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Master of Education in Reading and English as a Second Language/Master of Education in Special Education Dual Degree

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MaryBeth Sanders, Ed.D, M.Ed. in Special Education Program Director

Adelita Baker, Ed.D., M.Ed. in Reading and English as a Second Language Program Administrator

Carolyn Spain, Ed.D, M.Ed. in Reading and English as a Second Language  Program Director

The dual master's program in Reading and English as a Second Language/Special Education offers two tracks that students may pursue:

  • Master of Education in Reading and English as a Second Language/Master of Education in Special Education
  • Master of Education in Reading and English as a Second Language/Master of Education in Special Education with Diagnostician Specialization

ADMISSION

In order to pursue a Dual Master’s Degree program, the applicant must apply to, meet the existing admission requirements for, and be accepted into each of the master’s degrees which comprise the dual degree program.

 

 

PREREQUISITES
Entrance requirements for both degree programs must be met, including having at least two years of acceptable teaching experience at an accredited public or private school by the time the candidate has completed the necessary coursework and is ready to take the appropriate certification examinations. A copy of the teacher candidate’s service record will be required to substantiate the teaching experience requirement prior to recommending the teacher candidate to register for the state certification examinations.

 

PROGRAM CONTINUANCE

Continuance in both programs past the first 12 hours is pending submission of a satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examinations® (GRE®).

A waiver of the GRE or MAT requirement may be considered if the student meets one of the following conditions:

  • earns an “A-“ or higher in each of the first four courses (12 hours) of graduate coursework in the DBU College of Education, or
  • holds a Bachelor’s degree from the DBU College of Education earned within the past five years with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, or
  • holds a Master’s degree from DBU.

Master of Education in Reading and English as a Second Language/Master of Education in Special Education
The dual master's program in reading and English as a second language (ESL) and special education is a 54 credit hour non-thesis program that prepares teacher candidates who wish to develop strong theoretical and experiential knowledge as well as effective skills and certification in reading, ESL and special education. Upon program completion, teacher candidates will receive a Master of Education in Special Education and a Master of Education in Reading and English as a Second Language, along with preparation that can lead to certification as a Reading Specialist, Master Reading Teacher, English as a Second Language Specialist, and Special Education Specialist.

College of Education graduate students who are in a dual master’s degree program where a state certification exam is required, should meet with their program advisor prior to registering for their first exam in order to determine which exam should be taken first.  Students will be authorized only to take one TExES exam at a time.  The first exam taken must be passed before permission to register for a second (different) exam will be given. 

Required Shared Curriculum - 18 hours (excluding prerequisites)

EDUC 5344 Diagnosing Learning Different Children
EDUC 6302 Research in Education (S-L)*
ESLS 5308 Multicultural and Multilingual Learning Environments
READ 6335 Curriculum and Instruction in Reading
READ/SPED 5332 Diagnosing and Correcting Reading Difficulties with Clinical Experience
Select one of the following:
READ 5337 Pedagogy of Reading III (Literature & Visual Representation)
or  
READ 5338 Pedagogy of Language Arts
 
EDAD/EDUC 6010 Defense of Degree

M.Ed. in Reading and English as a Second Language Required Curriculum - 18 hours (excluding prerequisites)

ESLS 5301 Second Language Acquisition
ESLS 5304 Methods in Teaching ESL
ESLS 5306 Content Area Language Proficiency Skills
Select one of the following:
ESLS 5312 Practicum for State Certification (S-L)*  ***
or
ESLS 5314 Practicum in ESL/EFL Settings (S-L)*
 
READ 5011 Reading Specialist Seminar
READ 6301 Specialized Reading Assessment and Instruction***
READ 6330 Foundations of Reading***

 

M.Ed. in Special Education Required Curriculum - 18 hours (excluding prerequisites)

SPED 5310Introduction to Exceptional Learners
SPED 5320Teaching the Underachiever
SPED 5330Pedagogy of Special Education
SPED 5350Classroom and Behavioral Management Strategies
SPED 6360Supervision of Special Education Instruction
EDAD 6312 School Law

* (S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component

**Required for students seeking State Certification in ESL
***Required for Master Reading Teacher


Once teachers with their initial teaching certification have successfully completed all coursework in the program, and if they have passed the appropriate state certification (TExES) tests, they will also earn the Reading Specialist Certification, the Master Reading Teacher Certification, the English as a Second Language Certification/Endorsement, and Special Education Certification.

TOTAL HOURS

18 Hours Required Shared Curriculum
18 Hours

M.Ed. in Reading and English as a Second Language Required Curriculum

18 Hours M.Ed. in Special Education Required Curriculum
54 Hours TOTAL Dual Degree (excluding prerequisites)

Master of Education in Reading and English as a Second Language/Master of Education in Special Education with Diagnostician Specialization


The dual master's program in reading and English as a second language (ESL) and special education with educational diagnostician specialization is a 57 credit hour non-thesis program that prepares teacher candidates who wish to develop strong theoretical and experiential knowledge as well as effective skills and certification in the areas of reading, ESL, special education and educational diagnostician. Upon program completion, teacher candidates will receive a Master of Education in Special Education with Educational Diagnostician Specialization and a Master of Education in Reading and English as a Second Language, along with preparation that can lead to certification as a Reading Specialist, Master Reading Teacher, English as a Second Language specialist, Special Education Specialist, and Educational Diagnostician.

College of Education graduate students who are in a dual master’s degree program where a state certification exam is required, should meet with their program advisor prior to registering for their first exam in order to determine which exam should be taken first.  Students will be authorized only to take one TExES exam at a time.  The first exam taken must be passed before permission to register for a second (different) exam will be given.

Required Shared Curriculum - 15 hours (excluding prerequisites)

EDUC 5344 Diagnosing Learning Different Children
EDUC 6302 Research in Education (S-L)*
ESLS 5308 Multicultural and Multilingual Learning Environments
READ 6335 Curriculum and Instruction in Reading***
Select one of the following:
READ 5337 Pedagogy of Reading III (Literature and Visual Representation)
or  
READ 5338 Pedagogy of Language Arts
 
EDUC/SPED 6010

Defense of Degree

 

 

M.Ed. in Reading and English as a Second Language Required Curriculum - 21 hours (excluding prerequisites)

ESLS 5301 Second Language Acquisition
ESLS 5304 Methods in Teaching ESL
ESLS 5306 Content Area Language Proficiency Skills
Select one of the following:
ESLS 5312 Practicum for State Certification (S-L)*  ***
or
ESLS 5314 Practicum in ESL/EFL Settings (S-L)*
 
READ 5011 Reading Specialist Seminar(0 credit hours)
READ 5334 Studies in the Diagnosis and Clinical Correction of Reading Issues
READ 6301 Specialized Reading Assessment and Instruction***
READ 6330 Foundations in Reading***

 

M.Ed. in Special Education Required Curriculum - 21 hours (excluding prerequisites)

SPED 5310 Introduction to Exceptional Learners
SPED 5320 Teaching the Underachiever
SPED 5330 Pedagogy of Special Education
SPED 5350 Classroom and Behavioral Management Strategies
SPED 6350 Individual Diagnostic Assessment Practicum (160 hours) (S-L)*
EDAD 6312 School Law
SPED 6330 Comprehensive Assessments

*(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

** Required for students seeking State Certification in ESL
***Required for Master Reading Teacher


Once teachers with their initial teaching certification have successfully completed all coursework in the program, and if they have passed the appropriate state certification (TExES) tests, they will also earn the Reading Specialist Certification, the Master Reading Teacher Certification, the English as a Second Language Certification/Endorsement, and Special Education Certification.

TOTAL HOURS

15 hours Required Shared Curriculum
21 hours M.Ed. in Reading and English as a Second Language Required Curriculum          
21 hours M.Ed. in Special Education with Diagnostician Specialization Required Curriculum     
57 hours TOTAL Dual Degree (excluding prerequisites)

 

College of Education Graduate Defense of Degree
Because of Dallas Baptist University’s quest for meaningful assessment of graduate candidates, a defense of degree is required in all College of Education Graduate Programs. The defense of degree is a capstone collection of signature assessments and artifacts with reflections that demonstrate a candidate’s personal growth, development, and acquisition of knowledge, skills and dispositions.

A digital format will be utilized by the candidate to enhance the presentation and to justify why the degree should be awarded to the candidate. The candidate’s formal defense will be presented to members of the Educator Preparation Board and will take place on the main campus each semester.

 

It is recommended that candidates attend a Defense of Degree workshop held each semester. It is also the candidate’s responsibility to schedule a meeting with their designated program director who will provide additional information regarding objectives, service-learning, artifacts, reflections, presentation format, and evaluative criteria and scoring.

 

Candidates must register for the Defense of Degree course as prescribed in their degree plan during the semester in which they will present their defense of degree to the Educator Preparation Board. The EPB is a group of experienced and widely successful educators from Dallas Baptist University and the Metroplex. Practicing teachers, administrators, consultants, superintendents, guidance directors, personnel directors, and Educational Region Service Center personnel as well as DBU professors and administrators volunteer their time for this highly selective process. The Educator Preparation Board serves as the College of Education Graduate Programs’ advisory board and meets three times a year to assess graduate candidates’ defense of degrees.

 

College of Education Graduate E-Portfolio

Dallas Baptist University’s educator preparation programs strive to provide a quality learning experience that enables all candidates to impact P-12 learning. The E-Portfolio is designed to be an individualized collection of documents to prepare the candidate for future positions; demonstrate the candidate’s ongoing knowledge, skills, experiences, and dispositions; and provide the candidate with the opportunity for self-reflection. All graduate candidates are required to compile and maintain an electronic, developmental E-Portfolio. There are three types of documents that must be included in the E-Portfolio: required documents, foundational elements, and competency artifacts. Throughout the program, the candidate will collect these documents and upload them to their designed TaskStream account.

 

The organization of E-Portfolio is governed by the State Board of Educator Certification standards and competencies, DBU/InTASC competencies, and DBU’s Educator Preparation Provider competencies in addition to specific field of study competencies.

 

The E-Portfolio will be used to assess your development as you proceed through your designated program. Candidates who do not have all required documents and “signature assessments” uploaded into TaskStream will not be allowed to proceed to the next level as designed by these Transition Points:

 

Transition Point One: Requirements for Program Admission

Transition Point Two: Requirements for Program Entrance

Transition Point Three: Requirements for Program Continuance

Transition Point Four: Requirements for Program Completion

Transition Point Five: Requirements for Program Evaluation

 

It is the candidates’ responsibility to meet with their designed program director and/or advisor to discuss the E-Portfolio required documents, checkpoint scoring, foundational elements rubric, and the competency artifacts rubric.

 

   
     

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