Iowa university debuts new digital learning track for educators

June 19, 2019 | Buena Vista University/Discovery Education

Iowa’s Buena Vista University (BVU) is launching a new track within their online Master’s Degree program designed from the ground up for the full-time K-12 educator powered by Discovery Education, the leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through the program’s new Technology Integrationist Track now available as part of BVU’s Teacher Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction Master’s Degree Program, participating educators will learn the skills and classroom strategies they need to create dynamic K-12 digital learning environments for all students.

BVU’s 30-credit hour Master’s program in Teacher Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction provides working K-12 teachers the academic background they need to enhance their teaching practice and advance their careers fully online. Participants enrolled in its new Technology Integrationist Track will learn from BVU and Discovery Education instructors how to successfully combine educational technologies with research-based, pedagogically proven instructional strategies to create student-centered classrooms.

The courses offered through the Technology Integrationist Track of BVU’s Teacher Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction Master’s Degree Program are designed and taught by leaders in the fields of educational technology and pedagogy. With courses focused on topics such as school leadership in the digital age, leveraging cutting-edge technology to differentiate instruction, and assessing and evaluating classroom learning, participants learn concepts online that can be readily applied in the classroom the next day. For more information about the Technology Integrationist Track of BVU’s Teacher Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction Master’s Degree Program and to register for the Fall Semester, visit this website.

“Buena Vista University is excited to launch this exciting new relationship with Discovery Education,” said Dr. Lucas DeWitt, Program Director of the University’s Master of Education in Teacher Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction Program. “Discovery Education’s deep expertise in creating engaging classroom experiences perfectly supports Buena Vista University’s powerful, online education programs and will benefit not only participating teachers, but the students they serve as well.”

To support K-12 instruction nationwide, Discovery Education has partnered with graduate-level educators over the past 10 years to design courses delivered through advanced degree programs that help practicing educators drive improved student achievement, implement high-yield instructional strategies, and propel their careers forward. This new collaboration is an expansion of this effort and part of a global network of Universities offering educators affordable, online programs that drive innovative K-12 teaching and instructional leadership.

According to OnlineU, BVU’s Teacher Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction Program is tied for the number one most affordable online education Masters’ degree program in the nation, which means that in two years and for less than $8,000, students can earn their Master of Education degree.

“Discovery Education is proud to partner with Dr. DeWitt and the forward-thinking team at Buena Vista University on this innovative degree program,” said Kelli Campbell, Discovery Education’s Chief Innovation Officer. “Our more than 10-year history of supporting educators’ continued professional development—from in-classroom coaching to online self-paced modules to courses that enhance K-12 instruction—provides the perfect foundation for this new partnership and continues our work to propel student success around the world.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital curricular resources and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

About Buena Vista University

Since 1891, Buena Vista University has prepared students for lifelong success and blends liberal arts with real-world applications. Our traditional campus on the shores of Storm Lake hosts students in a variety of majors and pre-professional programs, including elementary, secondary, and special education; business and accounting; and biological and chemical sciences. Our 16 degree-completion locations, online, and graduate programs expand student potential with a pace and academic rigor designed for working adults and a variety of class formats that make scheduling even more convenient. BVU is an affordable option for all students. Visit BVU.edu/Grad.

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.DiscoveryEducation.com.

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