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Master of Education in Educational Leadership/

Master of Education in School Counseling

Dual Degree

Tam Jones, Ph.D., M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Program Administrator

Deborah H. Tribble, Ed.D., M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Program Director

Bonnie B. Bond, Ed.D., M.Ed. in School Counseling Program Director

The dual master’s program in School Counseling and Educational Leadership is a 57-credit hour non-thesis program that prepares candidates who have strong interests in both school counseling and campus leadership positions. Upon program completion, candidates will receive a Master of Education degree in School Counseling and a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership, along with having the preparation that can lead to the state certification in both areas.

Upon the successful completion of the Master of Education in School Counseling at Dallas Baptist University, passing the School Counselor Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES), and submitting your teacher service record (“teacher of record”) indicating two years of credible teaching experience in K-12 public or private schools, the candidate will be recommended for the Standard Counselor Certificate.

 

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 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. Candidates must hold a valid classroom teaching certificate. 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.

Master of Education in School Counseling Agreement Contract:

Newly admitted candidates will meet with the Program Director, at which time the Master of Education in School Counseling Agreement Contract will be explained and discussed. By signing this agreement contract, new candidates are stating their willingness to be evaluated on nine characteristics deemed necessary for the development of an ethical and competent counselor. These characteristics are implied from the expectations of professional and personal competence and responsibility and are as follows: openness, flexibility, positiveness, cooperativeness, willingness to use and accept feedback, awareness of impact on others, ability to deal with conflict, ability to accept personal responsibility, and ability to express feelings effectively and appropriately.  In addition, the candidate's signature on the contract expresses agreement to attend eight counseling sessions during the first two semesters in the M.Ed. in School Counseling Programs. No student will be allowed to register for practicum until all sessions are complete.

 

PROGRAM CONTINUANCE

Continuance in the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and M.Ed. in School Counseling 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.

 

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. 

 

STUDY PLAN

 

Required Common Curriculum   (15 hours)
EDSC 6312
Appraisal in Counseling and Development
EDSC 6313
Curriculum and Administration for School Guidance and Counseling Programs
EDAD 6300
Educational Organization and Administration
EDAD 6314
The Principalship
EDUC 5310 Introduction to Exceptional Learners
EDAD/EDSC 6010 Defense of Degree

 

Specialized Preparation for M.Ed.

in Educational Leadership   (21 hours)

Required Courses (21 hours)

EDUC 6306   Curriculum Design and Evaluation

EDAD 6312   School Law
EDAD 6313   Supervision of Instruction
EDAD 6315   School Finance/Business Management
EDAD 6316   School Personnel Administration
EDAD 6317   School Public Relations
EDAD 6389   Internship in Educational Administration (S-L)
EDAD 6010   Defense of Degree
EDAD 6020   Seminar in Educational Leadership
 

Specialized Preparation for M.Ed. in

School Counseling   (21 hours)

Required Courses (21 hours)
COUN 5382  Counseling Theories and Techniques
COUN 5383  Group Counseling Methods
EDSC 5311  Developmental Psychology
EDSC 6310  Pre-Practicum for School Counseling
EDSC 5310  Introduction to School Counseling
EDSC 6380  Career Development and Lifestyle Counseling
EDSC 6316   Practicum for School Counseling: Field Experience (S-L)
 
Total Hours of Dual Degree
15 hours from Required Common Curriculum
21 hours from M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Specialized Preparation
21 hours from M.Ed. in School Counseling Specialized Preparation
57 hours TOTAL Dual Degree

 

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 Electronic Defense of Degree

Dallas Baptist University’s educator preparation programs strive to provide a quality learning experience that enables all candidates to impact P-12 learning. The Defense of Degree 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 Defense of Degree. There are three types of documents that must be included in the Defense of Degree: 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 Defense of Degree 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 Defense of Degree 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 Defense of Degree required documents, checkpoint scoring, foundational elements rubric, and the competency artifacts rubric.

 

 

 

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

 

 

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