News & Notes
Beginning this fall, graduate students will note a new course number prefix – SPE. The prefix change reflects the growing attention to special education at Martin Luther College. New courses are being created and offered in both the undergraduate and graduate programs, prompting the need for new course numbers. The following new and existing graduate courses are affected:
Completing a capstone project can be exciting but also intimidating. The opportunity is exciting because it allows the graduate student to address a problem of practical, personal interest and importance. It can be intimidating because ownership for the project lies completely with the learner, not the instructor. In consultation with an advisor, the student sets the parameters and time frame for the project. Here are some tips students may find helpful.
On Saturday, May 17, 18 graduate students will be recognized for earning their Master of Science in Education degrees. As they walk the stage to receive their diplomas, they will set an example of faithful service for those receiving their bachelor's degrees and be an inspiration for all current master's degree students. We thank God for their dedication and pray the Lord uses their professional development and commitment for the building up of his kingdom.
Sixty-three teachers have received an MLC master's degree since 2008. In their own words, they update us on what is happening in their lives. Read and see how the Lord is blessing them.
In response to recent requests, MLC is developing new programs to target specific ministry needs: a Master of Science in Educational Administration for principals and early childhood directors, a Master of Theology for teachers and staff ministers, and a state licensure option in learning disabilities.
The graduate program is designed specifically for WELS teachers, the program is practical for ministry, flexible, convenient, and affordable.
Each year, Division A of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) presents an award for the outstanding doctoral dissertation completed and defended in the previous calendar year. Dr. Meyer’s dissertation, “Creating and Applying a Cognitive Change Model: A Transdisciplinary (Education, Social Psychology, Neuroscience) Approach” was chosen as a recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Dissertation Award.
Both adjunct and on-campus graduate faculty members will meet on graduation day, May 17, for the Graduate Faculty Conference. The purpose of the conference is to bring the graduate faculty together to meet one another and socialize, to learn important program information, to learn from each other, to weigh in on important issues, and to build a unity of purpose. The schedule for the conference and those who will be participating follows:
In recent months, several MLC graduate students have had articles published in the MLC blog "Issues in Lutheran Education." As Lutheran school leaders, they stimulate professional conversation among peers on topics such as student retention, special education, and flipped classrooms. The blog has about 500 followers and has been viewed nearly 20,000 times since its introduction one year ago.
MLC has recently approved several of its master’s program alumni as adjuncts for continuing education courses. These graduates display leadership in ministry, in scholarship, and in teaching ability. MLC has tapped these alumni to help other WELS teachers to grow in ministry.
Graduate professor, Dr. Jeff Wiechman, recently accepted the appointment as the next MLC vice president for academics. Dr. Wiechman replaces Dr. David Wendler, who will retire at the end of June 2014.
With the addition of two new graduate adjunct professors, several changes will soon be coming to educational technology courses. Dr. Richard Bakken is in the process of revising EDT5003 Multimedia Technologies to bring the course up to date with current technology and practical applications. The course will be offered this coming spring semester.