Graduate Catalog 2010


Overview of M.Ed. Programs

The Masters of Education programs are for individuals interested in developing knowledge and skills that promote learning, communication, and best organizational leadership practices as a way to create innovation and transformation into any professional setting. The program is 30 - 36 credit hours long and culminates in a thesis or project.

The Master of Education programs at Belmont University are based on a common twelve-hour core followed by a fifteen to twenty-one 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. (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.

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 in Reading Specialist, English Language Learners, and Teacher Leaders.

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 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 1  
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 Learning Communities 3  
EDU 6070 Research and Assessment in Learning Communities 3  
Emphasis in NPL   21
NPL 6010, Foundations of Non Profit Organizations 3  
NPL 6020, Financial Planning for Non Profit Leaders
NPL 6025, Fundraising for Non Profit Organizations
3
3
 
NPL 6030, People Management in NonProfit Organizations
NPL 6040, Governance in Non Profit Organizations
3
3
 
NPL 6035, Strategic and Operational Planning in Non Profit Organizations

3

 

Electives:
NPL 6045, Practicum in Non Profit Settings, or
Any other graduate level course / courses

3

 
Thesis    3
EDU 6900 Thesis in Education 1

3

 
TOTAL HOURS   36

Master of Education (Learning and Organizational Change)

Students in this program may self design an approved focus area such as: Reading Specialist. English Language Learners, and Teacher Leader.


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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 Learning Communities 3  
EDU 6070 Research and Assessment in Learning 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 1

 3

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

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
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 for Focus Area   21
 

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 - English Language Learners (ELL) Hours
EDU 5020, Literacy I 3
SLS 6000, Language and Culture 3  
ENG 5040, History of the English Language 3  
ENG 6050, Special Topics in Grammar and Linguistics 3

ENG 5720, Practicum in Pedagogy or
EDU 5420, Practicum

3  
EDU 6580, English Language Learners 3
TOTAL HOURS for Focus Area  

18


Teacher Leaders Focus

M.Ed. FOCUS AREA in Teacher Leaders Hours
EDL 6010, Leadership in Schools 3  
EDL 6020, Interpersonal Skills for Leaders 3
EDL 6030, Coaching and Mentoring 3
EDL 6040, Curriculum Design
EDL 6050, High Quality Instructional Practices
3
3
 
EDL 6060, Data Driven School Improvement

3

 

EDL 6070, Assessment and Accountability

3

 
TOTAL HOURS for Focus Area   21


1 All M.Ed. candidates are expected to complete a thesis. Under exceptional circumstances, with the approval of the M.Ed. Program Director and Chair of the Department of Education, a student may substitute the thesis with an approved substantive culminating project (using the 6900 number), or a course that has professional relevance to the program emphasis. A substitution form is required with an explanation.

  
 

Add-on endorsement in English as a Second Language PreK-12 is available to licensed teachers completing the following program of study.
English as a Second Language (Add-on Endorsement) Hours
EDU 5020, Literacy I 3
SLS 6000, Language and Culture 3  
ENG 5040, History of the English Language 3  
ENG 6500, Special Topics in Grammar and Linguistics 3  
ENG 5720, Practicum in Pedagogy or
EDU 5420 Practicum
3  
EDU 6580, English Language Learners 3  
TOTAL HOURS   18