William Woods University

Master of Education in Equestrian Education

The Master of Education in equestrian education online degree program offers an opportunity for equestrians to incorporate the element of teaching into their field of expertise. This degree program offers the opportunity to improve instruction and construct curriculum in the new digital landscape by applying instructional theories and strategies using technology and managing equestrian resources.

Capture: A specialized market already exists for the Master of Education in equestrian education, and William Woods, as an innovator and leader in the world of equestrian education, again enhances professional growth with this program.

Benefits: Engage in professional growth and leadership, while designing and developing the best practices, learning experiences, and assessments by facilitating and inspiring students’ learning and creativity.

Skills:
Teaching and Learning
 Understanding and responding to current issues in equestrian education
Improvement of Instruction
Curriculum Construction
Apply Instructional Theories and Strategies Using Technology
Appraisal of Student Learning
Management of Equestrian Program Resources
Equestrian Program Development
Instructional Design for Equestrian Education
Action Research

Quality and Convenience: Many currently employed equestrian professionals have a desire to attain a master’s degree, but have not pursued this for two critical reasons: relocation is not feasible or desirable, and, up to this point, the only degree path available has been certification in a management-related field or animal science.   For many, education is the natural fit, but the focus on public school-related coursework has been a limiting factor.  More importantly, the relocation issue has been paramount for many working professionals.  A well-designed online format that capitalizes on the strength of the traditional undergraduate program and the innovation that William Woods is known for in the horse industry meets the criteria for many potential degree-seeking students.

Growth potential: A national push toward the hiring of academically credentialed equestrian experts in the fields of extension service, breed and discipline organizational leadership, undergraduate instruction and others with a focus on education creates an ideal climate for a successful and innovative online master’s degree program.

Jobs opportunities: Completing a graduate program prepares students for positions as postsecondary teachers, a job field that, according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, was projected to experience an average 17 percent increase in employment opportunities between 2010 and 2020.  In addition to educators either currently teaching or looking to work at community, private, and state colleges, many industry groups are moving toward hiring education professionals as youth and outreach workers.  As a result, a specialized market already exists for recipients of the Master of Education degree in equestrian education.

Program Description: A national push toward the hiring of academically credentialed equestrian experts in the fields of extension service, breed and discipline organizational leadership, undergraduate instruction and others with a focus on education creates an ideal climate for a successful and innovative online master’s degree program. The program builds on the nationally known equestrian science undergraduate degree offered on our traditional campus.

Today’s equestrian educator uses many educational technology tools to deliver quality instruction, and the online platform makes integration of technology in teaching a meaningful and appropriate part of this program.  This program allows for equestrian educators to be committed to their students and their learning by knowing the subjects they teach, how to teach them, and how to manage and monitor student learning by improving instruction, constructing inspiring curriculum, and developing the best practices, learning experiences, and assessments.

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