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.
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 five 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 2013. 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 Secondary Administration*
Core Courses (15-16 semester credits):
EDU 531 Ethics in Education and Human Performance (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 Diversity in Culture and Human Relations (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 (19 credit hours):
EDU 545 School Administration (2)
Prerequisite to other Emphasis Area Courses
EDU 527 Management Theory and Personnel (3)
EDU 566 School Curriculum K-12 (3)
EDU 570 Differentiated Instruction (3)
EDU 620 Integrating Technology in Education (2)
EDU 632 School Law (2)
EDU 634 School Finance (2)
EDU 692 Internship: Secondary Administration (2)
Total: 34 - 35 semester credits
* Graduate credit carrying a letter grade of "B" or better earned through LEAD Center may be accepted as elective coursework for this degree. Completion of a Master of Education in Secondary Administration meets the requirements for the Level I Secondary Principal Credential. If seeking a North Dakota Secondary Administration credential, an individual must:
- Hold a valid North Dakota teaching license based on a bachelor's degree with a major (or other appropriate endorsement) in secondary education.
- Have three years of successful teaching and/or administrative experience in secondary schools.
- Have a Master's degree.
North Dakota Reeducation Endorsement Plans
Endorsements are issued by the Education Standards and Practice Board (ESPB). Additional information may be obtained from the Education Standards and Practice Board, 2718 Gateway Avenue, Suite 308, Bismarck ND 58503 (701) 328-9641. A student seeking an endorsement should access the ESPB website for a list of required coursework. The student will list courses already taken and courses that he/she intends to take on the form provided. This form must be approved by ESPB as part of obtaining each endorsement. Although Education Graduate Faculty can assist students in planning, the student seeking an endorsement is typically a non degree seeking student, and therefore does not have an official advisor in the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences. Access the ESPB web site at www.state.nd.us/espb
North Dakota Endorsements appropriate to University of Mary graduate coursework:
- Middle School
- Special Education
North Dakota Credential Plans
The Graduate Program in Education offers the coursework necessary to fulfill the following credentials issued by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction:
Additional information may be obtained from the Department of Public Instruction, 600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck ND 58505- 0080 (701) 328-2260. A student seeking a credential should access the DPI website www.dpi. state.nd.us for a list of required coursework. The student will list courses already taken and courses that he/she intends to take on the form provided.
This form must be approved by DPI as part of obtaining each credential. Although Education Graduate Faculty can assist students in planning, the student seeking a credential only is typically a non degree seeking student, and therefore does not have an official advisor in the Department of Education. For additional information regarding courses that meet credential or endorsement requirements, access the Education pages of the University of Mary website: www.umary.edu.