Cathy McKay, Ed.D.

Chair, Professional Educational Studies,
Department of Professional Educational Studies

Dr. Cathy McKay spent most of her professional career in the K-12 context. As she taught in both public and private schools, she worked with many educators on a variety of projects including process improvement, standard test readiness, and alternative educational opportunities. She helped develop two district-wide curricula in science and math for grades K-12. Additionally, she participated in programs to improve student achievement through data analysis.

Throughout her K-12 teaching assignments, Dr. McKay served as a teacher leader. For four years, she and her classes hosted a commemoration of the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda. This international project was showcased as an exemplar through Expeditionary Learning, a network of high-performing public schools.  

While continuing her work in K-12 education, Dr. McKay transitioned to higher education through teaching at a local community college where she developed and implemented programs focusing on student success, primarily in mathematics. She presented her strategies for success for the faculty and staff at the college for their semester in-service events. Additionally, she has helped an online high school dramatically change middle school and high school instructional methods by implementing gaming into the curriculum. As the educational expert, she oversees the content and curriculum.

Dr. McKay resides in Indianapolis, Indiana, with her husband of 25 years. They have a 22-year-old son who is finishing a physics and computer science degree.

Education

  • Doctorate in Education
    Walden University
  • Master's in Education
    Walden University
  • Bachelor's in Biology, Psychology and Education
    Indiana University
  • Master's in Educational Technology
    American College of Education

Research Interests

  • Alternative education
  • Teacher leadership
  • Curriculum development

Program Affiliations

Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction Doctor of Education

This customizable degree is designed to help you advance your understanding of a wide range of curriculum development and instructional methods that can improve teaching and learning in diverse educational settings.

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Ed.D. in Instructional Technology Doctor of Education

This customizable degree is designed to help you advance your understanding of methods of instructional technology for a wide range of educational settings. Through a tailored approach to the dissertation process, you can complete the program in as little as three years.

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Ed.D. in Leadership Doctor of Education

The Doctor of Education in Leadership program is designed to help you advance your leadership and research skills within your chosen discipline, whatever that may be. Through a tailored approach to the dissertation process, you can complete the program in as little as three years.

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Ed.D. in Nursing Education Doctor of Education

The Doctorate in Nursing Education is for master’s degree nurses who want to help address the growing need for more RNs in today’s ever-expanding healthcare system. The American College of Education Ed.D in Nursing Education program is a fully online curriculum to prepare nurses as educators in either an academic or professional development setting. The program uses a unique interdisciplinary approach to focus on the science of teaching and learning. Students will engage in scholarly research to support their dissertation while developing the competencies to create and evaluate curriculum, develop effective teaching strategies, use innovative technology to promote learning and much more as they prepare to educate the next generation of nurses.

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Ed.D. in Public Health Education Doctor of Education

The customizable Doctorate in Public Health Education is designed for healthcare educators and professionals who wish to address public health issues through education in local, national and international communities at the post-master’s level.

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Ed.D. in Second Language Instruction Doctor of Education

The Doctorate of Education in Second Language Instruction is designed for professionals with a master’s degree who wish to advance their second language instruction skills and knowledge at the post-master’s level. Through a tailored approach to the dissertation process, you can complete the program in as little as three years.

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Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction Educational Specialist

The Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction degree is for leaders who wish to advance their skills in curriculum development and instructional methods at the post-master’s level without having to complete a dissertation.

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Ed.S. in Instructional Technology Educational Specialist

The Educational Specialist in Instructional Technology degree for leaders who want to advance their knowledge in instructional technology at the post-master’s level without needing to complete a dissertation. You will use theoretical foundations and current real-world practices to support the development of relevant technology that meet the needs of diverse learners.

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Ed.S. in Leadership Educational Specialist

The Educational Specialist in Leadership degree is designed for leaders who wish to pursue advanced training at the post-master’s level without having to complete a dissertation. You will learn advanced leadership skills and competencies that will make you a more effective leader.

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Ed.S. in Nursing Education Educational Specialist

This program is perfect for nurses who want to advance their knowledge in nursing education beyond a master’s degree without completing a dissertation. It’s also stackable, if you decide after completing the Ed.S. program that you would like to continue and complete an Ed.D. program with a dissertation. This means that you can apply your Ed.S. credits to the Ed.D. in Nursing Education and complete that program in just 37 credits.

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Ed.S. in Public Health Education Educational Specialist

The Education Specialist in Public Health Education degree is designed for educators and healthcare professionals who wish to address public health issues through education in local, national and international communities at the post-master’s level without having to complete a dissertation.

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Ed.S. in Second Language Instruction Educational Specialist

The Educational Specialist in Second Language Instruction is for professionals with a master’s degree who wish to advance their second language instruction skills and knowledge at the post-master’s level without having to complete a dissertation. Students will become more effective leaders in the field of Second Language Instruction through in-depth knowledge of research-based theories of language acquisition, assessment and instructional methods, strategies that promote cultural understanding, and current best practices to meet the needs of second language learners across diverse educational settings.

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M.Ed. in Adult Education and Training Master of Education

The M.Ed. in Adult Education and Training will prepare you to teach and train adults to advance their careers. Focusing on learning technology tools, you’ll learn to identify adult learning needs, develop training materials for adult learners, and assess adult training efficacy to meet career advancement or workforce development goals.

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M.Ed. in Advanced Studies Master of Education

This program is designed to help those wanting to teach at the secondary or college level meet education requirements. With more than 10 majors and more than five Focus of Study areas, it allows you to obtain 18-credit hours in the area of your choosing.

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M.Ed. in Biology Education Master of Education

Now more than ever, we need educators like you. Our fully online M.Ed. in Biology Education is designed to help you acquire advanced knowledge in the field of biology, so you can teach at the secondary or college level. Develop and understand how biology can be taught through different perspectives that encourage real-world applications, effective problem solving and relationship building. 

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M.Ed. in Chemistry Education Master of Education

Now more than ever, we need educators like you. Our fully online M.Ed. in Chemistry Education is designed to help you acquire advanced knowledge in the field of chemistry, so you can teach at the secondary or college level. Develop and understand how chemistry can be taught through different perspectives that encourage real-world applications, effective problem solving and using scientific thought to examine the forces acting on matter.

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M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction Master of Education

This program provides PreK-12 educators with a thorough background of current scientific research and pedagogy to help them learn how students learn. It is designed around the “learn, apply, assess” model to maximize gains in student performance.

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M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction for Graduates of the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Master of Education

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M.Ed. in Educational Business Administration Master of Education

The Master of Education in Educational Business Administration program was designed for those who want to develop business and leadership skills in an educational setting. Framed by the standards from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO), the program prepares strategic leaders for senior administrative positions in a variety of settings including public, charter, and private schools, as well as community colleges and other educational institutions or learning organizations.

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M.Ed. in Elementary Education Master of Education

Specifically designed for elementary teachers who wish to advance their expertise and skills, the Master of Education in Elementary Education degree will build on their current understanding of young students’ learning needs and introduce them to new ways of incorporating technology into the classroom.

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M.Ed. in English Education Master of Education

Now more than ever, we need educators like you. Our fully online M.Ed. in English Education is designed to help you acquire advanced knowledge in the field of English and literature, so you can teach at the secondary or college level. Understand the nuances that come with different literary forms and media. Examine the crossovers of literature, comprehension and communication within both traditional and emerging contexts. Learn how to strengthen the connection between reading and writing to help your students develop strong literacy skills.

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M.Ed. in History Education Master of Education

Now more than ever, we need educators like you. Our fully online M.Ed. in History Education is designed to help you acquire advanced knowledge in the field of history, so you can teach at the secondary or college level. Delve into the major tenets of historical understanding by examining perspectives across time, diverse populations and geography. Cultivate critical thinking to help your students identify rationale and patterns rooted in political, cultural, social or ideological views. Be a model of using historical content to solve today’s real-world problems.

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M.Ed. in Integrated Curriculum Master of Education

This program will help K-12 educators enhance their curriculum in order to improve student performance, close achievement gaps, and prepare students for the future workplace. You will learn how to utilize technology, collaborative environments, and other integrated resources to foster high levels of student achievement and performance.

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M.Ed. in Mathematics Education Master of Education

Now more than ever, we need educators like you. Our fully online M.Ed. in Mathematics Education is designed to help you acquire advanced knowledge in the field of mathematics, so you can teach at the secondary or college level. Using a discovery model, you’ll learn to identify problems in curricula and make effective adjustments through data, testing and predictive modeling. Gain a comprehensive understanding of mathematics through the integration of core mathematical concepts with culture and practicality.

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M.Ed. in Science Education Master of Education

Now more than ever, we need educators like you. Our fully online M.Ed. in Social Science Education is designed to help you acquire advanced knowledge in the field of social science, so you can teach at the secondary or college level. Delve into the range of issues related to human interaction within society by exploring sociology, psychology and human development. Understand the theories and standards that shape our current understanding of human engagement and use that foundation to identify the patterns that could affect future ways of thinking.

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M.Ed. in Social Science Education Master of Education

Now more than ever, we need educators like you. Our fully online M.Ed. in Social Science Education is designed to help you acquire advanced knowledge in the field of social science, so you can teach at the secondary or college level. Delve into the range of issues related to human interaction within society by exploring sociology, psychology and human development. Understand the theories and standards that shape our current understanding of human engagement and use that foundation to identify the patterns that could affect future ways of thinking.

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M.Ed. in STEM Education Master of Education

This program will help you empower students to think like scientists. It was designed in conjunction with The National Institute for STEM Education (NISE) and Accelerate Learning and offers a holistic overview of historical and current issues impacting integrated science education while cultivating research-based strategies to improve student learning.

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M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership Master of Education

This degree is designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools to help other teachers reach their full potential. You’ll learn to interpret research on leadership models, teacher evaluation, and motivation, and use it to develop professional learning opportunities that promote continuous improvement

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M.A. in Elementary Teaching Master of Arts

The Master of Arts in Elementary Teaching degree is designed for those who want to be elementary teachers but have bachelor’s degrees in non-education fields. By building a solid foundation in elementary education, you’ll earn a master’s degree and be prepared for a career of working with young learners.

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Certificate in Adult Education and Corporate Training Certificate

This certificate is designed to help you utilize teaching skills in an environment that requires professional development, team building, or training to improve personal, collaborative skills in adults. Theories of interaction are taught through experiential activities that you can apply to training opportunities.

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Certificate in Essential Employability Skills Certificate

The Certificate in Essential Employability Skills is designed to help students build the skills necessary for success in the workplace. No matter the field or career, the professional, personal and teamwork skills covered in this program are applicable and highly valued in just about any workplace.

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Certificate in Higher Education Certificate

This program is designed for students wishing to learn more about the key areas of higher education. Students will learn about relevant higher education topics that will allow them to advance their knowledge and career in higher education.

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Certificate in Organizational Leadership Certificate

The Certificate in Organizational Leadership supports leadership as a personal and professional journey preparing graduate students to contribute to their professional communities as highly effective leaders capable of addressing real-world problems through evidence-based decision making, the use of leadership frameworks, theories and philosophies, communication, collaboration, ethics, cultural responsiveness, strategic planning, and innovation, through a variety of settings, including virtual workplaces. The certificate provides leadership skill development that spans across all disciplines including education, healthcare, nursing, administration, and business.

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Certificate in Teacher Leadership Certificate

Developed to enhance professional skills, this program provides an opportunity for teachers to learn how to support other teachers through learning how to help them reach their potential in teaching.

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Certificate in Transition to Teaching in Elementary Education Certificate

This program is designed for those who want to be elementary teachers but have bachelor’s degrees in non-education fields. By building a solid foundation in elementary education, it will prepare you for a career of working with young learners.

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B.A. in Professional Studies Bachelor of Arts

To be a successful professional, it’s not just about what you do. It’s about how you do it. Our B.A. in Professional Studies is a fully online, transfer-friendly degree program that equips you with the required professional skills employers want most. Complete your bachelor’s in professional studies while gaining expertise in time management, self-directed action, communication, project management, effective collaboration and more.

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Micro-Credential in Teamwork Skills Micro-Credential

The Teamwork Skills Micro-Credential will focus on the qualities needed to successfully work with others. These courses will address a variety of topics in order to build the interpersonal skills of the student. Teamwork skills are essential for success for individuals as well as the organization. When the student is able to organize, collaborate, and lead, they will be able to effectively work with others for the common goal. Each course will focus on a specific area that is critical to building teamwork skills.

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