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Master of Education in Educational Leadership (M.Ed.)
Carolyn Spain, Ed.D., Program Director
The Master of Education in Educational Leadership is a 30-hour non-thesis program. The program is composed of 6 core hours and 24 specialized preparation hours referred to as certification courses. Students who meet additional state criteria will be qualified to sit for the state Principal TExES. Upon completion of the program, passage of the Principal TExES, and specific state regulations, the student will be qualified to apply for the state Principal's Certificate.
The charter school administrator concentration prepares graduate students to provide leadership in a charter school setting both at the campus and district levels. The preparation can be taken through an advanced certificate in charter school administration for those who already hold a bachelor's or master's degree, or can be taken as a concentration in a master's program in educational leadership that leads to state principal certification.
Continuance in the program 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.
Entrance requirements for graduate programs in the College of Education must be met, including having at least two years of credible teaching experience in a K-12 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.
Core Courses (6 hours)
Certification Courses - Specialized Preparation (24 hours)
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED: Minimum 30 hours
Note: The State Principal Certificate qualifies an individual for the principalship in grades Pre-Kindergarten through Twelve and for almost all positions in the central administration office except the Superintendency. The certificate requires the completion of a master's program, two years of successful teaching experience in an accredited public or private school, and the passing of the Principal TExES exam.
Charter School Administrator Concentration
Core Courses (6 hours)
Curriculum Design and Evaluation
||Nonprofit Accounting/Resource Development and Fundraising
Certification Courses - Specialized Preparation - (24 hours)
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED: Minimum 30 hours
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 Professional Portfolio/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-Portfolios 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.
Non-Certification Degree Track in Educational Leadership
The Master of Education in Educational Leadership Non-Certification degree is a 36-hour non-thesis program. The program is composed of 12 core hours and 24 hours of specialized preparation. This degree is available only to students who are not seeking Texas State School Principal Certification. A completed non-certification agreement form is required for participating students.
The following are the courses in the non-certification track:
EDAD 6010 Professional Portfolio
EDAD 6301 Instructional Leadership Development (or an elective approved by program advisor prior to course selection)
EDAD 6311 Educational Organization and Administration
EDAD 6312 School Law
EDAD 6313 Supervision of Instruction
EDAD 6314 The Principalship
EDAD 6315 School Finance/Business Management
EDAD 6316 School Personnel Administration
EDAD 6317 School Public Relations
EDUC 6302 Research in Education
EDUC 6304 Improvement of Instruction
EDUC 6306 Curriculum Design and Evaluation
EDSC 6308 The School and Multicultural Society
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