Jun 24, 2018  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Academic Catalog

Teaching and Learning (M.Ed.)


27 credit hours required, divided into 9 3-credit courses. The program will take fourteen months to complete. The sequence of courses is fixed; stepping out for a course requires a student to join a new cohort when it reaches that stage in the curriculum. Courses are offered following the AUC semesters. This allows each course to be taken on its own in a more intensive approach.

With a pre-planned schedule for face-to-face residencies, given that this will be a blended/online program, students can still plan their vacations around residencies, just as long as they commit to working online on their coursework while out of town. Using a term specially designed by the Office of the Registrar, similar to the EMBA program, the department will pre-register all students upon admission and acceptance to the program. Special policies will be developed similarly to the EMBA program for academic standing and duration of study (e.g., even if stopping from one cohort and re-joining a future cohort, the five-year degree completion time limit will still apply). Unlike the EMBA, however, we will not permit students to begin in a cohort if they still have English modules to complete; thus, we will strongly encourage applicants to take the English exam prior to application to the program. Finally, we will develop policies with the Office of the Registrar and the Office of the Controller for billing (similar to the EMBA), as well as refunds; our intent will be to ensure non-refundable payments upon acceptance to the program so to better manage enrollment of cohorts. 

All courses follow a rigorous parallel process with syllabi designed uniformly. By reducing differences between course structures, dependent upon which faculty are teaching, class time and students’ attention are freed up to focus completely on content. Furthermore, by ensuring that courses fit within a relatively prescribed manner, the program assures its professionally-mediated outcomes. Each course will be organized as follows:

Four full days of “residency” or face-to-face class sessions in New Cairo (Friday and Saturday, each day from 9am-4pm, with an hour break halfway through each day).

Residencies will be highly interactive. Students will need to be fully prepared for each face-to-face session by completing all online work between the face-to-face sessions in a timely manner. Such activities in each course will include:

  • Simulations
  • Role play
  • Case study
  • Lesson study (Japanese model of lesson analysis, increasingly used in US schools and teacher preparation programs)

Online work will involve asynchronous content preparation. All lecture or other forms of content delivery will take place outside of the residencies. Each course will have a specific set of pre-determined activities and a schedule for online completion. Because there is no “attendance” in online education, the critical mark of course engagement is participation in various online activities. Such activities include the following:

  • Instructor-provided video-recorded or presentation voice-over lectures
  • Externally-provided videos
  • Mediated reviews of websites
  • E-library research activities
  • Discussion boards
  • Online/phone/face-to-face group assignments
  • Textual readings
  • Quizzes
  • Case study analyses
  • Individual assignments

In addition to activities that are assigned per course, all students within the program must also prepare an e-portfolio illustrating their attainment of teaching competencies. The competencies are mapped out across all courses and require submissions from each course.

TEAL 000/5201 - Fundamentals of Curriculum Design, Theory, & Practice (3 cr.)  

TEAL 000/5202 - Learning Theory & Educational Psychology (3 cr.)  

TEAL 000/5203 - Social & Political Theories of Educational Practice (3 cr.)  

TEAL 000/5204 - Assessment of Student Learning (3 cr.)  

TEAL 000/5205 - Differentiation of Instruction for Diverse Learners (3 cr.)  

TEAL 000/5206 - Problem-based Instructional Models (3 cr.)  

TEAL 000/5207 - Promoting Independent & Lifelong Learners (3 cr.)  

TEAL 000/5208 - Teaching Capstone (3 cr.)  

TEAL 000/5209 - Teaching Portfolio (3 cr.)  

Dual Degree Option

Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (International) with the University of Exeter. Under this option, students can complete both programs (with certain courses in each program double counting for the other). Students will then earn two diplomas: the M.Ed. in Teaching & Learning from the American University in Cairo and the Post-graduate Certificate in Education (International) from the University of Exeter. Given that the University of Exeter can teach this program in an online format, students will not need to leave Cairo to complete all requirements.

To enroll in this dual degree option, a student would need to indicate the desire to apply for this from the very beginning in an application to either institution. It will be required that students begin the program at AUC and finish with Exeter.

The full program at the University of Exeter is 60 UK credit hours (which is the same as 18 AUC credit hours). The program has four required modules (each 15 UK credit hours): (1) Contexts; (2) Understanding Learning; (3) Approaches to Teaching; and (4) Investigating Student Understanding.

Upon acceptance to the dual AUC M.Ed. and Exeter PGCE(i) program, students would be exempted from taking TEAL 5208 Teaching Capstone and TEAL  5209 Teaching Portfolio. They would be exempted from taking the “Contexts” module at the University of Exeter. So, in total, students would take:

  • 21 AUC credit hours at AUC
  • 45 UK credit hours at Exeter

If a student already enrolled in one program or the other (not in the dual degree option) decides to switch to the dual degree option, for AUC accounting, a change of major request to AUC can be submitted. However, if the exempted courses have already been taken at AUC, there will be no option to substitute those courses with others; in other words, the remaining requirements must be fulfilled.

Blended/Online

This program will only be offered in a blended/online format, and admission will only be granted based on cohorts.

As a blended/online course, students will meet in concentrated residencies and complete all other requirements online. For each 3 credit hour course, two full-weekend residencies will take place (Friday and Saturday, each day from 9am to 4pm, with an hour break halfway through each day); this will yield four full days of face-to-face meetings for a total of 24 hours of face-to-face meetings for each course. Face-to-face sessions will be highly interactive. Very little lecturing will be done, and so students will need to be fully prepared for each face-to-face session by completing all online work between the face-to-face sessions in a timely manner.

The remaining instructional hours will be fulfilled through interactive, asynchronous online work. Online work will involve readings, videos, discussion board posts, assignments, and online collaborative activities. Each syllabus will provide a detailed schedule.

The purpose of this alternative delivery format is to engage a wider diversity of students across Egypt. Such a cohort can involve students from other cities across the country, as well as people in Cairo who may struggle to come to campus two nights per week. In particular, it will focus on mid-career professionals.