Larry Simmons, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty,
Department of Professional Educational Studies

I’m Larry Simmons. In 1975, at the age of 20, I joined the Detroit Police Department and worked at several precincts throughout the city. After many years on the police department, I became convinced I should help some individuals stop the cycle of crime that seemed to be controlling their lives. From 1992 until 1995, I worked as a volunteer at the main county jail teaching a Values Clarification course to inmates awaiting trial for various crimes. It was during this time that I discovered the joy of teaching and decided to return to college and finish my higher education in preparation for retirement from the Detroit police department. I attended Concordia University in Ann Arbor, MI completing a bachelor's degree in Strategic Human Resource Leadership. After graduating Concordia University I enrolled in a master of education program in Learning Design and Technology (LDT) at Wayne State University (WSU) in Detroit, MI. After completing their Master of Education program, I applied for and was accepted into WSU's Doctor of Philosophy LDT program. LDT involves approaching the process of learning and instruction through systematic methods by using techniques and technologies that promotes the acquisition and transfer of knowledge. Learning Design Technologists are similar to mechanical engineers. However, instead of designing mechanical systems to produce an end product, the LDT practitioner designs and develops human instructional systems aimed to produce this end product, mastery learning.  As an online educator, I maintain student-centered online learning environments where my adult students serve as co-facilitators of each other’s learning. I have 14+ years of experience serving as an online educator for a variety of online academic institutions in their undergraduate and graduate programs.  Now, I’m looking forward to this opportunity to work with everyone here as we serve the students of ACE! 

Education

  • Doctorate in Instructional Technology
    Wayne State University
  • Master's in Instructional Technology
    Wayne State University
  • Bachelor's in Human Resources Administration
    Concordia University

Research Interests

Adult education, online education, andragogy, peeragogy, peer-to-peer learning, TPACK framework

Program Affiliations

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 Educational Technology Master of Education

The Master of Education in Educational Technology 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.

34

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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.

34

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

19

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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.

34

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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.

31

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

2018 Catalog Release

22

Semester Credits

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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.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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M.A. in Secondary Teaching Master of Arts

The Master of Arts in Secondary Teaching 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 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 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.

18

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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.

24

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Certificate Transition to Teaching in Secondary Education Certificate

This Certificate in Transition to Teaching in Secondary Education program is designed for those who want to be teachers but have a bachelor’s degree in a non-education field. 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

The Certificate in Virtual Instruction 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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Micro-Credential in Digital Learning and Teaching Micro-Credential

The micro-credential in Digital Learning and Teaching is designed to help educators re-examine technology, student learning, and classroom structure, as well as the roles of teacher and student. The micro-credential explores how to design learning environments supported by technology, integrate digital technology into curriculum to maximize student learning, and evaluate emerging technology for personal and professional productivity.

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Micro-Credential in Educational Technology Micro-Credential

In the Educational Technology, micro-credential attention is given to the broader elements needed for an effective technology program including strategies to assess components, ways to design the virtual environment, and how to lead and guide the process when program change is required.

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Micro-Credential in Information Systems Micro-Credential

This micro-credential addresses the notion that technology is a way of life in the 21st century. Information is gathered, stored, processed for reports and retrieved from data warehouses to be analyzed and acted upon by decision-makers. The quality of the information is critical for effective action in face-to-face environments and in the virtual world of content delivery.

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