The Transformative Learning concentration emphasizes coursework aligned with professional practice in contexts such as education, organizational leadership, and adult education.
Practices, methods, ideas, and topics engaged within this concentration’s courses, by way of example, include: Disorienting dilemma, liminal capability, rites of passage, meaning making, critical reflection, reflexive awareness, and meaning making.
"Any real change implies the breakup of the world as one has always known it, the loss of all that gave one identity."
Selected Concentration Courses
Meridian courses aligned with this concentration include:
- Transformative Learning Praxis
- Democracy, Conflict, and Sustainability
- Collective Transformative Learning and the Future of Culture
- Consciousness and Curriculum Development
- Transformative Learning and Developmental Models
Meridian’s academic structure gives students the flexibility to navigate the University’s curricular architecture in ways that match their passions, professional goals, and other life commitments.
The structure is designed to serve a diverse student body, who live around the globe, have varied cultural and clinical visions for their careers, and are at different stages in their professional journey.
Students enroll in a degree program, can elect a concentration, and register for one or multiple courses each quarter. In addition to core courses for the specific degree program and anchor courses that represent the Transformative Learning intent of Meridian’s curriculum, students select elective courses that align with their Meridian concentration, background, and career path.
Meridian’s hybrid learning format combines online courses with onsite weeklong residential intensives. The hybrid learning format is designed to enable students to pursue their graduate education at a flexible pace, combining asynchronous coursework via the University’s custom social learning platform, Pivot, live course video calls with faculty, synchronous student community engagement, and one-week residential intensives. By combining innovative online education methodologies with rich video calls and deep residential connections, the hybrid format enables students to contribute locally and perceive globally.
Each quarter, students take one or multiple seven-week online courses. This schedule provides students with time between quarters to rest, engage, and prepare. Additionally, students attend at least two weeklong onsite residential intensives per academic year. Intensives run Monday through Friday throughout the year, with residential intensives taking place at Meridian’s Bay Area Center and other globally distributed locations.
In Meridian's online learning format, students can complete 100% of their coursework degree requirements online. Virtual intensives are also available for students who choose not to travel to residential intensives. Students can select intensive dates, locations, and formats based on their personal circumstances and professional aspirations.