Graduate School - Education

Donnie Snider, Advisor    
ACU Box 29009
Abilene, Texas 79699-9009

Phone: 325-674-2946
Fax: 325-674-2123
Email: donnie.snider@acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/grad

Faculty
Lloyd Goldsmith, Associate Professor
Karen Maxwell, Assistant Professor
Donnie Snider, Associate Professor


Introduction
The Abilene Christian University Department of Graduate Studies in Education offers a Master of Education (MEd) degree in the following areas:

·  Curriculum and Instruction

·  Leadership of Learning (Leadership and other leadership roles)

·  Higher Education (see the Higher Education section of this catalog)

The department also offers certification as a superintendent beyond leadership of learning (school principal certification). Students in the Leadership of Learning and Curriculum and Instruction program will also be able to complete the requirements for the graduate certificate in conflict resolution for educators. (See the Conflict Resolution section for certificate information) or the leadership in digital learning certificate.

The teacher education programs are approved by the Texas Education Agency and are accredited by the State Board for Educator Certification. Two years of teaching experience, in addition to the master's degree, are required to receive a professional certificate.

The Department of Graduate Studies in Education at ACU seeks to prepare individuals who have a thorough mastery of the technical and practical aspects of education and are skilled in both the art and science of teaching and learning. The faculty and staff of the department seek to accomplish this within the context of Christian values and principles.

Education is one of the largest programs at ACU, with approximately 700 graduate and undergraduate students each year involved in some aspect of educator preparation. With a student-faculty ratio of 17:1, each student receives individual attention from top-quality faculty members.

Faculty members author teaching materials, publish articles and papers, present at state and national conferences, serve as officers in professional organizations, and conduct numerous workshops and seminars for school professionals.

Admission Requirements   
For admission criteria, please refer to the Graduate School - Admission Requirements section of this catalog. In addition to the general Graduate School requirements, applicants to the MEd program must submit:    

1. A purpose statement (2 pg. dbl sp. typed) including philosophy of education; and

2. An official document indicating 2 years of teaching experience in an accredited public or private school.

Post-baccalaureate students working toward initial teacher certification must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. (See requirements for the Post-Baccalaureate Internship at the end of this section.)

Departmental Requirements
A student must earn 36-39 hours of graduate credit, at least half of which must be in 600-level courses. Meeting the requirements of a master’s degree in education does not necessarily qualify the student for professional certification. Each student’s professional certification program must be planned to meet individual needs and to ensure competence in the chosen area of professional endeavor.

Students are cautioned that states continually change credentialing requirements. It is the responsibility of the student to stay abreast of their state’s credentialing requirements. Not taking credentialing exams in a timely manner can create lengthy certification plans for the student to meet changing credentialing requirements.

Students seeking Texas certification must pass the state-required Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) prior to certification. The state of Texas awards professional certification only to persons with at least two years of verified teaching experience.

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GRADUATE PROGRAMS 

LEADERSHIP OF LEARNING (MED)   

Major Code: LEAD

PLEASE NOTE: Because courses are offered online, students must have access to a computer with an internet connection and have sufficient technical proficiency for the online environment.

Requirements for the MEd in leadership of learning, 39-hour non-thesis program, are:

      

MEd in Leadership of Learning (39 hour non-thesis program)
Core Courses (27 hours)
EDUC 660 Internship in the School Principalship
EDUC 680 Allocating Resources and Structuring the School for Learning
EDUC 681 Nurturing School Culture to Create a Learning Community
EDUC 682 School Law, Ethics and the Learning Community
EDUC 683 Implementing Continuous Improvement
EDUC 684 Meeting the Learning Challenge
EDUC 686 Reframing Learning
EDUC 687 Managing Data to Improve Student Learning
EDUC 688 Creating an Effective Learning Environment
Specialization (12 hours) (choose one track)
Conflict Resolution Leadership of Digital Learning
CONR 601 Conflict Theory and CommunicationEDUC 651 Leading Continuous Improvement of Digital Learning
CONR 605 Mediation and Negotiation (6-hours)EDUC 652 Leading Evolving Digital Learning Systems
CONR 615 Managing Conflict in SchoolsIT 651 Leading IT Innovation in Education: Problem Analysis
*Residency Session (optional)
*One-week residency session required for students seeking the Certificate in Conflict Resolution for Educators.
IT 652 Leading IT Innovation in Education: Solution Analysis


*For students seeking the Certificate in Conflict Resolution for Educators. Requires travel to one-week residency session location. See the Certificate in Conflict Resolution for Educators information for details.

 

CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION (MED)   

Major Code: CURI

PLEASE NOTE: Because courses are offered online, students must have access to a computer with an internet connection and have sufficient technical proficiency for the online environment.

Requirements for the MEd in curriculum and instruction, 36-hour non-thesis, program are: 

MEd in Curriculum and Instruction (36 hour non-thesis program)
Core Courses (24 hours)
CONR 605 Mediation and Negotiation (6-hours)
EDUC 661 Capstone in Curriculum and Instruction
EDUC 683 Implementing Continuous Improvement
EDUC 684 Meeting the Learning Challenge
EDUC 686 Reframing Learning
EDUC 687 Managing Data to Improve Student Learning
EDUC 688 Creating an Effective Learning Environment
Specialization (12 hours) (choose one track)
Curriculum and Instruction Leadership of Digital Learning Special Education
CONR 601 Conflict Theory and CommunicationEDUC 651 Leading Continuous Improvement of Digital LearningSPED 577 Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities
CONR 615 Managing Conflict in SchoolsEDUC 652 Leading Evolving Digital Learning SystemsSPED 674 Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in Children
EDUC 621 Overcoming Learning BarriersIT 651 Leading IT Innovation in Education: Problem AnalysisSPED 681 Teaching Students with Low Incidence Disabilities
EDUC 622 Theories and Strategies of Integrating TechnologyIT 652 Leading IT Innovation in Education: Solution AnalysisSPED 684 Assessment in Special Education

 

Certificate of Graduate Study

Admission Requirements
All candidates for the certificate must complete an application for the certificate program with the Graduate School and must submit an official undergraduate transcript that shows a completed bachelor’s degree.

 

Certificate in Leadership of Digital Learning
The certificate in Leadership of Digital Learning is a 12-hour program designed to prepare students to be educational leaders (K-12) who embrace the potential of new technologies and make optimum use of the digital devices and connections that are prevalent today and to make learning vibrant and stimulating for all learners.

 

Certificate in Leadership of Digital Learning (12 hours)
EDUC 651 Leading Continuous Improvement of Digital Learning
EDUC 652 Leading Evolving Digital Leaning Systems
IT 651 Leading IT Innovation in Education: Problem Analysis
IT 652 Leading IT Innovation in Education: Solution Analyis

 

CERTIFICATE IN CONFLICT RESOLUTION FOR EDUCATORS (CER)    

The Center for Conflict Resolution offers a 12-hour graduate certificate in Conflict Resolution designed especially for educators. This unique program includes on-line course work and a one-week residency session for the development of practical skills and for preparing trainers of mediators in the school setting. Special materials for trainers will be provided. Students may apply the 12 hours toward the Master of Education in Leadership of Learning degree.

PLEASE NOTE: Because courses are offered online, students must have access to a computer with an internet connection and have sufficient technical proficiency for the online environment.

Requirements for the 12-hour certificate in conflict resolution for educators are:     

Certificate in Conflict Resolution for Educators (12 hours)
CONR 601 Conflict Theory and Communication
CONR 605 Mediation and Negotiation (6-hours)
CONR 615 Managing Conflict in Schools
Residency Session - Requires travel to one-week residency session location.

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SUPERINTENDENT CERTIFICATION   

15 hours in addition to the principal certification

Major Code: SUPT

Requirements for the superintendent certification are:
 

Superintendent Certification (15 hours)
EDUC 656 School Finance
EDUC 668 Practicum in the School Superintendent
EDUC 672 Educational Facilities
EDUC 674 Policy and Politics in Education
EDUC 676 District Instructional Leadership

 

POST-BACCALAUREATE INTERNSHIP    

This program is designed for individuals who have held a bachelor’s degree in another field and who want to obtain teaching certification. Prerequisites for the post-baccalaureate program: bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution; an undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or higher (cumulative and content field); a minimum of 24 hours in a subject taught in K-12 schools; passing scores on all three sections of the THEA, with a minimum score of 260 in reading, 240 in math and 220 in writing; an interview with the certification officer; and three recommendations concerning education and experiences. 

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