Instructional Leadership

MEd

  • Become a lead teacher, instructional supervisor, curriculum specialist or department head
  • Enhance your instructional leadership skills
  • For elementary or secondary teachers 

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This program prepares experienced K-12 teachers for instructional leadership roles such as lead teachers, instructional supervisors, curriculum specialists and department heads. It is designed to enhance the instructional and leadership skills of candidates so that they become master teachers who can model effective practices, analyze and evaluate curriculum and instruction, and provide help and guidance to other pre-service and in-service teachers.

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Accomplished Education Faculty


Joseph A. Polizzi, Ph.D.
Chairperson of Education Department
Associate Professor of Education and Educational Leadership

Tonya Saddler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education

Christine L. Fryer, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor, Education Department

Patricia S. Arter, Ed.D.
Associate Professor
Director of Students On-Campus Achieving Results (SOAR) program

The McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies includes a broad range of teaching, clinical and research equipment in support of its graduate training mission. The facility includes multimedia classrooms and a curriculum lab with excellent resources for students, including an Ellison machine, a laminator, and computer facilities.

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

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Master of Education (M.Ed.) - Instructional Leadership

36 semester hours

Master in Education (M.Ed.) with a specialization in Instructional Leadership prepares experienced K-12 teachers for instructional leadership roles such as lead teachers, instructional supervisors, curriculum specialists and department heads. The M.Ed. is a 36 credit hour degree (not leading to certification) for elementary and secondary teachers in both general and vocational education.

It is designed to enhance the instructional and leadership skills of candidates so that they become master teachers who can model effective practices, analyze and evaluate curriculum and instruction, and provide help and guidance to other pre-service and in-service teachers.

The Master of Education courses will focus on:

  • Enabling participants to enhance skills in curriculum development
  • Understanding multicultural issues that impact learning
  • Developing classroom communication and management skills
  • Integrating instructional technology
  • Integrating professional ethics in the instructional environment
  • Understanding appropriate instructional designs for classroom teaching
  • Developing curriculum and using appropriate teaching strategies for developmental and special needs students

In addition to an initial interview with the Chair of the Education Department or designated faculty member and the successful completion of course work, the degree candidate is required to complete a Professional Contribution under the guidance of a faculty mentor and to give a public presentation of the project.

EDUC 501 Research Theory
3
EDUC 520 Universal Design for Learning
3
EDUC 546 Current Problems/Issues in Education
3
EDUC 547 Curriculum Planning/Assessment Practice
3
EDUC 549 School Law and Professional Ethics
3
EDUC 554 Contemporary Learning Theories
3
EDUC 603 Dynamics of Leadership and Change
3
EDUC 611
Instructional Design: Theory and Application
3
R ED 526 Teaching Strategies in Content Areas
3
SPED 511 Curriculum Adaptations
3
SPED 539 Classroom Behavior Management
3
Elective
3
EDUC 555 Professional Contribution (Site Based Action Research Project)
0