The DIAL graduate program prepares educators to meet the diverse learning needs of all students, including those who are at risk of not reaching their educational and personal potential.
The DIAL graduate program is:
- 100% Online
- Accepted by 49/50 state departments of education (Alabama remains non-commital)
- NCATE and North Central accredited
DIAL online students/graduates attend from California to Virginia, Wyoming to Texas and three different countries. (See "Outcomes" for DIAL MAE Graduate Comments.)
The DIAL program prepares educators to:
- Develop and expand professional commitment and competence to promote increased student performance.
- Understand socioeconomic, cultural, and other impacts that affect teaching, learning, and student achievement.
- Appreciate the benefits of collaboration with peers, administrators, parents, and community partners in maintaining accountability for student performance.
- Gain self-awareness of values and ethics that guide responsible and responsive classroom instruction.
- Develop skills in differentiated instruction, reflection, and assessment to ensure the success of all students.
Upon completion of this master's program, Wisconsin teachers will also qualify for an Alternative Education License (WI 952), which allows a person who already holds a Wisconsin teaching license to teach in alternative education programs in grades 6-12.
30 credits as follows:
TDE 612 Action Research, 3 cr.
TDE 615 Technology in Today's Classroom, 3 cr.
TDE 616 Perspectives in American Education, 3 cr.
TDE 618 Advanced Educational Psychology, 3 cr.
TDE 628 Classroom Strategies and Practices, 3 cr.
TDE 636 Understanding At-Risk and Nontraditional Learners, 3 cr.
TDE 638 Effective Schools Research: What Works, 3 cr.
TDE 645 Differentiated Instruction, Response to Intervention, and Understanding by Design, 3 cr.
TDE 658 Analyzing Student Achievement in Diverse Learning Contexts, 3 cr.
TDE 665 Action Research II/Portfolio, 3 cr.
We cater to teachers who want to be professionals in every sense of the word. Our program is not easy, but it builds not only thorough expertise, but the confidence that comes with it. Once you graduate you will be a member of DIAL forever--because what you will learn sticks.
What students and graduates are saying about the DIAL MAE Program:
This program has changed me inside and out. I believe it will make me a better teacher, a better mother, and a better person.
-Alisa Jeske – DIAL Graduate - 2011
The big draw about DIAL for me was to be grouped with other professionals that were hopeful about making a difference in students who struggle with school. I wanted something that applied to what I was doing now! DIAL was right on target all the way through.
-Shannon Blackmore, DIAL Graduate - Wyoming - 2011
As a graduate of the D.I.A.L. Master’s in Education program at Marian University I feel competent to work with all students. The program was rigorous and relevant. I always felt challenged and inspired by what I was learning
-Laura Lindberg, DIAL Graduate – Wisconsin – 2010
I would, and have, recommended this program to anyone willing to listen to me rave about it.
-Rocky Mondello, DIAL Graduate - Waupaca Middle School Panther Academy Teacher and Coach
The online format also made it possible for a full-time teacher, wife, and mother of two busy teenagers to complete a goal long overdue. Thank you to all that made this possible!
Not only was it a very valuable learning experience for me but, finally! - a program that was pertinent to my area of instruction. Throughout the entire experience I felt very supported, even more so than in many of my direct-instruction college and post-baccalaureate courses.
-Jennifer Evans, DIAL Graduate, Milwaukee – 2011
Frankly, I feel closer to some of the professors I met online in this program than to those with whom I have worked in a traditional university setting. As a graduate of DIAL, I am not alone, but part of a movement to help kids reach their potential.
Marian University is so serious about this program, that I was elected from the student body to serve on the committee to choose a new Dean for the School of Education, even though I had only spent two days on campus. I was also given a Graduate Merit Scholarship after my first course, based on my academic achievement. Highly unusual in most online programs, but Marian extends the same opportunities to online learners as to the students in its campus program.
-Sid Vineburg, DIAL Graduate – Green Bay - 2010
I decided to jump head first into the 21st century and give it a try. I am sure glad that I did! The program provided all that was promised: library assistance, tech support, and quick responses from its instructors. It also provided flexibility for a full-time teacher to establish when and where learning was going to take place throughout the week. I was able to complete assignments and participate in discussion boards when my busy schedule allowed. That’s not to say that the program was easier than traditional programs; I was able to piece together a different schedule each week surrounding my teaching requirements and my course requirements. The program may actually be more difficult due to the constant discussion that took place 24-7 within each courseshell. Students were discussing various topics relating to our course readings and applications in today’s schools.
Most notably, I walked away from the DIAL program with a greater sense of urgency in advocating for at-risk students, not only in my classroom but in my school. Researched-driven decision-making resonated throughout the program in regards towards children and education. The DIAL program was taught by teachers whose passion is standing up for at-risk students and improving schools. In the end, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience obtaining my master’s degree through the delivery of on-line instruction. It met and surpassed my number one priority: a degree that makes me a better educator impacting the lives of students.
-Eric Bartelme – 3rd grade teacher, Brandon WI - DIAL Graduate 2010
I have learned a lot from this course and have truly been enlightened. I feel so blessed to be granted the opportunity of being included in this program. You have my my sincerest gratitude.
-Estrella Lorenzo. DIAL Graduate – Baltimore MD – 2013 Graduate
What the DIAL Master of Arts in Education contributes to the field of education isimportant for educators and the lives they touch. Don't let anyone ever change the DIAL Program!
-Debra Lins, Principal - Alternative Education License - Beaver Dam, WI - 2012