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High Performance Instruction

"I didn't want to be a good teacher. I strived to be a GREAT teacher. The courses at WLC pushed my teaching to a new level and the improvements to instruction and classroom assessment helped my students achieve higher academic growth." - Ryan Randall

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Master of Arts - High Performance Instruction

As a student within the High Performance Instruction specialization of WLC's Master of Arts program, you'll develop coaching and mentoring skills, explore assessment and evaluation techniques for academic success, grow professionally, and refine instructional methodologies for increased student achievement in your diverse classroom.

  • Why High Performance Instruction?

    • Increase the academic achievement of your diverse learners;
    • Improve your teacher quality;
    • Develop practical models;
    • Foster cognitive, analytical and reflective thinking skills.

    This area of study is ideal for educators at all grade levels who seek to leverage high performance instructional methods to increase student achievement, especially those who aspire to lead as curriculum specialists, designers, or directors of curriculum, instruction, assessment and professional development. The high performance instruction concentration in the Master of Arts program provides the opportunity to receive an administration license (Director of Instruction license #5010) through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).         

    High Performance Instruction Specialization Requirements:

    This 36 credit graduate degree program culminates with an action research project and creation of a portfolio. Students seeking initial teacher certification may need to complete additional coursework to meet state licensure requirements. Leadership opportunities are integrated throughout the program and in a required practicum experience.

    Foundation Courses

    • EDU 601 Education as a Change Agent in a Diverse Society
    • EDU 610 Advanced Educational Psychology
    • EDU 621 Curriculum Design and Technological Integration
    • EDU 622 Best Practices in High Performance Instructional Methodologies

    Specialization Courses

    • EDU 623 Coaching, Mentorship, and Instructional Leadership
    • EDU 624 Assessing and Evaluation for Academic Success
    • EDU 625 Professional Development and the Learning Community
    • EDU 691 Practicum: High Performance Instruction Experience

    Elective Course Options (Must Select One*)

    • EDU 651 Instructional Technology
    • EDU 652 Foundations of Online Learning
    • EDU 653 Multimedia in the Classroom
    • EDU 654 Collaborative and Assistive Technologies
    • EDU 656 iPad in Education
    • EDU 658 Transforming Education with Google Apps
    • *EDU 681 Leadership, Change, and Collaboration
    • EDU 682 Law and Ethics in Education Reform
    • *EDU 683 Transformative Leadership in Administration and School Culture
    • EDU 684 Entrepreneurship in Education
    • EDU 690 Special Topics in Instructional Technology

    Research Course

    • EDU 692 Education Research Design

    Reflection Course

    • EDU 693 Capstone Project

    Minimum Total: 36 credits