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Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in Boston, Massachusetts, at regional locations in Charlotte and Seattle, and online.  With an enrollment of over 26,000 students, the school is best known for its undergraduate co-op program that integrates academic study with workplace-based experiential learning.

CPS WebsiteNortheastern includes the College of Professional Studies (CPS),  founded in 1960, whose primary focus is adult learners who are already in the workplace.  Program curricula are informed by the latest scholarly research and grounded in real-world experience. ePortfolios provide a space for documenting, reflecting, and making connections between between worklife and learning.  For this reason, portfolios are a natural outgrowth of CPS’s mission and pedagogical approach.

Many CPS programs are fully online or blended, and CPS has a commitment to offering its virtual graduate students the same quality of workplace-based experiential learning that is enjoyed by undergraduates. The College is dedicated to Innovation in Online Experiential Learning, and ePortfolios play a major role in attaining that goal.

The College of Professional Studies, Graduate School of Education, Master of Education Program is the primary participant in the Connect to Learning.  The Masters program is fully online and includes an ePortfolio requirement.  As of Fall 2013, the program includes 469 active students.  Over 60% of its students attend school part-time and many are the first in their families to attain college-level education.

The Masters Program is distinctive in its unified mission and focus across four concentrations: Learning and Instruction, Higher Education Administration, Special Education, and eLearning Design.  The program’s mission is to support students in their development as culturally responsive systems thinkers, effective communicators, and creative problem solvers. The M.Ed. curriculum prepares graduates to anticipate and shape the future of next generation learning in a technology rich, globally-connected society.

Core courses help students develop a foundation of knowledge about education as an advanced field of study.  Concentration courses delve deeply into the landscape, concerns, expected competencies, and emerging developments within a specific educational profession.

Throughout their program of study, students create learning ePortfolios that help them document their professional and academic growth over time, reflect on connections across courses, and refine their professional goals. Capstone courses engage students in the demonstration of mastery through authentic professional work and the development of a showcase ePortfolio that can be made available to larger audiences.

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