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Dr. Robert Marzano’s Online Master’s Degree
The Masters of Education in the Art and Science of Teaching is a comprehensive master’s degree for teachers—practicing teachers. It’s the only master’s degree that I have ever designed. I’m sure it is the only master’s degree that I will ever design. I’m very excited about that because it’s comprehensive in its approach; we’re using the Art and Science of Teaching framework. We believe that is the most comprehensive framework that exists today. It’s based on research; it’s based on other peoples’ research, it’s based on our research, it’s designed specifically for the classroom teacher to help increase their pedagogical skill in such a way that enhances student achievement. It’s a rigorous program, rigorous in the sense that to complete the master’s degree you have to demonstrate competence in the strategies that are part of the model. You also have to demonstrate that students actually learn as a result of you using the strategies. I guess a good question is, why would somebody do that, because there are so many other masters programs—actually we believe this is the only masters program that requires that of students? I’ve always said, well maybe it’s not for everybody, but the ones for whom it makes sense, they’re going to really enjoy this, in terms of it’s really going to enhance their pedagogical skill. I’ve always believed that. I believe there’s a little more research on this, part of being satisfied as a human being—although that’s a very complex topic—but part of that is if during your life you pick something very complex and master that, have gotten really good at that, and obviously teaching is one of the more complex things or one of the most complex things that a person can select to do. Well, the intent of this master’s program is that if you go through it you will get better at teaching. And I will go as far to say you will begin to get to the higher echelons in terms of this very complex thing. Our goal is to have people come out as masters, hence the term master’s degree. But that takes energy, it takes rigor, and it takes what some people call deliberate practice—and deliberate practice is actually trying things out in the classroom. And that’s why we have this performance component.
So, I guess this is kind of a call to arms; if you want a master’s degree that requires the least of you, this is not the master’s degree. If you want a master’s degree that has a promise of enhancing your skill as a teacher and maybe even becoming an expert, and actually having evidence that your skill has increased and student achievement has increased, this absolutely is the degree for you. And I would assert you might look at that from the broader perspective, that this is an aspect of human satisfaction. You pick something complex and you get good at it, that’s going to be one of the greatest things you’ve done in your life. And you will wake up every day proud that you did that. I know people do not get into education because it’s the easy road; if you did, you picked the wrong thing. So why not deliver on the promise that sparked your interest at the very beginning, the promise of a rewarding profession where you help other people and the promise of taking on something very, very complex and developing skill or expertise at it?