Master of Education Specializations

M.ED. Specialization Requirements

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

  • ED 601 - Theories of Development: A Lifespan Perspective
  • ED 602 - The Social and Psychological Forces Affecting Youth
  • ED 603 - Personality Development and Self-Esteem
  • ED 604 - Contemporary Issues in Education
  • ED 605 - Research Methods

(Other courses are designated as core within a specific specialization.)

Six credit hours in four clinical courses, including:

  • ED 651 - Educating for Character (recommended)
  • ED 652 - Mediation of Conflict (recommended)

1.5 credit courses are considered clinical electives.

Additional 15 credit hours, as follows:

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

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 and Diverse
      Learners
  • ED 632 - Psychological and Social Characteristics of Resilient Learners
  • ED 633 - Methods of Teaching At-Risk and Diverse Learners
  • ED 634 - Special Project Seminar on the At-Risk and Diverse Learners

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

Literacy Strategies for Content Learning

Required courses include (9 credits):

  • ED 620A - Teaching Students to Write Using Multiple Strategies: Composing
  • ED 638B - Special Project Seminar in Reading Intervention: Comprehension
  • ED 638C - Special Project Seminar in Reading Intervention: Vocabulary
  • ED 678 - Choosing Diverse Materials for Improving Content Learning
  • ED 679 - Special Project Seminar on Literacy Strategies
  • Students Take "ED 639 - Psychological and Linguistic Foundations of Reading" in lieu of one of the following core courses: ED 602, ED 603, or ED 604. The director will decide which course to replace based on the student's prior coursework.

In addition, the action research project will investigate use of effective literacy strategies to support subject-matter learning.

Middle School Specialization (available only through a cohort program)

Required courses include (10 credits):

  • ED 621 - Middle School Colloquium I
  • ED 622 - Middle School Colloquium II
  • ED 623 - Middle School Colloquium III 
  • ED 624 - Middle School Special Seminar

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

Montessori Studies

Through the interinstitutional agreement 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 received grades of B or better in each course.

Reading Instruction Specialization

 Required courses include (9 credits):

  • ED 625 - Strategies and Resources in Teaching Reading
  • ED 626 - Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties
  • 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 coursework.
  • 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 II, Role of the Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach for 3 credits.

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

Admissions Requirement

Prior to beginning this specialization, students need to have taken courses in processes and acquisition of reading and materials for teaching reading.

Certification Requirement

Certification as a Reading Specialist requires MSDE teacher certification and completion of the required 3-credit introduction or survey special education course.

Reducing Student, Classroom, and School Disruption: Prevention and Retention

Required courses include (9 credits):

  • ED 607-Prevention Strategies, Classroom Management and Communication
  • ED 661 - Intervention Strategies I, Conflict Resolution
  • ED 662 - Intervention Strategies II, Supporting Students with Challenging Behaviors
  • ED 654 - Special Project Seminar for Reducing Student, Classroom, and School Disruption

In addition, the action research project will focus on a component of reducing student, classroom, and school disruption.

School Improvement Leadership Specialization

Required courses include (9 credits):

  • ED 671 - School Improvement Leadership: A Theoretical Perspective
  • ED 672 - Assessing Needs and Evaluating Progress
  • ED 673 - School Improvement Leadership: Facilitating a Positive School Culture

The School Improvement Leadership specialization is an MSDE-approved program for Administrator I Certification as long as students take 12 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 coursework.
  • 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 674 A&B - Special Project Seminar/Practicum in School Improvement Leadership.

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

Certification Requirement

Certification as Administrator I requires MSDE teacher certification, 27 months of successful teaching experience, and completion of the required 3-credit introduction or survey of special education course.

Special Education for Certified Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Teachers

Required courses include (10 credits):

  • ED 688 - Educational Assessment and Diagnosis of Students with Special
      Needs I
  • ED 690 - Curriculum Design and Adaptations for Students with Special    
      Needs I
  • ED 691 - Curriculum Design and Adaptations for Students with Special
       Needs II
  • ED 698A - Special Project Seminar for Special Education

Students take ED 681 - Curriculum Development for a Multicultural Society in lieu of one of the following core courses: ED 602, ED 603, or ED 604. The director will decide which course to replace based on the student's prior coursework.

Early Childhood teachers take ED 640 - Collaboration: Engaging Families, Staff and Young Children with Special Needs and ED 642 - Early Intervention: An Approach to Early Care and Education, plus, an additional credit of ED 698B.

In addition, the action research project will focus on a component 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 677 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 coursework.

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