When deciding which online Master of Science in Education (MSEd.) program to enroll in, it’s important to consider a number of factors. The degree options, accreditation, reputation, flexibility, tuition, financial aid are all critical to making the right choice. Perhaps one of the most significant factors to consider is the faculty who teach the courses in the online program.
At Northwest Missouri State University, the online courses and their on-campus equivalents are taught by the same distinguished faculty members. Most of the faculty in the MSEd. program hold terminal degrees in their fields and have many years of teaching experience. These educators recognize the importance of providing degree candidates with the tools they need to be effective in the classroom, and in this way, they are able to have an impact on thousands and thousands of students.
Meet the Faculty of Northwest’s Master of Science in Education Programs
Dr. Shantel Farnan is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Special Education programs at Northwest. She holds multiple advanced degrees and has been a Special Education Director for 12 years. Dr. Farnan teaches “Special Education Administration” and “Transition/Career Education for Students with Disabilities.” Her advice to online students is “Communicate often with both classmates and the professor. Dig deep into their learning and teaching — as in the online environment, we learn a lot from one another.”
Dr. Jennee Gregory is the Assistant Director of Northwest’s Regional Professional Development Center and she teaches “Instructional School Leadership.” She holds a doctorate in Statewide Cooperative in Education Leadership. Her advice to online students: “Approach learning as learning, not an activity or an item on a checklist to acquire a grade.”
Dr. David Kiene, Assistant Professor, teaches “Visionary School Leadership” in Northwest’s MSEd. program. He spent 30 years in education as an English teacher, assistant principal and principal. He also holds a doctorate in Education Leadership. His advice to online students: “Like any educator, one has to be energized and inspired by helping students synthesize information into new knowledge. Value in teaching comes when students achieve more than they thought they possibly could.”
Dr. Sue Wood is an Assistant Professor at Northwest and teaches “Trends and Issues in Curriculum and Instruction” and “Feedback and Goal Setting.” She has spent many years working with gifted and talented students and helping teachers learn how to develop curriculum and instruction that is challenging and engaging. Her advice to online students: “Quality online learning requires that students are active participants in the process. Students should participate fully in any online discussion.”
Tamara Lynn is an Instructor at Northwest and an Education Specialist in K-12 Educational Leadership. She teaches in the MSEd. Special Education program. She has spent years as a Special Education Teacher, and she also served as Director of Area Cooperative Support and other positions in various Missouri school districts. She believes that “the knowledge and skills that you are going to take away from our coursework will make an impact on your students and the many adults you collaborate with on a daily basis in ways that you may never know!”
Dr. Victoria Seeger is Assistant Professor at Northwest and teaches the Capstone Action Research Course and “Leading in the Digital Age.” She holds advanced degrees in curriculum and instruction and has achieved National Board Certification in literacy. She encourages online students to actively check their course sites every day as well as email and course announcements. “I give students a great deal of feedback on assignments, and I like to know that students are reflecting on that feedback to complete future work.”
Learn more about Northwest Missouri State’s online MSEd. programs.
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