Program Advisors: Salveson, R., (Program Director), Ghorbani, Gutensohn, Herman, Jonas (Dean), Tengesdal, Tufte
Description of the Graduate Program in Education
The University of Mary Graduate Program in Education offers a wide range of opportunities for the adult learner. Students may take courses towards educational credentials and endorsements, or may complete their Master's degrees in education. Master's candidates have the option of completing a thesis or preparing a comprehensive portfolio as their capstone project. In order to meet the needs of adult learners, graduate classes are offered summers, weekends, and evenings.
An individual holding a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution may be admitted to begin graduate study. An individual seeking a North Dakota credential or endorsement must hold a Bachelor's degree in education from an accredited institution and must have the appropriate North Dakota licensure and years of experience, as well as the required coursework, in order to be recommended for North Dakota credentialing or endorsement by the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences. In most cases, the requirements listed below must be met prior to admission for graduate study. In addition, a student must maintain an overall GPA of 3.00 in order to continue in the graduate program in education.
In addition to the above, a graduate student seeking Master's candidate status must apply for and complete a qualifying conference after admission for graduate study and upon completion of up to six hours of coursework. At the qualifying conference, the student meets with a committee of graduate faculty members appointed by the Director of the Education Graduate Program.This conference has a threefold purpose: to decide whether the student will be admitted to the Master's degree program, to develop a plan of study, and to determine whether any transfer credit will be accepted. A member of the qualifying conference committee is generally appointed the student's advisor during the conference. A student may request a qualifying conference by contacting the secretary of the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences.
- An undergraduate GPA of 2.5 overall, or 2.75 during the last two undergraduate years, or 3.00 in the undergraduate major
- Current teacher education licensure (unless the individual is seeking licensure)
- Two letters of recommendation
- Appropriate experience
The Master of Education Degree Requirements (M.Ed.)
The Master's Degree must be completed within seven years of the completion of the earliest graduate course used in the course of study. Up to one-third of the total credits required for the course of study may be transferred from another accredited institution. To achieve the Master's Degree, the student must complete courses within an emphasis area (listed following) and must successfully complete either a thesis or a comprehensive professional portfolio.
The thesis option emphasizes original research. It represents a student's capacity for detailed, in-depth research or advanced scholarship. A thesis must demonstrate a student's ability to clearly define a worthwhile problem, to conduct a thorough investigation, to organize the findings, to draw defensible conclusions, and to give an oral presentation of the findings. After the student has been admitted to candidacy for the degree, a research proposal is written and the thesis committee is selected. These activities are completed within EDU 551 - Critique and Design of Research. The research proposal must be approved by the Graduate Committee and the Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs. Writing and presentation of the thesis totals at least six semester credits (EDU 700, Research Seminar I, 1 credit; EDU 701, Research Seminar II, 1 credit; and EDU 704, Research Presentation, 3 credits). EDU 704, Research Presentation, must be completed by the date established in EDU 551, Critique and Design of Research, or the student must register for continuing credit each semester until the thesis has been completed and the research presented. Master's Programs in Education
The portfolio option requires the student to complete courses within an emphasis area (listed following) and to create an electronic portfolio demonstrating competence in the University of Mary's graduate requirements, competence in the student's emphasis area, and further demonstrating the graduate's ability to assume a leadership role in the field of education. Creation and presentation of the graduate portfolio totals four hours of credit (EDU 705, Portfolio Preparation, 2 credits; and EDU 706, Portfolio Presentation, 2 credits).
The University of Mary is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, with its most recent notification of accreditation occurring in 2003. The Education program is approved by the state of North Dakota. Other memberships include the North Dakota Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (NDACTE), the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Accreditation Status Education (AILACTE), the North Dakota Center for Leadership and Educational Administration Development (LEAD), the North Dakota Teacher Learning Center (TLC).
For information concerning the Education Graduate Program, contact the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences secretary, Leona Friedig at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 701-355-8058. The graduate webpage may be accessed through the University of Mary website www. umary.edu.
Please note: The emphasis area courses in the following degree plans meet the North Dakota Endorsement or Credential requirements in all programs applicable.
Master of Education Early Childhood Education
Core Courses (15 - 16 semester credits):
EDU 531 Ethics for Educators (2)
EDU 551 Critique and Design of Research (2)
(It is strongly suggested that EDU 551 be taken prior to EDU 565.)
EDU 565 Statistics (3)
EDU 567 Multicultural Education: Theory and Practice (2)
EDU 608 Foundations in Education (2)
EDU 700 Research Seminar I (1)
EDU 701 Research Seminar II (1)
EDU 704 Research Presentation (3)
EDU 705 Portfolio Preparation (2)
EDU 706 Portfolio Presentation (2)
Emphasis Area Requirements (14 credit hours):
*EDU 512 Foundations of Early Childhood Education (3)
*EDU 568 Curriculum Development in Early Childhood Education (3)
*EDU 601 Teaching Strategies in Early Childhood Education (3)
*EDU 654 Child Study, Observation and Assessment (3)
EDU 687 Internship - Early Childhood Education (2)
Electives (2 - 3 semester credits):
EDU 542 Language Development and Disorders (3)
EDU 585 Organization and Administration of Early Childhood Education (2)
EDU 595 Behavior Management (3)
EDU 611 Reading Diagnosis and Correction (2)
EDU 617 Reading Clinic (2)
EDU 620 Integrating Technology in Education (2)
Total: 32 semester credits
* Required for Kindergarten Endorsement.