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Bluffton redesigns MAEd for convenience to students

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BLUFFTON, Ohio— Bluffton University is committed to helping teachers pursue graduate studies in a cost-effective and convenient way through its Master of Arts in Education. All classes in the program are now offered either online or through video-conference. This means students will have access to Bluffton’s resources no matter where they are or when they log on.

“Bluffton’s data-drive program is taught by faculty who have classroom experience. We understand how to combine the technical nature of your career while putting people first,” said Dr. Gayle Trollinger, professor of education and director of graduate programs in education.

Bluffton offers four concentrations to fit the interests of teachers and the needs of administrators including: reading endorsement (K-12), intervention specialist (K-12), sports management and leadership.

“We surveyed superintendents from across Northwest Ohio and the reading endorsement and intervention specialist concentrations were the most requested specialties from administrators. Bluffton’s programs will prepare educators to thrive in the most-needed roles in a school setting,” said Trollinger.

The program will have several start dates each year, which will give students the flexibility to determine when they can take on extra coursework.

New classes have also been introduced to better reflect the needs of today’s educators. In the course, Data-Driven Educational Leadership, students will analyze the historical development of the data-driven educational environment, identify data sources, and critically assess the promise and potential pitfalls of data-driven educational leadership.

Another new course is Differentiated Curriculum and Instruction. That course will explore differentiated instruction for the mixed-ability/achievement classroom. It includes the rationale for differentiated instruction, instructional strategies and assessment, and ways to collaborate with colleagues, families and communities to support mixed-ability classrooms.

“We’ve updated courses and are delivering new content to keep up with the ever-changing issues that educators face on a daily basis.
These new classes will prepare teachers to flourish in the evolving landscape of education,” said Trollinger.

Along with giving teachers extra knowledge and tools to use in the classroom, earning a MAEd can be financially beneficial. According to the Digest of Education Statistics, on average, teachers with a master’s degree make an extra $10,000 extra each year compared to teachers with a bachelor’s degree alone.

For more information and to apply to the program contact either Gayle Trollinger at trollingerg@bluffton.edu or 419-358-3074 or Nancy Schortgen, adult and graduate studies representative at schortgenn@bluffton.edu or 419-358-3202.