Graduate School - Education

Bruce Scott, Interim Chair   
ACU Box 29009
Abilene, Texas 79699-9009

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

Faculty
Lloyd Goldsmith, Professor
Karen Maxwell, Assistant Professor
Bruce Scott, 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 (Principalship 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 Certificate for Graduate Studies for certificate information).

The graduate 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 800 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   
The admission requirements for the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction or Leadership of Learning are:

  1. Complete an application and application fee (see online link to admission);
  2. An official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor's degree in education or related field from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent;
  3. Submit official transcripts showing all previous college work;
  4. A cumulative undergraduate approximate B average or above in the area of focus or related area and evidence of an overall productive GPA;
  5. Submit a current resume;
  6. Two letters of recommendation;
  7. A purpose statement (2 pages double spaced, typed) including philosophy of education;
  8. An official document indicating 2 years of teaching experience in an accredited PK-12 public or private school and;
  9. Have access to a K-12 school or school district.

Departmental Requirements
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 Practicum/Capstone 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)
21st Century Teaching 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

Certificate in Leadership of Digital Learning (CER)
The Online Certificate in Leadership of Digital Learning is a 12-hour program designed to prepare students to be educational leaders who promote digital innovation for all students in safe and productive learning environments.  The mission of the Certificate in Leadership of Digital Learning is to educate students.

Admission Requirements
Admission requirement for the Certificate in Leadership of Digital Learning are as follows:

  1. A completed application and application fee;
  2. An official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor's degree in education or related field from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent;
  3. A cumulative undergraduate approximate B average or above in the area of focus or related area and evidence of an overall productive GPA; 
  4. Submit official transcripts showing all previous college work; 
  5. Submit a current resume;
  6. Two letters of recommendation; 
  7. A purpose statement (2 pages double spaced, typed) including philosophy of education and;
  8. An official document indicating 2 years of teaching experience in an accredited PK-12 public or private school.

Requirements for the 12-hour certificate in Leadership of Digital Learning are: 

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.

Admission Requirements
Admission requirement for the certificates in Conflict Resolution are:

  1. Complete an application and application fee (see online link to admission); 
  2. An official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor's degree in education or related field from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent;
  3. A cumulative undergraduate approximate B average or above in the area of focus or related area and evidence of an overall productive GPA; 
  4. Submit official transcripts showing all previous college work; 
  5. Submit a current resume;
  6. Two letters of recommendation and;
  7. A purpose statement of no more than 1,000 words detailing the applicant's motivation for undertaking a focused study on conflict resolution and reconciliation in education.

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

Admission Requirements
Admission requirements for the superintendent certification are as follows:

  1. Complete an application and application fee (see online link to admission);
  2. An official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor's degree in education or related field from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent;
  3. A cumulative undergraduate approximate B average or above in the area of focus or related area and evidence of an overall productive GPA;
  4. Submit official transcripts showing all previous college work;
  5. Submit a current resume;
  6. Two letters of recommendation;
  7. A purpose statement and;
  8. Have access to a K-12 school or school district.

Requirements for the superintendent certification are:

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

M. Ed. in Teaching and Learning
The Abilene Christian University Department of Teacher Education offers a Master of Education (MEd) in Teaching and Learning.  The degree is available to high performing teacher candidates completing their initial Texas teacher certification program through Abilene Christian University.  Candidates will articulate into the program in the final spring semester of their undergraduate program.  The degree is a 30-hour master’s with an additional 6 graduate-level hours included as part of the undergraduate program.

The M.Ed. in teaching and learning includes an emphasis on inquiry-based practice, providing teacher candidates with skills needed to make instructional decisions informed by valid assessment data.  The degree will equip graduates to meet the needs of diverse student populations and to serve in various curriculum leadership roles in schools.  In addition to the primary certification, the M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning includes the supplemental Texas certification in special education. 

The Abilene Christian University Teacher Education program is approved by the Texas Education Agency and is nationally accredited through the Teacher Education Accrediting Council (TEAC).

Admission Requirements
Admission requirement for the M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning are as follows:

  1. Candidates must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree that includes teacher certification.The GPA requirement will be 3.0 overall and 3.0 in the content field.
  2. Candidates must be admitted in good standing to the Teacher Education Program.
  3. Candidates must have no score below 3 on the Student Teaching Application Dispositions Review.
  4. Candidates must successfully complete the Student Teaching Application E-portfolio Review.
M.Ed: Teaching and Learning
Major Code: METL
Spring of Senior Year

EDUC 653 Educational Research (3)

SPED 577 Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities1  (3)

Summer

EDUC 622 Theories and Strategies for Integrating Teaching or 
CONR 615 Managing Conflict in the Schools  (3)

EDUC 688 Creating Effective Learning Environments  (3)

SPED 674 Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in Children  (3)

SPED 681 Teaching Students with Low Incidence Disabilities  (3)

Fall

EDUC 687 Managing Data to Improve Student Learning  (3)

EDUC 691 Education Workshop  (3)

Spring

EDUC 686 Reframing Learning  (3)

EDUC 691 Education Workship2  (3)

Summer
EDUC 621 Overcoming Learning Barriers  (3)

Notes for Councils: 

Teacher candidates matriculating into the M.Ed. for Teaching and Learning will not student teach at the undergraduate level.  EDUC 490 will be waived for these students with completion of the first six hours of the masters and their undergraduate degree reduced by 6 hours.  Certification can then be granted after the completion of student teaching as part of the masters.

1This cohort program with all students moving through as a cohort.  The first summer courses may be offered in varying order.
2EDUC 691 will be taken twice for a total of six hours.

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