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Welcome back to Clarke University! Together, we will cultivate new ways of delivering the Clarke experience — supporting each other and our community. We stand as One Clarke, One Community.

Fall 2020 Return to Campus Information
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GOLD Pathways Online Program

Grow Your Own Leadership Design (GOLD) Pathways Online Graduate Education Program

Currently available for Dubuque, East Dubuque, and Western Dubuque Community School Districts.

Be a teacher leader in your school and district with the GOLD Pathways Master of Arts in Education with an instructional leadership emphasis at Clarke University. Our quality online format allows you to take a combination of district-taught professional development courses and Clarke-taught graduate education courses for graduate credit.

Learning Today. Leading Tomorrow.

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GOLD Program Options

  • Professional Development Courses (1+ credits)
  • Badge (9 credits)
  • Certificate (18 credits)
  • Master of Arts in Education (MAE) Degree (36 credits)

PROGRAM DETAILS:

  • Developed for K-12 teachers
  • Take a combination of courses taught by your school district and Clarke University and earn graduate credit from Clarke University
  • $295 per credit for a cohort of 5 or more teachers
  • 100% Online (Limited face-to-face course options also available)
  • Eight-week and/or sixteen-week sessions during the academic year
  • Six-week sessions during the summer
  • Start dates in August, October, January, March, and May
  • Requires signed School District partnership agreement with Clarke University

Sessions begin in August, October, January, March, and June.

Benefits of the GOLD Program

  • Affordable
  • Offers quality and convenience
  • Take district-taught professional development courses for graduate credit with other teachers in your school district.
  • Up to 9 credits of district-taught professional development courses may be counted toward a badge, certificate, or MAE degree from Clarke
  • Courses are taught by your own school district and/or Clarke faculty who are committed to your success
  • Stackable courses that allow teachers to earn badges or certificates that can then be counted toward a Master of Arts in Education (MAE degree)
  • Earn a full Master of Arts in Education (MAE) degree in a span of two to seven years, or choose to pursue a badge or certificate
  • Financial Aid is available to students enrolled in the MAE program

Badge Options (9 credits)

Earn 1-3 badges, either as stand-alone badges or as stackable badges that can be counted toward your MAE degree. Badge options include:

Action Research
Required courses: Introduction to Grad Research, Action Research I, and Action Research II

An Action Research Badge distinguishes a teacher as one who can utilize the Action Research process to improve student learning. Teachers who have completed these courses are able to identify a question or an issue within their sphere of influence (classroom or school) and follow a thoughtful, proactive and/or responsive process toward making data-based action decisions to initiate change.

Emerging Instructional Leader
Choose three courses from the following: Brain-Based Learning, Teacher as Leader, Problem-Based Learning, Leadership for Vision & Technology, Grant Writing and or/Professional Development Research Seminar

An Emerging Instructional Leader Badge distinguishes a teacher who has grown their instructional knowledge and understanding to the extent where they are developing confidence in leading other teachers to grow their practice along similar lines whether that be research, technology, resourcing and/or professional learning.

District Initiatives
Teachers who earn the District Initiative Badge have completed 3 courses offered by and through their district.  These courses are designed to support current district priorities, taught by district leaders and as such, compliment the coursework offered by Clarke professors.

A District Initiatives Badge distinguishes a teacher within their district as an educator who has a deep understanding and application of their district’s initiatives. Teachers who earn this badge may also support the learning of teachers beyond their school districts through professional learning workshops, seminars and conferences.

Certificate Options (18 credits)

Earn a stand-alone certificate or count your certificate courses towards your MAE degree. A certificate will appear on a student’s transcript. Certificate options include:

  1. Research Applications in Education
    Teachers who earn the Research Applications in Education Certificate have been awarded both Action Research and District Initiatives Badges. A Research Application in Education Certificate recognizes a teacher who is capable of leading others in using the Action Research process with a deep knowledge of district initiatives to improve student learning.
  2. Supporting Best Practice in Education
    Teachers who earn the Supporting Best Practice in Education Certification have been awarded both Emerging Instructional Leader and District Initiative Badges. A Supporting Best Practice in Education Certificate recognizes a teacher who is capable of leading other teachers in growing their practice through research, technology, resourcing and/or professional learning in support of district initiatives.
  3. Innovation and Inquiry in Education
    Teachers who earn the Innovation and Inquiry Certificate have been awarded both Emerging Instructional and Action Research Badges. An Innovating and Inquiry Certificate recognizes a teacher who is capable of leading others to innovation through growing their practice in research, technology, resourcing and/or professional development and an Action Research inquiry process to improve student learning.

Master of Arts in Education (MAE) Degree (36 Credits)

If you have already completed a certificate through the GOLD pathways program, you only have 18 credits to go to earn your MAE degree. Below are the course requirements for an MAE degree.

School District Partnerships

Participation in the GOLD program requires a signed School District partnership agreement with Clarke University. Employees of the following school districts are eligible for the GOLD program pricing if a minimum cohort of 5 students is enrolled from their district:

  • Dubuque Community School District
  • Western Dubuque Community School District
  • East Dubuque Community School District

Clarke University is looking to expand partnerships with other school districts. Please contact graduate@clarke.edu if you would like to explore developing a partnership between Clarke and your school district.

If you teach in a district not listed above, you may enroll in Clarke’s Online MAE program. If you teach in the Archdiocese of Dubuque, check out Clarke’s Professional Learning Series (PLS) program.