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Master of Arts in Communication/
Master of Education in Curriculum
Dual Degree Program
Joanne Morgan, Ed.D., M.A. in Communication Program Director
Deborah H. Tribble, Ed.D., M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction Program Director
Effective communication and efficient organizational structure are essential in any educational setting. The M.A. in Communication and M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction dual degree program provides, through DBU'S Christian education, a platform on which students will gain an advanced understanding of the skills necessary to lead groups in an educational setting, whether in school or business. The skills and knowledge acquired through this degree plan will provide individuals with a deep understanding of the inner workings of curriculum planning and how to coordinate and lead work teams in the support and implementation of the institution's mission and vision.
In order to pursue a Dual Master's Degree, 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.
Continuance in the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction program past the first twelve (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.
Required Common Curriculum (18 hours)
M.A. in Communication Required Curriculum
Organizational Communication Management (18 hours)
M.Ed. Curiculum and Instruction Required Curriculum
Distance Learning Education (18 hrs)
||Foundations of Distance Learning
||Designing and Developing Distance Learning
||Teaching and Learning in the Online Classroom
||Technology Tools for the Online Classroom
||Distance Education Design and Administration
||Internship in Curriculum and Instruction (S-L)
||Defense of Degree
Total Hours of Dual Degree
||from Required Common Curriculum
||from M.A. Communication Organizational Communication Management Required Curriculum
||from M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction Distance Learning Education Required Curriculum
||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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