The Master of Education degree is available in two areas: Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership. The Master of Education degree can also be combined with the following endorsements or the endorsements can be completed without the M. Ed. degree: TESOL, Early Childhood Generalist, and Teacher Leader.
Admission policies and procedures for all graduate academic programs of Ohio Dominican University are the responsibility of the Graduate Curriculum and Academic Policies Committee (GCAP). Admission to a program is the decision of the Program Director and the Graduate Admission Committee who review and evaluate all applications. In the case of applicants who do not satisfy the general requirements for admission to a program, the Program Director will decide on the merit of such cases. For admission to the Master of Education programs, applicants must:
As indicated above, applicants must possess a teaching certificate/license for admission into a program. [Note: These programs do not lead to initial licensure.] The expectation is that an applicant is a practicing teacher. Many of the courses in the programs require experiences in a classroom. If the applicant is currently teaching, his/her own classroom may be used for most experiences. An applicant who is not currently teaching must make arrangements for classroom access to complete assignments.
The curriculum for the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction has been designed to enable graduates: • To focus on theories, research, and practice that support and sustain on-going teacher development and school improvement; • To become prepared to pursue the study of curriculum and instruction at the doctoral level; or • To value educational research and reflective practice as a component to effective teaching practice and life-long learning.
This program is designed to strengthen the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of candidates for the Master of Education program employed as teachers. Course syllabi, course descriptions, and performance assessments clearly indicate and provide opportunities to gain knowledge and demonstrate the content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to help all students learn. The M.Ed.'s focus is on what professional teachers should know and be able to do. We strive to develop advanced professionals who are highly effective teachers, and who are reflective, inquiry-oriented, cognizant of cultural diversity and individual differences, able to communicate effectively, aware of research, and able to assume leadership responsibilities as practicing teachers. Our conceptual framework, NCATE (National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education) standards, and the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession (OSTP) guide the curriculum, instruction and assessment for our advanced professional education program. Our framework comprises a standards-driven, research-based, reflective leadership development approach through which teachers develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions deemed essential for effective teaching. Our conceptual framework reflects the following standards for advanced professional educators and provides the foundation for program performance competencies: Professional Studies and Research:
Leadership Skills and Technology Application:
Reflective Professional Practice:
Not all courses, particularly elective courses, will be offered each semester. Student should check with an advisor to determine the course rotation.
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The Master of Education in Educational Leadership program addresses the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to meet the challenges of serving in leadership positions in the increasingly complex environments of Pre-K – 12 schools. The program meets the requirements for a principal licensure program in the State of Ohio and is designed for educators who aspire to serve as principals, assistant principals, directors, supervisors, and dean of students in Pre-K – 12 settings. A hallmark of the program is the inclusion of courses that specifically address the administration of programs to meet the needs of all students.
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By completing the following coursework and passing the Praxis II ESOL test, candidates will qualify for the TESOL Multi-Age Endorsement while earning the Master of Education degree.
Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement
The Ohio Department of Education has created an Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement to enable Early Childhood (Pre-kindergarten through Grade 3) license holders to meet additional requirements that would broaden the scope of their license so they could also teach the fourth and fifth grades. The endorsement may be added only to an Early Childhood License.
These courses may be used as electives in the M.Ed. program.
Note: An additional PraxisII examination is required. See the Ohio Department of Education website for the test number.
Teacher Leader Endorsement
The Teacher Leader Endorsement, which will be added to a professional teaching license following completion of an approved teacher leader endorsement preparation program, fulfills a need in Ohio to prepare individuals to serve as teacher leaders, both in formal and informal roles within their building and district. Teacher leaders assist principals in developing and supporting a shared vision and clear goals for schools and provide staff development, mentoring, and coaching to teachers. The Teacher Leader Endorsement will also facilitate support of the new Ohio teacher licensure, as one of two current routes to the top license on the career lattice, the Lead Professional Educator License. This endorsement is for post-Masters only.