• Athletic Program Leadership and Administration
  • At-Risk & Diverse Learners
  • Literacy Strategies for Content Learning
  • Middle School Specialization (available only through Cohort program)
  • Montessori Studies
  • Reading Instruction (MSDE-approved for Reading Specialist certification)
  • School Improvement Leadership (MSDE-approved program for Administrator 1 Certification)
  • School Mediation (in redevelopment)
  • Special Education for certified Elementary and Secondary Teachers
  • Teacher as Leader in Technology

Master of Education Specialization Requirements

A total of 35 to 36 credit hours is required to complete the program. Students must complete 15 credit hours in five core courses, including:

  • ED 601–Theories of Development: A Lifespan Perspective
  • ED 602–The Social and Psychological Forces Affecting Youth or ED 608 The Sociology of Education
  • ED 603–Personality Development and Self-Esteem
  • ED 604–Contemporary Issues in Education: A Look at the Twentieth Century
  • ED 605–Research Methods

Six credit hours in four clinical courses, including:

  • ED 651–Values and
  • ED 652–Mediation of Conflict

1.5 credit courses are considered clinical electives. Additional 14 to 15 credit hours, as follows:

  • Three credits to be taken in an elective course and
  • Three credits to be taken in a research seminar implementing an action research project
  • Each student selects an area of specialization. The technology requirements are met within the area of specialization. The requirements for each specialization are detailed on the following pages.

Athletic Program Leadership and Administration Specialization

Required courses include (9 credits):

  • ED 615–Athletic Administration/Leadership
  • ED 616–Sports Psychology
  • ED 617–Coaching Seminar
  • ED 618–Athletic Administration/Coaching Internship

In addition, the action research project will focus on a component of athletic program leadership.

At-Risk/ Diverse Learners Specialization
Required courses include (9 credits):

  • ED 631–Psychological and Social Characteristics of At-Risk Students
  • ED 632–Psychological and Social Characteristics of the Resilient Student
  • ED 633–Methods of Teaching At-Risk and Resilient Students
  • ED 634–Special Project Seminar on the At-Risk Student


In addition, the action research project will focus on this population.

 

Literacy Strategies for Content Learning (9 credits)

  • ED 620A --Teaching Students to Write Using Multiple Strategies: Composing (3 credits)
  • ED 638--Special Project Seminar in Reading Intervention: Vocabulary and Comprehension (3 credits)
  • ED 678--Choosing Diverse Materials for Improving Content Learning (2 credits)
  • ED 679--Special Project Seminar on Literacy Strategies, (1 credit)  

It is recommended that students take:

  • ED 639-Psychological and Linguistic Foundations of Reading in lieu of one of the following core courses: ED 602, 603, or 604.  The director will decide which course to replace based on the student's prior course work.
  • ED620B-Teaching Students to Write Using Multiple Strategies: Issues of Correctness in lieu of two clinical electives.
  • ED 697-Reading Strategies for Content Learning as the elective.

In addition, the action research project will focus on this population.


Middle School Specialization
Required courses include (9 credits):

  • ED 621–Middle School Colloqium I
  • ED 622–Middle School Colloqium II
  • ED 623–Middle School Colloqium III 
  • ED 624–Special Project Seminar on the Middle School

In addition, the action research project will focus on this population.

Montessori Studies

Through the inter-institutional agreements between Goucher College and the Maryland Center for Montessori Studies (MSMS), applicants who have successfully completed the Montessori Training Program at the MCMS will be allowed to transfer up to 15 credits from the Montessori Program into the M.Ed. Program.  These pre-selected courses will be transferred as a unit, provided the students recieved grades of B or better in each course.

Reading Instruction (MSDE-approved for Reading Specialist certification)
Required courses include (9 credits):

  • ED 625 - Strategies and Resources in Teaching Reading
  • ED 626–Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties Specialization
  • ED 637 - Practicum Part I, Reading Diagnosis and Instruction

The reading instruction specialization is an MSDE-approved program for Reading Specialist certification as long as students take 13.5 additional credits and follow these guidelines:

  • Students take ED 639 - Psychological and Linguistic Foundations of Reading in lieu of one of the following core courses: ED 602, 603, or 604.  The director will decide which course to replace based on the student's prior course work
  • Students take ED 672 - Assessing Needs and Evaluating Progress for the elective course.
  • Students take ED 636 - Overview of Intervention Strategies in lieu of ED 651 or 652
  • Students take ED 638 - Special Project Seminar in Reading Interventions (may be substituted with ED 647) in lieu of two clinical electives.
  • Students take ED 635 - Practicum Part 2, Role of the Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach for 3 credits.

In addition, the action research project will focus on a component of reading.

Prerequisites:

  • Prior to beginning this specialization, students need to have taken a processes and acquisition of reading and materials for teaching reading course.
  • Certification as a Reading Specialist requires MSDE teacher certification.


School improvement Leadership Specialization

Prerequisites:
Required courses include (9 credits):

  • ED 671–School Improvement Leadership: A Theoretical Perspective
  • ED 672–Assessing Needs and Evaluating Progress
  • ED 673–School Culture

The School Improvement Leadership specialization is an MSDE-approved program for Administrator I Certification as long as students take 9 additional credits and follow these guidelines:

  • Students take ED 681–Curriculum Development in a Multicultural Society in lieu of one of the following core courses: ED 602, 603, or 604. The director will decide which course to replace based on the student’s prior course work.
  • Students take ED 646–School Law for the elective course and ED 653–Supervision for Effective Instruction in lieu of two clinical electives.
  • Students take ED 674A & B–Special Project Seminar/Practicum in School Improvement Leadership. In addition, the action research project will focus on a component of school improvement.
  • Certification as Administrator I requires MSDE teacher certification and 27 months of successful teaching experience.

Special Education Specialization
Required courses include (10 credits):

  • ED 688–Educational Assessment & Diagnosis of Students with Special Needs I
  • ED 690–Curriculum Design & Adaptions for Students with Special Needs I
  • ED 691-Curriculum Design & Adaptions for Students with Special Needs II
  • ED 698 –Special Project Seminar

In addition, the action research project will focus on one aspect of special education.

Teacher as Leader in Technology
Required courses include (9 credits):

  • ED 675 - Teacher Leadership in Technology Based Learning
  • ED 676 - Leading Technology Based Learning for Improved Student Learning
  • ED 677ED 677(Parts A&B) - Special Project Seminar/Practicum in Teacher Leadership in Technology
  • Students take ED 681-Curriculum Development in a Multicultural Society in lieu of one of the following core courses: ED 602, 603, or 604. The director will decide which course to replace based on the student's prior course work.

In addition, the action research project will focus on a component of teacher as leader in technology.

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