– Jessica Paule, Class of 2015
MEd with a concentration in Teaching Communication
Expand your world and inspire a whole new student group. If you are interested in teaching College Credit Plus courses at your school, become credentialed through our teaching communications concentration. Learn to lead students through media, communication technology and the ramifications of current media practices and lead them to a greater understanding.
Graduate Program Tabs
There is a national shortage of College Credit Plus (CCP) teachers. In 2015, the State of Ohio implemented the new CCP program and mandated that all public higher education organizations must provide college-level classes to high school students. More than 52,000 Ohio high school students took college classes during the 2015-2016 academic year, earning college credit while meeting their high school graduation requirements and collectively saving more than $110 million on college tuition.*
Tiffin University now offers an online master’s of education that enables you to become credentialed so you can teach students enrolled in College Credit Plus classes.
The communication concentration:
- Leads students through the history and practice of media, communication and related technology from ancient times to the digital age
- Introduces students to political, legal, and social ramifications of twenty-first century media practices
With CCP, participants can earn 18 credit hours of graduate coursework and meet credentialing standards for teaching college courses in just seven or 14 weeks. After completion, a Master of Education degree can be earned with only 12 additional credits at TU.
All courses are online, allowing teachers to continue work while earning credit, and without a travel time commitment to a university.
Teaching Communication Concentration 18 hours
- COM515 Teaching College Communication
- COM520 Philosophy of Communication
- COM522 Logic, Reasoning and Persuasion
- COM580 Politics and the News
- COM630 Issues in Cyberspace
- COM631 New Media
Core Curriculum 12 hours
- EDU532 Diversity in Education
- EDU536 Philosophy of Education
- EDU541 Educational Research
- EDU611 Psychology of Learning
- EDU615 Ethical and Legal Issues in Education
- EDU680 Capstone Project
Total MEd 30 hours
This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.
Online - Offered in two 7-week terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October
Philosophy of Communication (COM520) - This course is a survey of the genealogy of communication and how communication creates shared experiences between people. Through a collection of readings, students will examine how and why society thinks about communication the way it does. Philosophy of Communication is generally concerned with analytical, theoretical and political issues that cross different discipline boundaries. It explores how people live their lives and deal with the conflicts that are inevitable whenever communication occurs in a society, whether in person, in groups, electronically or through the mass media. Throughout the course, students are exposed to the broader study of the field and how it relates to contemporary philosophical arguments, positions and concerns. By studying the historical and social contexts for communication, students will come to understand and appreciate how meaning is created through human interaction, more about themselves and how they relate to others.
Logic, Reasoning, and Persuasion (COM522) - This course studies the development of reasoning and formal logic and its relationship to persuasion and argumentation. It provides an overview of logical thinking, distinguishing rational inquiry from mythological inquiry and regulative thinking from associative thinking. Students will learn to articulate logical thinking or reasoning as a process of making logical argument and will discuss 3 basic modes of reasoning in persuasion and argumentation: deduction, induction, and abduction, explaining their practical applications in the studies of humanities. Students will also be introduced to possible world semantics and thought experiments, which help participants to build logical foundations for developing rational, independent, critical, and creative thinking.
Politics and the News (COM580) - This course will critically analyze how the news media influenced public discussion of political and social issues in the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as examine how these issues were debated in the news. Drawing on readings from political science, communications, and history, students will also examine how political powers in mass democracies use the news media as a mechanism of persuasion and social control.
Issues in Cyberspace (COM630) - This course explores some of the social, cultural, legal and political issues associated with the evolution of the online world or Cyberspace. From its origins as a government-sponsored communications network, the Internet has evolved to become the center of information society. This course examines the boundaries of online behavior and freedom of expression when it comes to issues such as privacy, piracy, copyright, anonymity, libel, cyberbullying, indecency, and social networking just to mention a few. Topics are covered through a series of readings, reflections, exploration of web sites, online exchanges and writing assignments that look at how the issues evolved and the different ways of addressing them.