AUNE's Problem-Based Learning, MEd concentration uses the highly regarded Critical Skills Program model. Begun at Antioch University New England twenty-five years ago, the Critical Skills Program offers educators a set of powerful learning experiences in support of classroom and school change initiatives. Through the model of the Critical Skills Classroom, we help you to develop a cohesive approach to address many of the challenges faced by educators today: aligning curricula with state and district learning frameworks; designing real-world, problem-based learning experiences; shaping safe, collaborative classroom and school cultures; integrating critical skill development with content learning; implementing competency-based assessment practices; and achieving substantive and compelling learning for students.
Our program faculty and staff are experienced master teachers and leaders who have significant experience and success implementing this Critical Skills Classroom model and have completed advanced Critical Skills and leadership training. The Critical Skills Classroom is a comprehensive model that creatively and effectively integrates four powerful teaching methodologies into coherent strategies such as; collaborative learning, experiential learning, problem-based learning, standards-driven or competency-based learning.
Graduates of our Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Program concentration featuring Critical Skills are able to:
--Design powerful, real-world, problem-based learning experiences that target student acquisition of essential knowledge, critical skills and fundamental dispositions.
--Create strong, safe, collaborative classroom communities built on the principles of sustainability, inclusion and equity.
--Integrate, visibly and intentionally, critical skill development with content learning. These skills include: problem-solving, decision-making, critical thinking, creative thinking, organization, communication, collaboration, leadership, self-direction, curiosity and ownership in learning.
--Engineer and implement comprehensive competency-based, authentic assessment practices, both formative and summative, to inform learning and teaching.
About Antioch University New England
Antioch University New England's Experienced Educators Program has been working with teachers who are ready to explore new dimensions of their work, to meet new challenges, and to aspire to new levels in their professional lives. We also see the tremendous opportunities that now exist for teachers around real world learning, place-based curriculum,and leadership roles in schools evolving into professional learning communities.
Antioch University, and therefore New England, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. All degree programs are also approved by the New Hampshire Postsecondary Commission.