Master of Education
in Educational Leadership (M.Ed.)
Tam Jones, Ph.D., Program Director
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The Master of Education in Educational Leadership is a 36-hour non-thesis program. The program is composed of 9 core hours and 27 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 Prinicipal's Certificate.
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.
Core Courses (9 hours)
Certification Courses - Specialized Preparation
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED: Minimum 36 hours
College of Education Graduate Portfolio
Because of Dallas Baptist University’s quest for meaningful assessment of graduate students, a portfolio assessment is required in all College of Education graduate programs. The process of creating a portfolio is explained in the College of Education Graduate Portfolio Manual. The portfolio allows the student to present information about themselves as learners and to document growth over a period of time.
The portfolio should be a collection of artifacts accompanied by self-reflections that not only help the learner to understand and extend learning, but also invite the reader of the portfolio to gain insights about the learner. Please refer to the Portfolio Manual for appropriate procedures to follow in preparation of the portfolio. Students must register for the Professional Portfolio course as prescribed in their degree plan during the semester in which they will present their portfolio to the Educator Preparation Board. The Educator Preparation Board 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 students' professional portfolios.
During the fall and spring semesters, a date is publicized for a Portfolio Workshop. Program Directors attend, review the portfolio manual, discuss portfolio components, and provide guidelines for presentation and delivery.
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.
The following track in Educational Leadership is available only to International Students who will not be pursuing Texas State Principal Certification:
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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