The term, divergent learners, identifies underachieving students that are at-risk in the present educational system because of specific personality traits and learning styles and do not qualify for special services. A significant number of divergent learners are highly intelligent and capable of becoming productive, but are not provided with adequate resources in the classroom.
Generally, students who are contrary to this paradigm are at-risk of missing the central benefits of the educational system and a productive adulthood, which tend to spring from that education, because of divergence in their style of thinking, learning, and behaving.
The Divergent Learning program is designed to develop a more in-depth comprehension of divergent learners and present alternative instructional methods and strategies to meet the needs of this population. It will present a new focus for you as an educator, exhibiting new methods for delivery of instruction in the classroom, use of email communication and Internet research, program designs by students, peer support groups, and joint projects for action research.
The Divergent Learning M. Ed. is thirty (30) semester hours and some courses may be taken on the weekend or evening. Contact the program coordinator for more information regarding class flexibility.