MASTER OF EDUCATION DEGREE

The Master of Education degree is designed to enhance the preparation and leadership of individuals within the education profession and those entering teaching. The focus of the Master of Education is curriculum, instruction, and leadership. Students engage in academic and professional studies focused on teaching and leadership. The degree program is a minimum of thirty-six semester credit hours with a professional core and a professional emphasis. The objectives of the degree are:

1. To enhance the knowledge base and skills necessary for effective teaching, leadership, and professional development.
2. To integrate theory with practice to enrich the quality of instruction and teaching and foster continuous improvement of the educational process.
3. To develop skills for analyzing decision-making and action based on a thoughtful reflection on pertinent data and current research.

Four unique tracks are available to students seeking the Master of Education. Two of the tracks can lead to teacher certification - elementary and secondary. A third track is designed for the professional teacher who aspires to be a school principal. The fourth track is designed for those individuals in teaching and human services seeking to enhance skills and abilities leading to a master of education in professional studies.

Admission Guidelines for the Master of Education - Students must meet the criteria for admission from one of the following options:

1. Admission based on GRE (Graduate Record Examination) score: A total verbal - quantitative GRE (graduate record examination) score of 850 or higher with a minimum score of 300 on both the GRE verbal and quantitative sections are required.
2. Admission equation: A total of 16 or more graduate entry points computed by the following formula: (GRE Verbal/100 + Quantitative/100) + (GPAx 3) = Graduate entry points. GRE V+ Q is the combined GRE verbal and quantitative scores and the GPA (grade point average) is the grade point average for the last 60 semester hours completed at the time of application. A minimum score of 300 on the GRE Verbal and Quantitative is required.
3. An earned graduate degree from a regionally accredited university: An applicant holding an earned graduate degree from a regionally accredited university a degree is not required to submit GRE scores.

Admission Guidelines for the Non-Degree Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Certification Program - Students must meet the following criteria for admission to the nondegreepost-baccalaureate teaching certification program:
1. Admission based on GPA: The entry guideline of 2.7 GPA for the last 60 hours, and a major GPA of 2.7 apply.
2. Competency testing: Competency testing can be fulfilled with the Accuplacer, THEA or the GRE examinations.

The following are the passing Accuplacer scores: Reading 90, Elementary Algebra 80; Sentence Structure 80; WritePlacer 8. The following are the passing
THEA scores: Reading 260; Mathematics 230; Writing 230. And, the acceptable scores for the GRE are: Verbal 300; Quantitative 300, and Writing 3.5.
A maximum of 12 semester hours of graduate study earned in this category may be applied to a Wayland graduate degree. The Graduate Council must approve the application of nondegree hours to a graduate degree. Leveling work completed by a non-degree student must have a grade not lower than “C” to satisfy graduate degree requirements. If for some reason a student elects to a change of degree status, they may do so by filling out the appropriate application and meeting all the requirements for the category that they seek. A required $35 change of degree fee will be required each time the student changes a degree status. This fee is different from the application fee; therefore, no students will be exempted from this fee if they change degrees.

Degree Requirements for the M.Ed.

Professional Studies - Professional emphasis areas include education literacy, English, English as a second language, human resources, instructional leadership, instructional technology, social studies, science education, and special education. Each specialization requires fifteen hours of approved academic work from the courses listed in each description.The core requirements for Professional Studies include 18 hours from the following courses:
EDIT 5310 - Microcomputer Applications
EDUC 5301 - Advanced Principles and Practices in Education
EDUC 5302 - Research Methods and Data Analysis
EDUC 5303 - Multicultural Education
EDAD 5331 - Organizational Behavior and Theory
three hours from:
EDUC 5380 - Adult Development and Learning
EDUC 5381 - Child and Adolescent Development and Learning

Capstone Experience - All M.Ed. students are required to complete a two-part capstone requirement that involves written and oral components and is evaluated by a committee of faculty members. EDUC 5366 - Topical Research in Education will serve as the capstone for all Professional Studies pro grams. EDUC 5302 is the pre-requisite for the course. The written component will be the final draft of the research project that was undertaken as a requirement of the course. The oral component will be a presentation of that research to an audience which includes a faculty committee who will evaluate the oral presentation as the final requirement for the M.Ed.



Instructional Leadership - A capstone course is part of the professional studies Master of Education degree plan. The capstone course (EDUC 5366) involves a research project. This project involves the student performing research that is relevant to Instructional Leadership specialization under the supervision of an education school faculty member. This course involves designing and conducting a research project, presenting the results in a written paper as well as an oral presentation. The research is done under the supervision of a school of education faculty member.
EDUC 5366 - Topical Research in Education
Plus fifteen hours from:
EDAD 5332 - School Law
EDAD 5326 - Effective School Organization and Improvement
EDAD 5333 - Supervision of Instructional Leadership
EDAD 5338 - Communication Skills and Parent Involvement
EDIT 5340 - Advanced Desktop Publishing and Digital Graphics
EDLI 5345 - Teaching English as a Second Language
EDSP 5304 - Programs, Procedures, and Issues in Special Education
EDUC 5300 - Personal and Organizational Leadership
EDUC 5305 - Instructional Techniques
EDUC 5306 - Classroom Management
EDUC 5312 - Topics in Education
EDUC 5318 - Becoming a Teacher
EDUC 5328 - Instructional and Assessment Strategies II
EDUC 5339 - Stress Management

Instructional Technology - A capstone course is part of the professional studies Master of Education degree plan. The capstone course (EDUC 5366) involves a research project. This project involves the student performing research that is relevant to the Instructional Technology specialization under the supervision of an education school faculty member. This course involves designing and conducting a research project, presenting the results in a written paper as well as an oral presentation. The research is done under the supervision of a school of education faculty member.
EDUC 5366 - Topical Research in Education
Plus fifteen hours from:
EDIT 5310 - Microcomputer Applications
EDIT 5340 - Advanced Desktop Publishing and Digital Graphics
EDIT 5341 - Advanced Computer Networking and Data Management
EDIT 5343 - Advanced Web Mastering
EDIT 5344 - Advanced Multimedia and Video Technology
MISM 5306 - Management of Information Systems


Higher Education Administration - A capstone course is part of the professional studies Master of Education degree plan.  The capstone course (EDUC 5366) involves a research project.  This project involves the student performing research that is relevant to the higher education specialization under the supervision of an education school faculty member.  This course involves designing and conducting a research project, presenting the results in a written paper as well as an oral presentation.  The research is done under the supervision of a school of education faculty member.

EDHE 5301 - The Administration of Higher Education
EDHE 5302 - Historical and Financial Aspects of Higher Education
EDHE 5303 - Strategic Planning and Analytical Systems
EDHE 5304 - Foundations of Student Development
EDHE 5306 - Legal Aspects of Higher Education
EDUC 5366 - Topical Research in Education

 

Special Education - The program is designed to result in the candidate being eligible for an EC-12 generic special education license or endorsement.The core has been modified to provide a choice between EDUC 5301 or EDSP 5304. The specialization provides for six hours of student teaching or internship if the individual is applying for an initial license. Otherwise, the candidate will complete EDUC5664 as a capstone. A capstone course is part of the professional studies Master of Education degree plan. The capstone course (EDUC 5366) involves a research project. This project involves the student performing research that is relevant to his/her specialization under the supervision of an education school faculty member. This course involves designing and conducting a research project, presenting the results in a written paper as well as an oral presentation. The research is done under the supervision of a school of education faculty member.
EDSP 5305 - Special Education Law
EDSP 5306 - Methods & Materials for Teaching Students with Disabilities
EDSP 5308 - Appraisal of Students with Disabilities
EDSP 5315 - Behavior Management Techniques for Students with
Disabilities
EDSP 5357 - Teaching Students with Reading, Language, and
Communication Disorders
From one:
EDUC 5664 - Student Teaching in All Grade Levels
EDUC 5366 - Topical Research in Education

M.Ed. in Educational Administration
The program is designed to provide administrative certification and a Master of Education degree (MEd). The states have different testing requirements; one needs to check with the program coordinator as to the process required for state certification. Student must possess a valid teacher certificate and have three years of teaching experience.

Capstone Experience - The capstone experience for the M.Ed. in Educational Administration consists of passing a written examination. The oral component consists of the presentation of the student’s idea for a “calling card” event. The student’s “calling card” is a proposed program or process that they intend to introduce to the school where they are currently working or will do their internship. The “calling card” presentation will be evaluated by a faculty committee. The M.Ed. is awarded by completing 36 hours of the program and the capstone experience. #The internship is taken at the end of the program and is not a part of the degree requirements.
EDUC 5302 - Research Methods and Data Analysis
EDUC 5303 - Multicultural Education
*EDAD 5326 - Effective School Organization and Improvement
*EDAD 5330 - School Human Resource Management
*EDAD 5331 - Organizational Behavior and Theory
*EDAD 5332 - School Law
*EDAD 5333 - Supervision of Instructional Leadership
EDAD 5334 - Educational Resource Management
*EDAD 5335 - The Principalship
EDAD 5338 - Communication Skills and Parent Involvement
#*EDAD 6349 - Principal Internship
EDAD 5337 - Application of Administrative Concepts
EDUC 5300 - Personal and Organizational Leadership




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