Graduate Catalog 2010


Overview of M.Ed. Programs

The Master of Education is a program designed  for people who want an M.Ed. but do not want a teaching license. The M.Ed. integrates theory and practice with graduate courses designed to strengthen leaders' knowledge and skills related to leading a learning community. The program is 30 credit hours long and culminates in a thesis or project. For more details consult the Master of Education Handbook, which is available online through the Department of Education web site.

The Master of Education programs at Belmont University are based on a common fifteen-hour core followed by a fifteen hour focus area. There are four core courses plus a thesis that will usually be completed with a topic that matches the content of the focus area.  The current options for areas of focus in the M.Ed. include:

M.Ed. (Learning and Organizational Change).  
This option allows students to create their own focus area. Within this structure candidates may also select the following special foci: Reading Specialist. English Language Learners, and Special Education.

M.Ed. (Organizational Leadership and Communication).  
This option provides a focus on communication both inside and outside an organization.

M.Ed. (Non Profit Leadership).
Provides students with an excellent understanding of leadership within non profit organizations and will broaden the knowledge base on what makes non profit organizations different. 

Goals of the M.Ed. programs:

The goals for the Master of Education degree are:

  • 1 To develop graduates who are scholars, skillful communicators, and competent practitioners.
  • 2 To integrate theory and practice.
  • 3 To facilitate the development in students of the qualities of effective leaders with an emphasis on: critical thinking, clear communication, strong academic understanding, leadership of a learning community, and high ethical standards.

Master of Education (Learning and Organizational Change)

Students in this program may self design an approved focus area or chose from the following special foci: Reading Specialist. English Language Learners, and Special Education.


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M.Ed. (Learning and Organizational Change) Hours
 
CORE 12
EDU 6040 Leadership and Learning in Organizations 3  
EDU 6050 Facilitating Learning in Organizations 3  
EDU 6060 Concepts of Learnig Communities 3  
EDU 6070 Research and Assessment in Learnig Communities 3  
FOCUS AREA - Specialized Approved Plan of Study   15**
EDU 6400 Special Focus I 3  
EDU 6410 Special Focus II 3  
EDU 6420 Special Focus III 3  
EDU 6430 Special Focus IV

 3

 
EDU 6440 Special Focus V

 3

 
Thesis     
EDU 6900 Thesis in Education

 3

 
TOTAL HOURS (** Total hours may increase if a student elects to complete one of the focus areas below)   30

Master of Education (Learning and Organizational Change) with Reading Specialist focus

M.Ed. candidates may complete an add-on Endorsement for Reading Specialist K-12. This program is designed for any licensed teacher who wishes to focus more heavily on development of their student’s reading skills. This program may be completed as a stand-alone endorsement or as part of Learning and Organizational Change Masters in Education program. For the M.Ed. with this endorsement the student takes the standard M.Ed. core courses (12 hrs.) plus the courses below.

M.Ed. FOCUS AREA - Reading Specialist Endorsement Hours

 21 hours

Focus area / specific courses 12
EDU 5240 Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Difficulties 3  
EDU 5250 Practicum in Reading 3  
EDU 5260 Reading Specialist Resource Teacher 3  
EDU 5040 Literature for Children and Adolescents 3  
Other courses that may be required depending  on initial licensure area   9
EDU 5020 Literacy 1 3  
EDU 5030 Literacy 2 3  
EDU 5270 Literacy Across the Secondary Curriculum 3  
TOTAL HOURS   21
 

Master of Education (Learning and Organizational Change) with SPED focus

M.Ed. candidates may complete a focus area in Special Education, as part of the Learning and Organizational Change program.

M.Ed. FOCUS AREA - Special Education (SPED) Hours

30 hours

EDU 5620 Foundations of Special Education 3  
EDU 5630 Communication/Collaboration for Exceptional Children 3  
EDU 5640 Instructional strategies for Mild Disabilities (K-6) 3
EDU 5650 Post secondary Transition and Instructional Strategies (7-12) 3  
EDU 5660 Instructional Management 3
EDU 5670 Behavior Management for Students with Disabilities 3  
EDU 5680 Assessment for Decision Making
EDU 5690, 5691, 5692 Practicum: Mild Disdabilites (2,2,2) 6  
EDU 5735 Reading for Special Educators 3  
TOTAL HOURS  

30


Master of Education (Learning and Organizational Change) with English Language Learners focus

M.Ed. candidates may complete a focus area in English Language Learners, as part of the Learning and Organizational Change program.

M.Ed. FOCUS AREA - Engage Language Learners Hours

30 hours

EDU 5620 Foundations of Special Education 3  
EDU 5630 Communication/Collaboration for Exceptional Children 3  
EDU 5640 Instructional strategies for Mild Disabilities (K-6) 3
EDU 5650 Post secondary Transition and Instructional Strategies (7-12) 3  
EDU 5660 Instructional Management 3
EDU 5670 Behavior Management for Students with Disabilities 3  
EDU 5680 Assessment for Decision Making
EDU 5690, 5691, 5692 Practicum: Mild Disdabilites (2,2,2) 6  
EDU 5735 Reading for Special Educators 3  
TOTAL HOURS  

30



Master of Education Organizational Leadership and Communication

Belmont’s Masters Program in Organizational Leadership and Communication (OLC) is designed to build skills and knowledge for practical application in the workplace. Students completing the program will develop their leadership potential and explore leadership styles and models. The central aim of the program is the development of organizational leaders as reflective practitioners who are skilled in observation, analysis, synthesis and dialogue. The role of ethical decisions and practices is central to these goals and is explicitly addressed in a variety of contexts in the OLC program.


       
M.Ed. in Organizational Leadership and Communication Hours
Core Courses     12 
EDU 6040 Leadership and Learning in Organizations   3  
EDU 6050 Facilitating Learning in Organizations   3  
EDU 6060, Concepts of Learning Communities  
3
 
EDU 6070, Research and Assessment in Learning Communities   3  
Emphasis     15 
OLC 6102, Pragmatics of Leadership  
3
 
OLC 6202, Media and Organizational Communication   3  
OLC 6302, Interpersonal Dynamics in Organizations  
3
 
OLC 6402, Organizational Culture and Change   3  

Select one course from the following:
OLC 6502, Selected Topics in Leadership and Communication, or
OLC 6602, Applied Learning in Leadership and Communication, or
OLC 6800, Independent Study in Leadership and Communication, or
OLC 6850, Directed Readings in Leadership and Organization

 

 3

 
Thesis    

3

OLC 6900, Thesis  
3
 
Total Hours 30
     

Non Profit Leadership

The Non Profit Leadership (NPL) emphasis in the M.Ed. will provide graduate preparation for students who are seeking to move into leadership positions in non-profit organizations. This program emphasizes the critical linkages between leadership, communication, and learning in order to facilitate the development of the skills and understanding necessary for success in all types of organizations.  The central aim of the program is the development of organizational leaders as reflective practitioners who are skilled in observation, analysis, synthesis, and dialogue.

M.Ed. in Non Profit Leadership (NPL) Hours
 
Core Courses 12
EDU 6040 Leadership and Learning in Organizations 3  
EDU 6050 Facilitating Learning in Organizations 3  
EDU 6060 Concepts of Learnig Communities 3  
EDU 6070 Research and Assessment in Learnig Communities 3  
Emphasis in NPL   15
NPL 6010, Foundations of Non Profit Organizations 3  
NPL 6020, Financial Planning and Fundraising for Non Profit Leaders 3  
NPL 6030, People Management in NonProfit Organizations 3  
NPL 6035, Strategic and Operational Planning in Non Profit Organizations

3

 

Electives:
OLC 6202, Media and Organizational Communication, or
Any other graduate level course / courses

3

 
Thesis    3
EDU 6900 Thesis in Education

3

 
TOTAL HOURS   30