Jennifer Ashton, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty,
Department of Professional Educational Studies

Dr. Jennifer Ashton is passionate about developing strategies to both improve and enhance the learning experience to make curriculum enjoyable and accessible to all users. In particular, she enjoys serving students with special needs and English Language Learners (ELLs). For the past decade, she has worked in several roles in K-12 and higher education including teacher, school administrator, and Federal programs director. Her goal in each of these roles has been to ensure all classrooms provide student-centered learning experiences. She particularly enjoys including integrating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) in the classroom. She has also had the opportunity to be a part of school accreditation processes, both as an external reviewer and lead in the school setting.

As an instructional designer, Dr. Ashton has developed hybrid, blended, and fully online courses for K-12 and higher education. All digital designs are grounded in instructional design principles and theories as well as learner-specific pedagogies. Depending on the needs of each project, she has used methods including as ADDIE, SAM, Agile, and Scrum. She enjoys working collaboratively with teams of all sizes and adapting the process to help everyone on the team feel confident. As part of this process, she has developed several training guides and templates to assist subject matter experts (SMEs) in accomplishing their goals. Dr. Ashton has worked both synchronously and asynchronously with SMEs around the globe.

Dr. Ashton’s research involves studying strategies for building a sense of community in the virtual environment, the changing landscape of instructional design, and universal design for learning (UDL). Additionally, she has started a nonprofit organization that will be focusing on educating and advocating for students with disabilities. The nonprofit will include parent training, blogs written by students with disabilities and families willing to tell their stories towards advocacy, and a site that will continue to add resources.

Education

  • Bachelor's in Business and Marketing
    University of Central Florida
  • Doctorate in Instructional Technology and Distance Education
    Nova Southeastern University
  • Master's in Organizational Management
    University of Phoenix
  • Master's in MASTER OF ARTS IN EDUCATION/ELEMENTARY TEACHER EDUCATION
    University of Phoenix

Research Interests

  • Instructional design
  • Universal design for learning

Program Affiliations

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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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 Curriculum and Instruction Master of Education

This program provides P-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 Educational Technology Master of Education

This program prepares educators and other professionals to serve as technology leaders by teaching them to track trends and leverage technology as an effective tool to support learning and meet the needs of school staff, teachers, and students.

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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, this program will build on their current understanding of young students’ learning needs and introduce them to new ways of incorporating technology into the classroom.

34

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

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M.Ed. in English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education Master of Education

This program addresses the needs of teachers who are interested in working with linguistically and culturally diverse non-native English speakers. It is aligned to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards: English as a New Language.

34

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M.Ed. in Higher Education Master of Education

Designed for individuals who wish to advance their skills or career in higher education, this program focuses on the ever-changing global, economic, and technological environments that impact the field of higher education.

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M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Technology Master of Education

This degree is designed for students wishing to use technology to pursue a career in instructional design. You will learn how to evaluate, develop, and implement effective instructional design in a variety of educational settings.

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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 Integrated Curriculum for Graduates of the M.Ed. in STEM Leadership Master of Education

2018 Catalog Release

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M.Ed. in Literacy Master of Education

This program is designed for educators who wish to bring systematic change to schools seeking to improve or enhance reading instruction. You will learn how to develop a supportive curriculum that helps students and teachers meet important reading milestones.

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M.Ed. in STEM Leadership 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.Ed. in Teaching English Learners Master of Education

English language learners are the fastest growing student population and educators need specialized training to work with them effectively. This program is built to help teachers reach these students, bridge cultural gaps, and differentiate their curriculum according to individual student needs.

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M.A. in Elementary Teaching Master of Arts

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, you’ll earn a master’s degree and be prepared for a career of working with young learners.

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M.A. in Secondary Teaching Master of Arts

This program is designed for students who have bachelor’s degrees in non-education fields but want to be teachers at the secondary level. By building a solid foundation in secondary education, you’ll earn a master’s degree and be prepared for a career in teaching at the secondary level.

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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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Certificate in Transition to Teaching in Secondary Education Certificate

This certificate is designed for those who want to be teachers but have bachelor’s degrees in non-education fields. By building a solid foundation in secondary education, it will prepare you for a career in teaching at the secondary level.

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Certificate in Virtual Instruction Certificate

This certificate will help you transform your teaching strategies to fit virtual formats. Grounded in current research and best practices, your assignments will help you become a leader in this rapidly evolving field. This transferable certificate can lead to a full degree by adding additional coursework.

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