activities with lectures—but unlike the traditional classroom, these lectures are delivered through video. Like all of the videos you’ll be watching, the lecture videos are asynchronous, which means that you can watch (and re-watch) them whenever and wherever you are. An added bonus is that each lecture is delivered by a different mentor, so our teachers are constantly exposed to a wide variety of perspectives from experts in the field.
It is important to us that our teachers are exposed to a variety of pedagogical theories, but also that we give them the hands-on experiences that allow them to put theory into practice. In our Masters of Art in Teaching Online program, you’ll never learn something you can’t use in your own classroom!
In your courses, you’ll typically encounter three kinds of assignments:
- Collaboration: Group work
- Application: Learning experiences
- Reflection: Although reflection is necessary for professional growth and development, we know that most teachers are not given the necessary time and space to reflect on their practices. That’s why we’ve build reflective assignments directly into the coursework.
Not only are students given a course schedule that outlines the entire semester, they are also given a detailed rubric for each major assignment, so there is never a mystery about how they are being evaluated. Most of our students are also relieved that there are absolutely no tests in any of the courses. Although some of our instructorsinstructors give quizzes, these are meant to be a source of information so that they can act in a supportive way to ensure that you understand the content and can put it into practice.
Earning a masters degree is a life-changing accomplishment. It is also one that many Marygrove graduates, working adults and parents just like you, never thought possible.
We’ve been saying it since 1905 and we’re still saying it: You can earn a Master of Arts in Teaching Online—and we’re here to ensure that you do. We understand the needs of working teachers and parents; that’s why we’ve custom-tailored our program to fit your schedule and your needs.
Take a look at our Online Education Infographic to get a better idea of what to expect from the Marygrove online experience.